Jeff Eakins Reaches Out to Business Community on November School Tax Referendum

Hillsborough superintendent Jeff Eakins spoke to the Greater Seffner Chamber of Commerce on Sept. 13 about the proposed sales tax hike to support schools. Photo by CRYSTAL OWENSSuperintendent of Hillsborough County Public Schools Jeff Eakins recently spoke at the Greater Seffner Chamber of Commerce to educate business leaders on the proposed school tax referendum that will be on the ballot this November.

Business owners have a lot to gain from a proposed sales tax hike to support the schools, Hillsborough Superintendent Jeff Eakins told an audience in Seffner last week.

In advance of the Nov. 6 election, Eakins has been making the rounds at groups such as the Greater Seffner Area Chamber of Commerce, which heard his presentation on Sept. 13.

It was an appeal to small business owners to do something not just for school children who are experiencing widespread air conditioning breakdowns, but also for the economy, which benefits from strong schools.Cathy Kudlinski, owner of Absolute Auto and a Seffner chamber board member, agreed, and said she expects to see an uptick in maintenance jobs at the district.

Read the full story by Crystal Owens on Tampa Bay Times.

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