News on the No. 3 Hillsborough County Tax Referendum

Hillsborough County Residents Can Put Kids First by Voting Their Ballot from the Bottom Up!

Strengthen Our Schools

HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, Fla., Nov. 1, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — According to Strengthen Our Schools (SOS), this election cycle, Hillsborough’s Referendum No. 3 will appear at the bottom of the ballot following the Florida Constitutional Amendments. The referendum will provide funding for critical infrastructure projects in Hillsborough County Schools. U.S. Representative Kathy Castor urges Hillsborough residents to […]

US Representative Kathy Castor Supports Strengthening Hillsborough County Public Schools

US Representative Kathy Castor Supports the Strengthen Our Schools Initiative

“We need to improve our schools from the bottom up so this election think about voting your ballot from the bottom up. Join me in supporting Hillsborough County Referendum #3 which is last on the ballot. So, remember put Hillsborough kids FIRST by going to the last page and voting your ballot from the bottom […]

Mayor Bob Buckhorn Endorses Voting Yes on No. 3 Hillsborough County Referendum

Bob Buckhorn, Mayor of Tampa

“I am supporting the Hillsborough Education Referendum because we owe it to our children to provide the best and safest learning environment possible.  Excellence in our education system strengthens our community in every respect including economic development, quality jobs and strong property values.”    

Hillsborough County Parents Urge Voters to “Strengthen Our Schools” by Saying Yes to Referendum No. 3- PRNewswire

Parent Urge Voters to Strengthen Our Schools

Local parents in Hillsborough County ask members of the community to acknowledge the importance of Referendum No. 3. Hillsborough’s Referendum No. 3 will appear at the bottom of the ballot after Florida Amendments. This important initiative will not only help our community but will also save Hillsborough County money in the long run. HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, Fla., Oct. 24, 2018 […]

What Hillsborough County Education Referendum Means- 83 Degrees

Referendum No. 3

With election day rapidly approaching, it is important to be educated about the different subject matters that will appear on your ballot. Referendum No. 3 located at the bottom of the ballot will help provide optimal learning and working conditions for students and teachers in the Hillsborough County Public School system. This article provides information about […]

Hillsborough County Referendum No. 3 Supporters Remind Early Voters to Start from the Bottom on the Ballot

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HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, Fla., Oct. 18, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Strengthen Our Schools (SOS) is reminding early voters that the best is saved for last on this year’s ballot. Hillsborough’s Referendum No. 3 will appear at the bottom of ballot after Florida Amendments. The referendum is a 10-year investment for the public schools in Hillsborough County. The education referendum will support capital improvements […]

United Way Suncoast Supports Hillsborough County Education Referendum

TAMPA, Fla., Monday, Oct. 15, 2018 – Last week, the United Way Suncoast (United Way) board of directors voted in support of the Hillsborough County Education Referendum for a half-penny sales tax increase. This tax and long-term investment will provide children and students with the potential to succeed and learn in a productive environment that prepares them for a bright future.

Tampa Downtown Partnership Statement in Support of Hillsborough Education Tax

The Tampa Downtown Partnership, a non-profit 501(C)(6) organization, serves as a steward of Downtown Tampa, cultivating public and private collaborations and encouraging Downtown’s physical and economic development. As a proactive leadership organization representing business, residents, and merchants, the Tampa Downtown Partnership offers full support of the one-half percent sales tax referendum to better fund Hillsborough […]

Parents emerge as a weapon in the campaign for a Hillsborough school tax- Tampa Bay Times

Parents go door to door to talk to community about the No3 Hillsborough county tax referendum

For the 8th largest school district in the country, getting the word out about the November 6 half penny sales tax referendum has been a community effort. With a shoestring budget, the organization backing the Nov. 6 referendum — Strengthen Our Schools — cannot afford companies that pay people to knock on doors. Instead, SOS […]

Answering Questions about Hillsborough School Tax- Tampa Bay Times

Jeff Eakins, superintendent of Hillsborough County

Hillsborough voters take note that Hillsborough County’s Referendum No. 3 to strengthen Hillsborough County Public Schools is at the end of the ballot. The referendum would generate approximately $131 million per year that would be spent on specific projects to improve public schools. The article below answers reasonable questions as to why you should vote in favor of Hillsborough Referendum No. 3. […]

Historic Tampa Newspaper La Gaceta Supports the No. 3 Hillsborough County Referendum

La Gaceta

La Gaceta, the only trilingual paper in the United States, endorsed the Strengthen Our Schools Initiative this week. Hillsborough County Referendum is located at the bottom of the ballot during this election cycle. As the 8th largest school district in the country, the children of Hillsborough County deserve better. Join La Gaceta and help provide […]

State Amendments v. Hillsborough Referendums

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As you receive your mail-in ballot or enter the voting booth on November 6, pay close attention to not confuse Hillsborough’s Referendum 3 with Florida’s Amendment 3. They are entirely different. 

The Greater Temple Terrace Chamber of Commerce Supports the No. 3 Hillsborough County Referendum

The Greater Temple Terrace Chamber of Commerce

The Greater Temple Terrace Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors voted to support the Hillsborough County Schools Referendum for a one-half cent sales tax. This tax will help provide a productive learning environment for students and a long-term sustainable plan for the Hillsborough County School District. The Greater Temple Terrace Chamber of Commerce encourages our […]

South Tampa Chamber Supports Education Referendum

The South Tampa Chamber of Commerce board of directors voted on Wednesday afternoon to support the Hillsborough County Schools Referendum for a one-half cent sales tax. This tax will help to facilitate a safe and productive learning environment for students, and to provide a long-term sustainable plan for the Hillsborough County School District. Click Here […]

Members of Oversight Committee for Hillsborough Education Referendum Named

The independent citizens committee would oversee the spending on school improvement projects that will be funded if the Hillsborough tax referendum passes on Nov. 6. The committee would review the spending, progress and completion of all spending related to the $131 million a year generated by the half-penny sales tax over the next decade to […]

Times Recommends: Yes on Hillsborough School Tax- Tampa Bay Times

Air Conditioning Ducts

Hillsborough voters should invest in local public schools and ensure safe and cool learning environment for our children and teachers. For the Hillsborough County referendum on a half-cent sales tax for school capital improvements, the Tampa Bay Times recommends voting Yes. The Hillsborough County School District has achieved a record graduation rate and ranks among […]

Chamber of Commerce is on board with Hillsborough schools referendum- Tampa Bay Times

Strengthen Our Schools Sign

Superintendent Jeff Eakins continues to host meetings around the county regarding the measures that must be taken to improve the conditions in Hillsborough County Public Schools.  The Chamber of Commerce also recently demonstrated their support for the tax referendum that will appear on ballots this November. The Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce’s governing board voted […]

The Latest on the Proposed Schools Tax in Hillsborough- Tampa Bay Times

Betty Castor and Chad Chronister

Past state education commissioner Betty Castor and Hillsborough Sheriff Chad Chronister will chair and co-chair an oversight committee for the proposed sales surtax to benefits public schools in Hillsborough County. TAMPA — A seven-member advisory committee to oversee the planned Hillsborough County schools tax could be assembled in a week or two, chairwoman Betty Castor said […]

Hillsborough Sheriff Joins Oversight Board for School Tax- Tampa Bay Times

Hillsborough Sheriff

Members of the community continue to show their support for the proposed education tax that will appear on ballots this November. Among these supporters is Sheriff Chad Chronister, a strong advocate for increasing school security. Should the tax win approval, it is expected to raise $131 million a year over 10 years. Sheriff Chad Chronister has agreed to serve as vice […]

First Donations are Logged in School Referendum Campaign

Generous donations have been made by members in the local community to support the Strengthen Our Schools Campaign. The Hillsborough County School District recently released a list of projects to be completed if the referendum passes in November. Proposed projects include: air conditioning repairs, roofing repairs, classroom renovations, and increased security measures. Strengthen Our Schools, […]

Hillsborough School District Releases Referendum Wish List- Tampa Bay Times

Jeff Eakins Speaking at a Town Hall Meeting

Hillsborough County Public Schools’ Superintendent Jeff Eakins is making his way around town advocating for the Strengthen Our Schools Hillsborough School Referendum that will be on the November ballot in Hillsborough county. Air conditioning upgrades and replacements, updated classroom technology, and increased security measures are some of the many projects that will be funded if […]

Hillsborough County Schools Releases List of Specific School Improvement Projects- WTSP

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The school district released a list of projects to be completed should the referendum pass in November. There are over 1,700 projects needed in different schools over the next 10 years. The school board will ask for another countywide vote in March 2019 if voters choose to strike down this referendum. Call it a wish […]

Hillsborough County Public School: Education Referendum Projects

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The following is a list of projects that would receive funding from the proposed November tax referendum Click here to learn more. How were the projects selected? The projects were selected based on need. Our district maintains an ongoing five-year work plan, and also tracks needs many years farther into the future. Schools receiving air […]

Hillsborough County Public Schools Superintendent Jeff Eakins Speaks at Ballast Point

Hillsborough County Public Schools Superintendent Jeff Eakins Talks to Families about proposed tax referendum to help pay for infrastructure upgrades of Hillsborough county public schools

Many local residents attended a town hall meeting to hear Hillsborough County Public Schools Superintendent Jeff Eakins discuss the proposed tax referendum that hopes to raise funds to improve current learning conditions in classrooms.

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 OWENS

Superintendent 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 […]

Hillsborough County tax referendum hopes to address air conditioning issues – WTSP

Hillsborough County Public Schools Sales Tax Referendum

WTSP 10 News discussed how the new sales tax would bring in $131 million per year for 10 years to help Hillsborough County Public Schools.

Long-Time Educator and Community Advocate Betty Castor Named as Chair of the Citizen Oversight Committee for Education Referendum Projects

Betty Castor Chair of the Citizen Oversight Committee for Education Referendum Projects

Tampa, Fla. – (September 17, 2018) – Long-time educator Betty Castor will head the Citizen Oversight Committee for Hillsborough County Public Schools, overseeing responsible spending on school improvement projects funded by a half-penny sales tax if voters approve the education referendum on the November 6, 2018 ballot. Castor is excited to serve as the chair […]

Superintendent Invites Public to Education Referendum Town Hall Meetings

Teacher answering questions in classroom

Tampa, Fla. – (September 13, 2018) – Superintendent Jeff Eakins will be hosting several town hall meetings throughout the county, beginning next week, to talk about the November 6 education referendum and inform voters about our schools’ needs and the positive impact a half-penny sales tax referendum would have on our students, schools and community. […]

School District Referendum to Appear on November 6, 2018 Ballot

Hillsborough County Public Schools Logo

Today, Thursday, September 6, the Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners fulfilled its statutory duty to transmit ballot language to the Supervisor of Elections office for a half-penny sales tax referendum supporting schools for inclusion on the November 6, 2018 ballot.

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