Hillsborough Schools Celebrates One Year Anniversary of Education Referendum More than $80 Million Received to Date
For Immediate Release
Contact: Tanya Arja
Office of Communications
Tampa, Fla. – (November 6, 2019) – It’s been one year to the day since voters in Hillsborough County overwhelmingly approved a half-penny sales tax to pave the way for major infrastructure projects at school sites countywide. Our district thanks the community for its support, which has already made an incredible impact on students and staff.
To date, our schools have received nearly $81 million from sales tax collections. Hillsborough County Public Schools has spent more than $66 million of that money so far on 119 projects. Projects that have either been completed or are in progress include:
- 24 air conditioning overhauls
- 15 roofing projects
- 7 school athletic tracks
- 17 playgrounds
- 9 play courts
You can download video of some of our construction projects taking place with referendum dollars here: https://www.dropbox.com/s/4v4um6hqhjk5f6o/referendumprojects.MOV?dl=0
The Education Referendum is expected to generate between $1.2 and 1.3 billion over the next ten years. Our district has identified 1,785 projects for completion, including $23 million in safety and security upgrades. More than $20 million will also go toward new classroom technology.
The independent Citizen Oversight Committee, led by former State Education Commissioner Betty Castor and Sheriff Chad Chronister, has been reviewing each of the projects and spending before the work is submitted to the School Board for final approval.