Martin County inching toward pitch to raise property taxes for bankrolling school operations

Article Posted on April 10, 2018

By: Andrew Atterbury, Treasure Coast Newspapers

MARTIN COUNTY — Pleas from parents and teachers for a new elementary school in Jensen Beach apparently failed to sway School Board members toward seeking a tax increase strictly to pay for repairing and building schools.

Instead, the majority of board members, one week before the scheduled vote, still favor asking the public to raise property taxes to bankroll safety and security measures, and teacher raises.

But if all goes according to plan, the board could go after both.

“Eventually, I think we’re probably looking at both (taxes)," board member Christia Li Roberts said Tuesday at a workshop meeting. "I believe we need to be able to show the accountability on whichever one we do first in order to be able to get the second one."

A group of more than a dozen teachers and parents representing Jensen Beach Elementary attended Tuesday's meeting, one week after Principal Joan Gibbons sounded off to board members about the school's condition…

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