Thank you St. Johns County voters!
The half-cent sales surtax was passed by St. Johns County voters on November 3, 2015. The sales surtax became effective on January 1, 2016, lasting 10 years until December 31, 2025. Voters signaled their approval of funding additional capital outlay project for St. Johns County students with over 60% of the vote! The revenue from the half-cent sales surtax will allow our school district to keep up with the rapid growth of the county and continue to enhance the educational experience of our students by providing funding for new school construction, school expansions, critical maintenance projects, technology upgrades, and safety and security improvements.
Half-Cent Sales Surtax Citizen Advisory Committee
The Resolution the St. Johns County School Board adopted in order to place the half-cent sales surtax referendum on the ballot called for the formation of a Citizen Advisory Committee to monitor and advise the School Board as to the expenditure of the sales tax proceeds.
The School Board appointed 15 Advisory Committee members on February 9, 2016 to serve in staggered terms. The Advisory Committee will meet quarterly and will provide an annual report to the School Board.
Learn more about the Citizen Advisory Committee.
Built Together! Projects Funded Through the Half-Cent Sales Surtax
New School Construction
In accordance with the critical needs project list published by the School District prior to the passage of the half-cent sales surtax, the District has begun construction on two new schools with sales tax proceeds – Elementary School M on Pacetti Road in the World Golf Village and K-8 School LL on Shetland Drive in Aberdeen (NW County).
For more information on new school construction in St. Johns County, including a summary of our revised construction plans and a list of frequently asked questions and answers, please visit our New School Construction website.
New Radios for School Buses
The District has also purchased 800 MHz radios for all of the county’s school buses. These radios will allow bus drivers to communicate directly with law enforcement in the event of an emergency and will enhance the safety of students on school buses. The radios will be installed this summer on more than 230 school buses.