For three years, the Florida Legislature has told school districts to reduce their property tax rates so their revenue would remain flat as assessed values rose. They made one exception, allowing districts to benefit from the value of new construction. As the state's economy matures into a 10th year of continuous growth, lawmakers might want to reconsider their position.
Levies to pay for Seattle Public Schools’ daily operations and construction projects were easily passing in this week's vote count. King County's $1.4 billion capital levy covers new buildings or major remodels at eight schools as well as other projects such as new roofs, windows, security upgrades, athletic fields and audiovisual systems.