Hillsborough rejected school tax while other Florida counties said yes

After a year of accomplishments, including a climb from 35th to 19th in a state ranking of districts, the Hillsborough County school system awoke W...

August 25, 2022
4:56 AM

After a year of accomplishments, including a climb from 35th to 19th in a state ranking of districts, the Hillsborough County school system awoke Wednesday with an unwelcome distinction. It's the only Florida district to lose a tax referendum in Tuesday's election. Defeats are rare when school systems ask local voters to make up for state shortfalls in funding. Last year, 20 out of 21 such measures passed. This year, voters in seven other districts — including Pasco County — gave their approval, some by huge margins.

Marlene Sokol