Statement on newly revived effort for 1/2 cent school infrastructure sales tax referendum
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Jacalyn Crecelius
Phone: (904) 206-8483
JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA – February 24, 2020 – “Many of our school buildings are in dire need of repair and most have a growing list of minor and moderate issues quickly adding up. The school board, at the time led by Board Member Lori Hershey, took on a task put off by many for decades by seeking to find a funding mechanism for the significant infrastructure issues anyone who has been inside some of our schools knew to be there. While some politicians maneuver behind the scenes to ensure private school management companies get a piece of the pie, our children, their parents and the adults who spend their time in our schools find themselves caught in the middle.
My opponent, Representative Jason Fischer, declared his “work is done here” when the city council killed the chances for a half-cent school infrastructure tax referendum to appear on a special ballot last year. Now he’s reportedly trying to push himself into the process yet again, leveraging the elected superintendent bill he introduced in the Florida House to force the school board into reserving a healthy chunk of our tax revenue for his for profit school management donors, treating our tax dollars as some sort of bonus instead of the much needed revenue meant to fix crumbling buildings it should be.
Accountability and ethical stewardship of public dollars is absolutely key to good government and there is a way to ensure our public schools are fully funded without waste. Study after study of Jacksonville voters have shown strong support for additional funding for schools, especially to ensure the facilities not only used to educate our children, but as storm shelters and community centers as well, are safe and upgraded. Any proposal must ensure our public assets, ie our public-school buildings, are put first to ensure the future of public education in Jacksonville. Anything less would have real and significant consequences for our schools.”
Ben Marcus is a small business owner and graduate of Jacksonville University. He lives in the Sunbeam area with his wife and three children where they attend Ahavath Chesed (The Temple). Ben believes in the power of community to solve its issues and that legislators should work collaboratively with, not act to subvert, local elected bodies and residents. He doesn’t take money from businesses or PACs, nor does he have a political committee. Ben’s campaign for State House District 16 is focused on proving there is another way to serve in public office, where ethics and collaboration outweigh ideological purity and insular decision making.
Please visit VoteBenMarcus.com for more information about the campaign.