Palm Beach county voters approve Referendum Two, 79% to 21%

On Nov. 4, 2014, Palm Beach County citizens participated in midterm elections. The Palm Beach County School District’s Referendum Two was one item voted on.

“This measure will fund more than 530 arts, music, and physical education teaching positions in every district-operated elementary school, several middle schools and most high schools,” Palm Beach County Schools Superintendent Wayne Gent said.

The referendum won the election 79 percent to 21 percent, extending the tax through June 30, 2019.

“I hope it won because the people of Palm Beach County really value education,” Lisa Hanser, social studies teacher said.

In order to persuade people to vote, the district handed out flyers in schools and put up signs throughout the county.

“I think it did make a difference that since the district really made an effort to get the word out,” Hanser said.

The property tax generates $36 million  per year and taxes $25 for each $100,000 of property value.

“The amount is always an issue. But when you tell people it’s only $25 dollars for each $100,000, they’re like, ‘Oh, for the entire year, that’s a good deal,’” Hanser said.

After the election, Gent showed gratitude toward the people of Palm Beach County.

“This referendum is an essential step in ensuring that we continue to have strong schools and a strong community,” Gent said. “We are grateful to the hundreds of committed parents, teachers, and volunteers for helping to educate the community.”