Clay County District Schools Proposed Half Cent Sales Tax Quick Facts

  • Deferred Maintenance – Outdated Facilities Must Be Renovated and Upgraded

    • Approximately $300 million plus in identified need for repairs and maintenance
    • Average facility age: Approximately 38 years old
      • Oldest school: Orange Park Elementary 91 years
      • 25 percent of schools are approaching 50 years or older
    • State Funding Cuts Over Time
      • $0 for PECO (state’s public education capital outlay) New Growth/$0 for PECO Maintenance
      • Impact Fees are low and generate only $5 million a year
    • District has 900 plus portables, which are inefficient, unsightly, and impossible to harden for safety
    • Third most portables in the state (Miami-Dade (1st) and Orange County-Orlando (2nd))

    New Growth – New Schools

    • Approximately $300 million in new growth
    • There is a need for 5-7 schools in the next 10 years
    • Clay named Fastest Growing County in Florida
    • Number of Projected New Homes: 15,534
    • Number of Projected New Students: 6,636

    Proposed Projects

    • Safety/Security Upgrades
    • Capital Improvements- Permanent Classroom Additions (Portable Reduction)
    • New Growth Construction – 7 NEW SCHOOLS
    • Classroom Technology Improvements
    • Energy Efficiency Improvements
    • Building Envelope Improvements
    • Mechanical- HVAC/Control Upgrades
    • Plumbing Upgrades
    • Food and Nutrition Service Upgrades
    • Educational Program Improvements
    • Classroom Furniture Replacement
    • Transportation Facility Upgrade
    • Centralized Services Facility

    Current Facilities Need: $318,293,650

    New Growth Need: $300,000,000

    Total Need: 618,293,650

    Proposed Revenue from Half Cent Sales Tax (Annually): $13,464,333; (30 years): $403,929,990

    *Proposed Revenue from Half Cent Sales Tax of $403,929,990 does not meet the TOTAL NEED of 618,293,650