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2019 Walton County Referendum2019 Walton County Special Election:
Sales Tax Referendum, 7 May 2019

School District
County Infrastructure

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This is a bonus page to remind you that Walton County voters will be returning to the polls on May 7th to decide on two separate sales tax referendums. The first issue is the re-approval of the existing half mil levy that supports the School District. The second issue is a new proposal for an additional half mil tax to support country infrastructure needs. Again, these items won’t appear on the April ballot, but forewarned is forearmed!

School District Referendum

Background. For decades, Walton County residents have supported a half mil sales tax to fund certain aspects of Walton County Schools. The half-mil has been offset by the school district dropping the Capital Millage Outlay millage by a half-mil since the original approval of the referendum. The tax is put before voters for renewal every 5 years, and Walton County residents have approved its continuation for the last 16 years. However, last year the referendum was delayed due to a new state requirement that a performance audit be conducted before any taxation measures may be considered. The completed audit was released in February, and the referendum will be conducted in a special election scheduled for May 7th.

The audit disclosed that the Walton County District’s basic financial statements were “presented fairly, in all material respects, in accordance with prescribed financial reporting standards.” While the audit also revealed a deficiency involving employees with update access privileges to information technology applications that were “not necessary to perform their assigned job responsibilities,” this finding was not considered to be a material weakness. Per the School District, the half mill tax is needed to fund competitive salaries, extracurricular activities, state-of-the-art computers and other programs that will “continue to keep our school district as an A+ school.”

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County Infrastructure

In addition to the re-approving the half-cent sales tax for the School District, voters will also be asked to approve an additional half-cent sales tax to fund the development, construction, operation and maintenance of roads and bridges in the county. If approved by voters, the infrastructure sales tax will sunset after 5 years.

Background. Walton County Public Works compiled a list of needed transportation infrastructure projects that could potentially be funded via the proposed half-cent sales tax, and presented that information at public workshops in spring 2017. Proposed improvements included a Seagrove bypass road, bridge construction, paving dirt roads, resurfacing and pavement management and milled asphalt rejuvenation. You can review the list of identified proposed projects, along with the costs associated with each project, here.

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