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School District Referendum

Walton County voters will be returning to the polls on May 7th to decide on a sales tax referendum. The referendum is the re-approval of the existing half mill levy that supports the School District.

Background. For decades, Walton County residents have supported a half mil sales tax to fund certain aspects of Walton County Schools. The half-mill has been offset by the school district dropping the Capital Millage Outlay millage by a half-mill 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.”

The referendum sample ballot is available on the SoE website. Walton County voters will be asked to answer “yes” or “no” to the following question:

Shall the Walton County School District ad valorem millage increase of .50 mill per year adopted by the voters in May 2015 for fiscal years beginning July 1, 2015 and ending June 30, 2019 be continued for the fiscal years beginning July 1, 2019 and ending June 30, 2023 for operating expenses necessary to maintain the quality of Walton County’s public school system?

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