Gradebook podcast: Behind Hillsborough’s quest for a school tax

The campaign for a Hillsborough County schools sales tax increase has made inroads into the community.
The campaign for a Hillsborough County schools sales tax increase has made inroads into the community.
Published October 4 2018
Updated October 4 2018

Hillsborough County, the nation's eighth largest school district, is asking voters to increase local sales taxes in order to help pay for construction and maintenance projects, including much needed air conditioning repairs.

But the district faces hurdles along the way, such as convincing the public it can be a good steward of tax dollars while avoiding outright campaigning, which isn't allowed by law.

Reporters Jeff Solochek and Marlene Sokol discuss the referendum, why Hillsborough leaders want it, and why school districts across Florida are left to seek new revenue sources for what many people consider basic expenses.

Related coverage: How Hillsborough's school air conditioning crisis got so bad 

Note: We have changed our podcast host to Art19.com. You can follow it there for instant alerts when new episodes are posted. We're also adding it to Google Play podcasts, and you can find it in Apple iTunes as well. Please send any questions, ideas, concerns or comments to jsolochek@tampabay.com. 

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