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August 9, 2022

#AskJAXTDY: Will the proposed property tax for schools compound each year?

The Jacksonville Today team is answering your voting questions ahead of the August 23rd primaries. A hot topic? The Duval Schools referendum to increase property taxes by 1 mill to increase teacher pay and boost sports and arts programs.  In Jacksonville Today’s voter guide on the proposal, we explained how schools are funded, and who’s for and against the referendum.

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August 4, 2022

AUG. 23 VOTER GUIDE: Duval School Board District 2

Two candidates are running in Duval County School Board District 2, a non-partisan race. The August race, which would normally serve as a “jungle primary” to narrow the field, will decide who takes the seat. The district covers the Beaches portion of Duval County. Meet the candidates  Candidates are presented in alphabetical order; answers are from the candidate forum hosted

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August 4, 2022

AUG. 23 VOTER GUIDE: Florida House District 14

Four Democrats are on the August ballot for the newly drawn state House District 14. The previous District 14 was represented by Democrat Angie Nixon, who is now running in District 13 after the Florida Legislature’s redistricting. The race is closed, meaning only voters registered as Democrats can cast a ballot. That’s because of a last-minute, write-in candidate filing from

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August 3, 2022

AUG. 23 VOTER GUIDE: Property tax increase for Duval Schools

The Duval County School Board is asking property owners to pitch in more for public schools. All Duval voters are eligible to cast a ballot in the August referendum. What’s on the ballot The ballot asks voters to tick yes or no on whether the school district should “levy an ad valorem operating millage of 1 mill annually to attract

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August 3, 2022

Child sex-abuse allegation surfaces for Clay Commission candidate

Local dirt hauler Dale Carter’s decision to run this year for the Clay Board of County Commissioners was met with surprise by some political observers in the mostly rural District 4. It hadn’t been a greatly guarded secret, after all, that Carter has had some troubles with the law.  A search of court records from Clay, Duval and St. Johns

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July 27, 2022

Black-owned startup Laundr gets a boost in Jacksonville

Kyle Lampkin and Michael Behfar are monetizing one of the most mundane parts of adulting: doing laundry. The two childhood friends launched Laundr in 2018. Tuesday night, the start-up won the inaugural Black Founders Demo Day regional competition in Jacksonville, organized by local venture capital company PS27 Ventures. The competition geared toward companies founded by Black and brown entrepreneurs received

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July 20, 2022

1-in-3 Duval mail-ballot voters are ineligible to vote unless they update their IDs. See where they live

With less than five weeks remaining until the August primaries, a third of the 97,999 Duval voters who requested vote-by-mail ballots do not have the required identifying information on file with the county Supervisor of Elections Office.  Last month, the supervisor sent letters to 32,875 voters across the county, requesting they provide either their driver’s license/Florida identification card number or

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July 14, 2022

Citizen scientists help map the heat in Jacksonville

Extreme heat is the deadliest form of hazardous weather and Jacksonville will soon have data showing how the city is being affected by rising temperatures and which neighborhoods need the most help.

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July 11, 2022

City, nonprofits offer help for homebuyers in Northwest Jacksonville 

Cheri Randolph is a homebody. She prefers cooking a meal for her boys and the other mundane activities that turn a house into a home. After renting for years, she and her two sons moved into a home of their own for the first time this month.  The three-bedroom house with freshly laid grass in the backyard is in the

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July 10, 2022

Another LGBTQ resource disappears in Duval Schools

Duval County Public Schools has taken down a 12-minute anti-bullying video that taught middle and high school students how to support their gay and transgender peers, the latest in a string of vanishing LGBTQ resources in the district.  Besides the video, the district is planning to dramatically reduce a LGBTQ+ support guide, and the School Board will vote Monday on

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