ARBOR OUTLOOK: Referendum on a fictional Florida educational tax

Published: Thursday, November 14, 2013 at 03:51 PM.

Education is often commensurate with lower crime rates. Good schools can lead to increased property values, as new residents seek out neighborhoods in high-ranking school districts. Lastly, schools offer adult education, community meeting space, and a variety of related services that are vital, but sometimes difficult to quantify. 

A former educator I know contends that instead of a tax, we should charge every Florida family $100 per student annually. Because we “give” our public education away, he says, Florida families don’t value it, and thus, we demand less of our children in the areas of study and behavior. That idea might have a better chance of passing.

Margaret R. McDowell, ChFC, AIF, a syndicated economic columnist, chartered financial consultant and accredited investment fiduciary, is the founder of Arbor Wealth Management, LLC, (850-608-6121—, a fee-only registered investment advisory firm near Sandestin. Arbor Wealth specializes in portfolio management for clients with $250,000 or more of investable assets.



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