Hillsborough County School Superintendent Jeff Eakins has hit the referendum hustings, as it were, to help gin up interest and a favorable vote for the half-cent sales tax hike on the November ballot. He’s hosting a bunch of town hall meeting around Hillsborough County. Good luck, Jeff. The cause is as worthy as the money is necessary, but the odds are not favorable. Not if the words tax and county are in the same sentence. Especially with the one-cent transit initiative also on the ballot.
Too bad the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation can’t help out. As in, really help out with capital improvements instead of spending multi millions on peer evaluations that sent teacher morale plummeting.