JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The Duval County School Board approved a tentative $1.7 billion budget last night and part of that was proposing not only a big boost to school safety but also a decrease in property taxes.
Last year Duval County Schools spent $3 million on security. That number has been octupled and this year the district plans to spend $24 million.
"I think our schools are much safer than the community believes," says Duval School District superintendent Dr. Nikolai Vitti.
Vitti says he thinks the problem is a perception issue amongst the schools and says he's putting the money there to fix that. They've added school resource officers as well as a dean of discipline in each middle and high school.
"Our number one responsibility is to make sure children are safe when they're with us," says Vitti.
We're also hearing the millage rate for schools may be going down, meaning you'll pay less in property taxes.