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“One Mill” tax; Camp Lejeune; Cultural Trail; Local Sports

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As early voting gets underway today across Duval County, many Duval County Public School teachers are hoping voters will support a measure that will increase their pay.

Education leaders want voters to approve the so-called “One Mill” tax, which increases the annual tax bill by $1 for every $1,000 of a property’s assessed value. The $25,000 homestead exemption is unaffected.

An array of local civic leaders are stepping up to support a yes vote.

Guest: Darnell Smith, co-chair, 1 Mill for Teachers Campaign; North Florida market president, Florida Blue.

Camp Lejeune

Lynn Rafferty is a widow of a local Marine who was stationed at Camp Lejeune, a military base affected by contaminated drinking water.

Brian Rafferty was diagnosed with leukemia in 2013 and died three years later at Haven Hospice Center in Orange Park.

She is one of many people filing lawsuits after Congress passed the Camp Lejeune Justice Act of 2022. The legislation establishes a legal cause of action for those harmed by exposure to contaminated water at the U.S. Marine Corps base in North Carolina over more than 30 years. Rafferty is represented by Farah & Farah.

Guest: Lynn Rafferty, widow of Camp Lejeune veteran.

Cultural Trail

This week, Riverside Avondale Preservation’s Creative Placemaking Committee announced its plans for the Riverside Avondale Cultural Trail, which will give residents and visitors alike a new way to experience the neighborhood’s rich history, scenery, culture, art and culinary delights.

Guest:

  • Wayne Wood, founder, Riverside Avondale Preservation.
  • Cindy Guy, member, Riverside Avondale Preservation.

Local sports

WJCT Sports Analyst Josh Torres joined us with updates on the Jaguars’ first preseason game and Tony Boselli’s induction into the Hall of Fame.

Guest: Josh Torres, WJCT sports analyst.

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Florida Roundup Associate Producer Katherine Hobbs can be reached at khobbs@wjct.org or on Twitter at @KatherineGHobbs.