ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. – Nearly 61 percent of St. Johns County voters voted to boost the sales tax to 6.5 percent in order to raise additional revenue for public schools.
Just before 9 p.m., the last of the county’s 46 precincts was counted. Of 35,051 ballots cast, the referendum passed by a margin of 7,577 votes.
Supervisor of Elections Vicky Oakes said turnout was higher than she expected.
“We are up to about 22 percent turnout for this special election, which is great,” Oakes said.