How will you spend revenue from the 1/4 cent increase for climate change?

The Board of Orange County Commissioners (BOCC) have received several communications asking how the quarter-cent property tax increase dedicated to Climate Change Mitigation will be allocated. The BOCC directed the County Manager as part of their approval process to develop options and a process through which funds will be authorized.

The County Manager has directed staff to develop options over the summer for the Board's review in September. Those options will address the focus of spending, the incorporation of social justice and racial equity goals, the role of various advisory committees, as well as the BOCC’s own approval framework. 

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1. How does the county budget work?
2. Why does the BOCC provide so much funding to public schools? Isn't that the state's job?
3. How much influence does the Board of Commissioners wield with school budgets?
4. Why are you always raising taxes?
5. How will you spend revenue from the 1/4 cent increase for climate change?
6. Instead of climate change, why doesn't the Board do more to eliminate poverty?
7. What role do the commissioners play in the budget?
8. Why doesn't the county attract more commercial development to reduce the burden on personal property owners?
9. Can the public get involved?