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During the recent Okaloosa County Election Candidate Forum on July 7th, the challenger for the School Board District 3 seat, Darrel Barnhill, made a claim at the very end of the forum that incumbent Linda Evanchyk voted to raise taxes at every opportunity. The statement came in response to a conversation that Barnhill said he had with one of his supporters who asked why he was voting to raise taxes further.  “That’s not my vote,” Barnhill said, “but my opponent has voted to raise taxes every year she’s been there.”  Although Evanchyk wanted to counter her opponent’s claim, she was not allowed to do so due to the forum running out of time. To set the matter straight, Evanchyk agreed to an interview to clear up any lingering confusion: “What I believe Mr. Barnhill is speaking to has to do with the formula the state uses and how we ultimately come up with our millage,” said Evanchyk. She says that there are three categories used in the formula: Required Local EffortDiscretionary Basic FundingCapital Outlay According to the Florida Education Finance Program Fact Sheet, required local effort is the amount of funds the district receives from levying the state certified local effort millage rates on the district’s ad valorem property. It states: All districts levy the same millage, which raises more or less dollars per student depending on the value of the local property. The percent provided from local sources ranges from 10%to 90% of the total.The amount of required local effort that each district

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