Hillsborough candidates differ on proposed property tax for schools.

The proposed special property tax to support Hillsborough County Public

Schools is turning out to be a litmus test for the eight candidates seeking election this summer to the School Board.

“It’s obviously the number one thing on people’s minds,” said Stacy Hahn,

An incumbent in South Tampa who faces opponent Damaris Allen,

A longtime PTA leader and education advocate, to represent District 2.

The tax, similar to those that already exist in Pinellas and other Florida districts,

would levy an additional $1 on every $1,000 in assessed property value to enhance teacher pay

And courses that include art and music. It will be on the same Aug. 23 ballot as the School Board races.