The League of Women Voters of Collier County on Thursday announced its support for the tax-neutral, flexible funding for schools referendum.
The referendum, which will help address the Collier school district's financial shortfall, is on the Nov. 6 ballot. It involves shifting 25 cents of tax revenue per $1,000 of assessed property value from the district's construction budget to operations.
While league members said in a statement they understand the referendum is "only a temporary and partial solution to the district's financial shortfall," they felt passage is necessary to ensure Collier students won't be negatively affected.
The statement goes on to say the referendum is "revenue neutral for hard-pressed taxpayers."
The decision to endorse the referendum was reached at a membership consensus meeting.
New poll shows tightened Obama-Romney race in Florida
Following the first presidential debate, the race tightened in Florida, according to the latest NBC News-Wall Street Journal-Marist poll.
President Barack Obama is still ahead of Republican challenger Mitt Romney in the key battleground state of Ohio, the poll results showed. In Florida and Virginia, the candidates remain nearly tied, the poll showed.
Among likely voters, including those who are undecided yet leaning toward a candidate, here are the percentages:
**In Florida, Obama garnered 48 percent to Romney's 47 percent.
**In Virginia, Romney received 48 percent to 47 percent for Obama.
**In Ohio, Obama received 51 percent to 45 percent for Romney.
Rubio, Craig Romney attend Miami campaign event
Two high-profile surrogates for Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney will be in Miami on Friday to rally support for Romney.
Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida, and Craig Romney, Mitt Romney's son, are scheduled to attend a student rally at Florida International University. The event will take place at the College of Law Atrium, 112000 Southwest 8th St., Miami.
Doors open at 10:15 a.m.
Nelson kicks off statewide tour with Buffett performance
U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson kicks off his statewide "Florida First" tour Friday with a brief solo, acoustic performance by Jimmy Buffett in Orlando.
The stop is the first of 19 across the Sunshine State leading up to Election Day. The senator will be visiting senior centers, college campuses and small businesses in towns, cities and communities from the Panhandle to South Florida.
Nelson faces Republican opponent U.S. Rep. Connie Mack of Fort Myers in the Nov. 6 general election.