More than 1,700 special districts play an influential role in shaping Florida’s communities, yet a recent survey found that 74% of Floridians don’t know whether they live in a special district (1). In response, the Florida Association of Special Districts (FASD) is launching a statewide public education campaign to share the success stories of Florida’s special districts and the often-understated impact they have on our communities.
The FASD campaign, which launches today with a series of social/digital ads and a 30-second public service announcement, aims to educate the public on special districts’ important contributions to Florida’s communities.
“Communities form special districts when they want a particular service delivered effectively, efficiently, and with local control. We’re excited to launch this campaign to increase awareness across Florida of the vital services that special districts provide for the communities they serve,” said Tanya W. Quickel, president of the Florida Association of Special Districts.
The essential services provided by special districts range from fire rescue and water management to mosquito control and library administration, among others. Learn more about Florida’s special districts at FASD.com.
Founded in 1979, FASD offers support to the leaders of Florida’s special districts by advocating for positive actions, providing training and certification programs for district managers and Governing Board Officials, supplying networking opportunities and idea-sharing among districts, and affording access to the latest information and laws that affect special districts every day.
(1) Sachs Media Group conducted a statewide survey of 1,000 Florida voters between December 30, 2019, and January 2, 2020. The survey asked, “Do you know whether you live in a special taxing district?” and was representative of Florida voters in terms of age, race, gender, political affiliation, and region of the state, with a margin of error of 3.1% at the 95% confidence level.