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Huff does not support quarter mill tax hike



Pinellas school board candidate Fonda Huff does not support tacking on an extra quarter mill to the district's tax rate to help balance next year's budget, she told the St. Petersburg Times editorial board in an interview this morning.

Without that additional tax money - which the Legislature gave school boards the power to levy, assuming they get a super majority to approve it - Pinellas would be another $15 million in the hole. But Huff said the district can find the money elsewhere.

Among other proposals, she listed 10 percent salary cuts for all employees making more than $75,000 a year; a "buy out" proposal for employees with more than 29 years in the system; and savings from the conversion of four more schools (two high schools, one middle school and one elementary school) into fundamental schools.

Huff , a math/science coach, noted the district has cut $104 million in the past four years. "I may be blind but I'm out at the schools and I don't see the difference," she said. "$100 million? Where was it going?"

[Last modified: Tuesday, July 20, 2010 2:45pm]


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