Imagine a world without referendum money
The voter-approved, half-mill tax referendum for Pinellas County schools - up for renewal next year - allowed the district to allocate $25.5 million for teacher pay last school year, according to a new report from the citizens committee that monitors the spending. (To see it, go to page 10 of the agenda packet for Tuesday's school board meeting.) The district also allocated $1.4 million in referendum money to visual arts programs, $2.1 million to performing arts programs, $2 million for technology and $3.3 million for reading programs.
Today's St. Petersburg Times story pointed out Pinellas business leaders are gearing up to campaign for the referendum's renewal. Any one care to weigh in on chances for passage? Or the fallout if it doesn't pass?