Nickel and dimed
From the Pinellas County School District:
Once again, Pinellas property taxes have decreased, which means another decrease in referendum funding that supports instructional salaries. While the tax roll did not decrease as much as the property appraiser had originally forecasted, the 2011-12 supplement is $2,983, or $88 less than last year. Instructional personnel on 11.5- and 12-month contracts will see a slight difference in their paychecks this month. Ten-month instructional personnel will see it in August.
Chief Financial Officer Fred Matz reports that the established process was followed in communicating the reduction to union leaders, starting in May with presentation of a preliminary referendum supplement amount to the Employee Well Being and Satisfaction committee. That same information was shared with the Bargaining Leadership Team May 9. The property appraiser provided the estimated tax roll numbers the last week in May, and Mr. Matz certified the supplemental amount to BLT May 31. Union leadership had asked if the School Board could cover the shortage, thus negating any decrease in instructional salary, but district leadership concluded that it is unable to sustain what would amount $720,000.