Pinellas renews school tax
Pinellas voters overwhelmingly favored renewal of a special property tax for schools Tuesday, even as they showed strong support for the constitutional amendment that will reduce their total tax bill. It appeared from unofficial results that the margin of victory could exceed that of 2004, when the tax first passed with 64 percent of the vote.
The tax of 50 cents on every $1,000 of assessed value will raise a total of $145-million in its first four-year cycle, which ends with the 2008-09 fiscal year. The renewal will carry the tax through 2012-13, continuing to provide millions for teacher raises and art, music, technology and reading programs.