What Pinellas schools did with $38 million in referendum money
The half-mill property tax hike that Pinellas voters approved in 2004 and again in 2008 brought the district nearly $38 million last year. And this new report from the Independent Citizens Referendum Oversight Committee details how that money was spent. (It begins on Page 12 of the School Board's latest agenda packet.)
As intended, the bulk of it -- $31.3 million -- went to teacher salaries and benefits. But it's always interesting to see how many important little things in reading, music, art and technology may not have materialized had Pinellas voters not been so generous.