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Florida school districts learn how much state money they'll get for construction, maintenance

Times files

21

August

They said it wouldn't come close to being enough.

Florida school district leaders fought during the 2017 legislative session for permission to increase their local tax rate for capital project funding, anticipating they would have to share with charter schools, knowing they had more projects than revenue, understanding the state's portion had been low for years.

Late last week, superintendents learned exactly what their piece of the $50 million Public Education Capital Outlay (PECO) allocation would be. For some of the larger districts, it might get them close to paying for a new classroom wing. In the smaller ones, it might not even pay for air conditioning repairs.

Now they have to submit a request for authorization to encumber the money. If the work isn't under contract by the end of January 2020, the money can revert back to state coffers. Few districts anticipate anything like that happening.

Here's the breakdown, by county: 

Alachua 830,579
Baker 112,829
Bay 519,157
Bradford 123,475
Brevard 1,739,856
Broward 4,807,536
Calhoun 60,501
Charlotte 265,722
Citrus 342,321
Clay 864,848
Collier 789,534
Columbia 273,826
Dade 6,124,755
DeSoto 136,523
Dixie 32,674
Duval 2,653,058
Escambia 923,026
Flagler 220,647
Franklin 23,943
Gadsden 181,227
Gilchrist 82,532
Glades 29,746
Gulf 82,103
Hamilton 19,775
Hardee 175,432
Hendry 188,365
Hernando 435,038
Highlands 309,544
Hillsborough 3,436,612
Holmes 76,396
Indian River 306,030
Jackson 165,804
Jefferson 47,394
Lafayette 38,291
Lake 722,112
Lee 1,293,490
Leon 816,601
Levy 140,042
Liberty 34,284
Madison 57,207
Manatee 689,756
Marion 914,171
Martin 403,537
Monroe 168,766
Nassau 256,095
Okaloosa 652,102
Okeechobee 142,789
Orange 2,395,334
Osceola 678,761
Palm Beach 2,706,935
Pasco 1,231,737
Pinellas 2,338,808
Polk 2,163,116
Putnam 333,122
St. Johns 521,177
St. Lucie 647,683
Santa Rosa 416,095
Sarasota 770,992
Seminole 1,125,027
Sumter 149,523
Suwannee 149,480
Taylor 87,987
Union 75,929
Volusia 1,085,644
Wakulla 120,725
Walton 147,042
Washington 94,404
Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University 4,814
Florida Atlantic University (Palm Beach County campus) 14,390
University of Florida 31,224

[Last modified: Monday, August 21, 2017 11:00am]

    

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