Pasco County School Board to vote on budget next week
Stepping away from its usual meeting schedule, the Pasco County School Board will meet for the second consecutive Tuesday in order to meet deadlines for adopting a 2017-18 budget.
The district has been operating on a continuation spending plan since July 1, when the new fiscal year began.
If approved, the $1.19 billion budget would include a total property tax rate of $6.565 per $1,000 of assessed value. That's a reduction of $21.20 for the owner of a $125,000 home with homestead exemptions, if the home value has not increased.
Overall, the district's revenue is down 2 percent. Its operating funds are slated to rise slightly, but primarily because of enrollment growth and the resulting per-student money. Rising costs still prompted the board to cut expenses in areas such as extended-day programs, and the board has not budgeted for employee raises.
No one spoke at the board's first public hearing on its budget. This next one is scheduled for 6 p.m. Sept. 12. A workshop on district legislative priorities and a proposal to transform Ridgewood High School is set to take place at 4 p.m., before the hearing.