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Pinellas will hold final budget hearing Tuesday



The Pinellas County School Board will consider Tuesday whether to adopt its final $1.3 billion budget for the 2013/14 school year.

A public hearing is scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday at the district headquarters in Largo. Public comments will be taken a half hour before the meeting starts. A regular board meeting also is scheduled at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday. See agendas here.

The school district's total operating fund - from which most salaries are paid out - is about $853 million. The capital fund, which pays for construction and maintenance, is $298 million.

The district's financial position is a bit better after years of declining property values and budget cuts. Property values went up about 3.4 percent this year. The state also provided about $18 million for raises for teachers. The district has reached tentative agreements with most of its unions to provide 5 percent to 5.6 percent raises, on average, to employees. 

The School Board adopted a tentative budget over the summer.

[Last modified: Monday, September 9, 2013 3:48pm]


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