1. Pasco

Pasco School Board to consider $1.2 billion budget on Tuesday

The Pasco County School Board will meet Tuesday for the second consecutive week, in order to meet deadlines for adopting its current year budget.

No one from the public commented on the $1.2 billion spending plan during the board's first public hearing. Some district employees have spoken out, however, about the board's proposal to increase pay and benefits by an average of about 3.5 percent.

The United School Employees of Pasco has asked the board to use some of its unallocated general fund reserves to boost salaries even higher. So far, the board has not adjusted its budget to reflect that idea.

As it stands, the budget would include a tax rate reduction of 33.6 cents per $1,000 of assessed property value. The general fund of $596 million, which covers daily operations including pay, is set to rise 3.77 percent, while debt service is scheduled to rise by 14 percent to $64 million.

The district's capital projects budget is proposed to shrink by 17 percent, to $283.5 million.

View the full budget proposal on the district's website. The public hearing is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m.