Sarasota News Leader

07/26/2013

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HIGHER SCHOOL TAXES Deputy Chief Financial Officer Al Weidner addresses the School Board on July 23. Photo by Rachel Hackney LARGELY BECAUSE OF SALARY INCREASES APPROVED — BUT MOSTLY UNFUNDED — BY THE LEGISLATURE, THE SCHOOL BOARD TENTATIVELY HAS APPROVED A HIGHER MILLAGE RATE FOR THE NEXT FISCAL YEAR By Rachel Brown Hackney Editor The Sarasota County School Board voted unanimously on July 23 — with member Carol Todd absent — to advertise a total tentative millage rate of 7.970 mills for its 2014 fiscal year. Deputy Chief Financial Officer Al Weidner noted. The district will use almost $12.9 million from its reserve fund to balance the new budget, Chairwoman Jane Goodwin pointed out. BeThat is an increase from the total rate of 7.816 cause the district will continue to use reserve funds to balance the for the current fiscal budget, Weidner said, year. I don't see anywhere else we can cut. the projection is that A person with a house by June 30, 2014, the valued at $200,000 will fund will represent Al Weidner Deputy Chief Financial Officer pay an extra $30.80 in the minimum level alSarasota County Schools school district taxes, lowed by its policy —

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