Leon County School Board Budget Approved

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By: Chris Gros
September 9, 2014

Tallahassee, FL - The Leon County School Board has approved of the 2014-2015 school year budget.

The school board unanimously approved the budget with a 5-0 vote. Its entire budget is $530.5 million dollars, which is $96,000,000 more from last year.

An increase in property values in Leon County resulted in an increase in the millage rate. The school board voted to increase the rate from 7.346 mills to 7.384 mills. That increases property tax revenue to $3.8 million dollars for the school board.

For example, if you own a home worth $100,000 with a $25,000 homestead exemption-- the millage rate increase would bump your property taxes up $2.84.

The budget does not include an increase in teacher salaries.

By: Charlene Cristobal
August 19, 2014

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- The Leon County School Board says it's laying the foundation to build. Tuesday night, that meant tackling the budget which had teacher Scott Mazure all ears.

"As a teacher, the budget concerns me because I would like to see the district fund teachers," said Mazure, a teacher at Killearn Lakes Elementary. "[Teachers] have the greatest effect on student achievement."

The Board is proposing an increase to the 2013 millage rate. It would go from 7.346 to 7.384. That bump is estimated to raise an extra $4,000,000 in property taxes. To break it down even more, if you own a $100,000 home with a $25,000 Homestead exemption, if the millage rate were to increase, your property taxes would go up about $2.84 a year.

"The message we want to send the community is that we're going to have the dollars to fund our system," said Leon County Schools Superintendent Jackie Pons. "And we're going to use every dollar to the best of our ability to make sure that we meet the needs of each individual classroom."

Pons says that extra money will be used for school remodeling, maintenance, computer equipment and other things as well. It's a sacrifice Mazure says he's willing to make.

"I think that is a minimal amount for us to go ahead and put forth a cup of coffee here and there," said Mazure. "So, I think it's a great idea to go ahead and fund the schools properly."

The School Board did not vote on a budget Tuesday. They will finalize and vote on the budget on September 9th.

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