Pinellas County Schools 2018-2019 Approved Budget
The Pinellas County School Board reviewed the district's tentative annual budget at 6:30 p.m.on July 31, 2018 at the First Public Hearing on Budget. The Second and final Public Hearing was held on September 11, 2018 at 6:30 p.m. in the Conference Hall at the School Administration Building.
The School Board was asked to approve a total property tax rate of 6.727 mills, which amounts to about $6.73 for each $1,000 of assessed property value. This rate is lower than the rate levied for the 2017-2018 fiscal year. The property tax rate also includes the local referendum, a one-half mill tax that Pinellas County taxpayers voted to renew in 2008, 2012, and 2016 all by large margins. For information about the local referendum, visit our special website; Referendum 411.
General Operating Fund
A crucial portion of the budget, about 63 percent, is the Operating fund.This fund is the primary budget for the day-to-day operations of the school district. The main source of revenue for the nearly $950 million is the Florida Education Finance Program (FEFP), which gleans much of its state revenue from sales taxes and much of its local revenue from property taxes.
Capital Outlay funds are used for major construction, renovations and remodeling projects as well as certain types of major equipment purchases. Among other capital fund appropriations, the district is allocating $22 million for renovations primarily at Orange Grove Elementary, Northeast High, Palm Harbor Elementary, Ponce de Leon Elementary, St. Petersburg High and Tyrone Middle Schools. Please see the 2018-2019 Capital Outlay Plan.
District Strategic Plan
The 2019-2020 budget aligns with the District Strategic Plan. Find out more about the District Strategic Plan here.
July 31, 2018 - First Public Hearing on the 2018-2019 Budget and Millage Rates
* First Public Hearing Presentation
* First Public Hearing Book and School Board Memo
September 11, 2018 - Second Public Hearing on the 2018-2019 Budget and Millage Rates