Pinellas County Schools Referendum
The Referendum strengthens reading, music and art programs; provides up-to-date technology; and helps recruit and retain quality teachers. Pinellas County voters have supported the half-mill property tax four times since 2004, all times by large margins. An independent committee meets regularly to oversee the distribution of funds and ensure that money is spent as voters intended. November 2016, Pinellas County Schools Referendum won 76 percent of the vote.
- Supports all students through new or expanded classroom libraries, additional supplies, increased training opportunities for teachers, and updated computers and technology.
- Funds intensive small-group literacy programs that help students read at grade level, instrument rental fees for students that can't afford them, and paid admission for field trips to museums and art galleries.
- Provides all schools with equitable funding for quality art supplies, equipment and technology that help students produce strong and award-winning works of art.
- Supplies instruments for elementary music classes, and equipment such as furniture, risers and music stands to ensure equity among music programs throughout the district.
- Helps recruit and retain quality teachers: Eighty percent of the Referendum revenue supplements teacher salaries. For the 2017-18 school year, the supplement is providing teachers with an additional $4,004.