Pinellas County Schools Referendum
The Referendum strengthens reading, music and art programs; provides up-to-date technology and textbooks; and helps recruit and retain quality teachers.
Community members and families recognize the importance of the Referendum. Pinellas County voters have supported the renewal of the half-mill property tax every four years since it was first approved in 2004. 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.
- Helps recruit and retain quality teachers: Eighty percent of the Referendum revenue supplements teacher salaries. Each teacher receives a salary supplement of $4,724 for the 2019-2020 school year as part of their base salary.
- 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 music, theater and dance equipment, technology, sound systems, uniforms and materials that support award-winning performing arts programs.