Voters renew Pinellas County Schools Referendum for third time
November 2016, Pinellas County Schools Referendum won 76 percent of the vote. 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.
- Supports all students through new or expanded
additional supplies, increased training opportunities for teachers, and
updated computers and technology.
intensive small-group literacy programs that help students read at
grade level, instrument rental fees for students that can't afford them,
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.
recruit and retain quality teachers: Eighty percent of the Referendum
revenue supplements teacher salaries. For the 2016-17 school year, the
supplement will provide teachers with an additional $3,827.
Every penny of the money collected through the Referendum is locally controlled and goes to Pinellas County classrooms.
- Supports all students through new or expanded classroom libraries, additional supplies, increased training opportunities for teachers, and updated computers and technology.