District likely to return to voters for funds

Published: Thursday, November 15, 2012 at 11:22 AM.

“My feeling is we ask for again for that mil because of what we are up against,” said board chair Billy Quinn, Jr.

Board members also sketched out their case.

The district has been an honor roll district and a high-performing district over the past five years. Board members also noted they had kept the one component of school funding over which they have any sway, Local Capital Improvement millage, or bricks and mortar dollars, down over the past six years.

Districts are permitted to levy up to 1.50 mils for LCI – it was two mils four years ago – while the district has not been above half a mil in over five years.

“Because we have done that is a reason we are here today,” said board member Linda Wood.

The district has also shed some 50 staff positions over the past four years, reduced the number of sports schools participate in, consolidated middle and high schools and, as promised when the additional mil levy was before voters four years ago, retired the half-cent sales tax for Port St. Joe Elementary School eight years early.

“We have done our part,” said board member John Wright. “Six years in a row we’ve had the lowest LCI in the state. I know something has to be done. I would love to say we don’t need it but we do. I think we can make the case.”

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