School Board finalizes 2013-14 budget

Published: Thursday, September 12, 2013 at 12:02 PM.

The Gulf County School Board on Monday formally adopted the final budget for the 2013-14 fiscal year.

After cutting the budget for another year, board members approved a millage that is below the rollback rate even as the Florida Legislature increased the burden on local taxpayers.

The board adopted a final budget and millage rate that will have taxpayers seeing a 1 percent rise in property taxes for the coming fiscal year.

The rollback rate is the millage at which the school district would raise the same amount of taxes as the current fiscal year.

A mill is worth $1 for every $1,000 in taxable property value.

The mill declined in worth to the school board – which has differing mandates assessing property values for budgetary reasons – by just over $2,000, less than two tenths of one percent.

 “This has not been an easy school year,” said Superintendent of Schools Jim Norton. “We are spending nearly one million dollars less than we did last year. This is the seventh consecutive year the district has had to do with less.”

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