School Board finalizes 2013-14 budget

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

School board budgets are different from other taxing authorities in that most of the leeway in numbers is removed by Tallahassee.

The Florida Legislature each year sets two of the three primary components of school funding in the FEFP, or Florida Education Finance Program.

And this year, while the state boosted revenue in some areas, it was balanced by cuts in other areas, deputy superintendent of schools Sara Joe Wooten said.

The primary component, Required Local Effort, is that which the district must raise to receive any state funding under FEFP.

That component, set by state lawmakers this spring, went up from 4.838 mills to 4.870, an increase of two-thirds of a percent from the current fiscal year, or .032 in mills.

Discretionary millage, that used for essential school operations, remained the same, as it did for all districts, .748 mills.

The Gulf County School Board, for the first time in more than four years, increased the one component of the millage rate over which it has any say, Local Capital Improvement, or bricks and mortar dollars.

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