School millage falls further

Published: Thursday, July 24, 2014 at 12:28 PM.

Taxpayers will see even more of a drop in school taxes than initially projected.

The Gulf County School Board approved a tentative millage rate that will see school taxes drop even more than preliminary numbers released two weeks ago indicated.

The biggest drop was additional shaving of the required local effort (RLE) component of the funding formula with the state adjusting the number down to accurately reflect the preliminary tax roll submitted by Property Appraiser Mitch Burke earlier this month.

As with the other two major components of a school district budget, the RLE, the largest component representing what the district must collect locally to access state funding, is established each spring by the Florida Legislature based on projections of enrollment, taxable property values and other factors.

However, the RLE is adjusted in July based on comparisons of the property tax roll to those projections. The result for Gulf District Schools was a further decrease in RLE, carving it by 5.44 percent.

“The required local effort came down more than we expected, which is good,” said district finance officer Sissy Worley.

Discretionary funding, that money allowed the district to sustain day-to-day operations – primarily workforce salaries and benefits – remained the same.

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