School taxes will fall

Published: Thursday, July 10, 2014 at 12:10 PM.

The headline is the Gulf County School Board will likely lower taxes this year.

The inside pages tell a slightly more complicated tale.

The overall millage for public schools will fall from 7.0630 to 7.0500 this year but that good news for taxpayers underscores a concerning trend for the district.

Student enrollment continues to drop, particularly in the north end of the county where the district is projecting a drop of 50-60 students.

That continued decline in enrollment – the district has lost more than 400 students in a decade – is reflected in the reduction in the so-called Required Local Effort millage which the district must assess to receive state funding.

That millage will drop 3.45 percent to 4.702, early projections indicate.

Discretionary funding from the state that will remain at .748 mills – the Florida Legislature each spring sets two of the three components of school funding under the Florida Education Finance Program (FEFP).

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