Pinellas School Board gives early approval to $1.2 billion budget

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

The Pinellas County School Board gave preliminary approval Tuesday to a $1.2 billion budget after a public hearing that drew little comment from the public.

After hearing comments from only one speaker on the 2014-15 budget and tax rate, school board members voted to adopt the tentative budget and move forward in the budgeting process. A final public hearing is scheduled for Sept. 9, when the school board is expected to adopt a revised document.

“I like the idea that you’re living within your means,” said retired journalist John Ciani, who came to question the school district’s debt and federal funding.

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