SARASOTA — Sarasota County Schools Board is considering a budget for 2021-2022 of more than $1 billion.
A public hearing to make a decision on the budget and taxes was Tuesday. The board adopted its final millage rate and tentative budget without any discussion.
The general fund, the largest portion which covers payroll, utilities and operating expenses, is $366,715,925. Special revenue, which is composed of state and federal grants including the national school lunch program, is $30,461,049.
Capitol project total expenditures and debt services made up for nearly $2 million of the budget.
The total proposed school millage for 2021-22 is 6.709 mills, down slightly from 6.975 last year. The millage rate is calculated at $1 for every $1,000 of assessed taxable property value. For a property valued at $200,000, taxes are an estimated $1,341 for the year.
This does not include property taxes from additional governments like Sarasota County, the Southwest Florida Water Management District, or cities like North Port and Venice.
The 2021 proposed millage rate represents a 1.91% decrease under last year’s rolled-back millage rate.
The next School Board meeting is planned for 3 p.m. Sept. 21.