By Elizabeth Djinis
District representatives tout its benefits, even for residents who have no children in school
As the March 20 vote on the Sarasota County School District’s 1 mill, local-option property tax nears, representatives from the district’s financial advisory committee touted the positive impacts of the tax at a luncheon for the Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce on Friday.
In place since 2002, the property tax supplies about $56 million a year for the district and accounts for 13 percent of its operating budget. The money goes toward 30 extra minutes of instructional time each day for students and additional art and music teachers. It also has helped Sarasota County become one of only two districts in the state of Florida to be given an A rating every year since the Florida Department of Education began the grading system in 2004.