The Leon County School Board will hold their final public hearing for the Fiscal Year 2020-2021 budget this week. Local residents will be paying a total of $115.6 million in property taxes, compared to last year’s total of $112.7 million.
The meeting agenda includes a discussion of the final budget and the new millage rates for the year, which include a decrease from 6.167 mils in 2019 to 5.963 mils in 2020. While the millage rates are lower than in previous years, the overall property value in the county is projected to increase from $19 billion to $20 billion.
Approximately $29.1 million of the tax revenue will be allocated to capital improvements and approximately $14.5 million are labeled as discretionary.
While the LCS documents do not mention total student enrollment, there are 36,580 students currently enrolled in Leon County’s 62 public schools, marking an increase from previous years.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, students were given a choice to attend school in the traditional brick-and-mortar setting or to start the school year in a virtual format. There is no mention of how the pandemic will affect the budget numbers in the meeting agenda.
The vote on the final budget will take place at the School Board meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 8.