Budget vote, school board elections, is Tuesday, May 21

On Tuesday, May 21, Florida voters will consider a $22,687,220 budget for the 2019-20 school year.

Through careful planning, the proposed spending plan minimizes the increase in the tax levy to 1.5 percent, far under Florida’s allowable increase of 2.2 percent. The tax levy is the total amount of money a school district can raise through property taxes. The proposed budget expands the academic program and ensures that our students have the resources and opportunities they need to prepare for the future.

The spending plan includes continued investments in safety and security, brings new educational programs and opportunities to students, and expands classroom technology. It also calls for the addition of a special education teacher, certified athletic trainer services, and the expansion of social and emotional student support.

For more information, visit the 2019-20 FUFSD budget page.

Florida voters will also elect three members to the Board of Education. Two seats are for 3-year terms; one is for the completion of an unexpired term (1 year.)

The candidates, in the order they will appear on the ballot are:

  • Sue Wheeler (appointed incumbent)
  • AnnMarie Scotti
  • Meg Sgombick (incumbent)
  • Coleen Connolly

Polls are open 6 a.m. – 9 p.m. at the S.S. Seward Memorial Building, 51 North Main St., Florida.