Vote On Critical School Funding Set for March 20, 2018

On March 20, 2018, Sarasota County voters can renew the 1-mill for school operations. The funding has been approved by voters every four years since 2002, most recently in 2014 by 76.9%.

Sarasota County is one of only two counties in the state to receive an “A” from the Florida Department of Education every year since grading began in 2004. All the money approved by voters stays in Sarasota County to help local students. The 1 mill will yield approximately $56 million in fiscal year 2018—roughly 13 % of the school district’s operating budget. An independent Financial Advisor Committee reviews how money approved by the referendum is spent and reports their findings to the School Board and public.

Voter approved school funding allows the district to:

  • Continue to attract and keep outstanding teachers.
  • Keep the added 30 minutes of instruction per school day, equal to 18 extra days of instruction a year.
  • Continue to commit resources to close the achievement gap.
  • Preserve art, music and drama classes.
  • Continue to enhance safety and security at schools.