Escambia school board advances tax increase on 3-2 vote : NorthEscambia.com

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The Escambia County School District voted 3-2 Thursday night to advance a property tax increase on a recommendation from Superintendent Tim Smith.

On a motion by District 5 member Bill Slayton, the board voted 3-2 to adopt an interim mileage rate that exceeds the 7.33% reduction rate. Kevin Adams and Paul Fetsko cast the dissenting votes.

A lower reduction rate is the tax rate that would generate the same amount of property tax revenue as was approved for the previous year. The rollback rate was calculated at 4.914 mils. A mileage rate higher than the rollback rate is defined by the State of Florida as a tax increase and must be advertised as such.

The board approved a total tentative mileage rate of 5.274. This is a lower rate than the current year rate of 5.657 mills, but due to rising home values, it will generally cost many taxpayers more.

No member of the public spoke for or against the mileage rate at Thursday’s meeting.

The board also voted 5-0 to pass a budget of $810,300,864.75 for the 2022-23 fiscal year, which begins Oct. 1. To consult the detailed budget, click here (pdf).

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