Representative Manny Diaz has filed HB 3A that does the following:
- decreases local required effort from property taxes by over $1.5 million.
- increases the state’s base student allocation from sales taxes by $43.24 from the 2016-17 allocation.
Allocations for other programs are similar to the prior measures. This bill does very little to help public schools and less than Governor Scott requested.
Mostly this bill appears to borrow from Peter to pay Paul. While the state portion of the per student funding (FEFP) that Governor Scott vetoed would increase slightly, the local funding would decrease. FEFP covers school operational activities like instruction, but it does not cover the capital outlay funds for building construction and maintenance.
Keep up the pressure!