BROOKSVILLE - The Hernando County School Board will hold its final public budget hearing Tuesday, as well as a regular workshop and meeting.
Lower property values and a lower mill levy rate means $2,828,889 less tax-generated revenue in Hernando County School District's budget for the upcoming school year compared to last.
That translates to a 2.33 percent reduction in property taxes for Hernando County home owners assuming their property values remained the same.
A proposed millage rate of 7.280 - a 2.33 percent decrease from last year's rate - is expected to generate a total tax revenue of $55,760,587 for the district.
The proposed millage levy is less than the rolled-back rate of 7.6914 by 5.35 percent. The rollback rate is what is needed to generate the same amount of tax revenue as the prior year and represents a $8.70 decrease in property tax for owners of homes with an assessed value of $75,000, $13.05 for $100,000 homes, $17.40 for a $125,000 home and $30.45 for a $200,000 home.
Also among the budget agenda items is a request by Challenger K8 to place its Chinese Cultural Exchange Program on the school board meeting agenda for tentative approval.
Students from Beijing New Talent Academy, a prestigious school in Beijing, will have the opportunity to experience a homestay during the second grading period.
The program would consist of a nine-week visit during which students would shadow a Challenger counterpart and experience the life of an average middle-school student in the U.S.
The cost of the program is covered in its entirety by the Beijing New Talent Academy, according to the item.
"This is an opportunity for Hernando County to create a partnership with a world culture and enrich the lives of students for many years to come," it shows.
The board also will hold a discussion about possible revisions to the current fingerprinting and background screening policy in light of new statute changes that took place on July 1.
The statutory changes consist of new statewide ID cards that districts must provide contractors that have only indirect contact with students, such as trades workers, computer repair professionals and landscapers.
The ID cards are valid for five years from the date of fingerprinting, according to the item, and school districts must still must provide a district ID to any contractor that has direct contact with students, such as tutors, sports officials, mentors, mental health providers, and instruction contractors.
The school board workshop will be held at the district office in Brooksville at 2 p.m., the final public budget hearing will be held at 6 p.m. and the board meeting at 7 p.m.