SCS Referendum Educational Information

The Millage Referendum for Sarasota County Schools is reserved for maintaining and enhancing the quality of education in our community. Continuation of the referendum will ensure ongoing support for vital programs and resources that directly impact student achievement, educator quality, learning experiences, workforce education, and school safety.

Renewing the voter-approved referendum will not increase taxes. The 1 mill has been in place since 2002. For every $1,000 in-home assessment, there will be a $1 tax. (For example, on a home assessed at $300,000 with a $25,000 tax exemption, the tax will equate to $275. ​)

All information on this website is provided for educational purposes only.

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Who?

Sarasota County residents who are registered to vote.
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What?

The following question will appear on the November 5, 2024 ballot.

Continues Funding for Teachers, Workforce Training, Student Achievement Through Renewal of Ad Valorem Millage Referendum 

Shall the Sarasota County School District continue the 1 mill per year ad valorem millage to retain and recruit quality teachers; provide workforce training; improve school safety and security; preserve the arts; upgrade technology and classroom resources; fund other education programs and school operational needs; beginning July 1, 2026 and ending June 30, 2030; and sharing funds with charter schools proportionate with student enrollment, with oversight of all funds by an independent committee of citizens?  

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When?

  • October 7 - Voter Registration Deadline

  • November 5 - General Election

Where?

Use the Sarasota County Precinct and Polling Place Finder.

Why?

The Sarasota County Schools Millage Referendum is a source of funding that directly impacts the educational experience of every student in our district. Since its inception in 2002, this referendum has been a cornerstone of our education funding, allowing us to maintain high standards of excellence and innovation in our schools.

The 2024 referendum ensures a projected average annual revenue of $114 million from 2026-2030, providing stability and resources for the long-term success of our educational initiatives.

Expected Outcomes

Renewing the $114 million Millage Referendum will enable us to:

  • Promote Student Achievement: Investing $33 million to provide resources and support systems that enhance student learning and academic success.

  • Additional Instruction Time: Continue the added 30 minutes of instruction per school day, equaling to 18 extra days a year.

  • Attract & Invest in High-Quality Educators: Allocating $28 million to recruit and retain talented educators, providing ongoing professional development and support.

  • Enrich Learning Experiences: Utilizing $22 million to expand access to diverse educational opportunities, including Early Learning, arts and music, STEM, and extracurricular activities.

  • Elevate Workforce Education: Investing $17 million in career and technical education programs, preparing students for success in the modern workforce.

  • Ensure Safe & Secure Schools: Allocating $14 million to implement safety measures and enhance campus security and funds Security Aides, Counselors, and Behavioral Specialists positions.

Frequently Asked Questions

Community Meeting Dates

All events are from 6:00-7:00 PM and being hosted in the Performing Arts Center.

  • 8/29/2024 at Venice High School

  • 9/10/2024 at Pine View School

  • 9/12/2024 at Riverview High School

  • 9/18/2024 at North Port High School

  • 10/8/2024 at Sarasota High School

  • 10/10/2024 at Booker High School

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Middle School Allocations

High School Allocations

Combination School Allocations

Charter School Allocations