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School cuts pass with little debate

By Times Staff Writer
Published July 30, 2003

LARGO - After months of angst over the deepest spending cuts in a decade, a public hearing on the 2003-04 budget for Pinellas schools took just 45 minutes Tuesday night.

The School Board gave preliminary approval to a budget that includes operating cuts of more than $24-million.

A final hearing is set for Sept. 16.

The only debate came when board member Mary Russell expressed concern that the district spends too much money outside the classroom.

The district proposes to spend a total of $1.12-billion in the fiscal year that began July 1, down from $1.22-billion last year.

Pinellas' school property tax rate will drop 2.4 percent.

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