Collier County taxpayers can expect to see their school property taxes increase slightly this year due to a state-required hike.
The millage rate is slated to climb to about $5.58 per $1,000 of property value for the 2012-13 year based on a budget school board members approved tentatively on Tuesday.
Compared to last year's rates, that's an increase of 4.9 cents per $1,000 of property value, meaning the rate would be $4.90 higher for a home valued at $100,000.
Millage rates include portions set at the state and local level. The local level part is not increasing, said Bob Spencer, the district's financial director.
Spencer said it's not uncommon for the state to raise the rate, and most districts statewide will see a millage increase.
The millage rate increase is slated to be finalized during a Sept. 11 budget hearing.
In other board news:
Board members approved a two-year extension to Superintendent Kamela Patton's contract to provide a sense of stability to the district. Collier has had a high turnover of superintendents, with five different leaders in 12 years. Under the extension, Patton's contract continues to June 2016.
The board voiced support of a resolution on high stakes testing drafted by the Florida School Boards Association, with board members expressing dissatisfaction with the growing role of the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test and the state Department of Education's scoring miscalculation, which led to lower scores at several districts, including Collier. The board is slated to revisit the resolution during its August meeting.