COLLIER COUNTY — Collier County voters overwhelmingly approved a referendum allowing the local school district to move $14.5 million from its a fund that pays for taxes and new schools to one that pays for salaries and classroom materials.
About 80 percent voted for the referendum, while less than 20 percent voted against it.
The tax-neutral referendum, first approved by 79 percent of voters in 2008, authorizes the district to increase its operating fund by a quarter mill and decrease its capital fund by the same amount. It will allow the district to avoid making $14.5 in cuts from this year’s operating budget.
The capital fund pays for debt and building maintenance and improvements, while the operating budget pays for teacher salaries, instructional materials and textbooks — areas that more directly affect students.
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