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Citrus County School Board members voted unanimously to approve the 2021-22 millage rates and final budget for the district Tuesday afternoon.

The millage rate totaled 5.817 mills, which taxes the county’s appraised worth of $12.33 billion.

The millage to be raised includes $42.23 million for required local efforts and prior-period funding adjustment, $8.85 million for discretionary operating and $17.75 million for local capital improvement.   

The board also approved the district’s $288.99 million budget, including county, state, federal and miscellaneous funding.  

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Of the district’s $154.09 million general fund, they plan to spend $148.06 million. The general fund will help cover costs of basic student needs, employee salaries and benefits, student transportation, supplies, administration and other expenses.

The total CARES budget for the year totals $15.28 million, of which all funds will be used. CARES money will assist with everything from basic student needs to salaries and supplies.

The district’s fund for capital projects totals $45.94 million, which they plan to spend $27.73 million of in 2021-22. Capitol project funds will cover debt services, transfers, capital outlay and facilities, acquisition and construction.

To view Tuesday’s full meeting, visit youtube.com/user/CitrusSchools.

Hannah Sachewicz is a reporter for the Chronicle. She can be reached at 352-564-2929 or hannah.sachewicz@chronicleonline.com.

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