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Oversight group looks into Pinellas County school tax dollars [Video]

The school district is gearing up to ask voters for an increase to the budget-supplementing special property tax this November.

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — As Pinellas County school district leaders gear up to ask voters for an increase to a budget-supplementing special property tax, the committee overseeing the money got a firsthand look at how the funding is implemented.

Days after their summer break, the students continue their learning not from traditional textbooks, but in music, theatre and dance.

“Every single auditorium in every high school has been upgraded through the referendum. All the band uniforms are because of the referendum, reading supplemental programs and certifications for teachers are because of the referendum,” said Mitch Lee, an ICROC member from the Pinellas Education Foundation.

The ICROC meets every 90 days and files an annual report on the spending.

Lee has been a member of the oversight group since voters first …

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