JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Duval County School Board will vote on the 2012 - 2013 budget Tuesday.
The proposed budget totals more than $1.6 billion, and is $43.8 million less than last year.
According to the DCPS, the state-mandated millage rate, or property tax rate, increased to 7.6 mills. But property values fell over the year, so most homeowners will see a decrease in school taxes.
However, the state was able to provide an increase in revenue to school districts across the state, including $19 million for Duval County.
Superintendent Ed Pratt-Dannals believes the budget can be balanced without having to lay off any teachers. The school system has also developed plans to continue art, music, physical education, media courses, sports and JROTC programs without community assistance.
A school system spokesperson tells Action News the district also did not increase health insurance premiums and will maintain a non-contributory health plan for employees.
Even though enrollment is down 1,600 students, which equals $7 million in reduced funding, Pratt-Dannals says that's covered by intervene positions that haven't been filled.
"Because we've managed these positions we won't have the deficit. Had we hired all 75 of those teachers and didn't have a place for them, then it could be an issue and a problem."
The School Board meeting starts at 5:05 PM Tuesday.