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Financial Information

The District maintains budgetary controls, the objective of which is to ensure compliance with legal provisions

embodied in the annual appropriated budget approved by the District School Board. Activities of all governmental fund types are included in the annual appropriated budget. The level of budgetary control (that is, the level at which expenditures cannot exceed the appropriated amount) is established at the fund-function level for all funds.

Budgetary information is integrated into the accounting system. To facilitate budgetary control, budget balances are encumbered when purchase orders are issued. Appropriations lapse at year-end and outstanding encumbrances are honored in the subsequent year’s appropriations.

In order to provide budgetary control for salaries, the District utilizes a centralized position control system. On an annual basis, the District adopts a District staffing plan that establishes teaching positions based generally on student populations served. Additionally, support and administrative positions are created based on established criteria.

The District has a policy that states that in order to ensure the financial strength, maintain a favorable bond rating, and the stability of the District, the District’s operating fund shall budget for and maintain a reasonable unrestricted fund balance. Accordingly, the unrestricted fund balance (assigned and unassigned fund balance) at June 30, 2021, in the general fund was $87,082,709 or 13.96 percent of total general fund expenditures. The District has appropriated $19,504,897 of this amount for spending in the 2021-2022 fiscal year.

The District has an investment policy in place for investments of temporarily idle funds. The purpose of the policy is to outline the responsibility, authority, and general guidelines for the investment management of the District’s cash reserves and to ensure compliance with Florida Statutes.

The District is self-insured up to specified limits for workers’ compensation, automobile liability, general liability, and employee group health insurance. Additional information on the District’s risk management can be found in the notes to the financial statements.

The District’s capital asset policy specifies the categories of capital assets and the dollar thresholds for capitalizing purchases. It also specifies the length of depreciation for each asset category.

The Penny for Pasco is a Local Government Infrastructure Surtax originally passed by Pasco County voters on March 9, 2004 and renewed on November 6, 2012. The original surtax became effective on January 1, 2005, to December 31, 2014. Voters signaled their approval for the continuation of the Penny for Pasco for another ten years, beginning in January 2015. The renewal was supported by 70 percent of the voters in Pasco County. The District School Board of Pasco County receives 45 percent of the sales tax collections. The purpose of the Penny for Pasco is for renovation of current facilities and for technology improvements. The District School Board of Pasco County established the Penny for Pasco Oversight Committee to help monitor the needs and allocation of the funding.