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I have included in the previous paragraph the total Federal and State owned property to emphasize the fact that there is less than half of the real property in Okaloosa County that produces revenue
for local school support.
It is my understanding that P.L. 874 was enacted in 1950
specifically to provide revenue to school districts in lieu of local
ad valorem caxes where real property is removed from the tax rolls.
If, in fact, that was the original intent of P.L. 874, then I submit
to this Subcommittee that the Federal ownership of property in Okaloosa County has not changed since the original enactment of P.L, 874. Therefore, we feel very strongly that there is a current and continuing rationale for both category "A" and "B" funding in Okaloosa County.
* The primary purpose of our visit here with this Subcommittee today
is to present a statement of justification for continuing the funding
of category "B" students.
Some of these are listed below:
1. The "B" pupil's parent works at a property that
cannot be taxed for school support. The "B" pupil
The concept of general Federal aid to education
3. In most impacted school districts the greatest load
on the educational system has been imposed by the
4. To reduce the amount of Impact Aid still further
would be to continue the trend of withdrawing
We have a student membership of 26,114.
There are 8,762
eligible "B" category students which constitutes an eligibility of
approximately $1,300,000. If these funds are deleted, the School
Board has absolutely no legal way in which to replace them by local
or state effort since we are currently levying the maximum millage
allowable under state law.
For a complete analysis of Okaloosa
County's P.L. 874 entitlement and loss of revenue if the "B" category
students are not funded see: Table 1--Public Law 874, IMPACT FUNDS,
Approximate Revenue, 1976–77; Table 2--Student Membership, Analysis
of P.L. 874, Okaloosa County, 1976–77; Table 3--Total Entitlement for
Category "A" & "B" Students before Proration of Funds; Table 4--Estimated
Operating Budget Part I, 1977–78. The educational program that we
are offering at the present time and the opportunities for boys and
girls will be seriously damaged without this revenue.
There is a critical need to continue the funding of "B"
students, preferably, at the original rate of one-half the amount
paid for "A" students. The continued proration of funds during the past several years has created a fiscal nightmare in budget planning.
On behalf of the office of Superintendent, the School Board
of Okaloosa County, the military contingency, and the people of
Okaloosa County, I want to seriously appeal to you to support the
funding of the "B" pupils and establish stability with this source of
Federal funds in order that we can be more effective and efficient
in planning educational programs for the 26,114 students that we