Imagine Pinellas' schools without referendum money

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Ron Matus ‘imagines a world without referendum money.’

The voter-approved, half-mill tax referendum for Pinellas County schools – up for renewal next year – allowed the district to allocate $25.5 million for teacher pay last school year, according to

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