MANATEE COUNTY – Despite a lot of fits and starts, the Manatee County Schools budget was approved last night.

The School Board passed the $889 million budget for 2018–19 and set property tax rates.

Voter approval of an optional property tax referendum in March, along with 2016’s successful half–percent sales tax referendum, means Manatee’s board has maximized its taxing capability on both property and sales taxes.