School millage rate to be set this month

By Monroe Roark
Times Correspondent

The Henry County Board of Education has scheduled three public hearings for July leading up to the establishment of its millage rate for the coming year.

The school millage will not go up. It can’t, because since 2007 it has been at 20 mills, which is the maximum allowed by state law.

Since property values are going up this year, the same millage will still mean an increase in the dollar value of your tax bill and is considered a tax increase that requires public hearings before adoption.

The first public hearing on the millage is scheduled for Monday, July 20, at 9:30 a.m. The second hearing is at 6:30 p.m. that same day.

The third and final public hearing is Monday, July 27, at 5:30 p.m. The board is scheduled to vote on the millage at 6 p.m.

All of these meetings will be in the school board’s regular meeting room at the administrative offices, 33 N. Zack Hinton Pkwy. in McDonough.

The board voted June 8 to adopt a $341 million budget for the 2015-16 year, the highest budget ever for the school system. It includes zero furlough days and a five-percent raise for all employees, as well as the addition of more than 100 new positions to the employee ranks.

School system officials cited an improving tax digest and increased state funding that allows for the increase to serve a growing student population and hire more teachers to keep class size ratios lower.

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