Board of Education to set millage for coming year

By Monroe Roark
Times Correspondent

The Henry County Board of Education is scheduled to set its millage this month for the coming year, and because of higher tax revenues the board is required to have three public hearings before adopting it.

The millage rate itself is unchanged. It will stay at 20 mills, which is the maximum allowed by law and the level at which it has been for nearly a decade.

By definition a millage rate is the amount per $1,000 used to calculate taxes on property. The term is derived from the root word “mill,” which means “thousand.” A mill represents $1 in tax per $1,000 in tax-assessed property value.

Although the school board’s millage rate is not going up, property values in Henry County are increasing. That means a property owner paying at the same millage rate will pay more in dollars on the newest tax bill compared to the previous one. That qualifies as a tax increase for the legal purposes of requiring public hearings to adopt the millage.

The public is invited to any and all of the hearings, which will be conducted at the school board’s central offices, 33 N. Zack Hinton Parkway in McDonough.

The first two hearings are scheduled for Tuesday, July 19, at 9:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m.

The third hearing is Tuesday, July 26, at 9:30 p.m. The school board is scheduled to adopt the millage rate that same day at 6 p.m.

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