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BoE keeps millage rate stable

POSTED: November 13, 2009 10:53 a.m.
Although it means the Liberty County School System will see a decrease in tax revenue this year, the Board of Education voted unanimously to advertise the millage rate at 15.6 mills.
“We are not raising the millage rate,” Assistant Superintendent Jason Rogers said. “The board will be taking a final vote on the millage at a called meeting on Nov. 30 at 6:15 p.m. The proposed millage remains 15.60 mills. Because of the lack of growth in the digest, a proposed 15.60 mills will generate fewer tax dollars than last year.”
Keeping the millage rate the same will mean a $35,941 loss for the system.
Like many other school systems around the state, LCSS has endured cuts in funding from the state during the past year, totaling about $9 million, but Rogers maintains that the system will not make up the difference in taxes.
“At this time, our board is not passing on the huge cuts in state funding as tax increases to our citizens,” he said. “Rather, we are looking internally at additional ways we can cut our budgets and spending as well as maximize the current resources we have.”
 

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