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School board trims millage rate

The Liberty County Board of Education adopted a millage rate of 15.666 mills for 2017 property taxes, a rollback of 0.123 mills from 2016.
The rate was set at the board’s meeting Tuesday.
The millage rate will put Liberty County in the required 95 percent in millage rates for Georgia school districts to maintain impact aid status.
Federal impact aid is given to school districts that lose potential tax revenue because of federal activities, such as a military installation like Fort Stewart.
The district is expected to generate $17.5 million to $18 million in property tax revenue, according to officials.

Safety hotline
The district will share an anonymous school safety hotline for students and parents to report unsafe situations at school, such as weapons violations, bomb threats, drugs or alcohol and bullying.
1-877-SAY-STOP is a toll-free 24-hour hotline manned by the Georgia Department of Education.
The hotline is manned by the GADOE during regular business hours. After business hours and over the weekend calls are transferred to the Georgia Department of Public Safety.
When information is received the superintendent of that district is notified of the problem.
Liberty County School System Chief Academic Officer Patti Crane said in return GADOE asks for the superintendent to notify them when the problem has been resolved.
The hotlines information will be posted on the district’s website and in schools.

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