Thursday, May 8, 2008


The Clarke County Board of Education meets this evening for its May voting session. At that time, the public will get its first glimpse of the tentative budget for the upcoming year in the form of item 12 under New Business (see page 59 of the PDF, which appeared on the District’s web site late yesterday or early this morning), though just how useful that glimpse may be remains to be seen. According to item 13 under New Business, the tentative millage rate stays constant at 20 mills (see page 60 of the PDF). Unfortunately, that is the extent of the information available to the public at this time.

I have the sneaking suspicion that the District would love to increase the millage rate but, according to the state Constitution, it cannot do so without the passage of a countywide referendum to that effect - and with property owners already facing increased assessments and a proposed millage rate increase on the part of the Unified Government, this is certainly not the year to try that.

Nonetheless, the schedule for the three public hearings on the budget mandated by the Taxpayers Bill of Rights had been released. Copies of the budget will be in the schools next week, though nothing is mentioned about the budget being available on the web.

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