Clarke Co School District millage rate to be focus of June hearings

The Clarke County School District schedules five hearings on the District’s proposed budget, which will be funded by a millage rate that is expected to remain unchanged. The Clarke County School Board has given tentative approval to a $164 million school district spending plan. Hearings will be held on June 9 and June 16. Budget adoption is scheduled for June 25.

From the Clarke Co School District website...

The Clarke County Board of Education gave tentative approval to the fiscal year 2021 budget of $164,080,447 on May 21, 2020, based on the continuance of the tentative millage rate of 20 mills. Due to the district’s millage rate being higher than the rollback rate (the rate that would be used to produce the same amount of taxes collected last year), the hearing schedule is detailed below, as required by state law. There is an expected increase of 5.47 percent for property taxes levied in 2020. While the millage rate for the school district is to remain at the tentative 20 mills, this estimate would, in effect, increase overall collection by 1.086 mills. All meetings will be held using video conferencing through the website (see meeting IDs and passwords below). Written comments can be emailed to prior to the meetings. These meetings can also be accessed by calling 646-876-9923 and using the meeting IDs provided for the respective time.

Each year, the assessed value for the taxable property in Athens-Clarke County is recalculated, and the board of tax assessors is required by law to reassess values based on fair market value. The proposed tax increase for a home with a fair market value of $225,000 is approximately $86.88, and the proposed tax increase for non-homestead property with a fair market value of $250,000 is approximately $108.60. The Board of Education is scheduled to give final approval to the proposed budget and millage rate at a called board meeting on June 25, 2020, at 6 p.m.

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