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BOE approves millage rate
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The Board of Education building at 28 Main Street. - photo by Jessica Taylor

The board of education approved the FY20 millage rate during the Aug. 13 meeting. Vice Chairperson Will Wade was not present for the vote.

The board voted to keep the current millage rate, 15.778 mills, for the next fiscal year. The millage rate has remained unchanged since 2016.

The Dawson County Schools system is projected to collect approximately $21.7 million in local revenue based on the 15.778 millage rate.

Financial Director Jamie Ulrich said at the Aug. 13 hearing that the effects of maintaining the millage rate on local property owners is about a 0.64% increase. It amounts to a $12 increase in taxes for a home valued at $300,000.

Two previous public hearings for the school millage rate were held Aug. 6.

At the June 18 meeting, the board approved the FY20 budget of $49,307,237 with an expected ending fund balance around $3.5 million.

The majority of the budget (87 percent) is for employee salaries and benefits.

The budget reflects Gov. Brian Kemp’s campaign promise of $3,000 pay raises for certified employees and a 2 percent increase for classified employees, amounting to $1,992,380.

Dawson County Schools is receiving $1,062,355 from the state to pay towards the salary increases; however, it will not cover the cost entirely. Approximately $930,000 of the raises will be paid for by local revenue.