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School Board sets millage rate
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The Dawson County Board of Educations millage rate will remain the same as last years.

Theres no change in the millage rate, Board of Education Director of Finance Jamie Ulrich said at a public hearing last week. Were remaining constant.

The board of education unanimously approved to set the millage rate at 17.246 mills at its Monday night meeting.

The set rate will allow the board to collect $17.4 million in local taxes.

Although the millage rate will stay the same, most residents in the county will see an increase in their tax bills because property values were assessed at a higher level.

According to Ulrich, a home with a fair market value of $200,000 will see an increase in taxes of an estimated $115.12. A home valued at $175,000 will see an approximate increase of $100.73.

The school system will collect a total of $32.8 million. Expenditures for 2014 will total $34.9 million leaving the systems ending fund balance at $5.6 million. The board will be using roughly $2 million of its fund balance for the 2015 school year.

With the 2015 budget, the school system is funding four additional positions as well as restoring the school year back to 180 days for students and 190 days for teachers.