Gainesville school board set for final tax rate vote

Members of the Gainesville City School System board will hold one last public hearing Wednesday night on the 2017-18 school tax rate before a scheduled final vote in a called meeting/work session after the hearing.

The public hearing is set for 6 p.m. at the school district office located at 508 Oak St. in Gainesville. The board has scheduled the called meeting/work session at 6:30 p.m. where a final vote on the tax rate is on the agenda.

Final Gainesville school tax rate public hearing

When: 6 p.m. today, followed by 6:30 p.m. board meeting to vote on tax rate 

Where: 508 Oak St., Gainesville

By a 3-2 vote last month, the school board approved a tentative tax rate of 6.85 mills for the 2018 fiscal year. The millage rate equals $1 of taxes on every $1,000 of taxable value.  

Despite remaining the same, the tentative tax rate would still mean a tax increase for 4,908 properties subject to school taxes, according to Steve Watson, chief appraiser for the Hall County Board of Assessors.

The 6 p.m. public hearing is the third of three required hearings since the tentative tax rate is more than the full rollback rate. The rollback rate is computed as the tax rate that would produce the same total revenue as the previous year had there not been a reassessment. Only two people attended the two hearings last week.

The work session will also include an update on the progress of construction at the Enota Multiple Intelligences Academy. The new school, which is being built on the site of the former school, is slated to be completed in time for the beginning of the 2018-19 school year in August 2018.

During the construction, Enota is sharing the campus of Centennial Arts Academy.

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