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Hall school board to vote today on budget with tax roll up
Budget expenditures estimated at $196B
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Hall County Schools meeting

When: Noon today
Where: Hall County School Board Central Office, 711 Green St., Gainesville

The Hall County Schools Board of Education will vote today on a budget that includes a tax roll-up but little else of controversy.

The budget has an estimated $196,777,377 in expenditures.

"(Deputy Superintendent Lee) Lovett has had maybe two requests for information on the budget," Hall County Superintendent Will Schofield said. "I've had one email about the budget — ‘Can't believe you guys are doing the roll-up rate.'"

Schofield said the roll-up — if adopted tonight — increases the millage rate by 1.25 mills to 17.67 mills. A roll up is a tax increase that helps offset average losses in property values.

Since a roll up is considered revenue neutral, officials would not have to hold public hearings.

One mill equals $1 for each $1,000 in assessed property value. The county assesses property value at 40 percent. This means the owner of a $100,000 house would pay about $50 more in taxes.

Despite the increase, he said the school system will see about $150,000 less in revenue during fiscal 2012 due to the lower property values and how the roll up is not the maximum allowed by law.

There will be time for public comment on the budget and roll-up at the meeting, according to the meeting agenda.

School taxes and county taxes are on the same bill notice, but are listed separately, Scofield said.

Also on the agenda are annual bids for landscape contracts, various bids for the school nutrition program and the approval of proposed changes to social studies graduation requirements.


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