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No one comments at Gainesville schools’ budget hearing
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The Gainesville school board meets Monday, June 3, 2019, at the city's board of education office. - photo by Megan Reed

No community members spoke on Gainesville City Schools’ proposed budget at a hearing on Monday.

The proposed millage rate is 6.614, a full rollback from 6.85 to make up for increases in assessed property values.

School taxes in Gainesville are assessed at 100 percent of a property’s value, so taxpayers will save $23.60 per $100,000 of assessed property value if the board approves the budget.

The $75.3 million budget is up more than $3 million from the current fiscal year, with most of the extra funds being state dollars used to give raises to the school system’s 650 teachers. City schools officials have also budgeted a 4% raise for another 300 employees, including paraprofessionals, clerks and cafeteria staff, out of local revenue.

The budget also includes $500,000 for added positions at the system’s elementary and middle schools, as well as $417,000 to replace four school buses.

After receiving the city’s final tax digest, the originally proposed rollback rate of 6.612 mills was adjusted to 6.614 mills, Superintendent Jeremy Williams said Monday. That cuts about $140,000 from the revenue that had been projected, but Williams said expenditures did not have to be adjusted. Reserve funds could be used to make up the difference, he said.

There will be another hearing on June 17, when the board will cast the final vote.

Gainesville City Schools enrolls more than 8,000 students.

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