I hope the Hall County School Board by business discipline decreases the millage rate to 18.134 mills instead of the 18.90 millage rate being considered. This lower rate will avoid a tax increase of about 5 percent.
In 2010, the millage rate was 16.42; in 2011, it was 17.67; in 2012, it was 18.49; and in 2013, the rate was 19.25. This is death by a thousand cuts and the school board needs to keep their hands out of the hardworking taxpayers’ pockets.
Any good management team can find ways to trim 2 percent from a $210,000,000 budget to fund a wish list of increased spending. The good times have not returned and the school board is out of touch with the average citizen.
We have seen stagnated wages and loss of jobs in the worst economic times since the Great Depression. Property in general is worth about 20 percent less than it was seven years ago. Health, car and house insurance have all increased every year. Food and gas costs have also all gone up, yet we cannot tell an employer we need more wages to pay for these increases.
The school taxes are 68 percent of my property taxes and we have not had a student in school since 2001. An elected official’s main goal should be to protect the taxpayers’ hard-earned money at all costs. But there seems to be a knee-jerk reflex of appropriating money from the property taxpayer to fund a free-spending school board.
We need completely new management on the school board before we need another tax increase. We have our own necessary needs that are going unmet because of the high property taxes we pay to fund the school system.
So, please show some business discipline and get in touch with the taxpayers of Hall County. It is a common problem when elected to a government position to lose all track of how and where the money comes from to fund a wish list of programs.