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July 15, 2014

Board reviews millage rate

Valdosta BOE expects no ‘significant’ increase

VALDOSTA — The Valdosta Board of Education reviewed the latest millage rate Monday evening with no significant increase expected.

The proposed millage is 16.98, which is the same rate from the past four years. This millage rate will require an increase in property taxes by .05 percent. However, this proposed tax increase is due to growth but should not cause tax notices to go up.

The proposed tax for a non-homestead property with a fair market value of $100,000 is approximately $679.20, according to a public notice run in The Valdosta Daily Times.

The proposed tax for a property with regular homestead is approximately $577.32.

With Lowndes County Schools, Lowndes County and Valdosta City increasing their respective millage rates, Valdosta was proud to announce that it will not be raising taxes.

Valdosta City Schools Finance Director Bob Jones said Valdosta did not have an increase thanks to “sound planning practices that have been kept in place over time.”

The final item discussed by the board was the Student Code of Conduct. With very few changes, the board unanimously approved the final version of the Student Code of Conduct.

The only concern was mentioned by school board member Warren Lee of District 3, regarding students on suspension.

He wanted to ensure that students on suspension will have the ability to receive all the information missed during their time away from campus.

Assistant Superintendent Alvin Hudson noted his concerns and said that he would be monitoring to ensure that students are able to catch up upon returning to school.

The July work session will be held at 7 p.m., July 21, instead of July 28. The final public hearing for the millage rate will be held at 6 p.m., July 21, followed by the Board of Education meeting to adopt the final rate at 7 p.m.

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