Cartersville schools to increase millage rate by one mill
by Mark Andrews
Jul 06, 2012 | 1452 views | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Cartersville City Board of Education on Monday announced a proposal to increase the property tax rate, or millage rate, by one mill for fiscal year 2013, raising the rate to 18.23 mills. The proposal comes after the board has approved its tentative budget and reduction measures for the fiscal year, which includes eliminating some paraprofessional positions and using a staffing agency for remaining paraprofessionals and school bus monitors.

"Overall, the budget is down from last year about $332,000 in terms of the budget and anticipated revenue," Superintendent Howard Hinesley said during the board's regular work session. "In order to keep the same number of teachers, same programs, same everything we've had this year ... we would need to raise 2.12 mills, but obviously we're not doing that, so we're taking money out of savings."

The board previously approved taking $2.6 million from savings to go toward the budget. The system has not had a millage rate increase in five years.

"Since the downturn started about five years ago, we've had a three-year budget cycle and each year we've not raised the millage at all, and during the last several years, the value of a mill has decreased and this year it's down between 2 and 3 percent ... So if you were at 17.32 mills and you multiply that times what the millage was last year and what it is this year, we're not only losing state money but we're losing local money as well," Hinesley said.

He said no student programs have faced cuts through the reductions and no teachers have received mandated furloughs.

The school system's proposal will be voted upon Monday at the board's regular business session and will then go to the Cartersville City Council. A city or county governing body must hold three public meetings in the case of a millage rate increase in order to allow for public input.

In other school news, the board recommends Uniform Sales of America for school activity shoes and uniforms, Royal Food Service for school produce and Atlanta Fixture & Sales Co. for small equipment.

The board also recommends the extension of vendors U.S. Food Service, Sara Lee, American Paper & Twine and Mayfield Dairy Farms.

The board will hold its regular business session Monday at 6 p.m. in the central office boardroom.