The Madison County Board of Education will hold public hearings Aug. 5 and Aug. 12 on the school system’s 2014 tax rate.
The hearings at the board of education office on Aug. 5 will be at 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. The hearing on Aug. 12 will be at 6:30 p.m.
The school board is keeping its tax rate steady at 16.99 mills, but an increase in the county digest will lead to a 1.25 percent increase in local property tax revenues for the school. Georgia law requires three public hearings for a tax increase through a rise in county property values.
County school superintendent Allen McCannon said the school system has worked to keep taxes low on property owners.
“The total millage rate (bond and M&O) for the Madison County Board of Education in fiscal year 2002 was 18.2,” wrote McCannon in a letter published in last week’s Journal. “Today, the total millage rate is 16.99. We do not have a bond millage today. Very few people realize that they actually pay less in school taxes today than they did 12 years ago. Please understand that great sacrifices were made by our employees during these very difficult financial times to keep this millage rate at the current level.”