School Board sets millage, approves budget

Published: Monday, July 29, 2013 at 06:47 PM.

CHIPLEY — The Washington County School Board  just took a few minutes Monday to approve a millage rate of 7.538 — a rate about one-half a mill lower than last year’s rate.

District Director of Finance Lucy Carmichael presented the millage rate of 7.538 to the board for approval.

“The millage rate is lower than the rolled-back rate of 7.9463 mills,” Carmichael said.

“The rolled-back rate is close to where it was last year, and the millage rate is actually lower than last year,” said Terry Ellis, school board president.

“We’ve been through a number of rainy days, and we knew to be prepared,” Ellis said of the board’s successful budgeting.

That proposed rate includes a 1.5 mill property tax for capital outlay projects, including a number of construction and remodeling efforts.

The new Kate M. Smith Elementary School is one of those projects funded by the proposed $92,648,782 budget, according to a report distributed by Carmichael at the July 23 school board meeting.

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