CHIPLEY — At a meeting held Monday, Washington County School Board tentatively approved a millage rate of 6.4400, down from last year’s rate of 6.663.

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

"The millage rate is lower than the rolled-back rate," Carmichael said. "That rate is 6.6014."

That proposal includes a 4.1920 required local effort rate, a discretionary rate of 0.748, and a 1.5 mill property tax for capital outlay projects.

Superintendent Joe Taylor said the 1.5 mill property tax could be decreased during the final budget hearing. By law, rates can be lowered not raised after advertisement.

Carmichael also presented a proposed $83,403,304 budget, of which $36,640,390 would go into the general fund.

The board approved the proposed budget unanimously.

The final budget hearing will be held September 10 at 5:05 p.m.