Citing Fulton County tax delays, APS warns of potential employee furloughs

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Citing Fulton County tax delays, APS warns of potential employee furloughs

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Atlanta Public Schools superintendent Meria Carstarphen, left, speaks to parents and community members during a meeting Monday at Mays High School. Photo by Vanessa McCray/AJC

Atlanta Public Schools could resort to furloughing employees if the district can’t begin collecting Fulton County property taxes soon.

Superintendent Meria Carstarphen on Monday gave the warning when she stressed the importance of a Friday court hearing in which APS, Fulton County Schools, and other tax-dependent entities have asked a judge to order taxes to be collected after numerous delays. 

Fulton County property tax revenue makes up about 62.5 percent of the $777 million APS operating budget, and last week the already stalled tax bill process slammed to a halt when the state Department of Revenue rejected Fulton County's tax digest

APS may need to schedule furlough days for all or some employees if the district cannot begin collecting taxes soon, officials said. Read more about the potential furloughs and the tax collection delays on MyAJC.com.

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