Taxpayers whose property values don’t change would pay $5 less per $50,000 in home value, Heffron said, or $20 less for a $200,000 home.
He spoke at the first of three hearings on the millage rate as required by state law. Craig Lownes, the sole citizen who addressed the board, said he supported the proposed tax rate.
“I would encourage the board to place any surplus funds in the reserve fund or pay off the bonds,” Lownes said. “It would be prudent to pay off the debt.”
State law says local taxing authorities must either decrease maintenance and operation tax rates to offset increased revenue from property values or announce a tax increase and hold hearings.
The board will hold two more hearings at 11:45 a.m. and 6 p.m. Thursday in the board room at the J. Alvin Wilbanks Instructional Support Center, 437 Old Peachtree Road NW in Suwanee.
School district tax rates
1. Maintenance and Operations (M&O) rate: Funds payroll, supplies and the school district’s daily activities.
2. Debt service rate: Pays off voter-approved school bonds for capital projects.