The Gwinnett County Board of Education plans to hold its school tax millage rate steady, meaning homeowners whose home values increase will pay more in in the coming year.
The board will hold three public hearings on the issue. The first and second will be held June 26 at 11:45 a.m. and 7 p.m. The third will take place July 12 at at 7 p.m. All are scheduled to take place in the Board Room at the J. Alvin Wilbanks Instructional Support Center, 437 Old Peachtree Road NW in Suwanee.
The school system’s Fiscal Year 2018 (FY2018) budget was adopted May 18 and will maintain the current total school millage rate of 21.85.
The board released information saying school enrollment is expected to grow by almost 2,000 students, bringing the total projected enrollment for next school year to more than 180,100.
Some other highlights of the justification for holding the millage rate steady:
- The state will not fund the full amount of state money Gwinnett is supposed to receive because of continued "austerity cuts."
- Teachers will be given a cost of living increase of 2 percent.
- The school system is collecting $7.6 million less in property taxes than it did in 2009.
A copy of the adopted budget is available for public review on the school system's website at www.gwinnett.k12.ga.us or through the school system's Budget Department. For information, call 678-301-6200.
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