Following suit with Bartow County schools and systems across the country dealing with budget woes, Cartersville City Schools officials are proposing a millage rate increase that would raise property taxes, but cover reductions in state and local funding, WBHF-AM 1450 was the first to report.
City residents' current 17.23 mills would increase to 18.23, equating to an annual propety tax increase of $100 on a home valued at $100,000.
Following board approval for the use of $2.6 million in reserves, the system faces a $332,000 budget deficit, but a millage rate increase would require three public hearings and the city council's final approval, The Daily Tribune News reports. The school board is expected to vote on the proposal during its Monday business session.
The board previously eliminated 22 parapro positions and brought in a staffing agency to provide other parapros and bus monitors to slash personnel expenses.
It also approved Cartersville High School's move to a period schedule, which not only will save the system money, but also better prepare students for tougher standards, Superintendent Howard Hinesley told Cartersville Patch.