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Richmond County School Board plans to raise property taxes

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The Richmond County School Board announced Thursday its intention to increase the 2022 property taxes it will levy this year by 4.93% over the rollback millage rate.

"When the total digest of taxable property is prepared, Georgia law requires a rollback millage rate must be computed that will pr...

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  1. The headline and the article are misleading at best.
    The proposed mileage rate is DECREASE from the current rate. Many people would call that a tax cut. Absent a reassessment homeowners will see a decrease in their tax bill.
    It is true that the proposed rate is above the roll back rate. But that rate would have left a several hundred thousand dollar shortfall in our budget for next year and with the current volatility in fuel and over cost that we cannot control, it would be irresponsible to start the year underfunded.
    The bottom line is that the proposed rate is a CUT in the current rate.
    Public comment is welcomed..

  2. Our top heavy school board full of administrators and short on good teachers fails our students who rank at the bottom state-wide every year. The system feeds, transports our students, but hardly educates them. Look at the data. Yet we dutifully keep paying our hard-earned dollars for this failed system. They are another branch of government over which we have no control. Wake up people!

  3. All this talk about taxes- lowering taxes or raising taxes…my question is when will this failing school board, and its administrators improve our educational system and stop a decade plus run of failure- and that is not my opinion but an assessment of the Georgia Department of Education. Might be time to see a cleaning of the house- with a new Superintendent, and the election of progressive thinking Board members looking to improve our educational system for our children. The school board and administrators are required by law to seek ways to partner with parents and community- not sit in the horseshoe and criticized them. Board members are quick to place blame totally on parents and care givers- they do that while not facing the fact that they produced this generation of parents while giving them a failed education. Remember, that our system has been graded as “D” or “F” for over 12 years; we are second from last in graduation percentage; and this administration is quick to say they are doing what is “required” to do when it comes to the thousands of children they have lost track of (per the iTeam reports). Lowering taxes further cripples education, whiling raising taxes without radical changes to improve the education of children is insane.

  4. Another sign that people in ARC government and school board do not understand how the property tax system works and thus, cannot convey correct property tax information to the media and public. The RCBE should meet, read, revise, and approve every press release before it is issued to ensure the content is correct.

  5. Politicians know how to play the game. State raises property assessments (due to inflation); county government lowers the mill rate. Net result, a tax increase. The politician says “the state made us do it”. And the game goes on.

  6. I will just make one statement here walter Eubanks is. Trying his best to improve the Richmond county school system!! We need more people like him on our school board! He has one objective to give our children the best education available! No hidden agenda just wants our children to get a good education!!

  7. This article is ambiguous in expressing whether or not my tax dollars increase or decrease or stay the same. Such a cluster muck in communication, which seems to be a lost art. Words mean things, and expressing through words what things (milligae rate increase) mean is critical to my generation, as it should be to all.

    As for the effectiveness of Richmond Educators in general, I agree with comments alluding to parental participation as it relates to success. However, I have heard anectdotal comparisons of Per Capita, Per Student expenses in Richmond County and the scores/achievement therein compared with Columbia and Burke Counties. It hasn’t looked good! Seems we spend more money to produce inferior results.

    Moreover, when the ESplost was approved, our county spent money like a Sailor on Payday (apologies to Sailors). New Stadiums, New Gymnasiums, New brick and mortar everywhere thanks to Dr Larke’s and the Board’s guidance. On the backside, that presents higher Maintanance, higher overhead, just higher costs overall, “Year Over Year” on what has been a shrinking population. Then we got Covid and sent students home, taught them how to learn on-line.

    I say all this to say we need School Board members with vision. We need astute leadership who can see down the road and position us for a brighter future.

    Sadly,
    I just don’t see that right now.

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