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June 24, 2015

The Newton County Board of Education has adopted a 2015-2016 budget based on a total millage rate of 20.00 mills: 20.00 mills for the operational budget and 0 mills for debt service.  This millage rate is less than the millage rate that was adopted by the Board last year, which totaled 20.45 mills: 20.00 mills for the operational budget and .45 mills for debt service. 

Although the budget adopted by the Board of Education does not reflect a total millage increase, legislation states that if the M&O millage rate is not reduced by the same percentage that the digest increased due to reassessment, (5.31%), the public must be notified that the Board is increasing taxes. 

In addition, since the Board is not reducing the millage rate, in accordance with The Taxpayer Bill of Rights, the Board of Education will hold three public hearings relative to the FY 2016 tentative budget, the millage rates, and the increase in property taxes on the following dates and times:  Thursday, July 9 at 6:00 p.m.; Tuesday, July 21 at 9:00 a.m. and Tuesday, July 21 at 5:30 p.m.  All meetings will be held in the E. Wendell Clamp Board Room at the Newton County Board of Education Administrative Offices located at 2109 Newton Drive, Covington, Georgia.