School board to consider second millage-rate option | savannahnow.com

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School board to consider second millage-rate option | savannahnow.com

After much debate about furlough days, program effectiveness and protecting student interests, Savannah-Chatham Public Schools officials tentatively adopted a $488.7 million budget and a 1.5 increase in the millage rate used to calculate school property taxes for the 2014 school year.

None of the Savannah-Chatham Public School Board members seemed to want to furlough staff or negatively impact academics. But they couldn’t seem to agree on whether or not they should balance their 2014 budget with cutbacks or higher school property taxes.

Board member Larry Lower didn’t want a tax hike.

“I really don’t think we’ve done a good job of reducing unnecessary spending,” he said. “Until we do that, I have difficulty asking for more money.”

Board member Julie Wade said the public wanted a state charter system and more district-run specialty schools and now they have to be willing to pay for them. But she said she was only willing to raise school property taxes by 1 mill to cover increased costs.

“I think we can make it work with a 1 mill increase,” Wade said.

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