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School Tax Rate Up in Montgomery Co
Wednesday, 21 August 2013

August 21--  The school property tax rate is going up in Montgomery County but school officials claim taxpayers won't be paying any more because the county's tax digest has gone down about 14 percent.

The Montgomery County school board approved a tax rate of 13.422 mils at its August meeting, an increase of about 1.2 mils over the past year.  School Superintendent Randy Rodgers says the levy should bring in about $2.2 million, about $35,000 less than last year.

He says the system will use funds from its $300,000 reserve to make up the difference.

"We have some fund balances we are able to contribute to the process.  I am asking you to approve a net M&O millage rate of 13.422 mils which is an increase that will actually raise $34,685 less than what we received last year.  So our revenue will be down about $35,000 from our local sources," Rodgers told the school board.

The board also voted to give three percent pay raises to some employees.  According to Rodgers, "that would include clerical workers, maintenance workers, para-professionals, school food services and transportation employees," he said.

To comply with state regulations, the school board voted to adopt a Charter System which is expected to generate an extra $86 in state funds per pupil starting in 2016.

It also agreed to offer a Christian elective course taught by the Montgomery County Christian Learning Center in Brewton-Parker's Briscoe Center. 

"To teach the Bible and Bible classes as part of our curriculum is certainly allowed.  We are not breaking ground with this as part as the state is concerned.  Our friends up in Walton County have been doing this for a long time and have had a lot of success," Rodgers stated.


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