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Montgomery County BOE Approves Millage Rate
Tuesday, 28 July 2009
July 28-- Montgomery County property owners are getting a tax break from the school board.

At their July meeting, the Montgomery County School Board approved the same tax rate for the coming year as this year. However, Montgomery County School Superintendent, Dr. Lynn Batten, says the school will have to dip into its reserve fund.

"Last night the Montgomery County Board of Education approved the millage rate for Montgomery County at 12.1, which is consistent with last year's budget. The budget they approved earlier for FY10 does utilize a reserve fund of approximately half a million, it uses part of that money in order to balance that budget. It will use approximately $237,000, meaning our fund balance will decrease at the end of this year. Now the challenge is since the state has cut our budget again by 3%, at approximately $187,000, it means that we're going to be really challenged to have a balanced budget at the end of the FY10 year. We do expect the state of cut additionally in January, so this is going to be a very challenging year and it will be a real challenge to maintain a fund balance at the end of the FY10 year," says Batten.

Also at the meeting, the board discussed the 3 furlough days that Governor Sonny Perdue announced last week. The board approved the revised calendar for the upcoming school year furloughing teachers on August 3, October 12, and October 13. The revised calendar maintains 180 instructional school days for students.

Batten says the state has reduced funding to Montgomery County Schools by approximately $266,000. He also told School Board members to prepare for more possible cuts in January. If cuts are made, the superintendent hopes Governor Perdue chooses more furlough days rather than reducing funding.

"I hope the governor will look at furlough days. I think that will be the fairest ways to do that. And it would be neutral for us. Because when they make 3% reductions, that means I have to go back and make additional cuts of items that I've already budgeted for FY10. We're hopeful that if he does something in January, it will be more along furlough days as opposed to additional cuts. Because if they do additional cuts, we may have to look at reduction in force during the last part of the school year and we do not want to do that," explains Batten.

In other news, Toombs County Sheriff, Alvie Kight, reports three suspects were arrested in connection with a burglary at a cabin located at Findly Landing in Lyons. Brothers Andy Lee of Glennville and Jody Emit Toole of Lyons, as well as Dana Ann Moseley of Toombs County were arrested.
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