Richmond County Board of Education to hold public hearings on property tax increase

Wednesday, July 24, 2013 7:22 PM
Last updated 11:52 PM
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The Richmond County Board of Education will hold public hearings next week for property owners to express concerns about the higher millage approved with the 2013-14 budget.

A 0.98-mill bump in the rate to 19.982 mills will result in a 5.16 percent increase in property taxes. That will mean $30 more in taxes on a home with a market value of $100,000 for a total of $699 in school taxes per year.

A homeowner with a $300,000 home would see a $100 increase for $2,298 in school taxes per year.

The school system has not raised taxes since 2009 despite continued cuts in state funding and soaring expenses.
Controller Gene Spires said the tax increase was necessary this year to make up for lost revenue and balance the budget. The board also implemented nine furlough days, eliminated 135 positions and cut 7 percent of expenditures at every school.
“I’m a taxpayer so I can’t say I like it when there are higher taxes,” Spires said. “But if you have to have services, you have to have a way to pay for them.”

The tax increase will provide an estimated $4.7 million in additional revenue for the school system.

Spires said when public hearings were held to discuss the last tax increase,
few residents showed up. He said anyone is welcome to attend and express an opinion.

Richmond County Re­pub­lican Committee Chairman Bob Finnegan said tax increases should be used only as a last resort, and he hoped the board cut everything they could before turning to taxpayers.

“I hate that they have to do it, but I guess you’ve got to do what you’ve got to do,” Finnegan said. “People are not going to like it. I sure hope they had exhausted any other possibilities before this.”


WHAT: Hearings on Richmond County Board of Education’s property tax increase

WHERE: The Richmond County Board of Education, 864 Broad St.

WHEN: Noon and 6 p.m., July 31; 4 p.m. Aug. 8

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soapy_725 07/25/13 - 07:22 am
Just take the money and flush it down the toilet. ARC "BS"

Just take the money and flush it down the toilet. ARC "BS"

GnipGnop 07/25/13 - 08:48 am
Like I said before

The only time any politician works together in ARC is when they vote on taxing us even more....

Shortcomment 07/25/13 - 07:55 am
I guess all those people ARC is sending to Columbia

plus those cuts at the State level are starting to add up.

Besides, taxes are the easy solution a politician, because it does not require any math skills beyond Addition.

Will 07/25/13 - 06:50 pm

I wouldn't give those little morons another dime! They aren't learning anything except how to smoke crack, breed, and write nasty "lyrics" about fornicating with unwilling females and killing Whitey. Screw them! The colleges now are raising holy hell because they have to teach them EVERYTHING they should have learned in high school! What happened to that magnificent Lottery?? Don't tell me people aren't playing it anymore, because I have to stand five deep in line behind a bunch of losers to buy my gallon of milk and a loaf of bread. Enablers! All of you! You're destroying this country by not holding people accountable for their actions. STOP GIVING TO INGRATES! STOP PUNISHING THOSE THAT WORKED LIKE DOGS ALL THEIR LIVES TO BUY A HOME! HELP THOSE THAT HELP THEMSELVES FIRST AND FOREMOST!

Bulldog 07/26/13 - 09:33 am
Few attended meeting

Surprise, surprise! Why would anyone waste their time going to a meeting that will not change anything? The decision has already been made...

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