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DCSS announces public hearings to discuss 'property tax increase'

ALBANY, Ga. -- The Dougherty County School System has announced two public hearings to discuss a 'property tax increase' on Monday at noon and 6 p.m. in the school administration building board room.

A final public hearing is set for July 9 at 5 p.m.

DCSS officials stressed that the current 18.445 millage rate is not going up and county property owners will not be paying more in tax for the school system if their property value is the same as last year.

"Because the taxable property tax digest for Dougherty County has increased, the property tax generated by the 18.445 mills next fiscal year is estimated to be greater than the property tax this year," DCSS Finance Director Ken Dyer said.

"When this is the case, the Board of Education is required by state law to advertise it as a tax increase even when the millage rate actually remains the same."

The increase in the tax digest will generate an additional $400,000 for the school system in FY 2013. That would also lower the milliage rate to 18.386, meaning the BOE would have to rollback the rate from the current 18.455. To maintain the current rate will require a 'tax increase' of .059 mills.

"I think it's important to note that when the tax digest declined each of the past four years, the BOE did not raise the milliage rate to make up for the loss in property taxes generated," said Dyer. "In fact, even with the expected increase in total property tax revenue over last year, property tax revenue for 2012 is still expected to be $3,389,506 less than what was generated in 2008."

The 'tax increase' on a home with a fair market value of $100,000 is approximately $2.36, and $3.54 on a nonhomestead property with a fair market value of $150,000.

Dyer urged any property owners who are confused or have questions about this administrative move, to attend one of the three public hearings.

Comments

FryarTuk 2 years ago

DCSS does not inspire confidence that revenue is well spent. How can it be that a member of the school board has to file requests under the freedom of information act to learn of consulting contracts and programs expenses. Then there is Velvet Riggins, to say nothing of the June Bug. The property owners over in the forest are against the millage rate hike.

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Progressive 2 years ago

If Anita Brown Williams gets re-elected to the School Board, this will be another indication of the lack of concern for the children in our schools, and racism in the Black Community. There has been way too much news about the corruption of this school board. To re-elect someone who is part of the problem is a sign of complacency and ignorance.

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Sally_O 2 years ago

Be prepared to be disappointed. You know Anita Brown is gonna win. There is no concern for the children. The only thing that matters is that a black is in there.

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Shinedownfan 2 years ago

The whole county votes for this seat on the board, there is still hope...

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FryarTuk 2 years ago

With the exception of David Maschke the entire school board is really incompetent, black and white. Carol Tharin has a genuine concern but not much beyond that. Joshua Murfree is incapable of administrative leadership and more particularly educational leadership. He was on his way out the door at ASU before the decision from hades elevated him to his current position, for the reason as James Bush said, we need to hire someone that takes orders. The travesty here is that the public school system serves a student/family population that is overwhelmingly black and the system fundamentally is run by blacks which would be okay except they are destroying the opportunities for the students to get an education. You would expect such a group to be eager to ramp up educational basics, discipline and achievement and show to their families what can be achieved sadly that hasn't been the case from the moment they had the opportunite to hire the superintendent. The controlling faction is a flawed power based group who are self-serving and really cannot manage the mission of education. The fellow replacing Maschke will bring some frontline understanding of secondary education which is good though if he has to work with the existing self-serving power factor look for no improvement. For the hope of the students let's work fervently to get Dr. Lane Price elected.

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Bubbavet_rureel 2 years ago

Oh hush, money is needed to fight the teacher's accussed of cheating on the crct. They heard your cries, "fire those teachers".

Make up your minds, ask the Real and no the other bubba.

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waltspecht 2 years ago

Six books? Romance, Porn, Mystery, Theologin or a dissertation on Neutrino Theory? Inquiring minds would like to know and evaluate.

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Sister_Ruby 2 years ago

B_r....do you stay drunk 24/7 or do you get a little sleep at night and start all over again when you awake each day? Just wondering because I'm absolutely sure that you are under the influence of some bad chemicals.

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coachjohnson42 2 years ago

Where were you Sister Ruby when the news broke that 5 accused teachers were rehired? I called for you, but you stayed absent.....were you off somewhere crying all alone? Short time later....Obama Care was upheld by the Supreme Court....(you were absent).....have you been hiding? I wanted to offer you some tissue.....I felt bad for you...

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Sister_Ruby 2 years ago

I was volunteering at the "Take Back Your Country" phone bank. Don't hold your breath, cj.......it's coming!

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straightface 2 years ago

sorry to break the news to you.. but all teachers will be coming back.. No solid proof or evidence..

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MisterEd 2 years ago

Coach........serious question. If this Affordable Health Care act had been touted and pushed by Bush, would you be a cheerleader for it? Do you seriously think this is a good idea, even though the majority of the American public are against it? Or do you just feel as though you have to pretend to like it since your boy Barry Soto is the one who shoved it up our butts?

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VSU 2 years ago

Don't expect to get an answer from coach on a legitimate question. I asked him 3 weeks ago that if Romney was black and Obama was white if he would still vote for Obama and he hasn't answered it yet.

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coachjohnson42 2 years ago

It doesn't matter who introduced Affordable Health Care to the USA, as I would support it because health care needed to be reformed years ago!!! I would not vote for ROMNEY IF HE WAS BLACK, PURPLE, OR GREEN. He is out of touch with the common citizen and middle class of America and cannot relate to their issues and concerns. His views are too 'radical right' and make no sense. I didn't support Herman Cain either and looked like a Black man...but ummmm.....

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MisterEd 2 years ago

BVR is just a really stupid human, or somebody playing devil's advocate that simply logs on to stir the proverbial pot. Or both.

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Sister_Ruby 2 years ago

Ed, I think you're Dead On!

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Bubbavet_rureel 2 years ago

Ed, I disagree. I'm a poster who represent ideal's that relate to all sides. I see the left, middle, and right point of view. I'm different because I look at each issue and form my opinion base on morals, facts, etc....

Right is right, the truth will set you free from the devil.

I respect and love each opinion.

i'm the real deal poster-reel.

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VSU 2 years ago

B.S. You only write posts to antagonize other posters.

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whattheheck 2 years ago

A big part of the tax digest decrease and resulting revenue drop is because the tax exempt property value increased from $370 million in 2008 to $700 million in 2011. This is a $330 million increase, close to doubling, in 3 years. This exempt increase cost the three taxing authorities, and you, about $5.2 million,at the incorporated tax rate. Why is there so much tax exempt property?

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Happy 2 years ago

Tax exempt property: Non-profits- Phoebe, churches, etc. What was the tax digest loss for loosing Palmyra to Phoebe? Not only will the average homeowner pay more in taxes for for the Phoebe acquisitions, they will pay more in healthcare costs due to the lack of competition... due to the monopoly that was created.

Phoebe's master plan of world order of southwest Georgia: Check Healthcare monopoly Next order of business: take over school system Strategy: Get Phoebe employees on school board (Lane Price) and charter schools

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whattheheck 2 years ago

I think Palmyra Hospital parcel with the "big building" was $54 million before Hospital Authority got it. But we should remind Joel that he said they would continue to pay taxes if the deal went through to get Jeff to feel better about it.

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straightface 2 years ago

Sister Ruby has no comments anymore on the teachers who were accussed.. She lost the battle. I told you from the begiining that a person is called GUILTY only til proven INNOCENT.....Poor Sister Ruby! God knows best!

Lets take a moment of silence for Sister Ruby! .............

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Sister_Ruby 2 years ago

I don't know why none of y'all can't spell the word "accused" properly!?!? Products of DCSS??

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straightface 2 years ago

glad you can spell it right cause after a while it want be accused it will read all teached falsely accused have been offered contracts and will be returning back to work in August 2012..

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Sister_Ruby 2 years ago

For those who have been asking where Sister Ruby has been...who can't wait to go to bed at night because they can't wait to wake up and see what I've been saying in the past few hours....here is an update for you.

Sorry everybody.....I was working around the clock at the "Taking Back America" phone bank, calling all those patriotic, hard-working citizens out there on the phone, the ones who work so hard they don't have time to sit around on their computers, don't even have time to read the papers and watch REAL news (not NBC, CBS, ABC etc) to find out how they're being screwed over by the porch-sitters, hand out for government check-ers, shoot in the leg-ers, school lunch stealers, cheat at giving test-ers and get away with it, and so on.

But don't hold your breath because this November will be reckoning day for all that bunch.

Thanks for asking.

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straightface 2 years ago

Whatever Ssister Ruby, it was okay when you were theone who could not wait to go to bed at night cause you were on the computer posting all day and night about the CRCT scandal at the teachers.. Now you have lost that battle you have nothing else to say but blame it on whatever you like... thats why everyone is wondering where you are cause we are use to seeing your name appear on every blog with negativity..

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coachjohnson42 2 years ago

Boooo.....Sister Ruby......that was a weak excuse...go ahead and post some racial crap again....thats what you are known for.....DO IT !!!

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Sister_Ruby 2 years ago

Race is never, ever mentioned by me! What takes you there? Think about it!

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