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ACC residents can comment on CCSD budget, millage rate at public hearing Thursday

Taylor Gerlach

Starting tomorrow, Athens-Clarke County residents will have a chance to publicly comment on the Clarke County Board of Education’sproposed budget for fiscal year 2023.

Among the highlights of the proposed $189 million budget is a reduction in property tax rates. With the growth in property values across the county, the school district says it can decrease the property tax rate—known as the millage rate—for the first time in years. The millage rate will drop from 20 mils to 18.8 mils.

Other notable budget items are a pay increase to the district’s lowest paid employees and the hiring of more school social workers and school psychologists.

The school board will hold the first of three public hearings tomorrow, Thursday, May 19 at 4:30 PM. The additional meetings will be held on Monday May 23 at 6pm and Thursday June 2 at 5pm. All hearings will be held at the Vernon Payne Meeting Hall of the district administrative building at 595 Prince Avenue.

The school board is expected to approve the budget at its regularly scheduled meeting on June 2 at 6 pm.

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