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The Clarke County School District has a Proposed 2024 Budget

Nicole Jordan

The Clarke County Board of Education has tentatively approved the fiscal year 2024 budget. The $214 million dollar spending plan is based on maintaining the current millage rate of 18.8 mills. As required by state law, the school board will conduct three public hearings, due to the district’s proposed millage rate being higher than the “rollback” rate, or the rate that would collect the same amount of taxes in FY2023. Property taxes are expected to rise, with a $300,000 home seeing a $282 tax increase.

All public presentations and hearings will be held in the Vernon Payne Meeting Hall of the Clarke County School District administrative building, located at 595 Prince Ave., Athens.

Anyone who wishes to speak may contact Lisa Palmer, executive assistant to the superintendent and board manager, at palmerli@clarke.k12.ga.us in advance, or sign up at the door before the meeting begins. The meeting schedule for the budget hearings and millage rate hearings is as follows:

6 p.m. Tuesday, May 23 – budget presentation and millage rate hearing

4 p.m. Wednesday, May 24 – budget presentation and millage rate hearing

5 p.m. Thursday, June 1 – millage rate hearing.

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