Question: How much is enough? The DeKalb County Board of Education announces its intention to increase the property taxes it will levy this year by 5.06 percentage points over the rollback millage rate.
FY2018 DCSD Proposed Budget
2017 Tax Digest Five Year History of Levy
2017 Notice of Property Tax Increase
DeKalb Schools Proposed Property Tax Increase
When the total digest of taxable property is prepared, Georgia law requires that a rollback millage rate must be computed that will produce the same total revenue on the current year’s digest that last year’s millage rate would have produced had no reassessments occurred.
The budget to be tentatively adopted by the DeKalb County Board of Education requires a millage rate higher than the rollback millage rate, therefore, before the DeKalb County Board of Education may finalize the tentative budget and set a final millage rate, Georgia law requires three public hearings to be held to allow the public opportunity to express their opinions on the increase.
All concerned citizens are invited to the public hearings on this tax increase to be held at the Administrative & Instructional Complex, J. David Williamson Board Room, 1701 Mountain Industrial Blvd., Stone Mountain, Ga., on June 12, 2017, at 6:15 p.m.; and on June 27, 2017 at 11:30 a.m. and 6:15 p.m.
Annual Operating Budget Development Process Calendar for FY2018
Monday, March 20, 2017 (5:30p.m.) – Public Budget Input Hearing to solicit feedback from the public regarding the 2017-2018 school district’s budget.
Monday, April 17, 2017 (2:00p.m.) – Committee of the Whole to allow the Superintendent to present the Proposed FY2018 Budget to the Board for discussion.
Monday, May 15, 2017 (2:00p.m.) – Committee of the Whole to allow the Superintendent to present the FY2018 Tentative Budget/Revenue Projections.
Monday, May 15, 2017 (5:30p.m.) – 1st Public Budget Hearing to solicit feedback from the public regarding the 2017-2018 school district’s budget.
Monday, June 12, 2017 (5:30p.m.) – 2nd Public Budget Hearing to solicit feedback from the public regarding the 2017-2018 school district’s budget.
Monday, June 12, 2017 (6:15p.m.) – 1st Millage Rate Hearing
Monday, June 12, 2017 (7:00p.m.) – The Board of Education will adopt the FY 2018 Tentative Budget.
Tuesday, June 27, 2017 (11:30a.m.) – 2nd Millage Rate Hearing
Tuesday, June 27, 2017 (6:15p.m.) – 3rd Millage Rate Hearing
Tuesday, June 27, 2017 (7:00p.m.) – Final FY2018 Budget Adoption and Adoption of Tax Levy
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Did the board vote to increase the actual millage rate, or is this just the “the property digest increased in value, so we’ll call the additional revenue a tax hike”
The board will discuss the millage rate at the June 12 board meeting. The administration recommends keeping the millage the same thereby raising property taxes. We can all expect to see a bill for property taxes higher than it was last year. The question is, how much higher.
Question: How much is enough?
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Enough is enough. There’s your answer.
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Dunwoody needs to break free brother! Being a former Dunwoody resident and Dunwoody high grad way back when, it should NOT be the responsibility of Dunwoody residents to foot the damn bill for the rest of the county! Period! This has been going on for way too long! #breakfreefromcorruptdekalb
The BOE needs to lower the millage rate and spend the money they have in the classroom. Not even 65% makes it there. We should all start demanding that the assessment freeze start applying to the calculation of school taxes, as it does to county and city taxes. That has to be done at the state legislature.
A budget of $1 billion. That’s billion with a B. [Insert sound track of Dr. Evil laughter.]
WOO HOO! Glad I left the county … and I’m sure the county is glad I left too…
Get me the hell out! Green is an absolute disaster. This SPLOST 5 was put through unsuspecting voters based on “trust” (trust, ha!) and voters were gullible enough to go along with it. Now, we see the disaster that SPLOST 5 is and how poorly thought out it is and then we get this. They need MORE money. What a great school system…
I am no fan of the E-SPLOST-V plans. I think the plans for Region 1 high schools are a very bad idea.
Do you realize that we are spending nearly $35 Million in E-SPLOST-IV funds to rebuild McNair Middle School? That school only has 730 students, with a capacity of 1214. It must be in terrible condition, as its Facility Condition Assessment score was only 38.78, which is lousy. So I agree that those students must have a better environment.
But the other middle schools in Region 5 have plenty of empty seats to absorb McNair MS students:
– Bethune MS has nearly 300 empty seats
– Cedar Grove MS has nearly 400 empty seats
– Columbia MS has around 300 empty seats
Yet because voters approved a new McNair MS back in 2011, we will build one, EVEN THOUGH there are already nearly 1000 empty middle school seats in Region 5 that could absorb all of the McNair MS students. Since the new DCSD model for middle schools is 1500 students, there will be even more empty middle school seats in Region 5.
DeKalb voters have tried E-SPLOST 2 different ways, but both methods have problems:
E-SPLOST-IV method – Vote on specific E-SPLOST projects, and projects will be built eventually even if the need goes away.
E-SPLOST-V method – Vote on general E-SPLOST categories, and the BOE will approve projects that would never have been approved by voters.
DeKalb taxpayers need a better way, so that we can be proud of how our taxes are being spent.
Take control of the budget out of Greene’s greedy hands! He isn’t interested in improving DeKalb County’s school system. The more money given him the more wasteful he is! How can we dump him and all his buddies?
Come on y’all! According to some (Gokce and his crew) this school system is awesome and Green is a savior!
Dr. Green is not interested in student achievement and teacher quality. He is only interested in himself to move to the next job. The board continues to allow this foolishness. His home expenses are paid by the taxpayers. Yet, he wants the people who are continually underserved by him to pay more taxes.
Too many people are in central office doing nothing. Neighbors and friends speak about the poor management of time and resources, lack of customer service and incompetent department leaders. More money is NOT the answer.
Dr Green is not interested in student achievement and teacher quality. He is only interested in himself to move to the next job. Dr. Green is strategically planning for himself and his buddies. He was certain to plan for his professional development with Leadership Atlanta while teachers struggle in the classroom to meet the needs of high poverty, diverse learners. More money is NOT the answer. It is accountability for teaching and learning of children.
DeKalb won’t show budget a head of time
Since there may be a tax increase, why aren’t we getting more information?
The bloom is off the rose with Dr. Green. A poorly executed SPLOST initiate that lacked transparency and was given to voters with no specifics behind it (that voters were stupid enough to pass). And now the same strategy in not presenting a detailed budget before it gets voted on by the board (and rumored to ask for property tax increases). Same old crooked lack of transparency that is now the rule of thumb in Dekalb County. This guy is no better than his predecessors. What a shame. But I can’t say that I’m surprised.