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Big day of meetings as millage looms


By Monroe Roark
Times Correspondent

  The amount of property tax each Henry County property owner is to pay this year will be determined in the next seven days.

  As the Henry County Board of Education and Board of Commissioners are required by state law to conduct numerous public hearings before setting the millage rate each year, both of those government bodies have scheduled the bulk of those hearings for today.

  The school board will actually have four public meetings today, beginning with the first millage rate hearing at 9:30 a.m. The board’s monthly study session is at 10 a.m. and another millage hearing is at 6:30 p.m. before the regular public meeting is at 7 p.m.

  Typically the school board meets the second Monday of each month with the study session the previous Wednesday, but it is not unusual to have both meetings on the same day in July because of vacations and other scheduling conflicts.

  There is no proposed increase for the school portion of the millage rate as it is already at its limit of 20 mills, which has been the case since 2007.

  This year that same millage rate is expected to result in more revenue because of recent increases in property values after a downturn for several years. Public hearings are required to note any time an increase in property tax revenue is expected.

  That is the same situation facing the Board of Commissioners, as the county millage is proposed to remain at 14.49 mills, the same as last year. The BOC has set public millage hearings for 9 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. today.

  The Board of Education is scheduled to adopt its 2014-15 millage July 23 at 5 p.m. after convening for its final public hearing 30 minutes before that. The county commission will set its millage July 23 at 9 a.m.

  McDonough has scheduled millage public hearings for today at 9 a.m. and 6 p.m.



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