• By Mercedes C Parham
  • Monday, June 03, 2019

Notice of Property Tax Increase

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Muscogee County School District

2960 Macon Road Columbus, GA 31906

For Immediate Release
Mercedes Parham
Director of Communications and Open Records Officer
Office: (706) 748-2034
Fax: (706) 748-2036
www.muscogee.k12.ga.us

MEDIA RELEASE
Columbus, GA- The Muscogee County Board of Education today announced its intention to adopt a millage rate for fiscal year 2020 that will require an increase in property taxes by 0.05 percent.

The Board has determined that this proposed mill levy is necessary to provide the resources needed for all students to achieve as we continue in our efforts to be a premier school district. Recent achievements include the following:

  • During the 2017-2018 school year the district increased its percentage of students identified as Proficient and Distinguished Learners in 50% (12 out of 24) of the content areas assessed by the 2018 Georgia Milestones End of Grade (EOG) and End of Course (EOC) tests. The district also decreased its numbers of students identified as Beginning Learners in 50% of those areas and outperformed the other Tier II Districts in 18 out of 24 assessed areas.
  • Continued year-over-year graduation rate gains. Over the past four years, the MCSD graduation rate has increased by 4.3 percentage points, from 84.6 in 2014-2015 to 88.9 in 2017-2018 while the state’s graduation rate increased by only 2.8 percentage points, from 78.8 in 2014-2015 to 81.6 in 2017-2018. This marks the fourth consecutive year that the District’s performance has surpassed the state of Georgia at a higher rate.
  • The 2018 American College Test (ACT) composite and subject results for the Muscogee County School District mark the second highest set of scores for the District to date. In addition, the number of students tested in Muscogee County increased year-to-date for the 2017-2018 school year. Further, the Muscogee County School District 2018 SAT results saw improvements in the District’s composite and reading and writing scores. The District’s reading and writing scores exceeded both the state and national averages for the first time. In addition, the District noted an increase in the number of test takers during the 2017-2018 school year.
This proposed levy will work to restore some of the shortfalls faced by the District as a result of sixteen consecutive years of the State’s inability to fully fund its share of public education. The funding shortfalls or State Austerity Reductions from fiscal year 2003 through fiscal year 2018 totaled $192.6 million.

These state budget cuts are again compounded by the fact that the property tax digest for Muscogee County has not increased significantly in recent years. The property tax digest for the current year is again projected to realize a nominal increase. The Board of Education must then levy 6.08 mills of tax to provide the local five-mill share revenue required for participation in the state education funding program.

This tentative increase will result in a millage rate of 23.321 mills, an increase of 0.011 mills. Without this tentative tax increase, the millage rate will be no more than 23.310 mills. The proposed tax increase for a home with a fair market value of $125,000 is approximately $.40 cents and the proposed tax increase for non-homestead property with a fair market value of $175,000 is approximately $.77 cents.

The proposed millage rate requires a millage rate higher than the rollback mill rate. Georgia law requires that before the Board can set a final millage rate, it must hold three public hearings to allow for public input.

All concerned citizens are invited to the public hearings on this tax increase to be held in the Board Room on the 1st floor of the Board of Education, 2960 Macon Road, at the dates and times indicated.

  • Monday, June 10, 2019 at 11:00 a.m.
  • Monday, June 10, 2019 at 5:00 p.m.
  • Monday, June 24, 2019 at 6:00 p.m.
The millage rate for 2019 will be set at a meeting held in the Board Room on the 1st floor of the Board of Education, 2960 Macon Road on Monday, June 24, 2019 at 6:00 p.m.

The mission of the Muscogee County School District is to inspire and equip all students to achieve unlimited potential. For more information, please contact the Office of Communications at 706.748.2034 or communications@muscogee.k12.ga.us.

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