• By Mercedes Parham
  • Monday, July 06, 2020

Notice of property tax increase

MCSD Logo

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 – In an effort to restore some of the budget shortfalls facing the District, as part of the recently announced State-wide budget cuts, the Muscogee County Board of Education has announced its intention to potentially adopt a millage rate for fiscal year 2021/calendar year 2020 (FY 2021/CY 2020) that will require a maximum increase in property taxes by 3.92 percent. The proposed levy will provide additional funding needed to implement safety precautions, related to the COVID-19 pandemic, to help cover the reduction of funding for public education from the State due to the economic impact of COVID-19.

The Board has determined that this proposed mill levy might be necessary to provide the resources needed for all students to achieve as the District continues its efforts to providing premiere services. In recent years, the District has improved on all performance metrics to include the Georgia College and Career Readiness Performance Index (CCRPI), SAT, ACT, Advanced Placement (AP), and graduation rates.

With consideration to the State budget, the lack of significant increase in the property tax digest for Muscogee County further compounds the budget shortfalls; the District will face a funding shortfall, for the current year, totaling $16,768,024. Thus, the Board of Education has deemed it necessary to levy 6.22 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 24.321 mills, an increase of .917 mill. Without this tentative tax increase, the millage rate will be no more than 23.404 mills. The proposed tax increase for a home with a fair market value of $125,000 is approximately $33.47 and the proposed tax increase for non-homestead property with a fair market value of $175,000 is approximately $64.19.

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 through Zoom and live stream on the District YouTube channel during the following dates and times:

  • Monday, July 13, 2020, 5:00 p.m.
  • Monday, July 20, 2020, 11:00 a.m.
  • Monday, July 20, 2020, 6:00 p.m.
The millage rate for FY 2021/CY 2020 will be set at the meeting scheduled for Monday, July 20, 2020; 6:00 p.m.

Individuals who wish to address the Board regarding the proposed millage rate may do so with the following options:

1.Virtually: to obtain an invitation to the Zoom meeting, each individual should email his/her request to Jones.Karen.P@muscogee.k12.ga.us at least three hours prior to the meeting. Each individual will use his/her personal device to access the meeting.

2.In person: Public Education Center Boardroom, 2960 Macon Road, Columbus, Georgia. Each individual must arrive no later than fifteen (15) minutes prior to the scheduled meeting start time.
.
Comments will be shared live as part of the Board’s virtual hearing on the matter. The District is adhering to the social distancing and face covering guidelines presented by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to prevent the spread of illness. Members of the public must also adhere to these guidelines to enter District property.

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.

# # #