CHATHAM CO., GA (WTOC) - A budget meeting was held Wednesday on the millage rate in Chatham County.
This meeting is required by law anytime there is a proposal to raise the rate or keep it the same. Right now, the Board of Education has not yet made a decision, and that is why the input of residents is so important.
There is currently a tentative property tax increase of half a percent. Here is how that breaks down.
For example, if your home is valued at $150,000, you would pay an additional $29 a year. What that money would go towards could make you want to fork over a little extra cash.
"We'll be hiring 80 new teachers. Which we desperately need. We really need about 200 more to meet our goals for class size so we're working toward that. Another important part of this budget would be a two percent increase in salary across the board for those in the district," said Board President, Jolene Byrne.
Three meetings are required and the last one is next Wednesday at the Whitney Administrative Complex.
A millage rate decision has to be made by the end of June and it will go into effect in July.