EAST ELLIJAY, Ga, – Gilmer County Schools was unable to set its millage rate last week in the July meeting as some issues with the state systems have backed up the process at the county level. However, tomorrow will see special meetings of both the county and school system moving to advertise their millage rates before August.
The county is wrapping up their summer with the usual financials and preparations before their August 4, 2022 return to the new school year. With the budget approved for the year, they move into the millage rate simultaneously with the county commissioners. This annual process will this year see both entities approve advertisement on the same day with the county meeting at 9:30 a.m. and the school meeting at 6:00 p.m.
Historically, the school often gives final approval of their millage rate in special called meetings to align with the county’s meeting as it typically comes before the school system’s monthly session, yet advertising is typically done in the standard meeting. Superintendent Dr. Brian Ridley stated that the tax office was finishing up the digest and notified the public that a special meeting would be called.
The millage rate is a large portion of the board’s budget including the $45 million general fund budget.