Walker Co. School Board proposes 4.84% property tax increase to pay for teacher raises
The Walker County Board of Education has tentatively adopted a 2019 millage rate that will require an increase in property taxes by 4.84 percent. It would be the first such increase since 2004.
The proposed increase would mean a home with a fair market value of $100,000 would be paying an additional $31 a year.
The Board says the increase is needed to help fulfill a new Georgia law that gives all teachers in the state a $3,000 raise.
Superintendent Damon Raines tells NewsChannel 9 that the salary increase creates additional local costs, including benefits.
Raines says the money would also cover the costs of any employee not already covered by the state's Department of Education.
All concerned citizens are invited to an upcoming public hearing about the matter, on July 15th at 10:00 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. at the boardroom of the Walker County Department of Education, located at 201 South Duke Street in LaFayette. There will be another hearing at the same location on July 25th at 6:00 p.m.
Depend on us to keep you posted as we learn more.