Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Glynn School Budget OK'd Slight Rise Projected in Property Tax Rate

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Glynn School Budget OK'd Slight Rise Projected in Property Tax Rate

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BRUNSWICK -- The Glynn County Board of Education has tentatively approved a 1999-2000 budget, including a slight increase in the school district property tax rate and a raise for some of its lowest-paid employees.

The tentative budget, approved in a 5-2 vote Monday night, lists the school district's general fund at almost $73 million. The general fund is the heart of the public school system budget, financing most of its daily operations.

It includes a proposed 0.41 millage increase on property in the school district, said board member James LaPean, finance committee chairman.

Under the plan, taxes on a house valued at $100,000 would go up $16.40 annually.

"I don't think that is too much to ask for an investment in the education of our children," LaPean said.

The board could take final action on the proposed budget at its June 28 meeting, LaPean said.

"People need to remember that all these figures are projections because we have not received the tax digest yet," LaPean said.

Supporting the tentative budget were LaPean, Chairman Harlan Hambright and board members Walter McNeely, Mackford Oliver and Don Varnadoe.

Opposed were board members Joe Iannicelli and Pat Ulmer. Vice Chairman Darrell Williams and member Susan Raikes-Walker were absent.

The tentative budget calls for a 3 percent pay raise for 97 school system maintenance employees and other workers who do not have a teaching certificate. Those employees are responsible for the daily maintenance and upkeep of the county's public schools.

LaPean said that raise will cost the district $276,000 in salaries and benefits.

Mike Gibbs, district maintenance director, told the board that group of employees is the lowest-paid in the school system. They deserve a raise because they work hard year-round to keep the schools safe and clean for students, Gibbs said. …

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