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School board to seek budget help from county

Posted: May 16, 2012 - 12:07am

The Columbia County School Board said Tuesday they might look to the county government for help solving their budget woes.

The county Tax Com­missioner’s Office charges the school system 2.5 percent of taxes collected on its behalf each school year.

The board agreed during a budget study session to send a letter to county commissioners asking them to cut that percentage.

Superintendent Charles Nagle told the board that just half a percent cut would save the school system nearly $400,000.

The school system is about $1 million short in revenues to balance a proposed $174 million budget for next school year.

The county government, though, is doing so well that commissioners are considering a half-mill rollback of the millage, which would save property taxpayers about $2 million.

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