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County school board approves spending resolution
by Monica Burge
July 01, 2014 10:50 AM | 3228 views | 0 0 comments | 27 27 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Bartow County school board approved a spending resolution recently that will allow Superintendent John Harper latitude to continue day-to-day operations until a tentative millage rate can be set.

The resolution was passed 4-1 following an executive session during the board’s June business meeting June 23, with Matt Shultz being the lone dissenter.

After the meeting, board chair Davis Nelson said the resolution was necessary since the board did not approve a tentative millage rate.

“That authorizes us to operate through the month of July,” Nelson said.

The board voted 2-2 to pass the tentative millage rate, which was set at 17.90, the same as the previous year, with Nelson abstaining.

Nelson said he chose not to vote on the matter because he is hoping for information that will make an estimate for the millage rate more concrete.

“My feeling is we will have a better handle in July on that,” Nelson said. “We don’t set the millage rate usually until July because we don’t know from the tax assessor’s office what those true numbers will be. But we usually pass a tentative millage rate based on the budget that we’ve produced, hoping that the amount of money the tax assessor’s office is going to tell us we’re going to get matches up with what we’ve put into the budget.”

During the meeting, the board did approve adopting its 2015 fiscal year budget but Nelson said without an estimated millage rate, the budget as presented is not complete.

Nelson said it is not uncommon for a school system to operate within the confines of a spending resolution and even though a final budget cannot be finalized without a tentative millage rate, there is no cause for alarm.

Nelsons said the board passed a resolution of the same kind about two years ago and erring on the side of caution with regards to a millage rate — which plays a significant role in the school system estimating tax revenues — speaks to the commitment to make the best decision for its students.

In other action, the board:

n Approved Macy Defnall as the official open records officer.

n Approved a system-wide copier replacement in the amount of $190,411 annually for the next three years.

n Approved a renewal of property and casualty insurance in the amount of $556,407.

n Approved a subscription renewal with Pearson/PowerSchool.

n Approved the 2014-15 student handbook.

n Approved contracted services with special education-related service providers.

The board has a called meeting Thursday at 6 p.m.

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