School board OKs budget; no tax increase
Superintendent Don Randolph announces the Marshall County School Board adopted its proposed ad valorem tax budget for the fiscal year 2011 on Monday, July 19.
The budget will not increase ad valorem taxes this year. The ad valorem tax millage will remain the same as last year, 35.76 mills, well below the 55 mills allowed, he said.
Randolph attended the Superintendents’ Conference last week and said many districts have raised their millage to 55 mills, the limit provided by state law. These districts have nowhere to get additional revenue, he said.
Randolph indicated the Marshall County School District has lost $2,000,000 during the past two years.
“It is difficult to maintain academic integrity, purchase school buses and classroom supplies, repair roofs and buildings, and meet daily expenses when the district’s budget is reduced by the governor,” he said.
“The district asked the board of supervisors for a four percent increase for the 2009-2010 school year. This increase generated $145,000. The request created controversy but the additional revenue helped us balance our budget after the loss of revenue from the state. If the state cuts funds, the revenue has to be made up at the local level. This means that taxes go up.
“We have managed well and are proud to do our part in these harsh economic times and to help our taxpayers and the board of supervisors balance the county budget.
“We in the district office have not had a raise in four years, but we are proud to have jobs today. Also we have recommended all our employees come back in the 2010-2011 school year. Many districts have laid off or reduced staff to balance their budget.
“We will be OK this school year, but next year will be extremely difficult. If the recession continues and if the state cannot fund our school district budget, a millage increase will be necessary.”
August 6 fund-raiser helps Humane Society
The Marshall County Humane Society’s fund-raiser will be held Friday, August 6, at 5:30 p.m. at the Collins-Hurdle VFW Post in Holly Springs.
There will be live and silent auctions, good food, entertainment and more.
Advance tickets can be bought for $10 at the Byhalia Area Chamber of Commerce or from any member of the Humane Society or at the door for $12.
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