Rollback rate of 14.110 mills gets unanimous vote to send onward to Tax Commissioner, Board approves tabled policies and RMS roof repairs
The Polk County Board of Education gave their thumbs up without any opposition on last Tuesday on several measures, including how much local property owners will have to pay in taxes this year to help support the schools.
The rollback millage rate for this year was set at 14.110, coming down from 14.139 mills, and a continued decrease from the 2020 property tax millage rate that was set at 14.139. The rate in 2019 was up to 15.664 mills. (Based on information immediately available.)
Board members this year had no comment about the millage rate decrease before they moved onto other business on the night in a short regular voting session on August 10.
Along with determining tax millage rate collections for tax bills coming up this fall, the Board also took care of another financial matter with approval of the FY 2021 budget amendment with a unanimous vote, wrapping up the fiscal year and allowing the district to move toward audits for the fiscal year. Only an increase of $10,463.67 was needed to balance the books for this year, with much of that coming in the form of a nearly $230,000 change in funding from the state level, along with some needed additions to balance out spending overages in certain departments that weren’t immediately anticipated, like additional travel costs and increase in salaries following the original budget approval in 2020.
Other business on the night included the return of policy changes from being tabled in July for review and gave their unanimous approval in bulk.
Those policies included updates on administrative personnel qualification and duties, grading systems, student attendance, on how to handle competitive interscholastic activities, the employee sick leave bank, and paid parental leave.
All of those policy changes are available on the eboard website.
Spending was also approved for a Rockmart Middle School roof repair job that cost $10,200 and went to A&B Commercial Construction, who Thomas reported had done work previously for the school district on a roofing project at Eastside Elementary School. Their bid was given unanimous approval to move forward.
Thomas said that the problem was being caused by pooling water and needed to be dealt with as soon as possible to avoid further damage.
Two field trips for local students were given approval Rockmart High School is heading to Jekyll Island on September 3 and 4, and for the Cedartown High School Drama team to head to the state thespian conference being held from February 3 through February 5, 2022.
Board members are gathering again on Wednesday, August 18 for a special called session to immediately go into executive session in order to discuss a personnel matter.
No additional matters are planned for a vote.