Auburn reviews tax increase for Gwinnett County residents
The Auburn City Council reviewed a higher 2012-2013 tax rate for city residents who live in Gwinnett County during its work session Thursday, Aug. 16. City administrator Ron Griffith proposed a tax rate equal to 4.931 mills for the 2012-2013 year. The formula used to determine the Gwinnett rate has included a deduction for LOST, which does not exist in that county.
County still contending with $3.5 million funding gap for FY2013; Worley presents options of tax rate hikes, raiding reserves
Five weeks from the start of the new fiscal year, Barrow County officials are trying to close what — at least on paper — is a $3.5 million funding gap. Commissioner Steve Worley presented the three proposals to balance the budget:
•“Plan A” would raise the ad valorem tax rate enough to match this year’s funding levels for operations and then cover the remaining $1 million shortfall from cash reserves.
•“Plan B” would include the same tax rate hike but pull out only $688,388 in reserves, and then create a dedicated revenue stream for the radio system’s annual debt payment with an ad valorem rate hike of one-fourth of one mill.
•“Plan C” would include adoption of the same “revenue neutral” tax rate hike, use of $668,000 in reserves, and adoption of a 1-mill ad valorem tax rate increase earmarked only for capital purchases.
Local school spending isn’t excessive
DURING the recent debate over where to send school buses in Barrow County, some people suggested that the school system should make cuts to its central office rather than reduce student bus service. But the financial problems Barrow faces can’t just be blamed on high administrative pay.
Downtown Winder’s renewal under way?
Downtown Winder has been bustling this week as contractors — and even county prisoners — worked simultaneously at four sites. The activities this week were just the start of efforts by both the county and city governments to try and save downtown Winder as a retail center.
BOE renews superintendent's contract
The Barrow County Board of Education voted 6-3 to extend Superintendent Wanda Creel's contract for one year during a special called meeting on Tuesday. Her current contract is up March 31, 2013. Board members Rickey Bailey, Will Dunn and Chairman Mark Still cast the opposing votes.