Dalton Public Schools' 2020 budget anticipates no property tax rate increase

For the sixth year in a row, Dalton Public Schools officials plan to hold the school system's property tax rate steady at 8.2 mills.

The Dalton Board of Education will not officially set the millage rate until later this summer after the school system receives final tax digest information.

School board members unanimously approved an $84.8 million fiscal year 2020 budget on Monday, up from $81 million in the fiscal year 2019 budget, that anticipates no change in the property tax rate. The 2020 fiscal year starts on July 1.

The budget anticipates $83 million in revenue, up from $80 million in the 2019 budget. The school system will reach into its fund balance to cover the difference between revenue and spending. The budget forecasts ending the 2020 fiscal year with a fund balance of $16.3 million.

State funding for Dalton Public Schools will increase by nearly $4.2 million to fund $3,000 pay raises for teachers and other certified staff. The state budget approved by the legislature earlier this year provides funding for a $3,000 pay increase for teachers, counselors and other certified personnel.

The Dalton Public Schools budget anticipates that the property tax rate will remain at 8.2 mills for the sixth year in a row. The budget projects that that tax rate will bring in $32.6 million, up from $31.6 million thanks to growth in the tax digest.

"We are happy that we are going to be able to hold the millage rate steady," said Superintendent Tim Scott. "That has certainly been our goal."

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