Barrow school board to vote on 2009 budget

WINDER - The Barrow County Board of Education will decide Tuesday whether to adopt the proposed budget for FY 2009.

The board expects to spend more money this year without raising the millage rate on taxpayers, Ken Cato, assistant superintendent of business services, said in an earlier interview.

The county's anticipated 5 percent growth in the tax digest should funnel extra cash into the school system, he said.

An exact figure for Barrow County Schools' proposed expenditures was unavailable at press time, but the Main Street News reports that figure at more than $102.1 million with a $4 million budget deficit.

The proposed budget's largest expenditure is teachers' salaries at $39.9 million. It's smallest is $500 for books and periodicals. The proposed budget would fund hiring more than two dozen new teachers and five bus drivers plus give all employees a 2.5 percent raise.

About $1 million is budgeted for fuel costs and that figure could rise, Cato said.

New school buses, new textbooks and replacement computers are also on the expenditures list.

Barrow County's school millage rate stands at 18.5, just below the state's cap at 20.

Taxes are calculated by multiplying the assessed value of a property by the millage. A mill is one-tenth of one cent.

SideBar: If you go

· What: Barrow County Board of Education meeting

· When: 7 p.m. Tuesday

· Where: Professional Development Center, 179 W. Athens St., Winder