Fayette to seek renewal of operating levy 8.22

Written by David Green.

It’s a done deal now. After working through a pair of preliminary votes over the summer, the Gorham Fayette Board of Education voted Monday to seek renewal of the district’s 7.0-mill operating levy.

The levy is due to expire this year and passage at the Nov. 6 general election would guarantee nearly a quarter million dollars of general operating funds for each of the next five years.

The motion passed by the same 3-2 vote recorded on the preliminary measures, with board president Kelly Bentley and trustee David Brinegar opposing the measure.

Because the levy seeks renewal and not replacement, the effective millage rate is actually 6.16 rather than seven.

Fulton County Auditor Nancy Yackee spoke with board members about financial issues, leading up to a meeting with district treasurer Angel Adamski today.

Board president Bentley said the board’s goal is to use some funds from the DH Holdings settlement to help pay off the debt on the gymnasium. Board members intend to give taxpayers a break in paying the debt, but they’re seeking direction from Yackee to learn what they can do and what the best approach would be.

 

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