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City Schools budget calls for mileage increase

June 12, 2007

Valdosta - Valdosta City School Board members say they needed to raise taxes to improve education.

They approved a 57-million dollar budget that includes a mileage rate increase.

School officials say they struggled to find revenue to meet all the expenses, especially with state-mandated issues like teacher pay raises.

They raised the tax rate by one mil and say the budget will spend more money on improving education throughout the system.  "Our board has really tuned into that and feels strongly about those kinds of things so we are developing some new initiatives across the board, K-12, that will cost a little extra money," says Assistant Superintent for Finance Bill Cason.

The Valdosta City Council hasn't approved it's budget and tax rate, so it's not clear yet what kind of tax increase city property owners may face.

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