Budgets and Millage Rate
The Superintendent works closely with the Finance Department to develop a tentative budget to present to the Board of Education prior to the start of each fiscal year.
The Stephens County Board of Education adopts a tentative budget each year and publishes it on the school system’s website. The tentative budget is published in the local newspaper for public review for two weeks. Notice of two public hearings is advertised along with the budget. The two public hearings may not be held within the same week. Once a final budget is adopted, the Finance Department submits the budget to the Georgia Department of Education.
Each year the Stephens County Tax Commissioner provides the Tax Digest and 5 Year History of Levy to the Stephens County Board of Education. The Stephens County Board of Education then sets the millage rate. If the rollback millage rate will not be adopted, resulting in a tax increase, then three public hearings are required.
In circumstances where a budget adoption is delayed, the Stephens County Board of Education adopts a spending resolution for 1/12th of the current amended budget each month until a budget for the new fiscal year is adopted.