|In a sudden reversal of position, Commissioner Don
Miller is now purposing a plan to pay for the school board building
program which closely mirrors the same plan Commissioner Austin Shaver
has been advocating. The only difference between the two plans now is
the amount of money that could be made available for the building plan.
Miller had previously maintained that a tax increase would be needed.
Miller also informed the BOE during their retreat Friday that he didn't
expect there to be any property tax increase this year.
Shaver has maintained that up to 30-35 million could be made available without a property tax increase or negatively impacting the commission's reserve funds. Miller's new proposal would make about 20 million available for the building plan with no tax increase.
Commissioner's are expected to take some action at Monday's commission meeting which will allow the board to take another step forward in the building process.
New taxes nixed: Miller suggests $20 million to start school building program
Greg Wilkerson News Herald
County Commissioner Don Miller brought a revised plan to begin funding new school buildings to the School Board Friday requiring no new property taxes.
“This is clearly a short-term solution, but I think we can live with it for a few years,” Miller said.
Both Miller and Shaver’s plans call for using some of the school operating budget and county general funds in addition to the rural debt fund.