Henry County Schools Lose One Mil Tax

By: Vanessa Araiza Email
By: Vanessa Araiza Email

It is a daily routine for Headland Middle School teacher Linda Saffold, reaching into her pocket for supplies because of the lack of school funding.

Linda said "We really need the extra funding in the classroom because that would mean more students in the classroom per teacher and that would affect the overall situation at the school."

And with the rejection on a one mil tax, Henry County School Systems could stand to lose between 120 and 150 thousand dollars in funding.

Dennis Coe, Henry Co. Schools Superintendent, says "Basically we had to have 60 percent of the qualified voters vote its passage and we only had between 51 and 52 percent."

Superintendent Coe says in total, 12 mil taxes were on the ballot.

The one mil tax that didn't pass will have until 2010 before officials say they'll begin to worry.

Still, that does not ease the fear of the future.

"When you look at just our utility bill this year, we're forecasting an increase of 300 thousand dollars throughout the year, just for our power bill."

And it's not the building and repairs the limited funding is affecting.

Headland Middle School principal Rickey Allen says the funding shortfall will impact student's futures.

"If you don't have the funding to offer these children these children, the things that are going to motivate them to stay in school, or that one on one they so desperately need, then again, it’s going to be devastating."

And just like the other mil taxes, this one is just a renewal. Coe stresses it is not a new tax.

The school board will try to petition county commission to give the mil tax another run.

They hope to have that done in the next six months.


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