The DeKalb County School Board voted June 21 on a budget that will raise taxes and cut more than 400 jobs to close an anticipated budget shortfall of $85 million.
The school board approved approximately $93 million in cuts that include central office personnel layoffs, reducing paraprofessionals by 200 and increasing the millage rate by 1 mill.
DeKalb Schools spokesman Walter Woods said the tax increase would amount to a homeowner with a $200,000 property paying approximately $80 more each year in taxes. However, it’s a move the school board hasn’t taken since 2003. The tax increase, which will raise an estimated $14.8 million in additional revenue, brings the district’s local millage rate to 24 mills—the voter-approved limit is 25.
Board chairman Eugene Walker said he thinks the board did a good job of balancing the budget and sharing in the sacrifices that had to