Taxpayers will see a 4/100th of a mill increase in the Thomaston-Upson County School System tax millage this year. At their work session Tuesday night, the Board of Education (BOE) set their millage rate at 15.34 mills, up 4/100th of a mill from last year’s rate of 15.30 mills.
At their August 13 meeting, the BOE heard from Finance Director Kathy Matthews, who told them the slight increase in the millage was needed for the school system to collect the same amount of tax revenue that they did in the past year, due to the decrease in the tax digest.
Last year was the first time during the tenure of School Superintendent Dr. Maggie Shook that the school system had to raise its millage rate, from 14.30 mills to 15.30 mills. But the increase was based on the shrinking tax digest and was needed to bring in the same amount of tax revenue that they had the previous year. This year’s slight increase is for the same purpose, and as last year, will not mean an increase in taxes, but just a means to bring in the same amount of tax revenue as they had last year.
Also at their August 13 meeting, the board received an update from Facilities Director Mike Majors on work done at the schools over the summer. Majors commended the maintenance staff for their efforts in getting the schools ready to open with all the work that was done.
“It has been a very busy summer,” said Majors. “We put new air conditioning in Upson-Lee North. We’re right at the end of that project and are basically doing a punch list. It is a lot better over there. We’ve had a lot of problems over there in the past.
“The new bleachers were put in at the high school gym. If you haven’t been over to see them, you need to go. We’ve got one little issue left there, but we put some new paint in the gym and dressed it up, and it looks real nice. That was a nice upgrade.
“We’re finishing up the punch list on the Fine Arts Center,” Majors continued.
“If you ride by the Pre-K, we’re putting in a new playground and trying to get that up to code. We’ll have to do that with most of our playgrounds in the future.
“We’re really proud of putting entry access mechanisms at Pre-K, Upson-Lee South, and Upson-Lee North, to where people can’t just walk in the front door. We can also use that as a way to monitor staff on what time they come in and what time they leave. We feel that is a right step toward safety and hope that down the road, all our schools will be like that.”