The True Numbers Are Out – Hall Board of Education Cut Taxes

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Mar 8, 2014 7 Comments ›› Re-Elect Brian Sloan

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(note: In light of the new tax appraisals in which the Hall County Board of Education has nothing to do with, the Hall County digest went up this year. Even though our board lowered the millage rates, property taxes will rise because of the greater tax assessments as property values have begun to rise. As of the time of the post below, this article was true and remains true as of the time of its writing in early March).

On Friday, March 7, at the Hall County Board of Education yearly retreat the Board was given an overview of the budget numbers, millage rates, and taxes levied since FY 2009. Superintendent Will Schofield went through the real numbers concerning taxes levied on Hall County taxpayers in years FY 2009 as compared to FY 2014.

Many times it is much easier to understand how your Federal and State taxes are figured. However, considering property tax formulas involving budgets, local tax digest, and assessed values that fluctuate is quite a different story altogether. The challengers are not looking at the correct numbers. Also, as a reminder, The Board of Education does not set assess property values. That is the job of the Board of Tax Assessors.

Here are the actual numbers presented in an open session last night:

  • In 2009 the Board of Education levied $80,862,228 in local taxes.
  • In 2014, the total amount levied is $77,010,562 in local taxes.

The Hall County Board of Education has cut taxes from the 2009 mark by 3.8 million dollars.

We feel like this is something that voters should know. Through one of the most difficult financial periods since the great depression, this board has led a School District to thrive while substantially cutting taxes in Hall County.

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Comments

  1. Myra Benefield says:

    This is great news for Hall county & the tax payers. Brian Sloan was part of the team so we should always vote for the experienced man that helped us so much. Get involved & get Brian re-elected!!!!!

  2. Jared Chambers says:

    A question: When you say the Hall BOE cut taxes, can you tell us the relevant vote(s) where the BOE actively sought to reduce the tax burden? Because what is available to see and is demonstrably provable is that during your term since the last election, the BOE has increased the millage rate. As conservatives, we spend a lot of time, at all levels of government, calling out the left on playing games about “cutting taxes” by confusing voters about revenue versus rates. In a bad economy, revenues often drop. And in good economies, revenues increase. As you said, the board has no discretion over property value or tax assessments. The thing you do have discretion over are millage rates. Tax rates affect how citizens plan their budgets. Tax rates have an affect on how people view the county as far as livability. The Hall BOE increased the tax rates, now within a point of the State Consitutional limit.

    • Re-Elect Brian Sloan says:

      Jared, I don’t have the dates in my hand right now, but there have been many, many votes that led to that our budget cut. The state cut us 100 million dollars in the last few years and we have had to slash and slash our budget by millions. We had to close an elementary’s school, we voted to cut the board pay by 10%, we voted to cut the superintendent’s pay by 3.25 %, we voted to cut teachers pay by 2.25%. The worst votes were the ones where we fired about 135 people in one day. Our teaching staff was cut by 8% and our district staff was cut by 20%. All of these were votes that I cast and they were very hard. But they did keep us from raising the millage rate to the top level… or more, as some counties have had to do, and our budget cuts kept the numbers down. Most people do not know how much assessed values play hand in hand with the millage rate, but with the combination of our drastic cuts and assessed values dropping came the tax reductions. The local GOP’s statement that equates millage rate increases to a tax increases is simply not correct as a coverall statement. It is correct many times, but not always, especially in the weird economic times we have been in. Local property taxes are much more complicated than just a millage rate number. We cut our budget as much as possible, divide the budget by the digest, and that’s the millage rate. It’s a simple math equation. Then your millage rate X local assessments (minus exemptions) = the ITB or Individual tax bill. There is only one way to know if yo have had a tax increase and it is not by looking at the millage rate, it is looking and your ITB and see if it went up.

      I thank you for your question. I don’t mind people disagreeing with me, but I appreciate the chance state my case.

  3. Joe says:

    “The worst votes were the ones where we fired about 135 people in one day.”

    I would disagree. The worst votes would be the ones that allowed the district offices to become so bloated that you were able to cut 20% of the employees. I would prefer the school board be better stewards of the taxpayers money in good times and bad.

    • Re-Elect Brian Sloan says:

      We were not bloated. We were correctly staffed. Now we are severely understaffed.

      Brian Sloan

  4. Chris says:

    http://m.hallco.org/?url=http://www.hallco.org/boe/site/hcboe-to-increase-property-taxes-it-will-levy-by-4-22/&dm_redirected=true#2811

    Brian,

    Can you tell me why you deserve my vote when the headline on this article and the headline on hallco.org don’t match?

    • Re-Elect Brian Sloan says:

      Yes, Chris I will be glad to answer that. And it’s a great question because unless you look at what had happened when I wrote that post in combination with what has happened now, it does look like double speak. First, notice that the post to which you refer was written almost 3 months ago and it was about the previous years. Property taxes dropped by 4.9 million dollars since 2010 as the digest was falling like a rock. So, when I wrote that article, it was spot on. Now, as a result of your question, I will add an addendum to the post now and say that since the tax assessor reappraisals have been done this year, the total tax amount will go up this year in spite of the board lowering a millage rate. Actually, we may lower it some more next week as more numbers come in. But now, we are lowering the millage rate, but with all of the property reassessments, especially lake values, the local tax digest has gone up. Our board has no authority over assessments. The millage rate is a simple math equation. The budget divided by the local digest is the millage rate. Then multiply the millage rate by the assessed values (minus exemptions) and you have your ITB or your individual tax bill. Those are the facts. It’s up to you if you decided to believe them. Thanks for the question, I will clear that up on that old post.

      The Hall County Republican party made a statement that a millage rate was in fact that same as a tax increase. The facts are, it is not. This year proves it. YOu can’t have it both ways. The amount of taxes paid are derived from a two pronged apporach, millage rates, and assessed values. You can’t just look at one and have the full picture. We are lowering the millage rate this year, yet taxes will be up a little, and the state makes us print a notice as you saw it. The fact of matter is that we cut the Hall County School District budget $100 million dollars in the last five years that helped those taxes go down 4.9 million.

      In essence both what I said in my post (which was about the past few years), and what our website says now is true.

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