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Chance to discuss potential tax increase from school district set for Thursday

Published 12:04am Wednesday, July 4, 2012

NATCHEZ — Thursday provides the public a chance speak out on a potential tax increase proposed by the Natchez-Adams School District.

At a 4 p.m. public hearing at the Braden Administrative Building, the NASD business manager will go through the district’s 18-page budget before attendees are allotted a few minutes each to ask questions or give comment.

“(I) encourage people to come to the hearing,” Board President Wayne Barnett said when he announced the hearing at a recent board meeting.

The proposed budget for the new fiscal year includes a $565,083 increase in the amount of local taxes the schools would get. However, the proposed overall budget, which includes federal and state tax dollars, is $2 million less than last year’s budget.

According the Mississippi Adequate Education Program — a Mississippi Department of Education program that calculates how much state funding local districts should receive — the state under-funded NASD by $1.9 million for the fiscal year 2012-2013, the NASD budget report says. That’s the most the state has underfunded the district in eight years.

The district’s current budget is $41,885,872. The proposed budget for the new fiscal year is $39,882,109.

In the current overall budget, 26.55 percent, or $11,121,570, is paid for with local ad valorem taxes.

For the next fiscal year, the district proposes that 29.3 percent, or $11,686,653, would be paid for with local taxes.

In the past two years, the Natchez-Adams School Board has sent the budget back to the administration with directions to cut it further following a public hearing on the budget.

According to a proposed budget given to school board members last month, the district plans to spend 54 percent of its overall budget on instruction services for teachers of any kind, 37 percent on support services for guidance counselors, nurses, curriculum, training, maintenance and administrators and 6 percent on non-instructional services for food and community services and parental involvement.

“This is an opportunity for the public (to speak),” Barnett said.

 

  • Anonymous

    I’ll be at work. Perhaps I can make the next meeting when the NASD moves to make all board members an elected position…

  • Anonymous

    I totally agree the School Board should be elected and the positions should not be paid positions.

  • Anonymous

    Unpaid? Who would want the job in that case?

  • http://www.natchezdemocrat.com khakirat

    We surely need a elected school board in Adams county and by the law of Ms. if they have the authority to raises taxes they are to be elected!! By the way they are paid now also the time is made so that the working people that pays their taxes that pay their salaries want be there I guess??!! See ya’ll at the meeting!!!

  • Anonymous

    That’s not a potential tax increase, but a certain tax increase.

  • Anonymous

    Public education in Natchez, MS:  an epic failure.  How many years have we flunked No Child Left Behind.  Every year we go through this.  Not a dime more.  I am a Baby Boomer.   My entire public school experience had 34 kids/classroom.  Let’s get Natchez to 34/classroom and maybe we get some educated kids. 

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