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Boards tackling tax rates
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Bryan County residents could be hearing a lot about taxes in the next few days.
 That’s because two of the county’s taxing authorities are expected to set their millage rates – and a third is slated to discuss the same thing – at coming public meetings.
The Bryan County Board of Education is up first. The BoE is expected to adopt a millage rate of 15.537 at a 5 p.m. called meeting today at George Washington Carver Elementary School.
The BoE’s fiscal year runs from July 1 to June 30, and the BoE recently adopted a fiscal year 2011 tentative budget of approximately $47.9 million – nearly $2 million less than last year. The school board’s proposed millage rate remains unchanged from the 2010 fiscal year, which ended June 30.
The Bryan County Commission will discuss its millage rate, which is currently 7.9 percent, at Thursday night’s meeting in South Bryan at the new County Administrative Complex. That meeting gets under way at 6:30 p.m., but commissioners are holding an open house at 5:30 p.m. in honor of the board’s first meeting in the new facility.
Commissioners reportedly have no plans to increase the county’s levy on homeowners this year.
Unlike the BoE’s fiscal year, Bryan County’s fiscal year runs January through December, and the county has until the end of the year to adopt a budget for 2011.
The city of Pembroke is expected to set its millage rate at 8.359 during a called meeting at 7 p.m. Monday at city hall. That rate is unchanged from last year. Pembroke also operates on a regular calendar year, meaning officials have through December to adopt a budget.
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