After a sparsely attended public hearing, the Bryan County Board of Education voted 5-1 to go ahead with a 2 mill tax increase at a called meeting Monday night in Pembroke.
Only District 4 representative Judy Crosby voted against the hike.
The measure will cost taxpayers as much as 14 percent in additional taxes.
BoE members have repeatedly said they’ve cut as much as they could, and the vote came after the third in a series of three public hearings on the millage rate increase.
The first two took place Sept. 28, but only the one at Carver Elementary in Richmond Hill drew a crowd.
About 25 people attended that hearing and spoke out against to the increase, among them South Bryan resident Gib Robinson, who also attended Monday’s hearing with his wife Bernadine.
The retired couple was clearly disappointed by the BoE’s vote.
"They didn’t listen to their constituents," Gib Robinson said.
School board members said they did pay attention.
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