Dear Editor,

Evans County taxpayers are having one pulled over on them by our local Board of Education. They’re set to once again raise our property taxes while expenses and salaries at the Board office continue to increase. We already have one of the higher millage rates in the region, 14.399, and the Board’s official position has been that it is state mandated.

But this is not true. The state has given counties until 2019 to increase their millage rates to receive state funds, but over the last five years, Evans County has taxed property owners well above the requirement. Just like all the other times, we’re told it’s not withholding information, but a “misunderstanding.” We’re already facing an increase because of state law, so why is the Board not working to keep our millage rate low for as long as possible?

What are we even getting from the increased millage rate? Our teachers aren’t getting raises and our students are not working with MORE resources. We’re lacking in vocational programs, fiscal accountability, and true leadership.What is our end goal? Where do we want to be in 10 years?

We all want what is best for our kids and our community, but what community will be left if citizens – especially seniors – are taxed out of living here?

I hope to see my fellow citizens at the Board meeting on Thursday, Sept. 28 at 11:30 a.m.

Robert Hodgson

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3 COMMENTS

  1. My Wife and I are in our 80’s and we 9pay as much school tax as property tax. Since we have no children in school for the past 30 years, I think we as retired citizens with a low fixed income should have some reprieve. I have been paying taxes for 68 years and think a person over 80 years old should be exempt from school and property tax.
    Since property owners pick up most of the county and school tax, I think our leaders should consider a flat tax and let all people of our area enjoy paying for the privileges, schools, protection that they enjoy.

  2. The final hearing is tomorrow at 11:30 a.m. at the Board of Education office on Main Street. Join us there and let them know how you feel. If you don’t want to speak, just attend and support those who will be speaking. They are working for all taxpaying citizens of Evans County using their own time and resources and expecting nothing in return but to be heard.

  3. I think it is down right disgusting behavior of the BOE to hold an 11:30 am meeting. When actual taxpayers are out earning a living to pay the Board’s office inflated budget and salaries. They don’t care what we the taxpayers think about the increase. Every single member of the of the BOE needs to be voted out at the next election.

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