Tuesday, May 30, 2023

Oconee County Schools Construction Spending Outstripping Ability Of Local Education Sales Tax To Cover Costs

***Burden Will Shift To Property Taxes***

Oconee County Board of Education Member Tim Burgess, in discussing earlier this month the Fiscal Year 2024 Budget the Board is expected to adopt on June 5, expressed concern about the “substantial debt” Oconee County Schools is facing.

Burgess praised Chief Financial Officer Liz Harlow for setting aside $11 million in the Budget to help retire the bonds the Board of Education sold in 2021 to build a new middle school, add classrooms at three elementary schools, and build a new administrative building.