Saturday May 28th, 2016 6:07PM

GSB reviews no tax increase plan

By Jerry Gunn Reporter
GAINESVILLE - Gainesville School Board members have a plan to prevent a property tax increase to support the 2015 budget, presented Monday night by Chief Financial Officer Janet Allison.<br /> <br /> Allison said because of the improving economy and a stronger tax digest, the Board may roll back tax mills.<br /> <br /> "We presented to the Board the concept of going ahead and rolling back from 7.59 to 7.48 mills," Allison said.<br /> <br /> The Board plans to adopt the millage rate rollback at its August 18th meeting, with final approval in September. Allison added that under the plan less money would be need from the fund balance.<br /> <br /> "We were planning dip in $3.6-million, but because our fund balance was higher than we estimated, we're going add back a million there and then a half million difference in the tax revenue," Allision said. "So we'll be dipping in $2.1-million, less than we planned."<br /> <br /> FEWER REFUGEES<br /> <br /> School Superintendent Dr. Wanda Creel said she's ready for her first school year in Gainesville starting Thursday, and that includes a smaller number of refugee students than expected.<br /> <br /> Dr. Creel said the system's English Language Learner program has room for them.<br /> <br /> "We are not seeing the number of refugee students that had been anticipated at this point from the state and federal government," Dr. Creel said. "We have a total of about 20 students."<br /> <br /> Creel said student education this year would focus on new assessments with new standards for the students.<br /> <br /> NEW HIGH TECH, OLD IDEA<br /> <br /> A new $200,000 computer system will help students and save money this school year, according to Gainesville School System Technical Director Keith Palmer. Palmer said the money is in the budget for the Virtual Desktop Infrastructure which replaces the need to buy more desktop computers.<br /> <br /> "It's the same amount of computer power but it transfers where it's coming from," Palmer said. "We can have a large server but with what we call thin clients on the end."<br /> <br /> Palmer said the system is an improved version of the early computer servers which fed work stations.<br /> <br /> NEW SCORE BOARD COMING<br /> <br /> Board members gave unanimous approval to a memorandum of understanding that allows the Gainesville Athletic Club to improve the City Park Stadium Sign and collect revenue from posted advertising on the sign.<br /> <br /> Hall County Commissioner Jeff Stowe appeared as an Athletic Club member and said the revenue would be used to buy school athletic equipment. Stowe said with the Board's approval, work would begin and the scoreboard would be ready by Gainesville High School's first home game in September.
© Copyright 2016
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.
US stocks post sixth straight year of gains
U.S. stocks ended a strong 2014 with moderate declines Wednesday.
4:43PM ( 1 year ago )
Palestinians push ahead in pursuit of war crimes charges against Israel
Stung by a resounding defeat in the U.N. Security Council, the Palestinians announced Wednesday that they joined the International Criminal Court to pursue war crimes charges against Israel.
1:57PM ( 1 year ago )
Business News
Grass fire impacts rush hour traffic on 985
Rush hour traffic on I-985 was slowed by a grass fire Wednesay afternoon with one lane closed while firefighters fought the blaze.
10:19PM ( 1 year ago )
Judge denies motions to move, delay Tsarnaev trial
Lawyers for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev asked a federal appeals court Wednesday to overturn a judge's decision to not move his upcoming trial out of state.
10:02PM ( 1 year ago )
Sheriff: Man shot 2 on I-85 because he wanted car
A 22-year-old man shot two people who stopped to give him a ride on Interstate 85 in South Carolina on Christmas Eve because he wanted their car to drive to Georgia, a sheriff said Wednesday.
5:21PM ( 1 year ago )
Local/State News
US off war footing at year's end, but wars go on
Taking America off a permanent war footing is proving harder than President Barack Obama may have suggested.
6:13PM ( 1 year ago )
GOP leader regrets talk to white supremacists; party leaders rally around him
House Republican leaders rallied around one of their own, Whip Steve Scalise, on Tuesday after he said he regrets speaking 12 years ago to a white supremacist organization and condemns the views of such groups.
6:08PM ( 1 year ago )
Conviction of Putin foe sets off protest in Moscow
President Vladimir Putin's chief political foe was convicted along with his brother on Tuesday in a fraud case widely seen as a vendetta by the Kremlin, triggering one of Russia's boldest anti-government demonstrations in years.
6:03PM ( 1 year ago )
Four people arrested after Hall drug agents uncover meth lab
A small methamphetamine lab was found in the crawl space of a house in North Hall and arrested four people.
6:00PM ( 7 minutes ago )
GDOT approves location, design for new I-985 interchange in South Hall
​The Georgia Department of Transportation has approved the location and design of a new interchange on I-985 in South Hall which will include a new, four-lane connector road.
2:00PM ( 4 hours ago )
Commerce Police ask for help ID'ing suspect in strong armed robbery
According to the Commerce Police Department FaceBook page, a strong-arm robbery took place Friday night at the Flying J on Highway 98 at I-85.
By AccessWDUN staff
1:21PM ( 4 hours ago )
Drought conditions worsen, now cover all of north Georgia
​Drought conditions in Georgia continue to worsen and now encompass all of north Georgia.
11:58AM ( 6 hours ago )
Collins reflects on campaign, looks ahead
​A couple of days after an outright win in the general primary in which he avoided a runoff by a wide margin, U.S. Representative Doug Collins, R-Gainesville, said he was glad the week was drawing to a close.
10:00AM ( 8 hours ago )