The Tift County Board of Education meets Tuesday to set the tax millage rate for the new
fiscal year, lowering the rate for property owners by one mill.
TIFT BOE LOWERS TAX RATE
PROPERTY OWNERS TO SEE 1-MILL REDUCTION IN 2019
Tift County Board of Education formally
voted today (
tax millage rate to
one-mill reduction. Property owners should see their
tax reduction in
School officials say that since the state is fully funding schools for the upcoming year, the Tift BOE is able to rollback the millage rate for Tift County taxpayers.
The state Legislature earlier this year voted to fully fund the Georgia Quality Basic Education funding model for the first time, eliminating so-called "austerity cuts."
The Tift school board rollback means that local taxpayers will save $1 in property taxes for every $1,000 at which their property is taxed. The one-mill reduction translates into approximately $957,000.
2018-2019 budget with the anticipated
millage reduction. The new
school budget includes
$450,000 for full-time School Resource Officers at all Tift County public schools. Previously, SROs were only in schools with
Also in the budget are several salary increases, including an a
pproximately 20 percent hike for paraprofessionals and school nutrition staff; an
18 percent pay increase for school nurses; and about a
15 percent salary increase for school-level clerical staff and school bookkeepers.
EARLY VOTING ENTERS FINAL WEEK
This is the
final week of
early voting for the
Tuesday, July 24, primary election
Secretary of State
Brian Kemp reminds Georgians that they can
vote early in the political party runoff contests
Friday, July 20. More than
99,000 Georgia voters already have cast
early ballots. More than
500 people have voted early in Tift County.
Voters will decide
nominees for a
local school board race and for several
statewide offices, including the
GOP candidate for
may cast their ballots
8 a.m.-5 p.m.
at the election office (the old gym) on
In Tift County Board of Education's District 6, voters will choose between Rusty Harrelson and Jimmy Cargle.
Runoffs are required in Georgia for races in which no candidate won a majority during the May 22 primary election. In the primary, Harrelson received 43 percent of the vote; Cargle, 38 percent; and Jo Windom, 19 percent.
The race getting the most attention is the GOP runoff for governor between Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle and Secretary of State Brian Kemp. Also on the Republican runoff ballot are David Shafer and Geoff Duncan (lieutenant governor), and Brad Raffensperger and David Belle Isle (secretary of state).
On the Democrats' ballot are Otha Thornton Jr. and Sid Chapman seeking the nomination for state school superintendent.
During the runoff, voters aren't allowed to switch political parties from the May primary. Therefore, voters who participated in the Republican primary can only vote in the Republican runoff, and voters who cast ballots in the Democratic Party primary must vote in the Democrats' runoff.
registered voters who did
not participate in the
May primary election may vote and select
either party's ballot in the runoff election.
If you haven't registered to vote, it's too late to participate in the July 24 runoff, but you have until Oct. 9 to register to vote in the November general election.
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BRUMBY TENNIS AWARDS SINGLES WINNERS
Brumby Tennis at ABAC hosted 54 players in the singles tournament last Friday. Players were divided into five divisions according to
rank on the singles ladder.
Pictured above is "Green Ball" division winner Jacob Stephenson receiving his trophy Monday
from Coach Mike Brumby during a break in
morning tennis class.
This week's "Friday at ABAC" will feature doubles competition. Doubles winners will also take home the gold. The
trophies will go for sportsmanship and ladder leaper.
JAMES NIXON NAMED COO OF VIDALIA HOSPITAL
Meadows Regional Medical Center in Vidalia has named James Nixon of Tifton as its chief operating officer.
Tifton native, most recently served as
vice president in different capacities and divisions at
Tift Regional Health System. He and his wife
Angeanette McCall Nixon, a practicing licensed professional counselor, are relocating to the
Nixon completed his bachelor's degree in finance at Mercer University and his master of science in health administration at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He is board-certified in healthcare management as a fellow in the American College of Healthcare Management and has spent the past decade as an administrative leader in the healthcare field.
Meadows Health is a regional health system featuring Meadows Regional Medical Center Inc., the only nationally accredited hospital in Montgomery, Toombs, Treutlen and Tattnall counties. It also features a
20,000-square-foot cancer center
network of physician practices
that serve Vidalia and its surrounding communities.
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ABAC FOREST LAKES GOLF COURSE
When it comes to the turf at the
Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College golf course at
Forest Lakes Golf Club near Tifton,
Austin Lawton is ready to take on all comers.
"Come out to a
golf course that plays great and looks great year-round," said
Lawton, an ABAC graduate and the Forest Lakes
superintendent. "Our golf course is in great shape, and our turf rivals any golf course south of
Macon and north of
Although Forest Lakes'
nine-hole course is used by
ABAC students as a
teaching laboratory in a variety of subjects, the course remains
open every day as a
"Don't let the heat scare you away from playing golf here," Lawton said. "We welcome early morning and late evening play to beat the heat."
improvements to the course include selective
tree removal from around greens, tees and fairways, the addition of
10-foot tall colored flags on the driving range and intensive greens management to provide a more consistent playing surface.
Lawton thanked industry partner
Hunter Golf Irrigation for the recent donation of an irrigation controller and
30 sprinkler heads, valued at
$12,000. The last two
Forest Lakes Supporter Tournaments raised $9,000 so that continued improvements can be made.
SEN. KIRK NAMED TO SERVICE ANIMAL STUDY PANEL
State Sen. Greg Kirk, R-Americus, has been appointed a member of the Senate Study Committee on Service Animals for Physically or Mentally Impaired Persons.
"Service animals are a crucial component in completing daily tasks that people without disabilities
sometimes overlook," Kirk said. "Through this study committee, we are going to make sure that there is a process that will only allow those in need to receive the certification for their service animal.
"By streamlining a process to legitimize certification, we will take some of the burden off of store, hotel and other business owners and workers who have to try and determine whether a service animal certificate is real, while ensuring that those who are actually in need of a service animal can obtain this certification."
The study committee was created in the recent legislative session and must report its findings by Dec. 1.
Kirk represents the 13th Senate District which includes Crisp, Dooly, Lee, Tift, Turner and Worth counties, and portions of Sumter and Wilcox counties.
CITY HAS VOLUNTEER BOARD OPENINGS
City of Tifton
open to local residents.
City boards include the
Historic Preservation Commission,
Planning and Zoning, and the
Zoning Board of Appeals.
Applications are kept on file for one year, pending openings.
may get an
For information, call
Jessica White at
TWO PERDUES VISIT TIFTON
U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue, U.S. Sen. David Perdue, R-Ga., and Ga. Department of Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black stopped by Tifton on Friday, visiting with Southwest Georgia agriculture leaders at Lewis Taylor Farms.
In photo above, UGA Tifton Assistant Dean Joe West, at end of table, talks with David Perdue and Sonny Perdue, both at the far right. The officials traveled across the state to hear from farmers, foresters, researchers and stakeholders in the agriculture
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