PROPOSED TIFT EDUCATION BUDGET
A preliminary $69.5 million general fund budget for the Tift County School System's upcoming fiscal year contains a proposed millage rate reduction in school property taxes.
tentative budget has a 1-mill
reduction, with a mill representing approximately $1 in taxes per $1,000 in assessed property value
The Fiscal Year 2019 budget estimates that general fund expenditures will exceed revenues, but an expected fund balance at the end of this fiscal year on June 30 will more than cover the overage. As the proposal now stands, general fund revenues are estimated at $66,450,685, while expenditures are $69,572,327 -- a $3,121,642 difference.
However, the school system expects a $14,183,768 fund balance at the end of this fiscal year. Subtracting the anticipated overage in next year's expenditures, a $11,062,126 fund balance would be left on June 30, 2019.
The largest expenditure in the proposed budget is $46,323,720 for classroom instruction. School administration expenditures would total $6,421,766. Maintenance and plant operation would cost $4,585,054.
The Tift County Board of Education is expected to approve the FY19 budget next month. To view the tentative budget, Click Here!
Tom Kraemer, right,
with the Tifton Elks Lodge's dictionary committee, along with Jeannie Kraemer, not pictured, present Bonnie Sayles, left, executive director of Literacy Volunteers of Tifton-Tift County, 60 dictionaries for adult literacy.
TIFTON ELKS LODGE
FOR ADULT LITERACY
The Tifton Elks Lodge each year gives dictionaries to local schools, and this year the Elks
extra dictionaries for clients of Literacy Volunteers
of Tifton-Tift County
and for Adult Education students at Southern Regional Technical College (SRTC) in Tifton.
In addition to
contain information on
in the union,
including Donald Trump, every major country in the world and every major body of water. They also include the periodic table and the U.S. Constitution.
Literacy Volunteers will also share the dictionaries with other groups that tutor adults in reading, English Language Learning (ELL) and GED preparation.
The SRTC Tifton campus is starting its summer session this Thursday. Call 229-381-2615 for information on GED and ELL classes or Literacy Volunteers at 229-391-2526 for free one-on-one tutoring.
SGBC COLLECTS SODA CAN TABS FOR SCHOOL'S DONATION
Throughout the past school year, all South Georgia Banking Co. (SGBC) branches in Tift County have been collecting soda can tabs to be donated to the Shriner's Club through Len Lastinger Primary School's Parent Teacher Organization.
Thousands of can tabs filled a two-gallon glass jar. Pictured with the jar are students of Len Lastinger whose parents work at SGBC.
Front Row from left are Claire Henderson, daughter of Cliff and Carmen Henderson; Norah Campbell, daughter or Jeremy and Maghan Campbell; Caroline Crowley, daughter of Peter and Camille Crowley. Back row from left are Principal Richard Fisher, SGBC Marketing Director Maghan Campbell and the school's Assistant Principal Patsy Shivers.
MEET AND GREET
SRTC, CHAMBER OF COMMERCE HOLD NETWORKING EVENT
Southern Regional Technical College
and the Tifton-Tift County Chamber of Commerce hosted a Spring Meet & Greet networking event last week at Tifton Gardens downtown.
and SRTC Economic Development Director Kelly Daniell spoke about some of the things going on at the college. Several door prizes were also presented.
COTTON CROP EXPECTED TO GROW
AFTER TOUGH YEAR OF PESTS, STORMS
Researchers project that
Georgia's cotton farmers will plant more than
1.45 million acres this year, an
1.28 million acres in
University of Georgia Cooperative Extension cotton agronomist.
this month, and prices have increased from increased demand and strong U.S. exports. The
UGA Cotton Team
believes farmers can expect to price a portion of this year's
cents per pound.
"There's a fair amount of optimism from the farmers I've talked with this year compared to the last couple of years. Yields have decreased because of things out of our control, like weather and insects, namely whiteflies, but we hope that's not the case this year," Whitaker said. "
improved, which should encourage our farmers."
Silverleaf whiteflies and
Hurricane Irma dampened cotton farmers' spirits a year ago. An unprecedented outbreak of
whiteflies in Georgia in
2017 forced many producers to treat for the pest for the first time.
Whiteflies are tiny, winged insects found on the underside of leaves. They leave behind a sticky substance, called honeydew, that prevents plants from conducting photosynthesis.
The arrival of Irma in early September damaged most Georgia cotton fields, especially those that were affected close to harvest time.
"We obviously want good
soil moisture throughout the growing season, but we don't want big storms that bring excessive rainfall and tremendous winds that damage yields," Whitaker said. "Storms can be a blessing at times, but we don't need another Irma."
2017, Georgia's average
cotton yield was
863 pounds per acre, significantly below the state record of
1,091 pounds per acre, set in
Georgia remains the second-largest cotton-producing state, second only to Texas. According to the UGA Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development, Georgia's farm gate value for cotton in 2016 was nearly $967.7 million.
South Georgia Photography
TIFTAREA ACADEMY GRADUATES 2018 CLASS
graduated 43 seniors last Friday during a ceremony at First Baptist Church of Tifton.
Tift County High School
'PINK OUT THE PARK' RUN FOR
BREAST CANCER AWARENESS
Pink Out the Park" 5K and fun run for breast cancer awareness will be held beginning at 7:30 a.m.
Saturday, June 2, at Tifton's
Registration forms and payment may be made at Never the Same Boutique on Kennedy Road.
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