JONESBORO — The Clayton County Board of Education has tentatively adopted the district’s millage rate.

The vote was 7-2 with members Jasmine Bowles and Mark Christmas voting against the measure to keep the millage rate at 20 mills, the highest allowed by law.

The board voted last August to increase the millage from 19.095 mills to 20 mills. The increase was expected to generate an additional $5 million in revenue for the district for fiscal year 2019.

According to district officials, the fiscal year 2020 budget was built on the current millage rate.

“If the board was to adopt a millage rate of less than 20 mills this would result in a decrease in the tax levy. These funds are needed to sustain the efforts to recruit and retain quality teachers and staff in order to improve student performance,” said Emma Benton, chief financial officer, in the executive summary.

The summary notes maintaining the rate at 20 mills is “for maintenance and operations to support the FY2020 budget as adopted.”

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