Atlanta public school officials have scheduled three public hearings on the proposed school tax millage for 2017. Officials are proposing the school tax rate remain 21.74 mills, the same as last year. That millage will collect more tax money because the value of property in the city has increased, the system said in a press release.

APS said it planned to levy property taxes at 1.12 percent more than the “rollback millage rate,” the tax rate that would have produced the same tax revenue as in the prior year, without the increase in overall property values.

Public hearings on the tax rate are scheduled for June 23 at 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. and June 30 at 6 p.m. The school board is scheduled to adopt the millage after the final hearing.The pPublic hearings are to be held at Atlanta Public Schools Center for Learning and Leadership, 130 Trinity Avenue.

The district said its millage rate includes a General Fund Millage Rate (Maintenance & Operations) of 21.64 mills and a Debt Service Millage Rate of 0.10 mills, totaling 21.74 mills.

During the recent budget process for fiscal year 2017, the Atlanta Board of Education proposed reducing the Debt Service Millage to .025 mills and increasing the M&O Millage to 21.715 mills. The total millage is recommended to remain at 21.74 mills.

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