SEPTEMBER 18, 2006 - Posted at 7:44 a.m. CDT
JONESBORO, AR - Fifteen public school districts in Region 8 are seeking increases in the rate used to figure property taxes, a major source of funding for Arkansas schools. The districts are asking voters to approve millage increases tomorrow.
A mill produces $1 for every $1,000 of assessed property value.
The fifteen districts and their proposed increases are:
-Concord (Indepdenence Co.), 37 mills in a merged district. This is a 2.08-mill increase for taxpayers in the former Wilburn School District and a 7.2-mill increase for all other taxpayers. Wilburn was annexed to the Concord School District in the 2004-05 school year.
-Bay (Craighead Co.), 34.8 mills to 37.7 mills.
-Jonesboro (Craighead Co.), 28.5 mills to 33.5 mills.
-Marion (Crittenden Co.), 35.65 mills to 41.65 mills.
-Wynne (Cross Co.), 35 mills in a merged district. This is a 1.6-mill decrease for taxpayers in the former Parkin School District and no change for other taxpayers. Parkin was annexed to Wynne last year.
-Cedar Ridge (Independence Co.), 30.2 mills to 38.2 mills.
-Jackson County, 33 mills to 36.8 mills.
-Lawrence County, 32.40 mills in a merged district. This is a proposed . 85-mill increase for taxpayers in the former Black Rock School District and no change for taxpayers in the former Walnut Ridge School District. Black Rock merged with Walnut Ridge this year to become the Lawrence County School District.
-Blytheville (Mississippi Co.), 33.39 mills to 36.40 mills.
-Trumann (Poinsett Co.), 30.0 mills to 35.8 mills.
-Maynard (Randolph Co.), 30.7 mills to 38.2 mills.
-Hughes (St. Francis Co.), 27.4 mills to 39.4 mills.
-Forrest City (St. Francis Co.), 31.2 mills to 34.1 mills.
-Palestine-Wheatley (St. Francis Co.), 28.9 mills to 31.0 mills.
-Highland (Sharp Co.), 28.3 mills to 30.0 mills.