There has been constant reference in the news over the past 15 years or so that we are paying so much more for public education while test results and the quality of education is going DOWN. I haven't looked at my property taxes that closely, but I can't imagine that any part of it has gone down recently (except by reason of age, homestead, etc. exemption).
I also don't think the government wants the idea of "home schooling" to catch on in a widespread fashion across the country. If that happened, too many people might ask the questions you are asking and start a movement to "opt out" of paying taxes for public education.
I believe the BOE did not raise their millage but LRMC did raise theirs.
If you own your home you can apply for your homestead exemption reduction, and the Stephens-Day deduction, and if you are 62 or over you get a little break there also.
I think I remember a court case a few years back that brought up what you are talking about lholmes. His children were out of public school and not living with him. As you might can guess, he lost in his attempt to be made excempt from BOE taxation. I cannot remember the verbiage "justifying" the fact that he still had to pay school taxes...something about 'community enhancement and betterment...."
School tax is a cost to society as a whole.
The high school tax burden on owners of property in Liberty County is the direct result of the burden on our school system to provide a place to school the military dependents.
The military for the most part don't pay much in the way of tax until their retirement years when they acquire homes and start paying property tax.
Federal Impact Aid does not begin to cover the cost.
I thought that the BOE raised the millage rate, maybe not.
I think our Board over spends.
Did we need a second football field in the county? Did we need to turn Olvey field around? Did we need a clock tower at the Performing Arts? Did we need to clear cut in front and sod the area in front of the Arts center? Did we need a clock tower and a new bus ramp at the Pre-k center? Do we need 5 assistant superintendents and all of their perks? Do the need to be second in Georgia for board members travel?
Anytime you go to a board meeting and mention funds and spending, you get feed, "That comes from a different pot of funds" Well No matter which pot it comes from, the pot gets filled from my only income. Can I chose which pot I would like to put it in?
I think our Board is irresponsible with out money.
Workers in the school system are being furloughed and positions are cut and not being filled, because there is no money. Then they turn around and make up new HIGH paying positions.
Page 11 is the assistant superintendent pay. Compare that to the first 8 or so, the teachers.
The BOE is too top heavy.