School board approves funding of two new Spring Hill campuses

The Maury County Public Schools district has approved its general purpose budget for the 2017-18 fiscal year, accepting an agreement to solidify funding for two new schools.

The $96,679,682 million budget also includes a 3-percent raise in pay for educators and an agreement to allocate a portion of the school system’s revenue from property taxes to the construction of two new schools in Spring Hill.

“This budget is good,” Maury County Director of Schools Chris Marczak said. “It is a huge win for our teachers and the people in our community.”

Every year, the school district receives a total of 125 pennies from county property taxes. Each “penny” is worth an estimated $177,000.

With this agreement, 10 of those pennies will go to pay back a $65 million bond to a new elementary and middle schools off Mahlon Moore Road in Spring Hill and another two will pay for five additional school buses at the school.

The $2,124,000 deduction will be made annually for at least 25 years.

In return, the county has granted the school district an additional $938,000 for maintenance of effort.

The decision was approved in a 7-2 vote, with board members David Bates and David Moore casting the dissenting votes.

“I am just really concerned, as a board member, of the long-term ramifications of this,” Bates said. “This is going to impact our school for years and years to come.”

Bates shared his concern that as the value of each penny increases over time, the more will be taken from the school system.

“Likely, we will never get those pennies back,” Bates said.

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