Final school board budget hikes taxes

PICKENS — Despite chairman Phillip Bowers’ motion to the contrary, the Pickens County School Board recently passed third and final reading of the fiscal year 2018 general fund budget that includes a 2-mill tax increase.

Bowers and trustee Henry Wilson voted against increasing operating millage by 2 mills, while trustees Brian Swords, Betty Bagley, Betty Garrison and Shannon Haskett voted in favor.

Bowers said he had several reasons for opposing the tax increase.

“One, the state is not fully funding the base student cost, which is what the district

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