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The Fulton Public Schools Board of Education will propose a lowered school tax rate for the 2019-20 school year.

The recommendation will be made at the tax levy hearing during Wednesday's board meeting at 7 p.m. at Fulton High School. School administrators have proposed raising the district's debt service levy while lowering the operating levy.

The school tax rate for the 2019-2020 school year would be $4.6076 per $100 of assessed value, compared to the 2018-19 school year's rate of $4.7695 per $100. These recommendations come as property values in the district have increased in 2019.

The proposed tax rate decrease would mean an owner of property valued at $100,000 would pay approximately $53 less per year for their school taxes. The tax levy hearing is expected to begin at 7:30 p.m.

"We're going to propose various items to the public in April 2020 that we will be able to do within our current tax levy," FPS superintendent Jacque Cowherd said.

Another item slated for discussion at the board meeting is bids on new playground equipment to be installed at Bush Elementary School. The installation is scheduled to take place "mid-October," according to meetings board packet. The board is prepared to recommend a $7,900 bid by S. Bollinger and Associates L.L.C.

Additional items on the meeting agenda include a recommendation to continue the relationship with Callaway County Ambulance Services for home football games. The board will also recommend to confirm the bid for exterior painting painting at Bartley Elementary School.

There will also be a proposal made to suspend an existing Board of Education policy to name the Fulton Middle School basketball court after coach Carl Lee. An existing policy would prevent the court being named after a living recipient.

Other items include approving the school year's athletic handbook, the renewal of food service and supply bids and give summer school updates. To see the full agenda, visit bit.ly/2P5Qiz0.

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