School District Tax Collections 
by Alex Saitta 
November 2, 2015 
 
Looking at the table below, I listed school board debt tax rate (1st column), operations tax rate (2nd column) and the total tax rate (3rd column). Next is total tax collections in the general fund account, the special revenue accounts, debt service and the old building fund (4th colunm). It doesn't include interest on the building program money that was collected and later spent, food service revenue (lunch sales) or pupil activity revenue (money raised at schools). Finally is enrollment from K5 through 12th grade (5th column).  
 
For example in school year 2007 the total tax rate for property in Pickens County was 128 mills. The tax collections coming from the county, state and federal government that year for schools $125,461,533. Enrollment from K5 to 12th grade was 16,108.   
 
Over the 20 years, enrollment grew 5.4% or about a quarter one one percent a year. Tax collections grew 229% or more than 20% on average.  
 
How does someone look at this data and say we have not spent enough on students?  It is that type of thinking that leading the government to bankruptcy. It is never enough. There is plenty of money going into the system, each dollar must be more efficiently managed and directed toward the classroom and the student.   
 
Year
Debt Tax 
Rate
Operations 
Tax Rate
Total Tax Rate
Tax Collections 
(General, Special Rev, Special EIA, Debt, old Blding)
Enrollment 
5K-12
2016
52.5
112.0
164.5
 
 
2015
53.2
112.0
165.2
$151,340,950
16,080
2014
52.5
108.0
160.5
$148,239,729
16,140
2013
52.5
108.0
160.5
$147,609,214
16,106
2012
54.0
108.0
162.0
$143,461,020
16,041
2011
52.0
108.0
160.0
$141,892,145
15,893
2010
50.0
109.0
159.0
$144,446,592
16,022
2009
56.0
109.0
165.0
$143,675,405
16,144
2008
58.0
109.0
167.0
$145,683,726
16,166
2007
19.0
109.0
128.0
$125,461,533
16,108
2006
22.0
108.9
130.9
$122,686,799
16,056
2005
19.8
118.4
138.2
$110,395,446
15,957
2004
14.3
118.4
132.7
$109,992,003
15,897
2003
20.1
115.4
135.5
$105,667,565
15,839
2002
17.5
111.4
128.9
$104,296,572
15,759
2001
17.5
106.4
123.9
$111,340,031
15,595
2000
17.5
102.4
119.9
$93,368,888
15,611
1999
21.6
108.4
130.0
$85,753,203
15,645
1998
22.1
108.4
130.5
$82,329,374
15,456
1997
18.2
102.4
120.6
$78,611,721
15,285
1996
19.0
99.8
118.8
$72,754,621
15,167
1995
18.2
99.8
118.0
$66,517,112
15,250
 
These figures are from the school district annual audit, released in the fall of each year.  
 
 
 
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