SC county's teachers get raise after tax hike approved

May 25, 2019 - 11:45 am

GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) — Teachers in Greenville County Schools will be paid a starting salary of $40,000 — the highest out of any school district in South Carolina — after school board members unanimously approved a 6-mill tax increase.

Under the $668.4 million budget, teachers would get a 5% to 10% raise and reduced class sizes while adding counselors at the middle and high school levels. Also included is a minimum 4% salary increase for support personnel, including principals, nurses and aides and district-level administrators.

The Greenville News reports the tax increase would generate about $8.1 million and affect local bills for vehicles and businesses but not owner-occupied homes. Officials say, the owner of a $10,000 vehicle would pay $3.60 more a year while owners of a $100,000 business would pay $31.68 more annually.

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Information from: The Greenville News, http://www.greenvillenews.com

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