Savannah-Chatham County Public School System

Facts You Should Know About the Budget and the Millage Rate

Published on: 6/12/2023

The budget serves as the District’s key operating plan providing educational services for 36,000 students. SCCPSS is among the largest employers in our area providing careers for more than 5,600 people. Each year, funding for District expenditures is used to pay for things like instructional materials, facility upkeep, utilities, technology, school buses, fuel, and salaries for employees.  

Market conditions can influence spending. For example, when fuel prices are on the rise, budgets are impacted. SCCPSS must pay fuel costs for school buses, maintenance
vehicles, and Campus Police vehicles.   A school district has many spending categories that make up the entire budget. These categories, or spending buckets, have certain restrictions for allowable expenditures such as ESPLOST dollars that are used for capital improvements. In most cases, monies from one bucket cannot be moved to another.   One of the largest spending categories is the general fund. The largest expenditure for this category includes employee salaries. This expense represents 83% of the General Fund.  
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