EARLY COUNTY, Ga. (WDHN) — The Georgia Forest Land Protection Act adds an ad valorem tax exemption for the use of Georgia land to grow timber or be a natural habitat.
This tax money could go to help schools, but since there are no taxes being collected that money is lost.
Therefore money is being reimbursed into schools, by the state, and Early County will be receiving more than $500,000.
“So we lost money that was coming in to the county that would have come to the school system,” Superintendent of Early County School System, Dr. Bronwyn Ragan-Martin said. “But at the legislature they approved the money coming back to the school systems.”
Facing the global pandemic, changes had to be made across the board and not everyone had the ability to learn at a distance.
“Of course a push with COVID to digital learning was fast and furious,” Ragan-Martin said. “And not all of our kids had devices this year.”
With so many school systems being so heavily impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, a lot of the money from the Georgia Forest Land Protection Act is going back to the kids to make sure everybody has a chance to learn.
“The current situation in the country, state and here locally, we need all the funding that we can get,” Principal of Early County High School, Alvin Williams said. “And often times education is forgotten, and now that we have some extra money, we can put some things in place to better serve children.”