September 21, 2018

The school board (BOE) voted Tuesday night 3-1, with Lewis Rice voting no, to give Superintendent Mike Newton a 3% raise.  Bobby Norris did not attend the meeting.  Shilling, Barton, and Lynch approved.

Newton currently makes more than $145,000 per year, plus a cushy expense account.  He also works as an online professor, and makes somewhere between $15,000 and $20,000 a year doing that.  Does Newton do that extra work on the Jasper County taxpayer’s time?

Newton announced his resignation to be effective at the end of this school year-June 2019.  Bill Shilling, BOE Chair, made the motion acknowledging Newton’s 9 years at Jasper County Schools, and recommended the 3% increase in pay.  The 3% raise will insure Newton gets a higher pension when he retires.  Newton also was able to get the BOE to vote to extend his contract one month so he could “work with a newly hired superintendent.”  This will cost another $12,000 to $13,000 for that extra month.

While the BOE has enough money –after increasing our property taxes again—to give Newton a 3% raise and an extra month of pay, the teachers lack supplies.  Recently there was a “fill the window” campaign by the Chamber of Commerce to bring in school supplies that the classrooms lack. 

This year alone, the BOE raised property taxes another 7.08%.  This increase is reflected in your tax bill that is due now.  According to the 5 year history, the BOE has raised our School Tax each year for the last 5 years.

.                                 Year                            Tax Increase

                                    2014                                     1.27%

                                    2015                                      5.97%

                                    2016                                      2.73%

                                    2017                                      3.37%

                                    2018                                      7.08%


There have been ever increasing school taxes due to big, and many times, wasteful spending by the compliant BOE.  We see how little the BOE cares about spending taxpayer’s money wisely. First, they awarded a $2M contract to a sole “bidder” that was not required to put up a bid bond or even an actual bid, and now they have given a hefty pay raise to one of the highest paid government employees in Jasper County, if not the highest paid.

Folks in Jasper County over 65 years of age continue to pay high school taxes.  Why?  Mostly because the BOE cannot do without the income they so readily spend without a care in the world for the taxpayer that is working and sacrificing to pay that big bill every year.



Citizens, be informed and stay informed!  Only by being informed, can the citizens understand what is being done and talked about, and then press our officials to make good decisions for everyone in Jasper County.  That is our goal with the Taxdogs blog.

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  1. sick & tired says:

    I would have voted to let him go. I don’t think taxpayers on social security with no kids in school should pay school tax.

  2. Over taxed damn it!! says:

    Why would you give someone that has tendered their resignation a 3% raise? It isn’t the pay that had him tender his resignation.
    This taxpayer is taxed out!

  3. Tina Dougherty says:

    School tax has been going up because the number of students has been going up more an more each year. As for supplies for teachers, it isn’t anything new. That they have asked parents to donate every single year. Tissues, hand sanitizer and Lysol wipes.

    • BOE Does Not Care-Tax Those Responsible For Having Children To Educate says:

      Excuse me for being blunt, but if you have children in school you should furnish supplies for your kids. My wife and I have no children and have paid school taxes all our lives. We are retired and are still forced to pay for the education of those who have children. Our parents furnished our supplies when we attended school. For those who complain, cry me a river!!!!!!!

    • Over taxed damn it!! says:

      We pay an exorbitant amount of school taxes, for the amount of children enrolled in this county school system. More than half of my taxes are school taxes. I’m also retired and find it a tremendous burden. A 3% increase in pay for someone I don’t even think has done a good job, which means I will be paying even more school taxes, is ridiculous!

    • tired of whiners says:

      Why shouldn’t parents provide these items? It is for their kids. If you can’t afford to feed them or provide for them, don’t have them.

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