The DeKalb County Board of Education voted to raise taxes tonight when it adopted the budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1.

The school board voted 5-4 to increase property taxes by 1 mill, which will provide the DeKalb County School System with an additional $14.8 million.

In a separate vote, the board also voted 5-4 to approve a list of cuts to reduce the school system’s operating costs.

“We are trying to to keep our cuts from directly impacting the classroom as much as we can,” said Superintendent Cheryl Atkinson.

Among the measures the board approved were cuts to funding for the Fernbank Science Center, increasing class sizes and reducing the number of paraprofessionals.

Though the board members disagreed about where the cuts should come from, all recognized the need to reduce costs.

“A cut is a cut. It’s going to hurt,” said board member Pamela Speaks.

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