Augusta commissioners voted today to send out property tax bills Sept. 5 showing the state offering a regular rebate, despite the fact those grant funds have been frozen by Gov. Sonny Perdue.
Commissioners said they will also ask state lawmakers returning to the Capitol in January to restore the funds that the governor's action would keep from going to counties statewide.
If that action is unsuccessful or if the governor continues to hold onto the money, officials said they will have to recover about $3 million from Augusta taxpayers.
According to City Administrator Fred Russell, this could be accomplished by making cuts to city services and departments, taking money out of savings reserves or by sending out another round of tax bills.