Columbia County might cut tax

Columbia County officials again are considering a cut to property taxes.

Commissioners discussed lowering the millage rate during a meeting Tuesday but offered few details. They said they’ll discuss the cut further in another budget meeting scheduled for May 8.

The millage rate for Columbia County government is 9.137, which is a quarter less than the previous year after a commission cut. Commissioners have cut the county’s millage rate in four of the past five years.

One mill represents about $4 million in property tax revenues.

County Administrator Scott Johnson said the cut is possible because of an expected 2 percent growth in the county’s tax digest and cuts in government expenses.

The proposed general fund budget for next fiscal year, which starts July 1, is $55.3 million. That is nearly the same as the current fiscal year.

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