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Gauge Toole, 7, hits the button to get a 16-pound bag of ice from an ice house at a gas station near Thurmond Lake. Temperatures soared into the triple digits Friday.  SARA CALDWELL/STAFF
SARA CALDWELL/STAFF
Gauge Toole, 7, hits the button to get a 16-pound bag of ice from an ice house at a gas station near Thurmond Lake. Temperatures soared into the triple digits Friday.

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Property tax increase OK'd

Augusta commissioners broke a seven-year trend Wednesday and agreed 7-0 to raise property taxes by 1.75 mills to cover a deficit and provide employees a small bonus.
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