Last public meeting on tax rate today

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Property owners who want to voice their opinions on a proposed property-tax increase before Augusta commissioners set this year's tax rate have their final chance today.

The last of three public hearings on a proposed 0.34 mill increase will be at 3:45 p.m. in Augusta Commission chambers, on the eighth floor of the municipal building, 530 Greene St.

At 4 p.m., commissioners will meet to set the rate that will be reflected on this year's property-tax bills. The increase that City Administrator Fred Russell is proposing will add $11.90 a year to the bill of a $100,000 house.

State law requires cities and counties whose tax digests have grown to roll back the rate so they will collect the same amount of taxes as the previous year unless they advertise a tax increase and hold three public hearings. The Richmond County tax digest increased 6 percent this year, and to collect the same amount of taxes as last year, commissioners would have to roll the millage back two-tenths of a mill. But there has been no discussion of a rollback, only of whether to raise the rate 0.25 mills or 0.34 mills.

At the last meeting, commissioners Don Grantham, Jerry Brigham, Joe Bowles and Jimmy Smith pushed for the lower increase, but Mr. Russell said he needs the 0.34-mill increase to properly run the city.

Besides, he said, the increase already is being spent in this year's budget adopted in November.

Mr. Brigham, the commission's finance chairman, said he will continue to push for the 0.25-mill increase.

"I would prefer to roll it back, but I understand from the administrator that for the finances to stay intact we can't afford to roll it completely back," he said. "There's no need to play games. I would prefer not to do this, but I think this is what we need to do."

Mr. Brigham said commissioners voted to roll the millage back last year and ended up having to borrow money from the city's reserve funds.

The 0.34-mill increase would generate $1.16 million.

Reach Sylvia Cooper at (706) 823-3228 or sylvia.cooper@augustachronicle.com.

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Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 07/26/07 - 06:32 am
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These public hearings are a

These public hearings are a waste of time. The legislature says that the county government has to have hearings, but nowhere does the legislation say the government officials have to LISTEN!

zooland
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zooland 07/26/07 - 06:45 am
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I agree with Little Lamb,

I agree with Little Lamb, waste of time and the meetings are just for show. Put raising our taxes to a vote and I vote NO.

Interested Citizen
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Interested Citizen 07/26/07 - 06:59 am
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An absolute waste of

An absolute waste of time......no matter what we as taxpayers think....the rate increase will happen. The same as an appeal. It is a losing battle....those spending money in this city/county have no concept of managing money all they know how to do is increase taxes...raise the millage rate/increase assessments. One or the other and sometimes both happen every year!

lifelongresidient
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lifelongresidient 07/26/07 - 07:18 am
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dear intersted citizen, an

dear intersted citizen, an increase in assessments does not come from or at the direction of the commissioners, it is based upon the department of revenue guidelines. i would suggest that you go to GAAO.ORG and read up on how your home is valued

sign in
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sign in 07/26/07 - 07:49 am
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How about having a meeting at

How about having a meeting at 7pm? Most of the people who pay taxes are WORKING at 3:45.

Inkjet
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Inkjet 07/26/07 - 09:15 am
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Wait until election time, I

Wait until election time, I refuse to re-elect any of them!

Inkjet
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Inkjet 07/26/07 - 09:19 am
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How low can you be to hold

How low can you be to hold such meetings during the summer when people are out of town or end up working extra seasonal jobs during the summer to make ends meet! That's the lowest of low!

behonest1
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behonest1 07/27/07 - 12:04 am
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There is only one way to beat

There is only one way to beat this raise, sell your property and get out of augusta richmond county..... I did just this on 20 July, Now some other sucker can pay the overrated property taxes.. And the public deserves to be over taxed because they keep putting jerks in office,... some of those jerks didn't even pay their taxes on time... like Marion Williams... As far as school taxes, get some educated people to teach, and the children will learn, spending more isn't going to solve the problems.....Anyway Georgia in my rear view

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