County continues to look at millage increase

Published: Thursday, September 12, 2013 at 12:01 PM.

Commissioners did discuss two issues that loomed over this year’s budget process as the county faced shrinking revenues, but took no action for the coming year.

A proposal to add 5 cents to local gas tax to relieve some of the property tax burden from landfill operational costs was a non-starter, in large measure due to the deadline having passed for implementing the tax for the coming fiscal year.

Yeager said it was the right thing to do and urged his fellow commissioners to keep the issue on the burner for next year, but two commissioners voiced opposition.

Commissioner Carmen McLemore said the price of gas was already too high, that local gas taxes were already lofty and any further addition would be a hardship on citizens.

“I am not in support of it,” Commissioner Joanna Bryan echoed.

Yeager also broached mandatory garbage, saying it was too late to move on the issue and realize savings for next year, but urging that the BOCC at least begin the process, likely lengthy, to institute mandatory pickup.

“We need to start the process,” Yeager said. “We will still be able to vote up or down on mandatory pickup. At the end of the day (mandatory pickup) solves a whole lot of problems. It will also save the taxpayer money.”

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