Divided BOCC approves millage, tax increase

Published: Thursday, October 3, 2013 at 11:49 AM.

As they put the finishing touches to next fiscal year’s budget last week county commissioners arrived at a bumping of the heads.

With one commissioner, Warren Yeager, absent and two commissioners, Joanna Bryan and Ward McDaniel, refusing to cast a vote in support of a tax increase, the Board of County Commissioners spent nearly three hours in a stalemate.

The deadlock was finally broken when Yeager was linked to the meeting, audibly and visually, by phone and cast the deciding vote to approve the budget as presented at the beginning of the night.

That budget includes an aggregate millage rate, taking into account the general fund and fire districts, of 6.8740, an increase from last year of 11.98 percent.

The rollback rate, that millage at which the county would realize the same revenue as the current fiscal year, is 6.1408.

A mill is equal to $1 for every $1,000 in taxable property value.

The budget includes a tax increase of $1.073 million.



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