It figures. I don’t actually think this tax increase was necessary. Sure the Commission comes up with good excuses, but like most locales what it boils down too is the Commission does not want to fire people or make hard choices.
Bibb County commissioners approved a 1 mill property tax increase Tuesday night following the third and final public hearing required by state law whenever a local government is increasing taxes.
Bibb’s previous millage rate was 12.67, with 1 mill equaling about $3.7 million in tax revenue, officials said.
As far as the average taxpayer is concerned, a mill is one dollar for every thousand dollars of assessed property value. Under the county’s new rate of 13.67 mills, a $100,000 home would carry a tax bill of $546.80.
I interviewed Speaker Richardson about his tax proposal yesterday. What he said was, and it was a fair point, property taxes keep going up, exceeding the rate of income growth. I’ve heard that elsewhere and think local governments tend not to pay attention to such issues. They should.
And I just can’t abide a Republican voting for a tax increase. Two of them did on the County Commission.