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Columbia County considering tax cut

Posted: May 1, 2012 - 6:25pm  |  Updated: May 1, 2012 - 6:30pm

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Columbia County officials again are considering a cut to property taxes.

Commissioners discussed lowering the millage rate during a Tuesday meeting, but offered few details. They said they’ll discuss the cut further in another budget meeting scheduled for May 8.

The current millage rate for Columbia County government is 9.137, which is a quarter less than the previous year following a commission cut. Commissioners have cut the county’s millage rate in four of the past five years.

One mill represents about $4 million in property tax revenues.

County Administrator Scott Johnson said the cut is possible due to an expected 2 percent growth in the county’s tax digest and cuts in government expenses.

“We really worked hard to control our expenditures,” he said.

The proposed general fund budget for next fiscal year, which starts July 1, is $55.3 million. That nearly is the same as the current fiscal year.


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Comments (4)


Don't Let Nagle Get Ideas

Sssshhhhhh! Don't let Charles Nagle hear about this or he will start coming up with reasons to give him the money and not have the tax cut.


Predict No Change in Bill

I predict whatever amount the Commission decreases taxes, the BOE increases by the same.

Barry Paschal

School board isn't planning a tax increase

School board budget as discussed doesn't include a tax increase.


Tough School Budget

It's supposed to be a pretty stern budget with furloughs and so on the BOE is being asked to approve.