Houston tax digest grows slightly

wcrenshaw@macon.comJuly 16, 2013 

WARNER ROBINS -- A few years ago it wasn’t unusual for Houston County to see 5-percent annual growth in the tax digest, a key indicator of economic development.

This year the digest grew by only one percent, Commission Chairman Tommy Stalnaker said at Tuesday’s commission meeting, but he wasn’t disappointed.

“I was pleased with that,” he said. “Most counties are having either a stagnant digest or it’s going down.”

The digest compiles the total value of all property in the county and is used to determine what each mill of taxes will collect.

The 1-percent growth is about the same as last year and is exactly what the county had estimated when it formulated its budget for the fiscal year that began July 1. Had the digest gone down, the county would have had to borrow money from the contingency fund to avoid raising taxes.

Stalnaker said the county looks primarily at building permits issued to predict the digest.

The county will set the millage rate at a special called meeting to be held at the county annex building on July 29 at 12:30 p.m.

To contact writer Wayne Crenshaw, call 256-9725

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