Two dozen or so locals showed up at public hearing in Bleckley County on Tuesday about a plan to raise the millage rate by about 25 percent, Commissioner Mike Polsky said.
The 2.9-mill increase will help tide the county over as it faces a roughly $1 million budget deficit, Polsky said.Polsky, the county’s sole commissioner since 2005, said the millage hike will send the current rate from 11.152 mills to 14.052 mills.
“If you have a $100,000 home ... the increase would be $110 in their property taxes,” he said, noting that before the increase, the same residence would be taxed $437. Bills reflecting the increase go out Oct. 20.
“It’s the same millage as all the surrounding counties, if not lower. ... with the exception of the counties that have a lot of industry,” Polsky said. “I have held taxes for two years. ... I have not increased. Things have just gotten worse this year.”
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Bleckley County has about 70 county workers, he said.
“We’ve reduced our head count by attrition,” he said. “We haven’t fired anybody. But I hate to say that may be the next things, layoffs or furloughs.”