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.”
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.”