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Millage increase considered by county

The first two of three county budget hearings, required by state law because the millage rate is slated to go up by .86 mills, drew few people in the morning and a scattering more for the evening hearing. The millage rate is set to rise due to a drop in the tax digest, which shows taxable property (40% of value) at $455,734,263. Last year the digest was at $473,390,521. The millage increase covers the difference in the taxable value to cover a budget hovering around the $8 million mark. At the 9 a.m. meeting July 19, disabled taxpayer Vicki Stewart asked about furloughs for county workers. She was told furloughs and benefit cuts are being considered.

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