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Possible tax increase studied

A proposed 9.47% increase over the rollback millage rate is being considered by the Lamar County board of commissioners, but the hope is that more budget cuts will accomplish the same result as would the tax increase, reported chairman Jay Matthews. Georgia law requires three public hearings when an increase over the rollback rate is contemplated. The tentative increase would result in a millage rate of 9.942 mills, an increase of .86 mills, according to county documents. Estimated additional taxes for a $100,000 property would be $34.40, and for a $300,000 home, $103.20. ’We are still making budget cuts and will work on more between now and July 28,’ Matthews said. ‘We are required to set a millage rate at that time, but we have to have public hearings just in case the increase is necessary.’ The hearings will be July 19, 2011, at 9 a.m. and 6 p.m., and on July 28 at 6 p.m. for one hour before the regular commission meeting at 7 p.m.

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