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Property Tax Increase Hearings in Montgomery Co
Monday, 29 June 2009

June 29--  Property owners in Montgomery County will probably have to pay more taxes.

According to County Commission Chairman Brandon Braddy, "Basically we're looking for about $400,000 more to balance next year's budget, and that's a tentative figure," he says.

Braddy believes the property tax rate will increase at least two mils to support next year's county budget.  He says there are several reasons more revenue is needed.

"One is the housing of our inmates which is going to increase from about $300,000 to about $500,000.  Also the debt service on the repairs on the courthouse roof and we're anticipating a 15 to 20 percent increase in our health insurance premiums," he said.

The chairman says another budget increase is the cost of the county ambulance service with Toombs County.  "Previously we had a contract with MedStar and we paid them an $80,000 supplement.  They've now pulled out of the ambulance business and our contract with Toombs County is costing us $100,000 on top of the $80,000," he notes.

The commission is holding three public hearings in July to explain the tax increase to citizens.

"We would like for everyone, particularly the property taxpayers, to come to these meetings so they can understand what's driving this increase," he said.

The first two hearings are Thursday, July 16th at ten a.m. and six p.m. at the Adult Literacy Center in Mount Vernon.  The third hearing is Thursday, July 23rd at ten a.m. 

Chairman Braddy Discusses the Tax Increase Here.

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