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Property Tax Increase in Toombs Co
Sunday, 15 November 2009

November 14--  After three public hearings, Toombs County Commissioners voted 3-2 to raise county taxes on property owners.

Some observers at the meeting Friday said they were disappointed. "I'm very disappointed," one lady said, "we're in a recession and it's all we can do to buy food and gas.  How are we going to pay taxes," she asked.

Commissioners Roy Lee Williams and Steve Brown voted against the one mil increase, commissioners Louie Powell and Skeeter Toole voted for it, and Chairman Buddy West broke the tie with a "yes" vote.

"I definitely sympathize with them, but I know we had to do it to be fiscally responsible in the future.  It's my objective for the long term for us not to be here in the future.  This was a millage rate hearing and it was not the time to get to some of the cuts we are considering which will put us in a better position," the chairman said.

The county is also considering some other ways to raise revenue to include a voter referendum on selling liquor by the drink, fees for fire service, solid waste collection, mobile home inspections, new construction, and more aggressive pursuit of bond forfeitures.


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