Property Tax Could Go Higher

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There is a state law which says that, overall, a county cannot structure taxes to yield more than 10 percent additional property tax dollars than it received in the previous year.

Tax Assessor Jimmy Slay said individual rates can rise higher than that, but the average cannot be more than 10 percent.

"The cap involves last year's revenue and the millage rate would have to be set so as not to generate over a 10 percent increase in revenue," Slay said.

Board president Craig Hitt of District 3 said adjustments would have to be made and District 2 supervisor Jimmie Smith agreed.

"I think it would be foolish for me, or any one of us, to say there won't be some increases but we're going to do our best to keep them as close to bare minimum," said Hitt.

"That's the consensus of the board as a whole," said Smith. "I think all of us, as you said, have made that comment that's what everybody wants and I think we'll proceed doing it."

On water and sewer to the industrial park, Smith said they are hoping for approval of the county's and city's application for a $1.8 million grant with which to build it, but there is a backup plan.

"We are developing strategies to deal with it one way or another," Smith said. "I've been given some information that I think local government will do what's necessary. I would hope that if we decide to do that, that appropriation will come back to local government and repay it."