Opposition remains vocal against tax hike plan – Douglas County Sentinel: Local News

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Opposition remains vocal against tax hike plan – Douglas County Sentinel: Local News

At two town hall meetings by county commissioners Saturday two things remained clear – residents are vehemently opposed to a property tax increase and no matter what is said at this point one will be coming.

Commissioners Ann Jones Guider and Mike Mulcare held separate forums Saturday in advance of Tuesday’s final public hearing and vote on a millage increase. Residents have been vocal in opposition to the move that could potentially bump the county portion of tax bills by nearly 30 percent. The news was mixed as commissioners say they are looking at cuts, but were realistic.

“There is going to be a tax increase,” District 4 Commissioner Guider told the 30 residents who showed up at her meeting at the Dog River Library. “If you want to lynch from that tree out there go ahead I guess. As much as I hate it and you hate it it’s too late in the game not to have one. The bills have to be paid. We just have to work now to see if we can knock it down as much as possible.”

About 60 residents total showed up at the meetings Saturday. The theme was the same – cut spending and don’t raise taxes. As Guider pointed out the budget is in place and it has to be funded.

The Board of Commissioners have advertised a plan to increase county property taxes by 30 percent. The 2013 county budget, which passed by a 3-2 vote last December, was based on a roughly 3 mill increase in property taxes. The BOC is looking at raising the rate from 9.949 mills to 12.900 mills — a 29.66 percent hike.

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