The Bainbridge City Council gave taxpayers a chance to voice these concerns and objections against raising the millage rate Wednesday with two public hearings, both seeing considerable turnout.
“To face another increase, with me being a retired person on a single income, this is devastating to me,” Bainbridge resident Donna Hart said to the council. “I do not understand why it has to be such a large increase at one time.”
Bainbridge City Manager Chris Hobby said the reason for the increase was to stabilize the cash flow the city receives. With $1.5 million in reserves and no end in sight to the decreasing sales tax revenue and other fees, Hobby would like to see a more solid amount of money.
Bainbridge resident Robert Tyson said when taxes are raised, there has to be something given in return to taxpayers.
“If we are not getting better service, why should you go up on the city taxes?” Tyson asked. “What more are we getting in return?”