BOC votes to raise property tax rate |


BOC votes to raise property tax rate |

Newton County’s property tax rate increased Tuesday.

The Board of Commissioners voted 4-1 Tuesday to raise the millage rate from 10.91 to 11.54 and approve a proposed $45.95 million budget for fiscal year 2014, which already began July 1.

The official motion, made by Commissioner Nancy Schulz, called for the board to begin a strategic planning process and have a “goal of lowering the millage rate in two years.”

Commissioner John Douglas was the lone vote in opposition, saying Newton County already had one of the highest combined millage rates – when taking into the account the school board and fire and emergency management services rates – in the state.

Douglas questioned whether the board would truly lower the rate in the future, but Commissioners Schulz, Lanier Sims and Levie Maddox all said they thought it was doable.

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