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Meeting underway on first-ever tax increase

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GARDEN CITY, GA (WTOC) -

A public hearing is underway in Garden City on the city's plans to levy its first-ever property tax.

The Garden City Council is meeting at City Hall on Central Avenue. The proposal includes a millage rate in fiscal year 2014 of 4.0 mills and a homestead exemption - at a $100,000 - fair market value.

The revenues have mainly been funded by local option sales tax generated in the county and fines and forfitures, and for the first time the council says this money will not go far enough for what the city needs. Things such as health care cost increase, police and fire needs, capital imporvement projects and other items including an accross the board pay increase for city employeees. 

Georgia law requires three public hearings to give people a chance to express their opinions on the proposed millage rate increase. The others are scheduled for  9 a.m. and 6 p.m. on May 19.

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