First millage rate increase public hearings held

First millage rate increase public hearings held

AUGUSTA, GA (WFXG) - The first and second of three millage rate public hearings were held Monday in Augusta.

"Well, if our tax dollars hasn't done anything in 28 years, what makes you think it's going to do something now?" asked Milledge Williams, an Augusta resident.

Residents like Williams poured into the Henry Brigham Community Center to have their voices heard about the 1.75 mill increase in property tax rates recently passed by commissioners.

"I don't mind paying taxes," said resident Johnny Few. "But I just want to see the money used for the right thing."

City leaders explained that because of damage from the February ice storm - and other operating expenses - the city now needs to replenish the reserve funds which have been used.

But residents are taking aim at other issues they said their tax dollars are not being used on, like city maintenance projects.

"Ya'll saying, 'Oh, we need to raise the taxes,'" said resident Tonya Williams. "But show me what you're doing with the money. Show me. Because I don't see it, especially in that ditch that's out behind my house."

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