AUGUSTA, GA (WFXG) - Augusta city leaders are back to the drawing board trying to figure out how to balance the budget after the millage rate hike got voted down at Tuesday night's commission meeting.
"Either we do the cuts now or we' re going to have to do the cuts later," Commissioner Wayne Guilfoyle said. "I'd rather try to implement cuts now."
Without the millage rate increase, the city is back at square one to find ways to raise revenue.
Commissioner Wayne Guilfoyle said he voted against the tax increase for one reason.
"Over these past four years I have been at every budget meeting giving ideas and solutions on how to become more efficient to where the expenditures and revenue is equalized," he said. "If you look back to the past 10 years, our expenditures our went from $110 million to $146 million."
But commissioners can't seem to agree on a compromise.
"You can't spend more than what you're bringing in," he said. "That or you going to go bankrupt."
Although a less costly property tax may ease citizen's concerns for now, some are worried about the future.
"I'm actually kind of happy about it because that means I don't have to pay more myself,"Augusta resident Conley Stevens said, "but we do need to figure out where we're going to get the money to fund everything."
But Commissioners Guilfoyle said he thinks there is a solution.
"If we apply just even our personal skills and apply it to the government, each and every one that comes up with a solution idea," he said. "We can turn this government around, we can get it to where it has a positive flow and we can plan for the future, but we have to do it right."