Walker County adopts millage rate increase, presents FY19 budget proposal

WALKER COUNTY, Ga. (WDEF) – One resident spoke out Thursday night in the third and final public meeting on millage rates before Walker County sole Commissioner Shannon Whitfield adopted an increase.

“I just want to stand in opposed to any new tax at this point. I feel we’ve been taxed to the point that it’s hurting our community,” Walker County Resident Mike Peardon said.

The unincorporated Walker County millage rate remains the same, 9.838 mills.

However, in incorporated areas or cities the millage rate increases a little over one percent to 13.330 mills.

Commissioner Whitfield said that a property valued at $100,000 is going to increase a little over seven dollars a year.

“What we were trying to do with this millage rate is capture the growth. We’ve had about 75 new home constructions and also some of our citizens property values increased,” Commissioner Whitfield said.

The property tax will create additional revenue of over $264,000 for the general fund.

The commissioner also presented the proposed fiscal year 2019 budget Thursday.

One significant change is that it includes about a $274,000 increase for the sheriff’s department.

“We see that our sheriff’s department has the greatest need that they’ve ever had in the history of the department. The number of call volumes over the last decade has increased from about 25,000 calls per year to about 50,000 calls per year. So there’s a lot of demand for services there and there’s equipment and vehicles and things they need to replace,” Commissioner Whitfield said.

The commissioner said that they’re giving the sheriff’s department the largest budget that they’ve ever had.

“We feel like that is money well spent to protect the citizens of Walker County,” Commissioner Whitfield said.

There will be a public hearing on the proposed budget in September.

A new budget takes affect October 1st.


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