Commissioner Chap Nelson is calling what is known as a tax rollback, a tax increase. This year’s rollback amounts to .25 mills or about $225,000. Nelson is not in favor of the rollback and calls it a backdoor tax increase.
The rollback is not considered a tax increase by the state, and counties are not required to have public hearings if it is used.
The Aug. 29 budget meeting began with a look at the road project list that would account for a majority of the $600,000 in the construction line item in the proposed budget. The list was requested by Commissioner Larry Childs at the previous meeting.
The project list includes Jarrell Plantation Road, Stewart Farm Road, Oak Valley Drive, Kelly Road, Comer Road, and portions of several other roads. The price tag of the projects is well over the $600,000 construction budget, but parts of the projects are funded from other line items.
“I wanted the commissioners to look at the list and agree that is how we are going to spend that line item,” he said.
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