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Effort to raise taxes short-lived
by Debbie Lurie-Smith
Aug 29, 2013 | 1515 views | 0 0 comments | 35 35 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Howard “Buddy” Lancaster addresses the audience while speaking to county commissioners about a tax increase.
Howard “Buddy” Lancaster addresses the audience while speaking to county commissioners about a tax increase.
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The Jones County Board of Commissioners had a final budget meeting Monday before setting a tentative millage rate for the coming year. When it was all said and done, the resulting decision was no tax increase.

The Charlotte Wilson Conference Room was filled to capacity for the 11 a.m. meeting with concerned taxpayers spilling out into the hall. The first order of business was to pass a spending resolution so the county could keep operating until the 2014 budget and tax rate is finalized.

County Administrator Mike Underwood explained the county’s fiscal year runs from Sept. 1 to Aug. 31.

Following the board’s 4-0 agreement to pass the spending resolution, the administrator moved into the actual budget discussion, which was the reason for the packed house.

He said, at the budget meeting last week, board members had raised the possibility of increasing the tax rate as mush as 3 mills. Underwood said the good news is that, after recalculating the county’s revenues and expenses, the finance department determined that using the rollback tax rate that brings the value of the tax digest back to last year’s totals, the budget is balanced without using any of the county’s fund reserves.

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