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Rockdale County to consider raising millage rate

The Rockdale County Board of Commissioners announced it will consider a rollback millage rate increase of 1.38 mills to 16.91 mills for this year.

The BOC will meet at 10 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 15, at the BOC Assembly Hall, 901 N. Main St. in Conyers, to consider setting the millage rate for Maintenance and Operations.

If approved, it will be the second year in a row the county will have raised its millage rate. Last year, the M&O millage rate was raised to 15.53 mills.

County property values declined for the third year in a row with foreclosures driving the market. The 16.91 mills would generate $40.49 million, if approved. That is down from the $40.59 million in county tax revenue.

The millage rate is used to raise money required to balance the county's general fund budget through the end of the year. In 2010, the county suffered a significant drop in tax revenue that resulted in the county having to bridge a $4.2 million budget gap through spending cuts and a reduction in workforce.

Though the proposed millage rate is an increase in itself, it is expected to raise less revenue, 0.2 percent less than last year. In 2010, the revenue generated with 15.53 mills produced 2.9 percent less revenue than in 2009.

Rockdale Commission Chairman Richard Oden declined comment on the budget process until after the board sets the millage rate. Commissioner JaNice Van Ness offered a general statement that she hoped "We will look closely at our budget to make sure that it can be pared down so that it is as lean as possible," in an email response to questions.

Van Ness added that she supports using any found funds in the budget to "enhance salaries of public safety personnel."

Commissioner Oz Nesbitt did not respond to an email request for comment.

The county's tax digest dropped from $3.006 billion in 2010 to $2.784 billion this year.

The tax rate for each property is based on its assessed value times 40 percent, then multiplied by the millage rate. For example, a $100,000 house before exemptions would have a county M&O tax bill of $674.40 based on $40,000 of taxable value.

The Sept. 15 meeting is a rescheduling of a previous called meeting for Sept. 8. The legal notice issued by the county to advertise the setting of the millage rate did not include the new proposed millage rate and had to be readvertised.

Comments

Citizen33years 2 years, 11 months ago

Yeah, you go right ahead and raise my taxes on more time and you can add my home to your abandoned/foreclosure list. I'm mad as Hades and I'm not taking any more.

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conyersgirl 2 years, 11 months ago

taxes will be raised but get ready employees ....you will still get it b/c this administration will take the easy steps with higher insurance premiums & furlough days instead of cutting out waste (& there is alot) and taking time to look at other steps to cut the budget. maybe they can get their grant person to find some grants to help regular county employees instead of all the courts extra people that do nothing but take seminar trips with grant programs.

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citizen52 2 years, 11 months ago

Please explain to me how people who are out of work or under employed can afford to pay more? If the income goes down so does spending. This is how it works in our private lives. It is time the government does the same. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figureit out.
I think the people who want to raise the rates need to drive throughout the county and look at the number of vacant business locations. It is so sad. And the only resource is to add more tax.
Don't forget that this tax will be added to all the other stupid taxes that will be coming our way. Soon more people will be wondering how to pay for electric, gas for their car, and food. Which one will lose out? The city and county of Rockdale.

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AThomas 2 years, 11 months ago

The Boc continues in its scam of citizens of Rockdale county ... Last week its unqualified Director of finance endorsement..and now increased tax rates on property values that continue to plunge. Rockdale Newton area has seen property values collapse in the last 3 years. A home valued at 200,000 in Newton is now at 85,000 based on foreclosure rates, able to sell and appraisal assessments. Our neighborhood values dropped like this on the border of Henry /Newton and Rockdale.

With this said Rockdale Home values are at about 55-45% of the highest valuation from 2007. If citizens allows their pockets to be picked by the carpetbagger crew running your county than you deserve to be robbed. I would recommend protesting any and all increases and demand reduction in staffing , qualified employees and remember to vote to oust any person who argues they are doing what is best for the county!!

Until government realizes they must cut costs (staff, benefits and unneccessary expenditures )they will only contine to be unrealistic in budgeting.

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REK 2 years, 11 months ago

Free the prisoners. Close the county jail. Save millions. With all the repeat offenders, the threat of jail time is obviously not a deterrent. For some it is a guaranteed bed, three meals a day, air conditioning, TV, library, internet access and medical insurance. Not a bad deal for writing bad checks. It sure beats working for a living.

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BOCWatch 2 years, 11 months ago

Please remember that the BOC is only half of the equation; the other half being the Board of Educations. Last year the BOE levied an additional 1.99 mill on top of the 1.0 of the county for a total of 2.99 mill in 2010 that wasn't there in 2009. This year the BOE has already stated they will increase 1.51 add this to the 1.38 that the BOC will add you have a total of 2.89 mill increase for this year and a 2 year increase of 5.88 mills thanks to Chairman Oden, Commissioner Nesbitt, Wales Barksdale, Jean Yontz, Darlene Hotchkiss and Brad Smith. Remember this when it comes time to vote for these positions next year. You can see these numbers in a bar graph that I put together for the BOE presentation here: http://bocwatch.org/viewtopic.php?f=5&t=496

If you would like to review the entire presentation you can download it here along with the video of the presentation: http://bocwatch.org/viewtopic.php?f=27&t=462&start=20#p1668

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johndoemo 2 years, 11 months ago

You couldn't be more right. Your comment mentioned 6 people who are raping taxpayers because they aren't smart enough to solve the problem....tax and spend idiots. Please Rockdale citizens, remember the names of these 6 buffoons and vote them out!

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Sundance 2 years, 11 months ago

You have to cut more. A lot more. I say start with Oden's salary. cut it in half. It needs to be a low salary to attract only people who want what is best for the county. Remove all plums and benefits from that position so only the noble candidates will seek it. Not the career polititians and opportunists.

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Madasheck 2 years ago

I wouldn't let Oden spend 4 dollars at the dollar store,he doesn't have the sense God gave a billy goat..

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EarlyBird 2 years ago

If the commissioners were attracting viable businesses to this county (not dollar stores) manufacturing companies - It would be a big help. Our chamber of commerce under the non- leadership of Fred Boscarino, is only interested in spending money to fly on vacations around the world disguising them as possible business ventures with countries to do business in Rockdale. We need someone with an entreprenuerial spirit to jump start Rockdale's economy. Quite frankly, Oden and Oz and Fred sure aren't entrepreneurs. They don't have leadership skills, people skills, think "outside the box" skills, financial skills, or even a Smidgen of common sense. Along with the fools in the BOE, this is why our property taxes have gone through the roof.

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