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September 1, 2012

City taxes to rise due to higher property values

MOULTRIE — Over the last few weeks, residents of Colquitt County have complained to the Colquitt County Board of Commissioners about higher taxes spawned by higher property valuations that take effect this year.

Now it’s the City of Moultrie’s turn.

In exactly the same way as with the county, the city government will hold tax rates the same as last year. That unchanged rate, applied to the higher property values, will generate more revenue for the city.

State law requires in such cases that local governments either reduce millage rates so as to bring in the same money as the previous year, or hold three public hearings to get taxpayer response to the increased taxation.

The City of Moultrie will hold its hearings at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 4; at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 4; and at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 18. Both of the evening hearings will precede the regular city council meeting scheduled for that date.

The city council has tentatively approved a budget for 2012-2013 that calls for $13,124,638 in revenues and $13,062,834 in expenditures.

The 2011-2012 budget called for $12,306,193 in revenues and $12,969,064 in expenditures, but according to estimates the city has received about $315,000 more revenues than budgeted and has managed to cut planned expenditures by about $554,000.

The agenda for the Sept. 4 council meeting calls for a first and second reading of a motion to approve the millage rate. Under city council procedure, third and final readings are required to enact a matter; those readings can’t happen at the same meeting as the first and second readings, but they typically happen one meeting afterwards, which in this case would be on Sept. 18.

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