Commissioners Rob Jones, Becky Denney and Jerry Barnes look over figures at last Thursday's public hearing on taxes. They are expected to vote on the increase this week.
The public made it clear they do not approve of a proposed tax hike to give the county an additional 13 percent in operating funds during two meetings at the county administration building Thursday. The meeting was required for any government seeking a tax increase, with a final hearing this Thursday, Sept. 15, at 5 p.m. and the commissioners expected to pass the increased millage in a meeting directly afterwards at 5:30 p.m.
This move would raise the county millage to 8.2, up from 7.22 last year.
If approved, the tax hike would give the county $11.2 million in taxes to fund the 2016 budgets, up from $9.8 million last year.
Both the morning and evening public hearings ran around two hours before Commission Chair Rob Jones brought them to ends with speaker after speaker indicating they were fed up with property tax increases.
Local business owner Ralph Fitts said during the morning meeting that every time the public comes to a meeting here it’s a tax increase. “When does it stop?” Fitts asked. “Where is that line that enough is enough?”
Commissioner Jones says he was misrepresented
Above, Forrester, a pit bull at the Pickens County Animal Shelter who was recently adopted to Bartow County.
Comments made by the commission chair over adoption policies for pit bulls, German Shepherds and Doberman Pinschers has created an uproar among dog lovers and confusion over how the county shelter handles these breeds.
Chair Rob Jones is now saying his comments last week were misconstrued and that he was misrepresented on social media, denying that he ordered any euthanizations for those breeds.
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The Dollar General Literacy Foundation announced Boys & Girls Clubs of North Georgia received a $3,500 youth literacy grant today. This grant is part of $4.5 million in youth literacy grants awarded to approximately 1,000 organizations across the 43 states that Dollar General serves. Given at the beginning of the academic school year, these grants are aimed at supporting teachers, schools and organizations with resources to strengthen and enhance literacy instruction.
One of the many new stained glass windows at Our Lady of the Mountains Catholic Church.
By Jean Curran
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