Commissioners Hold Public Hearing on Proposed Raise in Taxes

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Commissioners Hold Public Hearing on Proposed Raise in Taxes

Published on August 27, 2013 by Larry Crippen

Monday afternoon, Walker County Commissioners held a public hearing on a raise in the tax rate. The overflow crowd that showed up to the Commissioners courtroom had to be moved to the larger courtroom on the first floor of the courthouse.

The court proposes to adopt a tax rate of 67.78 cents per $100 taxable assessed valuation–two cents more than the effective rate.

The predominant theme was that absolutely no higher taxes were wanted.

Many offered suggestions. Former prison warden Richard Watkins offered a detailed list to commissioners on expenditures that could possibly be cut.

Earl Carter passed along a basic history lesson about taxes . . . .

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Several at the meeting expressed that they are either retired or trying to retire, and they can’t afford the taxes, like Skip Warren . . . .

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Scott Rowe passed along a comparison of Walker County taxes compared to other counties . . . .

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Commissioners will adopt a budget and a tax rate at their court meeting on Monday, September 9th, at 9 AM.

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