Property Taxes Raised

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December 14, 2005
Property taxes are going up in Richmond County. News 12 is on your side with what these extra dollars are actually paying for and who this higher millage rate may hurt.

It’s the time of year Augustans are forking out the cash for Christmas gifts and decorations. But homeowners like Scotty Netter might need to start holding back a few dollars for next year’s property tax increase.

“The cost of doing business has gone up in Augusta just like it has for anybody else, our gas is more expensive, the power’s more expensive,” City Administrator Fred Russell said.

Augusta’s last property tax raise was in 2002. This time, taxes will go up 1.09 mills. For a $100,000 home, the average in Scotty’s neighborhood, that means an increase of less than $50 a year.

“$50-$75 is not much,” Netter said.

Scotty’s not worried about how he’ll pay for the property tax increase, but he is worried about how some of his retired neighbors will.

“People that’s on fixed incomes, we have a lot of elderly that live in this neighborhood so that probably could hurt them a lot,” Netter said.

Besides the cost of inflation, the tax increase is helping pay for the eight percent raises for all Augusta employees. Other than that, the budget doesn’t include a lot of extra decorations, just the basics.