News 12 at 6 o'clock/ Monday, July 28th, 2014
Augusta,Ga (WRDW)-------Tax bills are going out in just a few weeks and Augusta leaders can't agree on how much that should be.
Commissioners are responsible for setting the rate on how much they tax your property.
It all comes down to cutting services you see every day or raising your taxes. "No one has come up with anything that we can really cut," said Commissioner Bill Lockett.
"You have a certain part of the commission that says we are under taxed. You have a certain part that says our tax structure is OK," said Commissioner Donnie Smith.
Commissioners voted on a 2 mill increase it would be about $70 more a year on a $100,000 home.
Higher rates would generate more than $9 million for the city.
The proposal would give $1,000 raise to all employees and a 1.0 % cut across the board for all city services.
The proposal failed 3 to 7 but commissioners say it's not done yet.
"We are going to have special called meetings until finally we do what we should've done today," said Commissioner Bill Lockett.
"We have to decide what expenses we will have re-occurring. We have to decide if this thing is going to be an annual raise. The pay raises were a small portion of the millage increase," said Commissioner Donnie Smith.
If they do raise the millage rate, finance officials want to put $2 million back into a rainy day fund, $2 million into the emergency fund which the ice storm depleted and another 3.4 million to fix potholes, abandoned houses and plumbing issues.