Community hopes for best outcome for Augusta millage rate

Augusta homeowners still have a little bit of time to try to sway commissioners away from the tax hike. Monday, the commission will decide on the new millage rate

MGN Online

News 12 @ 11 o'clock / Sunday, August 24, 2014
AUGUSTA, Ga
(WRDW) -- Augusta homeowners still have a little bit of time to try to sway commissioners away from the tax hike. Monday, the commission will decide on the new millage rate. The original proposal was to raise it by 1.75 mills, but the commission voted it down last week.

The property tax is weighing heavily on a lot of minds in Augusta. Some folks told News 12, if the increase is too high, they might have to move.

This is Becky Helinski's home, but she says it might not be for much longer. "I love it here, but if the property taxes keep going up then the government isn't going to have any property to tax. People are going to lose their homes," Helinski said.

She said it's hard enough for her to keep up with the taxes she has to pay now. She says everything has gone up in price, from gas to groceries, and she's hoping her property taxes won't follow suit. "Me making part time hours, I don't even make enough to cover the increases in taxes," she said.

Jacinta Walton is also an Augusta homeowner, she says the community needs to trust the commissions decision. "We voted those commissioners in, and they saw fit where we needed it," Walton said.

She says even though no one wants to pay more taxes, it's worth it if it will make Augusta better. So no matter the outcome tomorrow, she says she will stand behind it.

But Becky hopes it works out, without wearing out her wallet.

Commissioner Marion Williams told News 12 at this point there really isn't any choice but to raise the millage rate, it's just a matter of setting it.


Have information or an opinion about this story? Click here to contact the newsroom.


Copyright WRDW-TV News 12. All rights reserved. This material may not be republished without express written permission.


WRDW.com is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

Keep it clean, keep it civil, keep it truthful, stay on topic, be responsible, share your knowledge, and please suggest removal of comments that violate these standards.

powered by Disqus
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 1212 Augusta, GA 30903 Main Telephone: (803) 278-1212 Newsroom: (803) 278-3111 Fax: (803) 442-4561
Gray Television, Inc. - Copyright © 2002-2014 - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 272522231 - wrdw.com/a?a=272522231