Proposed tax increase fails during Augusta Commission meeting

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Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- Hundreds of property owners packed the Augusta Commission chambers on Tuesday in the hopes of stopping a tax increase.

After a hotly contested public meeting, that millage rate increase failed. A few commissioners even changed their mind duringthe meeting.

At the 2 o'clock commission meeting, talks about the property tax increase lasted for 2 and a half hours.

Hundreds of property owners told leaders they need to cut the fat. Some spoke about the thousands spent on the administrator search and no results or thousands spent on the disparity study to correct discrimination.

One homeowner said the reason people are leaving Richmond County is because of the taxes and the Commission is dysfunctional. The vote on the increase failed with Commissioner Mary Davis and Donnie Smith changing their vote to no.

They still have to set the millage rate and right now the plan is to do that on monday.