News 12 at 11 o'clock, July 20, 2010
AUGUSTA---Augusta is rolling back property taxes. Expect to pay $4.00 to $6.00 less on your tax bill in November. The 2010 tax decrease comes after three years straight of no tax increases.
Augusta commissioners voted in favor of the rollback Tuesday. They also voted to slash 2 of the planned 4 furlough days this fall. They'll take $400,000 from the general fund to cover those furlough days.
"We're not making this stuff up," said Augusta mayor Deke Copenhaver. "We have been hit by this economic recession, but we've held out better than most communities. You see that in Columbia County. You see that in Augusta."
Those first two furlough dates, September 3, 2010 and October 15, 2010 are no more. The city still plans to furlough all city workers on November 24, 2010 and December 23, 2010.