August 7, 2014
Valdosta, GA - The City held it's final public hearing Thursday, where they heard feedback from the community. Next, Council will head to their meeting to cast their vote.
The proposed increase would raise the millage from 4.1 mills to 6.1 mills. This means for every $100,000 your home is worth, you'll be paying $207 to The City of Valdosta.
Mayor Gayle says they've had no objections in the City's public hearings on the increase. He also says this is the first increase in 22 years, and expects it to pass without any problems in City Council.
"We have done everything we could to find a way not to have a millage rate increase, but it's just come to the point where we can't go anymore without having it. We would have to start cutting police and fire protection, and things like that, and the citizens don't want that", says Mayor Gayle.
Mayor Gayle also says when revenues get back up, the City might start cutting the millage rate.
Something interesting to point out, the increased millage rate in Valdosta would still be less than Macon, Tifton, and Savannah.
August 6, 2014
Valdosta, GA - The City of Valdosta will hold it's final public hearing tomorrow on a possible millage rate increase.
The hearing will be held tomorrow at 5 pm in City Council Chambers at City Hall. The hearing will take place right before the regularly scheduled City Council meeting, where the final vote will take place.
City officials have proposed increasing the millage rate from 4.1 to 6.1.