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No tax increase in proposed $125 million budget
by Tom Spigolon
July 15, 2014 01:15 PM | 1947 views | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A proposed $125 million Paulding County budget for the coming fiscal year will include a pay hike for county workers and no tax increase, county officials said.

Paulding County Commission has set a public hearing for Tuesday at 10 a.m. on the budget plan before a final vote Aug. 12, County Administrator Mike Jones said.

The $125 million budget proposal for fiscal 2015 is a decrease from the county’s current budget of $128.2 million.

A rollback property tax rate of 7.267 mills is proposed to fund maintenance and operations, down from the current 8.22 mills, Jones said.

Property values increased throughout the year and raised the amount that one mill will generate, he said. The rollback rate is the millage rate that will generate the same amount of property tax revenue as the year before.

Jones said commissioners will decide if they want to make changes before their final vote.

“This is our idea of what the budget should look like,” he said, in reference to him and his staff.

The plan calls for use of $3.67 million in reserves to help balance revenues and expenditures.

Commission Chairman David Austin said the budget includes a 4 percent pay increase for county employees.

The budget document shows the largest proposed capital outlay project is the purchase and renovation of the county water system building on Bill Carruth Parkway, valued at $1.48 million, for conversion to a Georgia State Patrol post by early 2015.

Also in the budget is $700,000 to prepare a site adjacent to the Watson complex for a new Georgia Department of Driver Services building.

The department will use state funds for construction of the building.

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