Valdosta - There's good news for most Lowndes County residents. Despite advertisements that the county is increasing taxes, county officials say most residents' taxes will remain the same.
The only people who will see an increase are those who have made improvements and residents in unincorporated Lowndes county because of an increase in the insurance premium rollback.
County officials say they didn't mean to alarm the public, but state law requires that they announce any sort of tax increase. "The requirement is that if there is even the slightest bit of change in our tax system, we have to make an formal announcement," said Joe Pritchard, County Manager. "This seemed to concern many people in Lowndes County but it will actually affect very few."
County officials estimate about one percent of taxpayers will experience the tax increase.