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Randolph County discusses raising property tax

Randolph County is mired in a financial mess. County Commissioners are struggling to find a way to dig out of a deep hole of debt.

Chairman Jimmy Bradley says, "We had some clerks that had failed to file the proper funds with the IRS and we are having to deal with paying those back."

The county also has a garbage service deficit of $1.4 million. Commissioners say the amount of garbage sent to landfills went up in recent years, but they never increased garbage fees. Thus a proposed 28.7% increase will be voted on next week.

Many angry taxpayers complained at a public hearing on the tax increase Thursday.

One citizen says, "And now it comes back to haunt the people that do what's right, that's wrong."

Some commissioners say if they don't take this drastic step now, they will have greater problems down the road.

Commissioners also propose 24 furlough days for county workers. There will be one more public hearing next Thursday before a final vote.

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