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Tifton city council proposes increase in property tax

TIFTON, GA (WALB) -

Tifton city leaders are proposing a big tax increase to balance the budget.

They say there's not much else they can cut. A lot of property owners don't like to hear that.

Thursday afternoon, they voiced their concerns at a public hearing on a proposed 44% property tax hike.

Right now, the rate stands at 6.7-mils.

Mayor Jamie Cater says that hasn't changed in 7 years and now the city is running out of options.

"We are just flat behind times. Our employees have taken a hit. We reduced our employees. We have a city manager now that actually is doing 4 jobs. So we reduced positions. We reduced spending. I mean we're at the bare bones," said Mayor Cater.

If the city doesn't raise taxes, proposed cuts include reducing hours for police officers, eliminating a code enforcer, and cutting community cleanup.

Another public hearing was held Thursday evening and the last one will be held June 28th at 5PM.

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