The person in charge of collecting taxes in Worth County says she sees no way for the county to dig out of a financial hole without raising taxes.
Right now the county is $1.1 Million in debt after taking out two loans over the last few months to make ends meet.
County commissioners decreased the property tax rate in 2009. The Tax Commissioner says since then, the county has lost out on $3.4 Million in potential tax revenue and has depended on tax anticipation notes to borrow money ever since.
"Am I for a tax increase? Absolutely not, nobody is. I'm a tax payer as well as a tax commissioner," said Tabetha Dupriest, Worth County Tax Commissioner. "But as the cost of fuel goes up, your medical insurance premiums go up. Everything goes up, and with that inflation the county has those increased bills as well, so we've gotta make up the difference somewhere."
Dupriest said tax increases are inevitable for the county to sustain itself, but commissioners said they don't plan to raise taxes.