Editorial: Rise in Property Taxes

DOUGHERTY CO., GA (WALB) - A lot of property owners are upset that Dougherty County Commissioners voted this week to raise property taxes.  We understand that no one wants to pay more taxes, but every now and then, increasing taxes is the right thing to do.

Dougherty County leaders have been frugal, managing the county's finances well through tough times.  They haven't raised taxes in ten years.

But that has led to a major problem.  Many valuable employees, who haven't had a raise in years, are leaving for better-paying jobs.  It's getting harder for the county to keep good police officers and paramedics, and that means public safety suffers.  The tax increase will help.

Commissioners say it will result in an increase of about 28 dollars a year on the bill for a 100-thousand dollar home.  As long as leaders continue to spend wisely and try to avoid another increase soon, that's a small price to pay to help keep quality county employees on the payroll.

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