CALHOUN CO., GA (WALB) - A raise in property taxes are coming for Calhoun County residents for the first time in a long time.
County commissioners approved a tentative mill rate Wednesday.
It's not something county commissioners are taking lightly but mandated budgetary issues make the increase necessary.
It's an election year, which means elected officials must have an 8 percent pay raise.
Commissioners have gone through the budget and have made as many cuts as possible.
If residents want to keep their private EMS and have more roads paved, an increase is necessary.
"In the budget process you start off with a wish list, and then you start to back off that wish list. You get into the bare bones of what it is going to cost to run a government. And this is what the bare bone costs are going to be this year if we get down to the bare bones of what our people are demanding," said Mark Strickland, Calhoun County Chief Appraiser.
There will be three public hearings about the mill rates.