MORGAN, GA (WALB) - A property tax increase in Calhoun county is officially set, even though it's something county commissioners say they didn't want to do. The 8% hike means an extra $46 a year on a $100,000 house.
County leaders say the tax increase was necessary for the county to keep its own 911 center and EMS. The county's chief appraiser Mark Strickland says the money is needed to make sure those entities run efficiently.
"Taxes are not an easy thing. Nobody enjoys paying them. Property ownership is a privilege. It's a wonderful privilege but paying taxes is a burden and we understand that," said Strickland.
Strickland does say the county is working to make sure they don't raise property taxes again.
They are looking at sales tax increases and other solutions so the taxes can drop in the future.