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Albany city leaders vote to roll back property taxes

Initially, city leaders proposed keeping property taxes the same as last year which would be 9.808. (Source: WALB) Initially, city leaders proposed keeping property taxes the same as last year which would be 9.808. (Source: WALB)
City leaders held three public hearings to clarify why they wanted to keep it the same. (Source: WALB) City leaders held three public hearings to clarify why they wanted to keep it the same. (Source: WALB)
The new millage rate will only affect homeowners whose property values increased last year. (Source: WALB) The new millage rate will only affect homeowners whose property values increased last year. (Source: WALB)
Pro Tem Mayor Roger Marietta (Source: WALB) Pro Tem Mayor Roger Marietta (Source: WALB)
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

Albany city commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday night to roll back the millage rate by .004 percent. 

Initially, city leaders proposed keeping property taxes the same as last year which would be 9.808. 

But after surveying nearly 1,600 homes, they found that keeping it the same would only bring in about $6,000. 

City leaders held three public hearings to clarify why they wanted to keep it the same, which was required by the city when they considered not accepting a state-mandated roll back.

They voted to roll it back to 9.804. 

"It's more about public relations than anything. And so cutting the taxes is a positive thing. And we want the community to feel good about that," said Pro Tem Mayor Roger Marietta. 

The new millage rate will only affect homeowners whose property values increased last year.  

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