Our current base millage rate is 13.453 mils, one of the lowest in the metro Atlanta area. It is speculated that the millage rate needs to be raised at least three mills in order to maintain the status quo. Anything less and we could suffer the same fate Atlanta has – loss of services via layoffs and furloughs of county employees. And even if furloughs were implemented, the revenue saved would not be enough – Clayton residents would still lose public safety services. It is estimated that each household could end up paying $100-$150 more in taxes under a three mill increase.
While all in attendance agreed raising taxes to preserve fire, police and sheriff services is a no brainer, the room divided on C-TRAN service. Discontinuing C-TRAN could save the county about $8 million tax dollars, but would inconvenience residents who rely on public transportation.
If you were unable to attend last week’s public hearing, there is an online survey available to voice your opinion to the BOC. The 2010 budget will be voted on at the June 30 meeting in the Commissioners’ Boardroom at 112 Smith Street, Jonesboro. Your thoughts?