Our Board of Commissioners is considering raising property taxes to fund a raise for many of our public safety personnel. I firmly believe our non-elected public safety personnel deserve a raise. It’s not only our public safety personnel, all employees from deputes and firefighters to clerks and maintenance workers deserve a raise. Shame on the commission for ignoring them for so long.
The problem the commission has is not just giving raises but explaining why we are in the predicament of having to raise taxes to fund it.
The coming tax increase is the perfect storm for homeowners. Not only is the BoC considering a tax increase, the BoE is increasing the rate. Add that to the increase in property values, and you will not see an increase in your property tax bill of just $3 as columnist Chris Collett said. This property tax increase will be much, much more.
So why now must the BoC raise taxes? The reason is simple: the BoC has been spending money in places where they shouldn’t. The airport expansion, the pool complex and the biggest by far is the Ball Ground recycling disaster.
By the time we pay for all of the Ball Ground recycling disaster, we could have paid for the pool complex without touching a dime of the bond funds. We could have given all county employees a raise. We could have purchased equipment and repaired infrastructure. These are the things our BoC should be doing and not get into risky pie in the sky private ventures.