If Thursday morning’s hearing was any indication, there is little or no opposition to the City of Dacula’s proposed millage rate increase.
City officials have proposed setting the 2012 millage rate at 5.703. The new rate would result in increased tax revenue for the city of approximately $103 or 0.02 percent more than was collected in 2011.
Residents whose property values have fallen will pay about the same or less under the proposed millage rate. Property owners who assessed values remain unchanged may pay slightly more. Dacula Mayor Jimmy Wilbanks said his property bill would be roughly $40 higher should the new millage rate be approved.
City leaders have proposed raising the millage rate to compensate for a lower tax digest. Wilbanks said the 2012 tax digest has fallen from $124 million in 2011 to $111 million for 2012 -- an amount that is $35 million less than the 2009 high of $146 million. Without a millage rate increase, the city stands to lose approximately $10,000 in revenue.
Belinda Cook and her daughter Ashlee were the only two citizens in attendance at the June 28 10 a.m. hearing. Though she does not reside within the city limits, Cook read about the proposed tax increase and was curious to learn more. She said more people should attend these type hearings.
“It’s nice to know where your money goes,” she said.
The is scheduled for this evening, June 28, at 6:30 p.m. The hearing will be followed by a
The public hearing and the work session will be held at , 442 Harbins Road in Dacula.
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