County Commission Adopts New Budget With 39 Cent Property Tax Hike

September 25, 2006
Dwayne Page

Your property tax rate is going up.

The DeKalb County Commission, by a vote of 8 to 6, Monday night adopted the new budget for the 2006-2007 fiscal year totaling $29,145, 066 and set a new property tax rate of $1.90 cents per $100 of assessed value, a 39 cent increase.

Two votes were taken, one on the budget and another on the tax rate. Both passed by an 8 to 6 vote.

Those voting in favor of both the new budget and tax rate were John Green, Jack Barton, Bobby Joines, Jerry Scott, Wayne Cantrell, Chris Smithson, Marshall Ferrell, and Larry Summers.

Commissioners voting against were Mason Carter, Elmer Ellis, Jr., Randy Caplinger, Jeff Barrett, Jeff Barnes, and Willie Thomas.

The tax rate breaks down as follows:
General Fund- 67 cents
Solid Waste- 18 cents
Debt Service- 29 cents
Highways- 3 cents
General Purpose Schools-73 cents

The budget breaks down as follows:
General Fund- $5,053, 229
Courthouse & Jail Maintenance- $89,150
Local Purpose Fund- $1,092,723
Drug Control- $58,430
Highways- $2,050,978
General Purpose Schools- $15,810,490
School Cafeteria Fund- $1, 088, 037
Debt Service- $1,446,575
Capital Outlay- $140,870
Solid Waste- $2,314,584 (Includes a six year note for up to $1,225,000 to build a new cell at the landfill)

The commission also adopted a resolution to provide funding to various non-profit groups including:

Prospect Incorporated- $12,500
Senior Citizens Program- $17,500
UCHRA- $1,200
Plateau Mental Health- $7,180
Chamber of Commerce- $7,500
Genesis House- $1,500
UCDD- $3,411.36
Families First- $750
Tennessee Division of Forestry- $1,500
Rescue Squad- $11,500
Soil Conservation District- $19,500

A public hearing was held prior to the commission meeting but only a few spoke out against the proposed tax increase.

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