BUDGET HEARING–BOC GIVES THEIR REASONS FOR RAISING MILLAGE

Complete Budget Hearing on Video
June 20, 2014

 

Your new tax burden

Your new tax burden

The following videos show the budget hearing held June 16 at 6:00PM. The 5 videos last a total of 30 minutes. If you watch the following videos you will get an understanding of how our BOC came to the conclusion a 2 mil increase was needed. There were not many cuts and there were lots of increases.

Part One—Chairman presents defense of 2 mil rate increase

Part Two—continued defense of 2 mil rate increase by Chairman.
At 4:12 Chairman gives trivia of value of houses in Jasper County, starting with 55% of the houses in the county are valued at $50,000 or less.

 

Part Three—Citizen speaks about people on fixed incomes. Where are they to find the money to pay the increase? With a 14% property tax increase and only a 7% increase in pensions and Social Security over the past 5 years, citizens will be hard pressed to pay the increase.

 

Part Four—Citizens speaks for “internet payment of property taxes” and questions a “negative appropriation” making the budget look $500,000 less than it really is. Also, how much is the debt appropriation for FY15– $145,000 or $206,000?

Part Five—Chairman’s closing comments on FY15 budget.  He says the total tax dollars will be the same as 2008, at least for him and the other 4 commissioners.

 

**In reality, this is the highest budget in Jasper County history with a record amount of property taxes levied –far above 2008 or 2009.

See detail here on what was cut and what was decreased.

The final budget hearing is June 26 at 6:00

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