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Cherokee Commission Plans To Raise Taxes

The money generated from the increase would fund a 2 percent cost-of-living adjustment for employees and help recruit and retain public safety employees.

Credit: Patch f ile
Credit: Patch f ile

Staff Report

The Cherokee County Board of Commissioners is proposing a millage rate for 2014 that would require an increase in property taxes.

All residents are invited to the three public hearing the commission will hold next month at the Cherokee County Administration Building in Canton.

The meetings will be at 6 p.m. July 1, 6 p.m. July 15 and 6 p.m. July 24. 

The full rate is currently being advertised as 9.904. While that's less than the 2013 millage rate, it's not a full rollback. 

Broken down, the general fund rate is proposed at 5.730; the fire fund at 3.355 and the parks bond at .819. 

The increase would fund a 2 percent cost-of-living adjustment for county employees as well as address salary adjustments to "facilitate employee recruitment and retention," said County Commission District 1 member Harry Johnston. 

Johnston said the county is not "married" to the rate it's advertising.

"We still have not given up on a full rollback," he said, adding it would be difficult to implement a full rollback and not give the 2 percent adjustments and competitive salary initiatives for public safety employees.

The proposed increase on a home worth $175,000 would mean a $21 jump in a homeowner's property tax bill. The increase for a non-homestead property with a fair market value of $175,000 is $22.61. 

Brent Seeger June 26, 2014 at 11:48 AM
Wow what a big surprise. Criminals working over time. Recall elections are needed almost nation wide. We need every single political scammer locked up and prosecuted. There is more than enough money coming in now.
Clem Kadiddlehopper June 26, 2014 at 12:30 PM
I am sick of government goons raising taxes on me to get a pay raise. All the while the economy is shrinking -3%, news flash -3% in NOT growth!. How do these nut bags justify higher taxes that shrink my standard of living. We do not get this scam "cost of living increase" taxes are a negative cost of living for the VOTERS, dump these officials, they just cannot get enough free stuff.
Brent Seeger June 26, 2014 at 03:22 PM
Clem the rot has set in for sure. We have exactly two years to win this country back or the whole town will look like and Obamaville with American living in cardboard boxes and illegal aliens eating off sliver settings with clean sheets and free food and health care. The criminal Obama must be stopped.
Frank Jones June 29, 2014 at 03:44 PM
While I have no love for the the current board of commissioners, especially Ahrens & Johnston, the alternatives weren't great picks either. In respect to the potential increase, it would seem that an increase in the millage rate wouldn't be necessary as home and property values have increased dramatically since last year. If property values have increased, then by default, tax collection will increase proportionally. Unfortunately, there aren't any Democrats in county office as they'd get us back in business. Unlike what all of you Republican Kool-Aid drinkers think, Obama hasn't destroyed the country with his foreign policy, domestic policy, or the Affordable Health Care act! The only policies destroying America belong to Republicans...I mean Koch brothers & Tea Party idiots.
Brent Seeger June 29, 2014 at 03:53 PM
Frank put down that crack pipe. You are way too high. Obama is the antichrist and a hard core communist.

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