Tonight, Warner Robins City Council opened the floor to concerned citizens regarding the tentative increase in the millage rate. The chamber was packed, but only one resident spoke out against the tax.
Warner Robins resident, Wayne Overholt believes the timing of the increase, and who's targeted is wrong. He says it's unfair that only homeowners will have to pay if the increase is implemented.
"I don't care if it's 10 cents. I don't think now, especially now, that we need to have an increase in taxes."
Mayor Chuck Shaheen believes the increase will only benefit the city, and it won't cost a lot out of pocket.
"The millage rate will generate $900,000 just by raising it .648 mils."
This increase will raise taxes by about $25 a year for a home valued at $100,000.
Mayor Shaheen says, one perk of the millage rate is that it's a tax write-off. He hopes this will help convince citizens it's the right move for the city in the long run.
There's still time for you to voice your opinion. The next public forum is on October 13, at 5:15pm at City Hall.