Peach County residents facing potential property tax hike

PEACH COUNTY, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – Peach County residents could be paying higher property taxes very soon as county commissioners are proposing to increase them.

“We know nobody wants it. We don’t want,” Martin Moseley, the vice chairman on the board of commissioners, said. 

Moseley is aware of the possible backlash the board might receive for increasing Peach County’s millage rate.

“As a property owner, I’m certainly not a hooray guy for a millage rate increase,” he said. 

But he says it’s necessary.

For several years, county commissioners have asked different services in the county to cut down on their spending.

“They’ve done such a great job for our county. We just feel like we can’t keep asking them to cut back anymore,” Moseley said. 

County commission chair Melvin Walker agrees, saying the county “has to stop dipping into its reserve funding.”

The county is in the process of closing on of their landfills. It’ll cost around $3 million to pay for that. Moseley says it’s money the county doesn’t have.

“We just simply don’t have those funds available,” Moseley said. 

Commissioners say it was a unanimous decision to increase the millage rate by one mill.

“We had discussions about fees and that kind of thing, but in the end I think the millage rate hike is the best way to do it,” Moseley said. 

40% of the money will go toward closing the landfill, the rest will go into a general pot.

Moseley believes the extra revenue will help different areas from the sheriff’s office to the tax commissioner.

If the proposal passes as is, residents will see an increase in their property taxes heading into next year.

An example of the increase would be if a resident owned a $100,000, they’d pay about $30 more each year.

Residents have the opportunity to voice their opinion. There are three public forums scheduled. Residents are invited to voice their opinions before commissioners make their decision. The first two are on August 14th. Commissioners will make their final decision on the 28th.

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