Ouch! It’s a pain in the wallet. Despite widespread opposition, the Jackson County Board of Commissioners agreed Monday night to hike taxes by 10 percent. Tax bills will go out next week and will be due Dec. 30.
Although the tax rate is going up, not everyone will be impacted the same. Countywide, the overall tax digest fell by one percent so some taxpayers whose property values fell won’t see the full 10 percent hike.
Other property owners, however, could see a higher hike in their tax bills if their property values increased. In addition to a drop in the tax digest, the BOC also hiked the rate to get rid of county employee furlough days, to add several new employees and to cover increases in the county’s debt service payments.
Even with the tax hike, the county will probably have to dip into its reserves to make ends meet next year.
For the full story, see the Oct. 22 issue of The Jackson Herald.
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