Madison County’s tax digest — overall property value — will remain relatively steady this year.
The county’s net digest — its total property value minus exemptions — is roughly $599 million, up 3.3 percent from just under $580 million last year.
The digest dropped 13.3 percent from $670 million in 2011 to $580 million last year. The decrease significantly cut into revenues for the county government and school system.
But revenues will stay relatively stable this year. Board of commissioners chairman Anthony Dove said he anticipates the unincorporated millage (tax) rate to be reduced from 11.110 mills last year to 11.011 mills this year, which will offset the small digest gains.
With the digest finalized, local tax-levying boards can move forward with setting their tax rates. For instance, the county industrial authority this week is advertising a public hearing to set its tax rate at 6 p.m., Aug. 19, in the old county courthouse in the center of Danielsville.
Meanwhile, the county commissioners have started the budget process for 2014. The group recently received budget requests from all county department heads and constitutional officers.
The BOC received $311,347 in salary increase requests from various officials, including a request for $196,625 in pay increases for the sheriff’s office. Government employees haven’t received a raise in five years.
Zach could you call Tax Commissioner's office and inquire about 3+ yr people who owe back taxes. Several years ago people questioned this area and a great deal of taxes collected. This can benefit Fire Dept / EMT of example. Thank you.