Macon’s city council has voted to raise taxes, avoiding substantial budget cuts that would have meant laying off numerous employees.

The council vote Tuesday night actually rolled back the millage rate, but coupled with a big increase in property valuations, the rate of 9.8 mills effectively means that taxes will go up for Macon property owners.

The rate applies to the fiscal year that ends June 30, but doesn’t completely cover Macon’s budget deficit.

The owner of a $100,000 house will pay $33.96 more in city taxes this year. The rate was approved by a 9-6 vote.

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