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City of Hinesville propose TAX Increase by 3.49%
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The Coastal Courier reports that The city of Hinesville on Monday announced its intention to increase the property taxes it will levy this year by 3.49 percentage over the rollback millage rate.

Each year, the board of tax assessors is required to review the assessed value for property-tax purposes of taxable property in the county. When the trend of prices on properties that have recently sold in the county indicate there has been an increase in the fair-market value of any specific property, the board of tax assessors is required by law to re-determine the value of such property and adjust the assessment.

When the total digest of taxable property is prepared, Georgia law requires that a rollback millage rate must be computed that will produce the same total revenue on the current year’s digest that last year’s millage rate would have produced had no reassessments occurred.

The budget tentatively adopted by the Hinesville City Council and mayor requires that a millage rate higher than the rollback millage rate. Before the city may finalize the tentative budget and set a millage rate, Georgia law requires three public hearings to be held to allow the public an opportunity to comment on the increase.

There will be public hearings at 11:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. Nov. 7 and at 3 p.m. Nov. 21 at city hall, 115 East M.L. King Jr. Drive.

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Sheran commented on Wednesday, Oct 30, 2013 at 19:16 PM

My guess, your once newly elected Mayor who's house was in foreclosure and now driving a Porsche has a new large bill he needs to pay!

JimmyMack commented on Wednesday, Oct 30, 2013 at 20:46 PM

I am totally discouraged. I voted for Billy Kithens, a conservative Republican, and Jason Floyd, another Conservative Republican to show that I, Jimmy Mack, a liberal democrat, was ready for some fiscal conservatism as it relates to Hinesville.

Billy lost, Jason won, yet the outcome was the same had I not split my ticket.

More taxes and an out of control gang of public officials. That is where we are folks. You are IN or your are OUT!

PoliticsNation commented on Wednesday, Oct 30, 2013 at 20:57 PM

It's time for change in the big house (City Hall).

Sheran commented on Wednesday, Oct 30, 2013 at 21:19 PM

Hey we supported Billy Kitchens also Jimmy, as my husband was personal friends with Billy's daddy, Robert. After many years in business in Savannah my husband left and moved business to Hinesville because of the dumbing down of city hall complete with mayor's $800.00 dollar lunches at the Rib Hut on the tax payers credit card. After many years of growth in Hinesville under great mayors such as Carl Dykes, Buddy DeLoach, and others the uninformed entitlement voters that pay nothing into the system, did the exact same except it was not $800.00 lunches, except it was foreclosed house, the purchased of a Porsche, and the dumbing down of Hinesville.

timeontarget commented on Thursday, Oct 31, 2013 at 07:40 AM

Mayor Thomas has never been a part of the private sector.

He has served in the Army and worked for the Corp of Engineers I think.

We have many elected officials in local office who live off of the government and simply don't appear to understand that in order to spend money you have to make it.

I've been told that we even have a city council person in one of our municipalities who is on the dole and is receiving food stamps.

sebekm commented on Thursday, Oct 31, 2013 at 11:51 AM

Amen to all of the above.

timeontarget commented on Friday, Nov 01, 2013 at 06:04 AM

At least part of this tax increase is due to the hefty pay raise Thomas and company voted for themselves during their first term in office.

And I'm confident that the glamorous new city hall and it's increased staffing and maintenance budgets have also had much to do with this increase.

gacpl commented on Friday, Nov 01, 2013 at 07:34 AM

if you want to really see how hinesville tax dollars were wasted go thru the new city hall. most of it is empty. i went thru it 2 weeks ago, it was sickenen how elaborate it is.

JimmyMack commented on Friday, Nov 01, 2013 at 08:15 AM

@gacpl: you are exactly right. It is nauseating walking thru that gilded castle. And they once again want to RAISE our taxes even higher. All of this is making me and my wife intensely thinking of moving our long goodbye down to that one floor condo in Boca. Hurricanes and all.

sebekm commented on Friday, Nov 01, 2013 at 13:03 PM

They have built a few "taj mahals" to be sure. It's up to them to justify why it needs to be as elaborate as it is. They certainly haven't done that. I guess it's human nature - if you are a "good person" - to want to leave things in better shape after you're gone than when you got there. But when using OPM (other people's money), the bureaucrats aren't doing their legacies any lasting good when the people can see they built themselves gilded castles.

icyman61 commented on Saturday, Nov 02, 2013 at 02:09 AM

I think Ill go to the meeting with some of their budgets and talk to them about how they waste our tax dollars.

Example a 76,000 dollar sign, wait there's too many examples, but maybe we should all go talk to them, its how you change things.

JimmyMack commented on Sunday, Nov 03, 2013 at 12:12 PM

Good for you Ice. If and it is a gigantic IF, somehow we could roll this anti-spending by local gov't into a MOVEMENT we might would have a chance at the polls. But, that is our problem: Voter Apathy. And those on the public gravy train KNOW THIS! In fact, considering the last public turnout was so low, that the public officials and their families, employees and their relatives were enough to egual or exceed the voters who turned out to vote for change. There are that many of them that are riding the local tax spending train.

They exploit the transient nature of the community to add to their coffers.

sebekm commented on Sunday, Nov 03, 2013 at 17:35 PM

They also exploit the "one of us" mentality - in terms of residency, in social strata, and in the color of one's skin.

JimmyMack commented on Tuesday, Nov 05, 2013 at 17:19 PM

Boca HOA fees are reasonable. I think I am moving the long goodbye to that area.

sebekm commented on Tuesday, Nov 05, 2013 at 17:55 PM

We used to have a reserve unit from West Palm Beach do their annual training here, and I had a great former boss who lived down there. They loved it. I suppose the area is a bit more risky for hurricanes than here.

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