The Elbert County Board of Commissioners nearly had a capacity crowd for their public hearing and called meeting regarding a millage rate increase.
A proposed one mil increase was on the table, with ¾ of a mill designated for economic development, and the other ¼ of a mill going towards a pay increase for the county employees.
Over the course of three public hearings, the commission heard from several residents opposed to the tax increase such as Kevin Lewis.
“The things that are pushing people away from this county, unprecedented fuel costs, healthcare costs, groceries; and he were are talking about doing something for something down the road”, said Lewis.
In the end, the decision made by the Board of Commissioners was to set the millage at the original rollback rates of 10.411 for the unincorporated part of the county, as well as the incorporated part of the county.
That decision passed with a vote of 3-2, with Commissioners Harold Reynolds and Chris Alexander voting in opposition.
Before the called meeting was adjourned, Commissioner Kenneth Ashworth asked the publics help in improving the economic situation in Elbert County.
“If y’all have any ideas with what we can do to improve our economy, I ask for y’all to right it down and send it to us through Bob Thomas”, said Ashworth.
Representatives from the Elbert County Board of Commissioners will be at the Centerville Fire Station this evening for the 4th public information meeting in a series of eight that the commissioners are holding.
The meeting is intended for Elbert County residents to inquire about county business.
This evening’s meeting begins at 6:30pm. All residents are invited and encouraged to attend.