By GALEN HOLLEY
Several concerned citizens voiced their concerns about the Grenada County Board of Supervisors raising taxes for fiscal year 2014 at a recent public hearing.
The value of assessed property in the county went up this year, according to Tax Assessor David Melton, therefore there was a slight uptick in ad valorem taxes.
According to Melton, the total county millage will go up by .79 mills, although the school millage will go down by 1.66 mills.
A millage rate of 43.95 will produce the same amount of revenue from taxes for the Grenada School District as was collected last year, at a millage rate of 45.25, Melton said.
“The state has mandated that all property be re-evaluated every four years and normally that will result in an increase in property values,” said Melton.
Nell Horrigan said she was concerned about the amount of unpaid taxes that were recently published in the GrenadaStar.
“It seems that a few of us are carrying the burden for many other citizens, and many of us are senior citizens,” said Horrigan, who spoke first on behalf of a group of citizens who voiced their dissatisfaction.
District Two and Board Supervisor Chad Bridges spoke to Horrigan’s concerns.
“Nobody wants to raise taxes,” said Bridges. “We’ve all made sacrifices in our districts, but, the price of fuel is going up and for five years we’ve done without an increase. We’ve got to have this money to make ends meet.”
According to figures supplied by Melton, the assessed value of property in the county rose from $107,706,477 to $113,250,839 this year.
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