Property Taxes in Walton County
My property tax has increased 3 out of the last seven years in Walton County. I saw a notice in the Walton Tribune about a tax meeting where the public could find out why their taxes were increasing again so I decided to attend. The tax increases are 2.8 percent for the county and .97 % for the cities of Monroe, Social Circle and Loganville. The only way that I found out about the tax increase is from the ad on the last page of the Walton Tribune.
There were only three people there beside myself. One lady was retired and living on a fixed income. I am not sure the commissioners even listened to her. The meeting started at 5:30 and was over by 5:40. Only 50 % of the commissioners actually showed up so you can tell that this was actually a “done deal”. One man voiced his opinions. He wondered why he lived on an unpaved road and did not have county water but his taxes kept going up. The chairman stated that property tax evaluation was a state mandate and school board got 75% of the money. A taxpayer would call that “ passing the buck” but politicians call that “plausible deniability.” Another committee member: one of the three that did show said that the tax was only a .2 percent increase. I guess that he got his decimal point mixed up. The discussion was over as swiftly as it started and the meeting was closed for 20 minutes before the actual county commissioner’s meeting took place.
The new property tax increase was called item 802 on the agenda for the real commissioner’s meeting. You can go to the website for Walton county and look up different item numbers for different meeting days but there is nothing written to show who voted for what or what that item number was. I also could find no mention of the property tax increase on the website or why it was needed.
A lot of people were here now because of the discussion concerning the 140 million dollar Hard Labor Creek reservoir boon doggle. Did you think that this was Fulton County? If you sneezed in this meeting or you would have missed the vote on the property tax increase. Yes, the vote to increase your property tax was unanimous and it happened faster than water rolls off a ducks back. It happened right between the debate on paying Motorola and updating a concession stand in one of the softball parks.
The newspaper interviewed the county commissioner and he stated that the gas bill alone for next year was going to be $720,000. He must have meant natural gas bill for the new 64 million dollar county building on Hammond Road in Monroe. Or maybe the new jail close to Dekalb Tech. He also stated that they had to build a new outpost for the Georgia State patrol. That s all well and good but I am still trying to miss big potholes in my roads and am still burying dead animal bodies that the county won’t pick up off the roads. My daughter is going to school in portables and the High School is in fear of losing its teaching accreditation.
I am all for property tax increases if it is used for the taxpayers of Walton County but right now I am concerned where our taxes are going.