Fulton County holds hearings on proposed property tax hike - CBS46 News

Fulton County holds hearings on proposed property tax hike

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FULTON COUNTY, GA (CBS46) -

The Fulton County Board of Commissioners is holding hearings to gather public input on a proposed 17 percent property tax increase for county homeowners.

"Our backs are against the wall. There is a shortfall we have to close for this year," explained John Eaves, chairman of the commission.

The county faces a $48 million budget shortfall. If the hike passes, this would be the first property tax increase in 23 years.

Liz Hausmann, a commissioner representing District 3, opposes the increase. She said the county should explore other ways to solve the deficit.

"I feel like it's time to modernize, reduce our internal expenses that don't affect the services we deliver."

Eaves said the commission will continue exploring all options until next Wednesday's vote on the issue, and he added it's never an easy decision to raise taxes.

"We have services we have to provide, and those services come at a cost."

If the hike passes, someone who owns a $200,000 home would pay an estimated $80 more a year.

The hearings will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday, July 9 at the Fulton County Government Center, located at 141 Pryor St. SW in Atlanta. Another public hearing will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, July 16 in the same location. The board will vote after the final hearing.

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