Por­terdale rolls back mill­age rate

No sig­nif­i­cant change to taxes peo­ple will pay

The Covington News - - Local News - By Am­ber Pittman

The Por­terdale city coun­cil agreed to roll back the city’s mill­age rate at its reg­u­larly sched­uled meet­ing Mon­day night.

The de­ci­sion, which was unan­i­mous, will es­sen­tially do noth­ing to af­fect taxes — it will keep them as they are cur­rently, tak­ing into ac­count the change in prop­erty taxes. The rate is cur­rently 8.776 and the roll­back will make it 8.764.

“Is more of a roll­back not some­thing we should con­sider?” asked Coun­cil mem­ber Linda Fin­ger.

“This is from the state,” replied Mayor Bobby Hamby. “This is what they sug­gest we do — a roll­back so that there isn’t an in­crease in taxes.”

Mayor Pro Tem Robert Fox­worth spoke up, ask­ing if the coun­cil should per­haps con­sider a slight in­crease in mill­age.

“I know this is go­ing to be un­pop­u­lar,” he said. “And I know ev­ery­body has a bur­den on them now with the econ­omy the way it is — the city cer­tainly does. It’s af­fected the city a great deal, we’re cut­ting jobs and cut­ting hours back and ev­ery­body’s hurt­ing. I thought maybe a 1 per­cent in­crease may not hurt too bad, but that don’t sound too good to the rest of the coun­cil,” he said.

The coun­cil had pre­vi­ously dis­cussed the pos­si­bil­ity of rais­ing the mil by 1 per­cent and de­cided they would rather not raise taxes at all if it were pos­si­ble.

“I’m not in fa­vor of a big in­crease,” Fox­worth said. “But I think a 1 per­cent in­crease wouldn’t hurt. I would rather pay $30-$40 ex­tra to keep the qual­ity of the ser­vices we have. I would be more than happy to pay that to keep our ser­vices up.”

Though the coun­cil took Fox­worth’s com­ments into con­sid­er­a­tion they de­cided to do as the state rec­om­mended and roll the mileage rate back to 8.764 and not in­crease the taxes.

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