Henry County property taxes go up, salaries stay the same
The Henry County Board of Supervisors approved the county’s 2010-11 budget on Tuesday, March 2, which included a $0.35 property tax increase and no increase in non-union county employee pay.
The budget raises the county’s property tax levy by $0.35, from $3.85, to $4.20, per $1,000 assessed property value. In real terms, this will increase property taxes on a home valued at $100,000 by $35 per year.
The increase is expected to generate about $220,000 next year, which will go into the general fund.
“It’s always a balance of services and costs,” Board of Supervisors Chairman Gary See said. “Through the years we’ve consistently heard from people that they want certain services, if we had been faced with a larger increase. To pass an increase would have been more difficult for me, but given it was a very small increase, I am going to operate on the assumption the people still want the services that they get, and this small increase will be accepted.”
During a work session in February, the board had pointed to lagging sales tax revenue, increased personnel costs, and a property tax level that has not been adjusted in six years, as driving factors for the increase.
“When I’ve told people we’ve plugged in a $0.35 increase, explained to them that if they have a $100,000 home, what their total cost would be, they’ve said ‘oh, that’s not bad,’” Supervisor Marc Lindeen said. “They’ve accepted it.”
For more, see our March 2 print edition.