Tuesday, August 6, 2013
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COVINGTON — A local grassroots group that formed a few months ago to protest a property tax increase is meeting Thursday to discuss a new plan of action.
The Newton Conservative Liberty Alliance will meet at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Newton County Library at 7116 Floyd St. The meeting is open to the public.
Commissioners approved an increased millage rate last month, with the stipulation that budget strategic planning must begin in August with the goal of reducing the millage within two years.
According to Aaron Brooks, spokesman for the NCLA, the meeting will focus on holding commissioners accountable and “more importantly, making sure we as citizens are doing our part to point out the inefficiencies in government that we think could lower the amount of money that the county is spending right now.”
“We need to strike while the iron is hot — we’ve got to keep our heads down and keep working hard. We must keep the BOC’s feet to the fire so that they will make those bold, long-term, strategic decisions that will save the county money and lower our property taxes as soon as possible,” Brooks said.
The featured speaker will be Commissioner John Douglas, the sole commissioner to vote against the millage rate.
A social meet and greet will begin at 6 p.m., with the meeting to begin at 6:30. A question and answer session will follow Douglas’ speech. The meeting is expected to end by 7:30 p.m.
The Newton Conservative Liberty Alliance describes itself as “a grassroots group dedicated to America’s founding principles of freedom and liberty that believes in sound, constitutional governance that holds taxpayer dollars in the highest regard.”