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As long as the general public is hoodwinked into seeing an increase in the millage rate as an increase in the actual taxes they have to pay, there will be further cuts. People need to have a basic math lesson: the millage rate is a tiny percentage based on the assessed market value of your home. If that value decreases (as it has for nearly everyone), then the millage percentage is also lowered. The millage rate was designed this way on purpose, to offset the highs and lows of real estate values. Problem is, when the powers that be want to garner votes, they refuse to recalculate the millage rate to make up for the shortfall, telling people that they're fighting 'tax increases'.
Wake up Newton County! Get a clue! Do the math! If everyone's millage rate was increased just enough to absorb the lowered values of homes, there would BE NO BUDGET CUTS! If and when the value of properties increase, the millage rate COULD BE LOWERED. That's the way it's supposed to work.
It is sad... for you! Many kids still do their research for school projects at the library, both with books and using the library computers, and electronic resources through the library. Many people still do genealogical research in the Heritage Room, and using the library's electronic resources and microfiche. The library also serves as a community meeting place, for parents, teens, and retirees.
You're missing out on a vital piece of your community. I invite you to visit and see for yourself!
Last login: Friday, August 3, 2012