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Tax hike not sitting well

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The Pickens County Board of Commissioners look over numbers at a recent hearing on the proposed tax increase.

     The public made it clear they do not approve of a proposed tax hike to give the county an additional 13 percent in operating funds during two meetings at the county administration building Thursday.
    The meeting was required for any government seeking a tax increase, with a final hearing this Thursday, Sept. 15, at 5 p.m. and the commissioners expected to pass the increased millage in a meeting directly afterwards at 5:30 p.m.
    This move would raise the county millage to 8.2, up from 7.22 last year.
See full story in this week's print or online edition, including a by-the-numbers interview with CFO Faye Harvey.

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Mr. Clarity
+3 #1 Mr. Clarity 2016-09-14 12:45
WHile some elements of the budget do deserve support, other areas seem lack of real management. Also lack of increasing the tax base. There is no vision, leadership or plan to bring income exceot backs of taxpayers,. I have no confidence into the competence of local leadership. Something needs to change and change immediately.
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Turn out the bums
-4 #2 Turn out the bums 2016-09-15 10:27
This must be remembered when the next election for commissioners comes. Pickens County government needs a refresh. We have looked at the same faces providing poor representation for a long period of time.
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Concerned Citizen
-2 #3 Concerned Citizen 2016-09-15 13:00
I echo the sentiments of Mr. Clarity. They want to raise taxes before assessing the needs of the county government. The jail needs expensive upgrades that have been needed for years and now the taxpayers have to come up with the money to pay for it now. I believe our public safety personnel (police, deputies, firefighters) are one of the lowest paid in our area of the state. I would welcome a tax increase to attract and keep good employees. They put their lives in harms way to keep our county safe. Nothing was said regarding that. I say no tax increase until they come back with a plan of how its going to cost the taxpayers.
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pinto colvig
-7 #4 pinto colvig 2016-09-17 02:16
Didn't we just build a new jail?? Why not fight crime or offer better education so you don't have to house so many people in cages which is one of the most expensive types of housing to offer the freeloaders. Low salaries for law enforcement is the officers' own fault, since they refuse to unionize in GA. They can get better jobs if they want to and if they work for it. We don't have to live in a police state just because the government says we do
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Resident
-1 #5 Resident 2016-09-20 19:54
Quoting Turn out the bums:
This must be remembered when the next election for commissioners comes. Pickens County government needs a refresh. We have looked at the same faces providing poor representation for a long period of time.


There was just an election this past summer and someone ran against Rob Jones and was beat pretty bad. Maybe all you people complaining about all this should have gotten out and voted against the "poor representation" .
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Resident
+3 #6 Resident 2016-09-20 20:02
Quoting pinto colvig:
Didn't we just build a new jail?? Why not fight crime or offer better education so you don't have to house so many people in cages which is one of the most expensive types of housing to offer the freeloaders. Low salaries for law enforcement is the officers' own fault, since they refuse to unionize in GA. They can get better jobs if they want to and if they work for it. We don't have to live in a police state just because the government says we do


Yeah a new jail like 10 years ago. You think that law enforcement officers work for for low salaries is their fault? They can get better jobs if they want? You spend an awful amount of time on here criticizing other people. Most law enforcement officers are not putting their lives at risk everyday for stupid people like you just because of the great amount of money that they are making or the great publicity that they are getting recently. They are doing this because it is something that fills their heart or a need to help others because it sure does not fill their bank account. You should be glad that there are still law enforcement officers that are here for that reason so that when you call 911 they will be there to help regardless of your ignorance.
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pinto colvig
-5 #7 pinto colvig 2016-09-23 17:00
any self righteous bleeding heart who wants to do something to "fill their heart or a need to help others" can volunteer at the soup kitchen or work for DFCS or some other heartwarming job they're more qualified for anyway
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A Resident 2
+5 #8 A Resident 2 2016-09-26 15:51
Ok, I typically jut let things like this go. Yeah I'll bitch and moan like most will and then learn to just deal with it. But this is not going to be one of those times. I get it, Police and Fire they need to make better wages. They deserve it. I wouldn't do their jobs. I get that we need to make improvements on our jail. I get all that. Here is what I don't get. What our the leaders of our county doing to bring in and attract business's so that residents don't have to tote the note? What happened with the water park? Which guy in the "Good Ol Boy System" was going to get paid enough? Where is the attraction for Pickens County? The business that are here have some of the worst customer service there is. You ride around Pickens County to see junk piled up on property's on main road ways which is an eye sore. If your over 62 you still have to pay school taxes. Why? The next time your out riding thru Downtown Canton or Woodstock look around. Those are some areas with Leadership and not guys who were put in office because they are related to half the county or part of "The Good Ol Boy System".The residents of this county need to take a long hard look around. Are our current leaders doing what's right for our county. It's time for our County Government to get in gear making this a better county or simply step down.
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