Waynesboro City Council Plans to Increase Real Estate Tax Rate

By: Litsa Pappas Email
By: Litsa Pappas Email

Andrea Jackson was the only person to voice her opinion at the Waynesboro City Council public hearing on increasing taxes.

"I just want accountability," said Jackson, who lives in Waynesboro.

She says the council should approve a tax increase.

"It's just really being fiscally responsible and making sure that everything you have in the budget gets paid for," said Jackson.

The Waynesboro City Council is deciding whether to raise real estate taxes. Right now it's 75 cents per $100. A few council members say they'd like to raise it to 80 cents per $100.

Councilman Frank Lucente says it wouldn't cost more for people since property values are down, so he plans to vote for the increase.

"The council is cognizant of the hard times that are upon us and we're trying to do our part as a council and as a city to keep costs and expenses down and maximize our services to the people," said Lucente.

"We have to take care of ourselves, we have to pay our taxes because in the end it's going to help us by providing streets, schools, and services that we use," said Jackson.

Improving the city of Waynesboro is worth a tax increase for people like Jackson, so she hopes the council votes to approve it this month.

"You just can't cut your way to governess, just like you can't just spend. There has to be a balance," said Jackson.

The Waynesboro city manager had proposed to raise taxes to 83 cents, but council members say they'd like to just increase it to 80 cents. That way it won't cost more for people.

The council plans to vote on the tax increase on May 28.

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