Created: Mon, 26 Aug 2013 05:39:00 EST
Updated: Mon, 26 Aug 2013 06:02:20 EST
Jones County citizens made it clear Monday that they do not want a property tax hike. Jones County commissioners apparently agreed.
Last week, commissioners discussed raising taxes by at least three mills.
After word was spread about the possible increases, about 70 Jones County property owners showed up at the commissioner’s called budget meeting, protesting proposed tax increases.
"The amount of millage that they were talking about, it would have cost me several thousand dollars," said Robert Andrews, an 85-year-old businessman in Jones County.
"Because I am a land owner and I own a home and it's expensive as it is and it would cost me a lot of money and I just can't afford it," said Jackie Smith. "I think they really need to have somebody good in accounting look at their present budget."
Commissioners found several ways to make cuts to the budget, meaning they may not need tax increases at all.
"I am delighted to know that and I don't think that would have been the case if they had the attendance today that they had had," said Smith.
Taxpayers say the number of people in attendance may have had something to do with commissioners searching for another solution other than tax increases.
"If there had only been 3 or 4 people here they would have probably voted to raise the milage rate," said John Mixon.
The millage rate is expected to remain at the current rate of 13.31.
Jones County commissioners are expected to finalize and vote a budget on Sept. 12.