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How would the proposed tax increases in Macon-Bibb affect you?

Eric Mock (WGXA)

MACON, Ga. -- In continuing coverage of the proposed tax increase by Macon Mayor Robert Reichert on Tuesday, WGXA looks into how the increase could look on your next property tax bill if it were to pass.

"I recognize this road is not an easy one," Reichert said Tuesday. "But then again, no path to a brighter future is ever easy."

Tuesday, Reichert suggested several ways to cut down the county's ever-growing expenses. They're projecting a $10 million shortfall in fiscal year 2019.

But he said they've already cut staffing down so much that if they cut it down anymore, you'd lose services.

"We are to a point now that if we reduce staff anymore, it means an intentional reduction in services," he said.

So, inevitably, he proposed another tax increase -- this time 3.7 mills. A mill is the rate on which your property tax is calculated.

But what does that look like for your tax bill?

If the mayor's proposed tax increase goes through, that would mean since 2017, your taxes went up 20 percent -- which means for a home valued at $100,000, that would be an extra $122 dollars.

Lizella homeowner Donald Druitt says he wishes they would find another way other than raising taxes.

"It's kind of disappointing that the amount of things we've been doing in the county to build up our city's infrastructure, that we're not receiving additional revenue from tax base," he said.

But even with all the reductions in outside agency funding that Reichert is proposing, they'd only save about $1.5 million.

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