Stephens Co. Commission Expected to Take Budget Vote Today

The Stephens County Commission is expected to vote on its Fiscal Year 2015 budget at its meeting later today.

County commissioners meet at 5:30 p.m. today in the second-floor courtroom of the historic Stephens County Courthouse in downtown Toccoa.

The county is proposing a Fiscal Year 2015 budget that is built on a proposed 2.85 mill tax increase on property owners.

A 2.85 mill increase would take Stephens County’s millage rate from 11.32 mills to 14.17 mills.

For a $100,000 home with no exemptions, that would result in an increase of $114 in the yearly tax bill to support county government services, not including the school system.

Prior to the vote on the budget, Stephens County Commissioners will hold a second public hearing on the budget.

County commissioners held a first public hearing on the proposed Fiscal Year 2015 budget two weeks ago.

During that first public hearing, multiple speakers said they understood the need for increasing the millage rate.

However, some expressed concern that raising it so steeply all at once was too much, suggesting smaller increases over a period of time instead.

The budget is not the only item on county commissioners’ agenda today.

Commissioners are also expected to appoint two board members to the Stephens County Development Authority, each for five-year terms.

These two appointments were tabled at the last Stephens County Commission meeting two weeks ago.