The Washington County Board of Commissioners today announces its intention to increase 2015 property taxes. The levy this year will increase taxes by 11.5 % over the rollback millage rate.
Please note that this increase applies only to the county M & O portion of your tax bill so the overall tax increase will be 3.5% of your tax bill.
The entire proposed increase in taxes will be used to subsidize the financial operations of our local hospital, Washington County Regional Medical Center. The situation at the Hospital was explained during several recent public meetings.
All concerned citizens are invited to the public hearings on this tax increase to be held at the Washington County Board of Commissioners Board Room, 119 Jones Street, Sandersville, GA on August 27, 2015 at 9:00am and 6:00pm and on September 4, 2015 at 9:00am. A called Board of Commissioner meeting will immediately follow to amend the budget and adopt the 2015 mill rate.
The Washington County Board of Commissioners has tentatively adopted a millage rate which will require an increase in property taxes by 11.50 percent.
All concerned citizens are invited to the public hearing on this tax increase to be held at the Commissioner’s Board Room, 119 Jones Street, Sandersville, GA on August 27, 2015 at 9:00 am and 6:00 pm.
Times and places of additional public hearings on this tax increase are at the Commissioner’s Board Room, 119 Jones Street, Sandersville, GA on September 4, 2015 at 9:00 am.
This tentative increase will result in a millage rate of 9.698 mills, an increase of 1 mill. Without this tentative tax increase, the millage rate will be no more than 8.698 mills. The proposed tax increase for a home with a fair market value of $100,000 is approximately $40 and the proposed tax increase for the non-homestead property with a fair market value of $75,000 is approximately $30.
The entire proposed increase in taxes will be used to subsidize the financial operations of our local hospital, Washington County Regional Medical Center. The situation at the Hospital was explained during recent public meetings.
Please note that this increase applies only to the county M & O portion of your tax bill so the overall tax increase will be 3.5% of your overall tax bill.
Online Registration Is Available at Washington County Recreation Department
Washington County Recreation Department is proud to announce that online registration is available to its participants. The links are posted on the Washington County Recreation Department Facebook page under the “About” section and on the washingtoncountyga.gov website under the Parks and Recreation Department. This will offer the public the opportunity to set up family accounts and register for program offerings without driving to Kaolin Park. There will be a $2 convenience fee to do this; however, you will save the cost of travel. Look for the link at the specified locations. You may still register at our offices at Kaolin Park if you so choose. If you have any questions, or need help registering for a program, contact WCRD at (478) 552-0013. We look forward to helping you and your family stay fit!
By: Elizabeth Jordan, Sandersville Progress
Orange cones and the smell of freshly poured asphalt will fill the atmosphere of Deepstep Rd. beginning in the next few weeks.
A kick-off celebration was held on May 12 along Deepstep Rd. for the resurfacing project that is fully funded through the Transportation Investment Act (TIA).
“You’re to be commended and congratulated, because a lot of hard work went into getting the one percent sales tax passed in the CSRA,” said DOT District Engineer Jimmy Smith.
The CSRA was one of three regions to pass the Transportation Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (T-SPLOST).
“This project goes from the Fall Line to the Baldwin County line,” said Smith, adding that there are areas of patching, deep-base patching, and resurfacing to give those traveling on Deepstep Rd. a “smooth riding surface.”
Smith went on to say that once completed, the roadway will become a local truck route.
District 2 Georgia DOT Board Member Jamie Boswell remarked that the project is estimated to cost $1.76 million.
“We’re off to a great start,” said Boswell. “We all know what transportation means for communities and for economics.”
Ben Tarbutton III was also at the celebration, and remarked that this was a long process, and one of the reasons that the T-SPLOST passed in the CSRA was because of a “great project list.”
Tarbutton commended Sandersville Mayor Jimmy Andrews and Washington County Board of Commissioners Chairman Horace Daniel for representing the area.
“They got Washington County two projects on the list including the resurfacing on Deepstep Rd. and the Sandersville-Tennille truck route,” said Tarbutton.
Tarbutton also thanked the citizens of Washington County for passing the T-SPLOST.
“Getting this TIA passed in the environment that we were in in 2012 was not easy,” said Tarbutton. “We had a good local platform.”
Sandersville Mayor Jimmy Andrews echoed Tarbutton’s comments, saying that it was a very special day for the community.
“This is one of the main roads of this county,” said Andrews.
Chairman of the County Commissioners Horace Daniel remarked that everyone worked hard on the project.
“We had a hard time in some areas because anytime you’re going to pass a tax, nobody’s going to like it,” said Daniel. “I don’t blame them. But if you’re going to have anything this day and time, everybody’s going to have to take a part of it.”
Mayor of Deepstep Randall Veal stated that the Town of Deepstep will reap the benefits of so many people’s hard work.
“Deepstep’s a very small community, but there’s a lot of activity on the road,” said Veal. “It’s very important to maintain it for safety reasons.”
Veal went on to say that the project will be money well spent.
Pittman Construction will work on the project. They estimate that the project will take approximately 120 days.
Jeannette W. Anderson, Washington County Tax Commissioner is pleased to announce that effective April 9, 2014 property tax bills may be paid online using MasterCard, Visa, American Express, or Discover cards. There will be a 3% convenience fee charged by the merchant, Government Window, for this service.
Taxpayers may access the online payment window by logging onto the county website: www.washingtoncountyga.gov and navigating to the Tax Commissioner page. There you will find a link to the online payment page.
Customers will have the option to pay, view, and print property tax bills at their convenience.
The Tax Office will also have available a “Self-Serve” customer computer. Taxpayers who would like to pay with a credit/debit card but do not have a home computer or internet access may use this computer to access the online payment website.
Coming later in 2014…………………….Online Motor Vehicle tag renewals!
April 9, 2014