Valdosta taxes expected to rise

| August 12, 2016

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VALDOSTA — The City of Valdosta is poised to raise property taxes by almost 27 percent.

City officials say the tax hike is partially due to a decrease in the tax digest due to a drop in property and motor vehicle values, while the 2017 budget reflects spending increases, mainly for employee raises.

Three public hearings will be held for public input in the next two weeks. The hearings are scheduled for noon and 6 p.m., Aug. 17, and 5 p.m., Aug. 25, at City Hall.

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  1. David says:

    A drop in property values huh. Wonder why that is. Maybe raises for city employees needs to be re-thought. A 27% increase in property taxes for property not so valuable any longer seems way excessive to me.

    • Eric "Da Blacksheep" TrixNDix says:

      CoV employees haven’t gotten raises in years….well let me rephrase….CoV hourly employees(guys who actually work) haven’t gotten raises in years. Management got raises every fiscal year. They did a pay study and showed that CoV public safety and Utility workers were the lowest paid in the state for size of city and revenue generated. Hence the raises because the CoV couldn’t keep people because of the low pay and it was costing them way too much money in turnover. In fact did you know that CoV employees use to go to the soup kitchen to eat lunch because most couldn’t afford to bring lunches? Yup, they had to post a memo to forbid CoV employees from eating at the Soup Kitchen. All the while all the “leadership” were going on trips to Savannah, getting new cars and trucks and other things. the CoV is a real crap show as far as how they run things.

  2. What about Larry Hanson says:

    How much of a raise is Larry Hanson getting? Up to a quarter million a year from the 200000 he makes now? OUTRAGEOUS!

    • Eric "Da Blacksheep" TrixNDix says:

      Yea, he is pulling 250k down because he was upset that the CoV utility employees and public safety are getting raises. He made sure he and Henry Hicks got theirs….

  3. Citizen says:

    The fire hydrant in my yard is incased in rust, nature is reclaiming my street. I can’t drink coffee on my ride to work in the morning because the roads are ragged riddled with pot holes . Sewage overflows into the river so I can’t fish in them when I seldom have a day off. Two houses were broken into in my neighborhood this year. I have received warnings the city water has been unsafe to drink because of bacteria levels. And you want %27 more from me? Let me try half ***ing my job and asking my boss for a %27 raise and see how that works.