published Thursday, September 13th, 2012

No property tax increase for Walker County this year

Walker County property owners won’t see a property tax increase in their tax bills this fall.

Sole Commissioner Bebe Heiskell said in a news release today that the millage rate for residents living in the unincorporated areas will remain constant at 4.835, while the rate in incorporated areas will decrease slightly from 7.196 to 7.195.

“I want to provide some help to residents who continue to struggle in the midst of these tough economic times,” Heiskell said in the release.

Because property values are down, the county will net about $200,000 less in property tax revenue this year than last, Walker County Chief Financial Officer Greg McConnell said in the release.

Heiskell said the county “will have to simply tighten our belts a little more as others have had to do during these tough times.”

The public hearing to formally set the millage rate is set for 10:30 a.m. Sept. 27 in Heiskell’s office in LaFayette.

Property tax notices will go out on Oct. 20.

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