Anderson County residents can expect tax bill increases

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By Stan Welch
Anderson County Council was informed Tuesday night that the tax levy, prior to adjustment for the county’s debt service, will be 82.7 mills in the coming budget year. The final levy, and the value per mill, will be set by the auditor later this month. The auditor’s office makes the adjustment for the debt service, and also factors in the impact of any municipal increases, as well as the school districts’ budgets.
Jacky Hunter, County Auditor, told The Journal that his office will meet the Sept. 25th deadline for setting the levy and the value of the mill. He added that with several municipalities raising their millage, and the schools likely to raise theirs as well; coupled with the county administration’s proposed use of general obligation bond revenues, the total increase in millage could approach from five to seven mills.
In other business, County Council approved a $5.4 million lease/purchase program to replace vehicles from several departments. The bulk of the replacements will take place in the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office fleet. They also approved the sale of $2.8 million worth of solid waste system revenue bonds, to be used in expanding the Starr C&D landfill, which is just a few years away from reaching capacity. $375,000 of the revenues will be spent to purchase a new cardboard baler to be used at the municipal recovery facility.
The Council also approved a resolution authorizing the application to the State Fiscal Accountability Authority for authorization to issue $28.75 million in special source revenue bonds.