Bibb County Board of Education holds hearing for property tax increase

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MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – The Bibb County Board of Education wants to increase property taxes so that school employees can get a raise.

They are seeking $2 million in revenue, an 11.15% property tax increase from the 2016 fiscal year.

Board members held their first of three public hearings Tuesday to field questions from the public. One man stood up in opposition, expressing his frustration with what he called, “non-stop” tax increases.

The board’s Chief Financial Officer, Ron Collier, says this tax increase is necessary to provide children with a better education. If approved, Collier says most school employees will receive a three percent raise as a result of the tax increase.

It would be the first teacher raise in Bibb County in more than six years.

The amount of property tax levied on Bibb County residents depends upon property value. A $100,000 home would warrant an annual property taxes increase of about $80 dollars. A $50,000 dollar home owner would pay about $40 more in annual property taxes.

There is one more public hearing regarding the property tax increase. It will be held August 16 at 6p.m. at the fourth floor board room at 484 Mulberry St.