Now we have the numbers, but the battle has only begun.Look for large crowds at the Government Center and Board of Supervisor meetings to protest the increases real estate assessments.
Under state law, Augustans must be made aware of the “equalization rate,” i.e., the tax rate that would be revenue neutral (depending on growth and inflation since 2005, it will likely be somewhere around 46 cents). Even before the number is revealed, Augustans need to make clear they expect the Board of Supervisors to enact the equalization rate: anything above equalization is a tax increase, period.
As I’ve said before, this isn’t just about Augusta. If taxpayers in one of the most Republican counties in the Commonwealth get hit up for a tax increase, the rest of the state is in real trouble.
If anyone on the Augusta Board of Supervisors will lead the fight for equalization of the real estate tax rate, it will probably be Pastures Supervisor Tracy Pyles (D).
As DJ writes:
So, even as we keep watch upon our own respective local governments, we must all keep a wary eye on Augusta, and make sure that all of the current Supervisors - Republican, Democrat, and Independent - are made aware that a tax increase and any ambitions beyond their home county are mutually exclusive.Stay tuned....