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Fulton County Commissioner Asks To Vote Again On Millage Rate

The millage rate just approved in Fulton County would result in an extra $20 million being collected, according to Fulton Commissioner Bob Ellis.
The millage rate just approved in Fulton County would result in an extra $20 million being collected, according to Fulton Commissioner Bob Ellis.

A Fulton County commissioner is calling for a re-vote on the county’s new millage rate.

Fulton Commissioner Bob Ellis said commissioners decided not to set a millage rate higher than what’s needed to fund the county’s budget. The max rate of 9.98 mills means there would be no surplus.

At their Wednesday meeting, commissioners approved a new rate of 10.2 mills. Ellis said that would result in an extra $20 million being collected.

So now, he’s asking to vote again, but this time on the original number they agreed on. He said approving the higher rate is misleading to the public.

“After all those public hearings were closed down, then and only then was it ever brought up that we would consider a measure that would result in a rate that’s higher than what we said we were going to do,” Ellis said.

He said the public gave their comments under the idea that the millage rate would be 9.98 mills. The vote on the higher rate represents a 6 percent tax increase according to Ellis, and is illegal to pass without comments from the public.

Fulton County Chairman Robb Pitts said in a statement the rate of 10.2 mills that was approved by the board is what’s needed to fund the budget.

He said it will allow the county to continuously lower the millage rate through 2022.

This report has been updated.