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Avery Taxes Up 3.5 Cents PDF Print
Written by Annie Rutenberg/Steve Frank   
Wednesday, 20 June 2012 05:24

The call went out to fire and emergency responders over radios Monday to have all available manpower make an appearance at the Avery Commission meeting as commissioners worked to approve a new budget.  It appeared no one was happy with the budget—the commissioners, who faced raising taxes, the departments, who faced even personnel cuts and no raises, and the taxpayers, facing higher tax bills.  With the room filled to overflowing, as the process was explained in a PowerPoint presentation, how budget requests $7 million over the current year were pared to an amount still over 4 million above current levels. Ultimately the shortfall was pared to an increase of $1.7 million, with commissioners pointing to falling sales tax and falling property tax revenues and foreclosures dropping revenues. Avery Commissioners were forced to make a 3% cut across the board—that pared from 5%--with no one was happy with the outcome. Taxes for Avery residents will increases 21/2 cents to 351/2 cents per $100 dollar valuation, and fire taxes will increase 1 cent ($0.05) per $100 dollar valuation. Overall tax rate increases to for Avery taxpayers will be 40 1/2 cents ($0.405) per $100 dollars valuation—still the 14th lowest tax rate currently in the state.


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