The Carrollton City Council took less than 10 minutes Wednesday night to unanimously vote to keep the millage rate at 4.62 mills. By keeping the millage rate the same as it was in 2015, property owners will see a 2.10 percent increase in their taxes.
“If we were to roll back, it would save a $100,000 property $3 per year from what it is now,” said City Manager Tim Grizzard. “It would save a $200,000 home $7 and it would save a half-a-million dollar home $19 per year, so its minutiae.”
Ward 2 Councilman Met Lane said he only had one constituent who expressed a desire for a rollback, noting that the individual had a large inventory of single-family rentals. Lane said he saw only one person show up curing the City Council’s public hearings to express concerns. He’s not certain why the hearings weren’t attended by more residents.
“I feel like we’ve publicized it,” said Lane. “We haven’t done anything in secret or behind closed doors. What more can we do? I feel like the public was aware of what we the meetings.”
“I just would like the minutes to note that nobody was calling me grumbling about anything,” said Mayor Walt Hollingsworth after the meeting. “We’re still two mills short of anybody else in the county and we have the largest populous. We’ll see what happens next year when they get through reappraising all the businesses and maybe we’ll be lucky enough next year to roll it back some.
“This year we had to pretty much stay where we were just to see where we were going to be maybe next year this time. As for the turnout, we had one gentleman come in to the meeting last Wednesday and voice his opinion he was well received and had some viable points. But for a $100,000 house to be just three bucks up, its not like it’s killing people. You can’t even go to McDonald’s and get a meal for that.
City Financial Director Jim Triplett said the city could gain between $250,000 to $300,000 extra to add to the general fund and real estate property tax with the millage set where it is.
As for the lack of public interest in attending the hearings, Triplett said that he felt the 2.10 percent increase was not significant enough to generate outcry from the public.
“We’ve advertised it, we’ve released it, and we’ve put it on the city website,” said Triplett. “I think typically if you’re keeping it the same or there is very little increase, public interest is probably going to be minimal. You get people out when you raise it at a really high level. If we were going to raise it a mill or two, then we might have had a room full of people. That’s the only explanation that I could probably think of.”