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Liberty looking at millage increase
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The Liberty County Commission is planning to increase property taxes and will hold the first of three public hearings at noon Tuesday, Nov. 3. The amount of the hike will range from 5.68 percent inside the city limits of Hinesville to 7.71 percent in Liberty’s six smaller municipalities. 

A home with a fair market value of $100,000 and no homestead exemption will pay $31.80 more in taxes if located in Hinesville. The same home in the unincorporated area of the county will pay $41.88 more. The increase will be $43.60 in the six smaller cities: Allenhurst, Flemington, Gumbranch, Midway, Riceboro and Walthourville. 

The differences occur to prevent taxpayers from being billed twice for the same government service. Residents of Hinesville, for example, receive fire protection paid for by their city taxes. Their rate is reduced so that they do not also pay Liberty County for fire protection. 

 The proposed higher millage rates will be 16.30 mills in the unincorporated county, an increase of 1.047; in Hinesville the raised millage will be 14.80, up by 0.795; and the six small municipalities will pay 16.30 mills, up by 1.090. 

After the noon Tuesday hearing Nov. 3 the commissioners will hold a second public hearing as part of their regular first-Tuesday-of-the-month session starting that day at 6 p.m. 

Three public hearings are required by state law and the commissioners have scheduled the third hearing as part of their regular session Thursday, Nov. 19 at 5 p.m.  The commission normally meets on the third Thursday of each month. 

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