Last December, the Thomaston City Council passed a 2014 budget that included a 6.5 percent utility increase and a prediction by City Manager Patrick Comiskey that the city would have to increase its tax millage rate by two mills. By the end of August, that prediction will come true.
At a called meeting of the council Friday, Comiskey advised them that with property values down slightly more than expected, the increase may be more along the lines of 2.02 mills.’
“With the roll up of the millage rate being about half a percent less than it was last year, to do the 2 mill on top of the roll up would be moving the rate to a 2.02 mill increase. Our current property tax rate is 3.84, so that will move it up to 5.86,” said Comiskey.
Comiskey said there will also be a different look to the tax bills that are sent out.
“One of the things that is going to be different this time is when people see their property tax bill, there is going to be a section for the joint projects, it will be broken out on their bill.”
City Attorney Joel Bentley explained just what people will see on their tax bills.
“What you will see is a reduced county millage rate, because a portion of the previous millage that had been taxed generally across the board, that are now in the unincorporated tax district will be reduced there, and also, the general millage for the joint projects will be pulled out and will also be in a separate city/county millage rate. So what you’ll see on the city side is, of course, the school tax, the city’s straight millage rate for the city projects, and then the general fund county millage rate, and the millage rate for the joint projects.”
Comiskey stated the city is still working on the joint projects list with the county and did not expect a final joint project rate until next week.
He went on to state that the city will hold a set of public hearings to allow residents to voice their concerns. The current schedule is the first meeting will be Wednesday, Aug. 13 at 12 p.m., the second one Thursday, Aug. 14 at 6 p.m., the third one Aug. 20 at 12 p.m., and the fourth one, where the council will actually adopt the property tax rate, will be Thursday, Aug. 21, at 12 p.m.