August 6th , 2013 10:00 am Leave a comment

Balancing act means tax rate up, services cut

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The budget cycle has come and gone in Carter County and, for some county residents, it has been a bitter pill to swallow.

Many are aware that the Carter County Commission approved an 18-cent tax increase, putting the property tax rate at $2.33 for every $100 of a home’s value. Others may also be aware that, despite the increase, with few exceptions, services from county offices are being limited, or cut altogether.

Those individuals may find themselves asking a very basic question – why are services being reduced when the tax rate is going up?

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