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Tax increase approved; Mayor Harvey speaks against increase

Glynn County Board of commissioners approves tax increase and Mayor Harvey speaks against the increase as a “double tax” on Brunswick citizens.

The Glynn County Board of Commissioners conducted their final public hearing to increase the millage rate on Thursday.

Mayor Cornell Harvey spoke against the increase of the millage rate citing that it double taxes Brunswick citizens and the City may seek a legal remedy against the increase related to the fire fund. Harvey also stated that the City would review and consider previous amounts paid to the county fire fund in the legal remedy.

The Board voted 5-2 to increases taxes by adopting the 1.71 millage rate increase for operations, public safety, and maintenance in addition to adopting a 0.42 millage rate to increase for the fire fund. This increase is a 33 percent increase from the previous rate which equates to an eight percent overall increase to all six county tax districts.

During earlier meetings on the current fiscal year budget approval process, the County voted for a 10 percent pay increase for public safety officers as well as new hires along with rising health care contributions under the Affordable Care Act.

Commissioners Bob Coleman and Mark Stambaugh voted against the tax increase.

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