What do the Board of Commissioners, Watkinsville City Council and Oconee County Schools have in common this summer? Tax hikes.

Despite reducing the millage rate from 17 mills to 16.5 mills this year, the school system is imposing a tax increase of 3.4 percent. That will translate to $74.93 for a home with a fair market value of $350,000. 

The Oconee Enterprise incorrectly stated last week that the BOE avoided a tax hike because the millage rate had been reduced. In truth, property assessments went up so much this year that even lowering the millage rate by half a mill couldn’t prevent higher taxes imposed on homeowners. 

State required public hearings will be held at the Superintendent’s Office, 34 School Street, today at 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. and on Aug. 12 at 5 p.m. 

The BOC tax-hike hearings will be held at the Oconee County Courthouse Aug. 6 at 6 p.m., Aug. 27 at 11 a.m. and Aug. 27 at 5:30 p.m. 

For more on this story, see the Aug. 1 edition of The Oconee Enterprise, on sale now at convenience stores and grocery stores and newspaper boxes throughout Oconee County. To subscribe, call (706) 769-5175 or visit the tab on our website. 

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