Fulton County cuts can't prevent tax levy's rise
The average county tax levy rate is going up 8.2 percent in the proposed 2013 budget for Fulton County, despite plans to cut appropriations.
According to a statement from Fulton County Budget Director Alice Kuntzsch, the county's appropriations are going down about $4.3 million, but they're also losing almost $3 million in state and federal aid compared to 2012. These factors contributed to an an increase in the average county tax levy rate that will equate to about 95 cents more per $1,000 of assessed valuation.
A full copy of the budget, including a message from Kuntzsch, can be found below. A full story on the proposed budget can be found HERE.
The county's budget is operating under the second year of the "Fulton County Survival Strategy," which was laid out in 2011 to help address the recession and state mandates. Kuntzsch notes in her message that "This plan laid out an organized financial plan to scale back county government and to confront deficits anticipated during the next three to five years."
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