No property tax increase for Walker County this year

No property tax increase for Walker County this year

September 13th, 2012 by Staff Report in Local - Breaking News

Bebe Heiskell

Bebe Heiskell

Photo by Laura Houston

Walker County property owners won't see a property tax increase in their tax bills this fall.

Sole Commissioner Bebe Heiskell said in a news release today that the millage rate for residents living in the unincorporated areas will remain constant at 4.835, while the rate in incorporated areas will decrease slightly from 7.196 to 7.195.

"I want to provide some help to residents who continue to struggle in the midst of these tough economic times," Heiskell said in the release.

Because property values are down, the county will net about $200,000 less in property tax revenue this year than last, Walker County Chief Financial Officer Greg McConnell said in the release.

Heiskell said the county "will have to simply tighten our belts a little more as others have had to do during these tough times."

The public hearing to formally set the millage rate is set for 10:30 a.m. Sept. 27 in Heiskell's office in LaFayette.

Property tax notices will go out on Oct. 20.