Tax Increase Gets Smaller
According to Facebook posts from Hanover council members Raye Morris and Heidi Hormel, the tax increase has been cut by one-third. Raye posted about a long session with the Finance Committee last night earlier, and Heidi just posted that the increase will be 1.01 mills, not 1.5. By my math, that’s about $167 for the average assessed property value of $167,000.
As I have said all along, I think everyone would like taxes to never go up, but I don’t find that realistic. I’m curious to find out where the cuts came from and also interested to hear that council will take a comprehensive look at the way things are done to try and avoid future increases.
That sounds like a better strategy than council making a late push to trim the budget because people feel there can be more fat trimmed from the document. I know they all do a lot of work on these things and don’t question anyone’s commitment. I just think the whole “well it’s been a long time since we raised taxes” became a little too easy to rely on.