Houston County’s financial conundrum

Houston County News January 06, 2016•  Justin Zmyewski county commissioner, District 2

Managing our money, spending and saving wisely should be a mission for all of us – yet the Houston County tax levy has increased by approximately 116 percent since 2005, more than five times the national inflation rate within the same time frame.

County taxes continue to rise – yet the U. S. Census Bureau numbers show that the average household income in Houston County fell by about 7 percent in the past decade. Taking control of taxpayer dollars starts with a budget, yet over the past 10 years, the county has spent an average of over $300,000 dollars a year more than it has.

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