“I want to provide some help to residents who continue to struggle in the midst of these tough economic times,” Heiskell said.
The millage rate for county residents living in the unincorporated areas of Walker County will remain constant at 4.835, while the incorporated areas will decrease slightly from 7.196 to 7.195.
Many residents still face difficulties finding employment or are underemployed due to the recession that continues to grip most of the country, she said.
“I know people are struggling, and I hope this will come as welcomed news to those who are,” Heiskell said.
Although the commissioner has elected to keep the millage rate steady, Walker County is facing a shortfall in revenues from property taxes for 2012.
“Our current property values are down according to our tax digest. We expect to bill about $200,000 less than last year,” said Greg McConnell, Walker County chief financial officer.
The gross digest from the Walker County Assessor’s Office shows a decrease in property valuation of about $6.5 million in the unincorporated portions of the county.
“This means we will have less money for the county budget to operate off of in the coming year due to having no other means or sources to offset this decrease,” McConnell said.
When asked how the county will operate with less revenue, Heiskell said, “We 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 Sept. 27 at 10:30 a.m. at the commissioner’s office in LaFayette.
Property tax notices are set to go out to property owners on Oct. 20.