Commissioners Pass Tax Increase

Taxes are going up in Baldwin County.


In a called meeting Wednesday, the Baldwin County Commission raised the millage rate to 10.5 mils from 9.83.


In a party line vote, the board’s three republicans, commissioners Henry Craig, Sammy Hall and Johnny Westmoreland supported the increase. They said raising taxes is necessary to cover the rising cost of delivering services including elections and public safety.


Democrats Kendrick Butts and Emily Davis opposed the proposal, saying the board should continue looking for ways of reducing the budget.


But Southwest Baldwin County Commissioner Sammy Hall invoked United States Congressman Carl Vinson saying the time to search for alternatives was over.


“We need to get the ox out of the ditch,” Hall said. “We’re in a financial situation; it’s necessary.”


The new rate equates to a roughly $35 tax increase on a non-homestead property valued at $100,000.


The new 10.5 mil rate will be in effect when residents pay their next property tax bill in November.