Commissioners OK smaller increase, seek revised spending plan

After holding the required three public hearings, adopting a new millage rate is usually just a formality, a foregone conclusion.

But that wasn’t the case with the White County Board of Commissioners after their third and final hearing on July 30. They were expected to adopt a proposed new rate of 11.25 mills, which would have been an increase of about 15 percent over the previous rate of 9.998 mills.

During the public hearings, county officials had explained that an increase in revenue was needed for two main reasons: the addition of several new positions (including parks and recreation personnel to staff the new Yonah Preserve), and an across-the-board salary increase, which they felt was necessary in order to attract and retain qualified employees.

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