Chiefland to see higher taxes next fiscal year

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By Mark Scohier, Staff writer

Taxes will be going up in Chiefland for the next fiscal year.

Commissioners voted unanimously Monday night to raise the millage rate by about 26 percent from 4.75 mills to 6 mills, the first rate increase the city has seen in years.

The new rate is not, technically, a tax hike. It's a roll back rate that aims to keep things even by adjusting for falling property values. In years past, commissioners failed to adopt a roll back rate, which amounted to tax cuts that have put the city in financial trouble.

A mill represents $1 per $1,000 of assessed property value, so, as an example, a tax payer owning property assessed at $100,000 would pay about $600 in taxes.

This rate is down from the 6.27 mills tentatively suggested in earlier meetings. Commissioner Chris Jones, after talking to area business owners since the last meeting, was the first to suggest a drop in the tentative rate Monday night.

"I'm, personally, at 6.0," he said.

Commissioners later voted that the $34,000 difference in city coffers from the drop from tentative rate to actual rate would come out of the city's contingency fund.

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