For those not paying sufficient attention, around the nation cities/counties have been declaring bankruptcy, around the state cities/counties/schools have been proposing large property-tax increases or starting to saw bones off their operational skeletons.
With budget-setting just completed for the next year, once again all Greater Rome operations have kept millage rates at the same level despite a falling overall property digest value and sales taxes revenues far from as robust as in the past. That is three years in a row!
That’s not to say they haven’t done some painful things to keep from raising taxes, including to their employees, but it is remarkable how their vigilance and frugality have managed the common household budget thus far.
Both Floyd and Rome haven’t added a thousandth of a dollar to taxes for three straight years and managed, with a struggle, to live within their means.
Let’s pray all their constituents have been managing as well. If not, perhaps local governments should offer to start teaching free household budgeting classes for citizens.