By Nick Nunn staff writer

The Rutledge City Council is proposing to adopt a millage rate of 3.734 mills, which is an increase of .566 mills over the rollback millage rate of 3.168 mills. The adoption of the millage rate of 3.734 mills, combined with an increase of more than $3,000,000 in the Rutledge gross tax digest from 2013 to 2014 will create a net tax increase of more than $11,800, reflecting a 21.54 percent increase over the taxes collected under the 2013 rate. The gross tax digest for Rutledge increased from roughly $16,000,000 in 2013 to more than $19,100,000 in 2014. The taxable value of real and personal property in Rutledge increased approximately $3,200,000 from 2013 to 2014, while motor home values in the city dropped from more than $898,000 to around $773,000 and mobile home values in the city dropped almost $300 during the same time period. A press release from the city of Rutledge announcing a “proposed property tax increase,” said that the city must compute a rollback rate, which “will produce the same total revenue on the current year’s digest that last year’s millage rate would have produce had no reassessments occurred.”

The release also states that three public hearings are to be held before the adoption of a millage rate over the rollback rate, which would create a tax increase. The first of these hearings will be held on July 10 at 11 a.m. at Rutledge City Hall, 112 Martha Lane, Rutledge. The second will take place on July 10 at 6 p.m. at the same location. The final public hearing will take place just before the adoption of the millage rate on July 21 at 6 p.m. at the Rutledge City Hall.