Millage increase will fund county road maintenance

Quorum court voted to increase millage to fund road maintenance.
Quorum court voted to increase millage to fund road maintenance.((Source: KAIT-TV))
Published: Dec. 18, 2018 at 5:44 PM CST
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GREENE COUNTY, AR (KAIT) - A Greene County millage increase is all about roads.

The Greene County quorum court voted Dec. 17 to raise the county general millage from 2.6 to 3.6.

But that one mil increase will go directly to road maintenance.

For Greene County residents, that means a $20 increase per every $100,000 assessed property evaluation.

It’s something Greene County representatives said they’ve been trying to put off as long as possible.

But County Judge Rusty McMillon said at this point it's either take care of the paved roads they have or go back to gravel.

“When you get a paved road, you have certain expectations about that and the maintenance does not go away,” McMillon said. “When you start having failure on those paved roads and the wear and tear of traffic, you’re forced to deal with it. But that comes with money and you’ve got to have money to take care of that road.”

The millage will take effect for the 2019 tax year.

Because the millage is under 5.0, the quorum court was able to vote on the increase without a vote from the entire county.

But McMillon said the quorum court did not make this decision lightly.

He said they will continue exploring new ways to increase revenue and possibly lower that millage back down in the future.

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