Taxing thoughts and eye popping numbers

My eyes nearly popped out of my head when I saw the breakdown of the proposed budget for the city of Easley that was printed as a public notice in the Courier a few weeks ago.

The figure that had my heart palpitating was the percentage jump in the property tax revenue.

It called for a whopping 26.6 percent growth  — which I assumed to be attributable to development.


If that keeps up for another three years, Easley will be more than twice as big as it was last year — or something like that. At least that’s the way it appeared at first glance.

But the notice in the paper, while it told in the fine print what the millage rate would be in the proposed budget, it didn’t point out that the figure —

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