Paying for 'Fayette's Folly'
In 2012, after their election as county commissioners, Al Ambrosini and Vince Zapotosky voted to raise the millage rate from 3.51 mills to 4.51 miles. One mill may sound like a small amount, but it equals $4 million of property owners' money. The one-mill increase was a 28 percent tax increase, which was more than enough to balance the budget that year.
In 2013, the same 4.51 rate was used, which brought in another $4 million of property owners' money.
For this year's budget, 4.51 mills was used again to bring into the county the same amount.
Question: Was this tax increase done for a reason? Yes it was. The extra money in the budget would be used to finance “Fayette's Folly” — the new prison — without a massive tax increase to fund the debt obligation.
The existing jail over the years has received very little, if any, upgrades. Why would “We, the People” think the new facility will receive any better maintenance? The new facility is a $60 million mistake waiting to happen.
How many property owners will make the decision to sell their properties due to rising property taxes because of the actions of Fayette County commissioners Ambrosini and Zapotosky?
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