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Smoke and mirrors

The much-discussed millage rate is a calculation that results from dividing the county budget by the digest.

Now we all know that the digest has been significantly reduced by the recently passed amendment that allows unlimited land to be placed in the conservation program, which results in greatly reduced appraised value.

So, if the digest is smaller, and the budget remains about the same, then the millage rate will be bigger.

The only way the commissioners can keep the millage rate the same is to reduce the budget. All the posturing about not raising the millage rate is smoke and mirrors. What the commissioners really control is the budget and that is where they should spend their time and effort. The millage rate does not determine your taxes, the budget does.

Sincerely,Clayton PenhallegonBainbridge, Ga.