Haywood County Considering Significant Tax Hike

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Haywood County property owners could be asked to pay 10 percent more on their tax bill, if commissioners approve the measure next month. County Mayor Franklin Smith said a tax hike is almost ‘unavoidable’ at this point. The two major debts currently facing the county include the new $15 million Criminal Justice Complex and renovations to Haywood County High School. In addition, county departments have been asked to slash their budgets by an additional 5 percent. At the same time, Sheriff Melvin Bond has asked commissioners to provide more deputies to staff the new, larger jail. Mayor Smith said he does not think all 10 deputies will be approved, but he does expect some additions to be made. The final budget, including the total amount needed for each department, has not been officially submitted.

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