Bibb homeowner discusses tax increase: 'I'm scared'

Bibb Co. garbage fee and property tax impact

On Tuesday, Bibb commissioners could override a veto made by Mayor Robert Reichert after he vetoed an ordinance that commissioners approved to keep garbage bills quarterly.

Six commissioners would have to vote against that veto to keep people from paying their garbage bills annually.

For six years, Susan Poole says she has lived in her Bibb County home.

“I’m scared. I’m really scared. I honestly don't know what I’m going to do,” said Poole.

She says soon she may have to call somewhere else home.

“I know I can’t do anything of the three mill increase. I’ve got to suck it up and pay it, but I don't know how to pay the garbage bill on top of that three mill,” said Poole.

Poole lives on a strict budget because her only income is from a retirement check and a small paycheck from a part-time job.

“I had $306 left over after I paid my bills. That $306 paid for my gas, it paid for my medicine and it paid for my groceries,” said Poole.

She says she does not know where she is going to get the money to pay an annual garbage bill on top of higher property taxes.

“It’s just too much at one time. It really is,” said Poole.

13WMAZ’s Mary Grace Shaw sat down with Poole to take a look at how the three mills will change her property taxes.

The county sent her a letter saying in 2017 she owed $200.12 in property taxes. That is including the homestead exemption.

With the new millage rate, Poole would owe $241.09 in county taxes, so she will have to pay about $41 more dollars each year in property taxes. 

Poole will also have to pay $300 for this year's garbage fee which the mayor says people do not have to pay until the end of March 2018.

“There’s got to be a better way to even this out, so it’s not such a heavy burden on everybody,” said Poole.

The Mayor says adding solid waste fees to property tax bills could help increase collection rates, but Poole says she does not understand why she has to be penalized for those who do not pay.

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