Mitchell Budget Includes Tax Increase

Mitchell Commissioners have voted to raise the property tax in the county for the first time since 2010. The Commissioners approved the 2014-15 budget which includes a tax increase to 53 cents per $100 of property value, up from the previous rate of 40 cents per $100 of value. The budget also includes the hiring of two new social workers to meet state mandates as well as a large increase in the county’s growing jail cost which have increased from over $230,000 in 2009-2010 to over $860,000 in 2013-2014. The new tax rate puts Mitchell County below the state average of 64 cents per $100 of value but one cent above the average of the 27 counties in WNC.

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