Lamar Lee

Mayor Lamar Lee of Walnut Grove addresses a meeting of the Walton County Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday, June 14, 2017, in Monroe.

WALNUT GROVE — The Walnut Grove mayor and City Council have begun advertising a proposed 6-mill property tax for residents.

The city has a tax digest of a little less than $26.7 million, and the tax should raise $160,111 in the 2018-19 fiscal year.

The proposed city tax on a home with a fair market value of $100,000 is about $240, or $228 with a homestead exemption. That homeowner also would pay $483.40 under the proposed Walton County property tax with the county fire district fee and without a homestead exemption.

The Walton County Board of Education approved a 21.6-mill tax in July.

Should the city tax pass, the total tax bill for a $100,000 house with a homestead exemption would be $1,508.03, or $1587.40 without it.

City officials said the tax will fund expenses including street maintenance and construction, sewerage plant costs, building maintenance, equipment, the park, eliminating debt, enhanced police protection through a contract with the Walton County Sheriff’s Office, code enforcement, the local library, sidewalks and zoning.

The City Council has set public hearings for Aug. 10, Aug. 24 and Sept. 14, all to begin at 7 p.m. in the Municipal Building at 1021 Park St.

A vote may be taken after the Sept. 14 meeting.

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