Nobody showed up in the spring when Walton County held a public hearding on the 2018-19 budget.

The hearing, which started at 5 p.m., just wasn’t convenient people posted on Facebook when this newspaper reported the empty chamber.

Walton County and Loganville, both of which plan property tax increases, have scheduled their hearings on the tax hike at the end of this month or beginning of August. This time, people can’t claim an inconvenient time as an excuse for not attending.

Both governments have scheduled the three hearings at different times, as they must.

Walton County’s hearings will be July 30 at 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. and Aug. 7 at 5 p.m.

Loganville will hold its hearings Aug. 6 at 5:30 p.m. and Aug. 9 at 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.

We recognize property tax increases are never popular. Complaining on Facebook or to your neighbors isn’t the same as going before the board that wants to raise your taxes.

If you believe your taxes should not go up, then take a few minutes to attend one of these meetings and tell the men and women you elected how you feel.

Other than voting, this is the most direct way you can influence taxes.

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