By Michael V. Hannigan
The News Staff
ATHENS — The Athens City Council is proposing a 3-cent increase to the ad valorem tax rate for the 2012-13 budget year.
If approved in September, the city tax rate will go from .600387 per $100 valuation to .630387. The proposal came after city officials met in extensive budget workshops last week at the Athens Training Center.
“We really didn’t want to raise taxes at all this year if we could possibly get by without it, but the need for a fire truck was there … and certain other capital items that we could not cut enough out of the budget to pay for,” Mayor Randy Daniel said. “It was a last resort so to speak. It wasn’t done lightly, I can tell you that.”