After two public hearings during which only one taxpayer, so far, has said anything, Columbus Council will hold its last state-mandated "Taxpayer Bill of Rights" hearing during its regular Tuesday meeting at 9 a.m.
The hearings are required not because the city's raising property taxes (it's not), but because growth in the tax digest, the measure of all taxable property in the city, has increased. That means growth and development is increasing the overall property tax revenue.
Georgia law requires that city leaders hold three public hearings when that happens.
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Also Tuesday, council is to adopt a $210.7 million city budget for the 2009 fiscal year that begins July 1.