By Austin Bishop

Kemper County Messenger

Kemper County taxpayers could be paying less in ad valorem taxes on their homes and automobile tags this coming year.

According to a proposed budget that the Kemper County Board of Supervisors is set to present to the public on Sept. 15, the millage rate is dropping from 95 mills to 90 mills.

However, due to an increase in the value of a mill, the county's budget is actually expected to increase by almost $2.5M for fiscal year 2016.-17.

The proposed budget is set at $22,830,078 with $15,702,215 of that being financed through ad valorem taxes. Last year the beginning operating budget was $20,394,301, with $11,954,472 coming from ad valorem taxes. The 2015-16 fiscal year saw 58.62 percent of the operating budget coming from ad valorem taxes, while 68.78 percent of the budget will come from those taxes during the 2016-17 fiscal year.

The hearing is set for the courtroom on the second floor of the Kemper County Courthouse in DeKalb, beginning at 5 p.m. The public is invited to attend, but last year less than 10 citizens were present for the hearing. After the hearing, the board of supervisors is expected to approve the budget.

During the hearing a breakdown of the proposed budget, including where revenues are derived from and expected expenditures, will be presented to those in attendance. At the conclusion of the presentation the general public is allowed to ask questions.