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Morrow to hold hearings on tax increase

— Residents and business owners who will be impacted by a planned 2-mill property tax increase in Morrow can make their voices heard next week.

The Morrow City Council will hold two public hearings on the proposed increase, which will take the city’s millage rate to 9.5 mills. The first hearing will be held Monday at 11 a.m. at Morrow City Hall, 1500 Morrow Road. City officials will make their first presentation on the millage rate during that hearing. The city council does not discuss or vote on first presentation items.

The council will hold a second public hearing on the millage rate during its regular meeting Tuesday, at 7:30 p.m., at city hall. The council is not scheduled to vote on the millage rate at that meeting.

Officials expect the millage rate increase to bring in an additional $406,525 in property tax revenues and an extra $31,639 in vehicle tax revenues. Finance Director Dan Defnall said last month that the city’s only real options for balancing its budget were to raise taxes or cut personnel. More than half of Morrow’s employees work in public safety.