Lynn Haven Lowers Property Tax Levy

Spurred on by several government decisions to drop property taxes, Lynn Haven homeowners filled City Hall Tuesday evening, trying to get a break from their city commissioners.

Homeowner William Higgins called for the commission to lower the tax millage.

“Here are people with no extra income and you're going to throw an extra cost in their life that they can't afford to have."

Linda Day told the commission to be fair.

"It's easy for you because we pay you. You can get up there and say any amount you want is fair."

Lynn Haven commissioners had originally planned to lower the millage rate by one tenth of a mil, but those homeowner who kept hammering away at commissioners, demanding an even greater cut finally got what they wanted.

Two motions failed before Mayor Walter Kelley made a motion to lower the rate by three quarters of a mill. Even that met with opposition.

"I'd like to pass the gavel and make a motion for a 3.25 millage levy.”

Commissioner Antonius "Gen" Barnes was against the cut.

"Now we have to make a decision, okay, what services are we going to cut out and two, what employees are we going to lay off?"

The new 3.25 millage rate passed by a 3 to 2 vote. On a $100,000 house with $25,000 homestead exemption, that will save owners about $56 a year.