Curtis McGill of Snellville told the forum that his assisted living business in Lawrenceville has suffered through the economic downturn. A property tax increase, he said, would be the death knell for many other businesses that are just hanging on.
Peter Henrickson of unincorporated Duluth accused the commission of deceiving residents.
The county's mill levy — its assessment against property — has declined by about 40 percent since 1996. And, the county points out, those reductions account for $839 million in revenue kept in property owners' pockets.
But Henrickson said increases in population and valuations more than made up for that loss, and county government has continued to grow. "I thought you were Republicans," he said.