Laurel taxpayers, brace yourselves for a four-mill tax increase.
The city council voted in favor of the hike Tuesday night in order to build eight softball fields. The project is worth $6.4 million.
Mayor Melvin Mack says the decision reflects the city's progress.
"It's not just a softball field, but it's an investment for the future," he says. "We pay some now and get a lot later."
But Councilman Johnny Magee is against it. He says administrators could have found a more efficient way to build the ballfields.
"Laurel is taxed to death," he says.
Laurel property taxes and car tags are expected to go up next January.