Laurel property taxes to rise by 4 mills

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.

A mill represents $1 in taxes for each $1,000 of assessed property value.