Ever since Cobb County Commission Chairman Mike Boyce proposed hiking the millage rate of Georgia’s third most populous county from 9.85 to 9.98 mills, a taxpayer revolt broke out. Fueling citizen protests was the fact that the 2017 gross tax digest had attained its highest level ever at $33.66 billion — up 6.5 percent from last year.

The end result? On Tuesday, proponents Boyce and Commissioner Lisa Cupid lost. Commissioners Bob Ott, JoAnn Birrell and Bob Weatherford voted the hike down, thus keeping the overall millage rate steady for 2017. The three also opted to use $4 million of the $10 million in the county’s economic contingency fund to cover the 2017 budget. 

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