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Public meeting gets heated in Farmersville over tax proposal

A home valued at about $100,000 would experience an annual increase of about $837. (WICS)

There was a heated public hearing in Farmersville Thursday as a 400 percent property tax increase proposal was discussed.

The village said they need to increase taxes to cover everyday operations because of loss of funding from the state, increasing costs of insurance and businesses that have closed over the years.

Things got especially heated when the village board tried to cut the public hearing short.

"I'm a tax paying citizen of this village," said Kevin Coleman, Farmersville resident. "I own two pieces of property in this village. You understand that? You're going to sit there and wave me on like you don't want to hear what I have to say? I pay taxes in this town just like everybody else so don't sit there in your holier than though attitude and waive me on like you're tired of listening to me."

The topic could be picked back up in December.

The village wants to increase property taxes from 0.279 percent to 1.116 percent.

A home valued at about $100,000 would experience an annual increase of about $837.

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