Cobb County Commissioners voted 3 to 2 to hold the line on the county's property tax rate after getting pushback from homeowners.
"I believe making sure we don't tax people out of their homes should be a priority," said Stephen Michael George, Jr. during Tuesday night's meeting.
Chairman Mike Boyce and Commissioner Lisa Cupid voted against the plan to hold the county's millage rate at 9.85 mills.
Boyce had proposed an increase of .13-mills to pay for parks promised in a parks bond approved by voters in 2008.
The proposal would have raised the tax bill on a home valued at $250,000 by about $13.
Many taxpayers opposed the plan when they saw their property tax assessments go up.
They saw the tax rate hike as a double whammy.
"There is too much money for unnecessary items and not enough for critical basic services," said Jan Barton, who addressed commissioners during the public comment portion of the meeting.
Commissioner Bob Ott suggested taking money from the county's economic development contingency fund to avoid the tax hike.
Commissioners warned that some services could be cut as a result of Tuesday night's vote.