Dear Editor: Commissioners Mort Ewing and Tim Fleming need to get with the program and raise the millage rate. It’s just common sense that if the property tax revenues are reduced, the millage rate must go up to make up for the deficit. I know its hard for politicians to ‘raise taxes,’ but I believe most homeowners would rather pay the few extra dollars (not really more than we’ve been paying, due to decreased valuation of our homes) and maintain the standard and level of services here in Newton County. When (and if) the property valuation returns to previous levels, the board can take another look and see if we need to decrease the millage rate. From what I’ve heard, however, Newton County’s millage rate is a couple points below surrounding counties.