As predicted, overall property values in Dickson County decreased over the last six years, meaning property tax rates across the county will be going up to generate the same amount of tax dollars as last fiscal year. Assessor of Property Gail Wren informed the county and municipalities Monday afternoon of the certified tax rates that the state has established following the six-year reappraisal program. For Dickson County, the new certified rate is $2.93, an increase of eight cents over the current $2.85 rate. The new rate for the city of Dickson is 92.9 cents, an increase from 90 cents. The town of Burns saw the biggest hike as its rate went from 66 cents to 69.42 cents. White Bluff’s proposed property tax rate rose from 43.97 cents to 45.61 cents. Charlotte’s certified rate is 18.24 cents, an increase from 17 cents. Vanleer’s tax rate rose from 6.84 cents to 7.06 cents. Slayden, the county’s smallest town, does not have a municipal property tax. Wren said this is the first time she has seen overall property values decrease, causing the certified rates to increase in her 43 years working in the assessor’s office. The certified rate for the county was higher than anticipated, causing Mayor Bob Rial to ask the county commission to postpone setting a new rate until July 15 while he works on reducing the anticipated amount. The Charlotte Town Council approved a tax rate of 18.16 cents on first reading at its June meeting and can either amend it up on second reading later this month or leave it as is. The White Bluff Town Council set its new rate at 45.61 cents on first reading Tuesday night. The city of Dickson has approved its new budget and will hold a special session July 15 to approve the new tax rate on first reading. The towns of Burns and Vanleer are still working on their budgets.