2017-10-11 / Front Page

City meeting

The Blakely City Council adopted an ordinance at a special meeting Thursday setting the city’s millage rate at 4.25 mills.

The council adopted a resolution at their Sept. 5 meeting increasing the city’s ad valorem tax from 3.25 mills to 4.25 mills. The resolution also provided for three hearings and Thursday’s special meeting to adopt the millage.

As the News reported last month the millage increase is necessary because of a recently discovered miscalculation of Early County’s Title Ad Valorem Tax on vehicles. The miscalculation has resulted in an overpayment of over $500,000 of the TAVT to the city since the tax was implemented by the state in 2013.

Commission chairperson June Merritt appeared before the council to present a proposed consolidation study approved last week by the Board of Commissioners. The proposal failed to receive a motion from the council.

Of three citizens scheduled to appear before the council, Lee Chapman of Birdsong Peanuts was the only one to show.

Chapman appeared before the council to continue discussion proposing allowing trucks on Arlington Street. The truck route issue remains a problem as no action was taken.

The council heard the first reading of an ordinance amending the city’s retirement plan.

An audit report was postponed as Will Geer was unable to attend the meeting. Also postponed was the purchase of new chlorinators as more information was needed on the bids.

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