Waleska to mull lowering millage rate 17 percent
by Joshua Sharpe
July 24, 2013 12:35 AM | 1626 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
WALESKA — Cherokee County’s least populated city is considering lowering its tax rate for fiscal 2014 by about 17 percent.

During the Waleska City Council meeting Monday night, City Manager Aimee Abernathy announced that the city would be considering lowering its millage rate at a council meeting in August.

Abernathy said the fiscal 2014 tax rate to be considered by the City Council on Aug. 5 will be 3.55 mills, which would be down from 4.278 mills in 2013.

Should the City Council adopt the new rate, homeowners in Waleska could expect to be charged $142 for every $100,000 in value their home has, before any exemptions. For a $200,000 home, the charge would be $284, which is down $58.24 from fiscal 2013.

Abernathy said the reduction was made possible by an unexpected $10,000 tax payment the city received from Atlanta Gas Light, which was incorrectly billed in 2012.

“That one parcel’s making a huge difference,” Abernathy said. “For a lot of municipalities, a $10,000 tax bill isn’t that big of a deal, but for us, that’s huge.”

The roll back being considered would help the city remain “close to” revenue neutral and will result in about $2,000 more in tax collection for the city, Abernathy said.

“Even though we’re going to roll it back, it will still increase our tax digest,” she said.

Mayor Doris Jones said Monday night she was pleased with the opportunity to lower the tax rate.

“It’s looking good,” Jones said. “My goodness, it’s looking good.”

Abernathy said the city’s fiscal year begins July 1, but final numbers on the tax digest weren’t ready in time to set the millage rate.

During the meeting Monday night, the City Council also:

• Unanimously approved handing out its first beer and wine pouring license to Eagle’s Nest Pizza, which is located in the former Front Porch Creamery location;

• Voted unanimously to open a checking account at United Community Bank for the city’s sanitation fund;

• Unanimously approved paying $5,500 a year for IT-in-a-box to help the city staff with computer services; and

• Voted unanimously to pay Welch, Walker and Associates for an audit.

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