CFO Robert Porche said he received the latest numbers from the Cherokee County Tax Assessor’s Office on Monday afternoon, and based on that update, the city lost about $5 million in assessed values from the 550 appeals so far, and that there are 250 appeals pending.
“Our digest will fluctuate,” Porche said at the meeting. “Prior to the 2 o’clock email, we were still up 3.77 percent; after that increase in appeals we’re down to 3.18 percent. So our net digest is still up 3.18 percent.”
The millage rate last year was 7.889, the same as the 2014 proposed rate.
Porche said that he will have a more detailed breakdown at the next meeting on Aug. 19 at 7 p.m. at the Chambers at City Center. As of Monday night’s meeting, Porche had not received a breakdown of the digest of commercial versus residential properties.
Porche said he expects to see some sales tax growth from the new outlet mall sales, staring around September or October.
Public hearings for the millage rate are scheduled for the meetings on Aug. 19 and Aug. 26, and the council will vote on the millage rate on Aug. 26 at 7 p.m. at the Chambers at City Center.
Also during the meeting the council discussed:
• Mayor Donnie Henriques proclaimed “Support Our Seniors Day” as Aug. 24;
• The mayor recognized Building Official Duane Helton for his contributions;
• Approved a sign variance for Watermarke Church for a temporary “coming soon” sign;
• Denied a sign variance request to increase the size of a Flash Foods sign on Highway 92 by 50 square feet;
• Approved an alcohol license for Knucklehead Saloon on Main Street;
• Approved the disposal of surplus vehicles via online auction;
• Approved amending the Council Policy Manual for Volunteer Policy;
• Approved a contract with Emery & Garrett Groundwater Investigations, authorized phase III to explore for water with a test well drilling;
• Approved a budget amendment to purchase a new laptop from Wal-Mart;
• Approved transferring SPLOST IV money from Fiscal Year 2013 reserves for the remainder of the Station 10 build-out;
• Approved a budget amendment to allow for the hiring of a position;
• Approved the first reading for an amendment on Testing of the Personnel Ordinance; and
• Approved the first reading of a Personnel Ordinance Amendment.