Por­terdale City Coun­cil dis­cusses in­creas­ing mill­age rate up to 4 mills

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Por­terdale will need to amend their 2010 bud­get in or­der to bal­ance it af­ter the to­tal as­sessed value of homes in Por­terdale de­creased 32.27 per­cent from 2009 to 2010 — leav­ing a bud­get hole of $103,617.22 for the re­main­der of FY10.

At Tues­day night’s work ses­sion, the coun­cil dis­cussed a roll­back rate and in­creases of 2, 3 and 4 mills. The town’s cur­rent mill­age rate is 9.156. A roll­back rate, or a mill­age rate that would al­low the town to col­lect the same amount in prop­erty taxes as it did the year be­fore even though the net di­gest is down, would be 13.518 mills.

City Man­ager Bob Thom­son pre­sented fig­ures to the coun­cil at Tues­day’s work ses­sion and re­minded them that the city has changed health in­surance plans to save money, has not filled two po­si­tions in the pub­lic works depart­ment and needs two more po­lice of­fi­cers based on the town’s crime rates. Po­lice Chief Wayne Digby con­firmed that ac­cord­ing to a for­mula de­vised by the Ge­or­gia As­so­ci­a­tion of Chiefs of Po­lice, Por­terdale was op­er­at­ing two of­fi­cers short.

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