Mill­age rate up, taxes not changed

The Covington News - - Front page - Tharon Gid­dens tgid­dens@cov­news.com

The prop­erty taxes paid by City of Ox­ford res­i­dents will ba­si­cally re­main un­changed next year, but the city’s mill­age rate will go from 6.28 to 7.06 mills to make up for de­clines in as­sessed val­ued.

The Ox­ford City Coun­cil on Mon­day in­for­mally agreed to the change, which will re­sult in col­lec­tion of $150,126 in rev­enue, or some $4,000 less than the pre­vi­ous fis­cal year. With­out the change, the city would col­lect $133,464 in rev­enue be­cause of the de­cline in as­sessed value.

The coun­cil will meet at 6 p.m. on July 18 in a called meet­ing to set the rate and will adopt the rate at its Au­gust meet­ing.

In other busi­ness, the coun­cil ap­pointed Jackie El­lis to the city plan­ning com­mis­sion. El­lis will fill the re­main­ing term of David Eady, who was named to the city coun­cil last month to fill the re­main­ing term of Sue Dale. El­lis will serve through 2012.

The city also dis­cussed Ox­ford Col­lege’s pro­posed changes to traf­fic pat­terns on cam­pus. The col­lege wants to make changes in­clud­ing a move of the stop for its com­muter bus to the main Emory cam­pus to stop on Hay­good Street in front of the ten­nis courts.

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