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Millage rate cut possible for Warner Robins residents

WARNER ROBINS – City Council is eyeballing the lowest millage rate for Warner Robins residents in five years.

A millage rate of 9.247 was presented by Mayor Donald Walker during Monday’s pre-council work session, down from last year’s rate of 9.255.

Walker said the new rate would save taxpayers about $170,000.

“It will be less of a burden on the residents of Warner Robins,” Councilman Tom Simms Jr. said before announcing a motion to advertise the rate before it goes before the council for a vote.

The council unanimously passed the motion during its meeting Monday evening.

“People are always in mind,” Walker said.

“They’re struggling, having trouble paying their taxes. We’ve cut the millage 14 or 15 straight times, because we could.”

A mill is $1 for every $1,000 of taxable value for a home.

Under the proposed rate, a family living in a $100,000 home would pay $924.70 for the city’s portion of the millage rate.

While Warner Robins is looking to cut its millage rate, other local jurisdictions have voted to increase their rates to meet budget shortfalls.

In July, the Houston County Commission approved a rate of 10.45 mills, up a full mill over its previous rate. The Houston County Board of Education also increased its rate by .87 mills to 13.34 mills last month.

The proposed millage rate will be published in local newspapers before the vote of the new rate scheduled for Sept. 8.

POLICE HQ LOCATION UP TO COUNCIL

Gary Lee, executive director of the Warner Robins Redevelopment Agency, said city council was originally given three options for where to place the new police department building by a consulting firm last year. The council voted at its last meeting to approve a structure costing up to $9 million to be built atop Jimmy Perkins Field at Perkins Park, at Watson Boulevard and Mulberry Street. The location was one of the three returned by the consulting firm.

“They left it up to the council to make that (final) decision on where the facility should go,” Lee said.

The location and cost of the new building were a point of contention at the council’s last meeting, with several members saying they did not agree with the location and/or cost.

To contact writer Marlon A. Walker, call 256-9685.

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