Politics & Government

Byron holds millage rate steady

BYRON -- The City Council has voted to hold Byron’s 2014 millage rate steady at 9 mills.

Councilman Mike Chumbley, chairman of the council’s Budget and Finance Committee, said council members voted unanimously. This marks the sixth year the rate has been at 9 mills, meaning no tax increase from the millage rate.

However, Chumbley said some residents could still see higher or lower tax bills based on any difference in the value of their property from last year as determined by Peach County officials.

Chumbley said he hopes residents will begin receiving city tax bills in early November, after the city receives the finalized tax digest from the county.

“The goal and responsibility of all of us, the mayor and all on the council, is to manage taxpayer dollars and maximize results,” Chumbley said. “Public safety is always our No. 1 priority, and we work hard along with all city department heads to get the greatest amount of service out of every dollar. It’s our job to provide department heads with the funds they need but we work hard to keep a handle on spending.”

Last year, at the same millage rate, City Administrator Derick Hayes said the city tax on a home valued at $100,000 would be about $360. Chumbley said that example holds true this year as well.

In other business Monday, Chumbley said the council:

heard a first reading of an ordinance making allowances for city water bill due dates that fell on weekends when city offices are closed;

confirmed the reappointment of Chris Hodges, Kenneth Walker and Louis Evans to the city’s planning and zoning board. Their terms run through Sept. 13, 2016.

Contact Michael W. Pannell at mwpannell@gmail.com.