Posted: Thursday, June 12th 2014 at 9:00pm
Hall County Commission takes public comment on proposed budget
By Brian Stewart Staff
GAINESVILLE, GA - The Hall County Commission allowed citizens to give their input on a proposed $90.6 million budget for fiscal year 2015.
The one common theme: asking the commission to lower the millage rate. Nobody took the podium who was in favor of keeping the current millage rate of 6.25.
According to Commissioner Craig Lutz's unofficial count, 11 people spoke in favor of lowering the millage rate to 5.989.
"There is no reason to keep the millage rate where it is," said Douglas Aiken of Murrayville. "Just put 20 or 30 dollars back in people's pockets."
Property owners can appeal the appraisal of their property, which several members of the crowd said they have done on an annual basis.
Ron House is a teacher at Chestatee Academy, and he said he's appealed his property's appraisal value successfully two years in a row.
"I have a dock on my property that the appraiser added into the value of my home," said House. "That dock is mobile, and if I decide to move I can take it with me. It doesn't stay with the home."
Other items he owns that he says were included in the value of his property included a swimming pool and a gazebo he bought at a hardware store.
The commission will take input at its meetings on June 23 and 26.
COMMISSION RECOGNIZES DEPUTY
Deputy Travis Turner was recognized for his outstanding work on domestic violence cases.
He received a standing ovation from the audience.
COMMISSION DECLARES OLYMPIC DAY
The Commissioners declared June 14 as Olympic Day in Hall County.
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