BOC holds public hearing on millage rate Thursday


DAWSONVILLE, Ga. – Dawson County citizens are invited to express their opinions when the Board of Commissioners holds the first of three public hearings on setting the millage rate Thursday at 6 p.m. in the Administration Building at 25 Justice Way.

Commissioners have publicly announced their intention to leave the current millage

rate unchanged at 8.138 mills, or 0.745 mills above the rollback rate which would have allowed he county to generate the same tax revenue as last year. Setting the millage rate above the rollback rate requires commissioners to hold three public hearings. The second hearing is scheduled for Aug. 9 at 4 p.m. The third and final hearing is set for Aug. 16 at 6 p.m.

The proposed tax increase for a home with a fair market value of $250,000 is approximately $74.50 and the proposed tax increase for non-homestead property with a fair market value of $200,000 is approximately $59.60.

Commissioners are expected to approve a request by the sheriff’s office to purchase two 2019 Chevrolet Tahoes from Hardy Chevrolet for a total of $72,870, one 2018 Dodge Charger from Akin Ford Corp. for $23,178 and one 2018 F150 from Allan Vigil Ford for $29,515. The total expenditure for all vehicles is $125,563.

The Board is also expected to approve Phase 1 of the three phase county wide computer replacement program. The total estimated cost for 2018 is $145,000 with funds coming from SPLOST VI. The total estimated cost for the three-year period is $435,000.

The Sheriff’s Office is also asking commissioners to approve a new professional services contract that will extend the number of years the contract for  can be extended from two one-year renewals to four one-year renewals.

Former Keep Dawson County Beautiful Executive Director Robbie Irvin has asked that Kara Wilkins be appointed as the new executive director with an annual salary of $5,000 to supplement to her current salary.



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