On Monday night, the Waleska City Council voted unanimously to lower the city’s millage rate by nearly 17 percent.
The new rate for fiscal 2014 in Waleska will now be 3.55 mills, which is down from 4.278 mills in 2013.
Waleska Mayor Doris Jones said Tuesday that the development is a positive sign for the city.
“These days, we’re doing better in the city,” Jones said. “We’re moving forward.”
The reduction is in large part thanks to an unexpected tax payment the small city of about 600 residents has received from Atlanta Gas Light, Jones said.
City Manager Aimee Abernathy said Tuesday that the company was incorrectly billed in 2012 and didn’t mind settling up the amount owed, which was $10,000.
Abernathy said both the city of Waleska and its property owners will benefit from the City Council’s move to cut the millage rate.
“I think it will assist the property owners,” she said. “It’ll give some relief.”
And for the city, the rollback will help it to remain almost revenue neutral, resulting in about $2,000 more in tax collection for the year, Abernathy said.
With the fiscal 2014 millage rate adopted by the City Council, homeowners in Waleska can expect to be charged $142 for every $100,000 in value their home has, before any exemptions. For a $200,000 home, the charge would be $284, which is down $58.24 from fiscal 2013.