Woodstock to vote on millage rate
by Michelle Babcock
mbabcock@cherokeetribune.com
August 24, 2013 08:47 PM | 1196 views | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print


WOODSTOCK — The Woodstock City Council is set to vote on the 2013 millage rate at its Monday night meeting.

The council discussed the proposed millage rate at their last two meetings in August, and Chief Financial Officer Robert Porche said last week, that he expects the council to adopt a projected rate of 7.889 mills, the same that city taxpayers now pay.

Porche said the city’s property tax makes up about 33 percent, or a third of the total general fund revenue of $16.85 million.

“We budgeted a maintaining of the millage rate,” Porche said on Aug. 17. “To date I have not gotten any indication from the public, from council that the millage rate is going in any other direction.”

As of Aug. 12, Porche said the city’s property tax digest was up 3.18 percent over last year, but said that number may fall a bit after all appeals go through.

As of Aug. 12, Porche said that 550 of the 800 appeals had been adjudicated, and the digest dropped $5 from the preliminary numbers released in May. However, Porche said that the property tax digest is still up from 2012.

“We budgeted low just because we didn’t know where the digest was going to finally end up, and we won’t know until late August. So we budgeted conservatively, and the digest is actually up since last year,” Porche said. “So in a rising digest, it’s a little bit easier to budget.”

On Monday at 7 p.m., at The Chambers at City Center, the mayor and council will hold a final public hearing and vote to adopt the 2013 millage rate.

The council will also:

• Proclaim National Payroll Week;

• Proclaim College Colors Day;

• Proclaim Firefighter Appreciation Week.

• Proclaim Sept. 11 National Day of Service and Remembrance;

• Appoint Kim Sellers to the Downtown Development Authority;

• Present and update on the city’s Opportunity Zone Application;

• Hold a public hearing and authorize submitting the 2013 Capital Improvement Element and Short Term Work Program update to the Department of Community Affairs;

• Vote on an alcohol license request from Leaning Ladder, Puzzle Play, LLC;

• Take a final vote on amending a testing personnel ordinance;

• Take a final vote on a personnel ordinance amendment;

• Discuss council personnel actions and performance evaluations;

• Award a bid for paving;

• Discuss the purchase of a road marking system.

• Discuss revising the stormwater service fee; billing delinquencies and collections;

• Discuss amending the fee schedule for community development;

• Discuss the Arnold Mill/Town Lake Parkway widening engineering; and

• Hear an update on health insurance information.

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