The Holly Springs City Council is set to begin talks tonight on lowering the city’s millage rate from 6.055 mills in fiscal 2013 to 6 mills in fiscal 2014, said City Manager Rob Logan.
Logan said Wednesday the decrease is possible as a result of an increase in the city’s 2013 tax digest, which sits at about $1.63 million and is up from $1.61 million in 2012.
Mayor Tim Downing said Wednesday the option to lower the rate is a positive development for the city.
“This is a continuation of what the city’s always done,” Downing said. “This is the people’s money we deal with all the time. When we can return monies to them, we do so.”
In 2012, the city raised the millage rate by more than half a mill in an effort to remain revenue neutral. The suggested fiscal 2014 rate of 6 mills, however, is lower than the 6.123 mills roll back rate, which the city would have to match to remain revenue neutral, Logan said.
As a result, Downing said the city is surpassing neutrality and actually lowering the tax burden for its residents.
After the discussion tonight, Logan said the City Council will conduct a hearing for public input and then vote on the new rate during its meeting Sept. 23.
Downing said he doesn’t expect any issues getting the lowered rate passed by the city council.
“I haven’t heard of any opposition,” he said. “I have not heard any negative opinion from council.”
During tonight’s meeting, the city council will also:
• Discuss naming the pavilion at the Train Depot;
• Discuss renewing the Workforce Investment Act contract with the Atlanta Regional Commission;
• Discuss granting a conditional use permit to Charles Ambroselli, who is hoping to open a day care on tax parcel 201 of tax plat 15N20, at 1115 Hickory Road; and
• Discuss SELIG Enterprises’ request to rezone about .184 acres at 2740 Holly Springs Parkway to general commercial zoning.