BLUE RIDGE, GA – The millage rate for the City of Blue Ridge will be 5.378 mills for the upcoming tax year. The city council set the millage rate during their Oct. 8 regular meeting at city hall.
With no public comments forthcoming during the third and final millage rate hearing, the council passed the FY2018 Millage Rate Ordinance by unanimous vote.
There was no public comment during the first two public hearings as well.
The city is set to receive an increase in tax revenue due to developed land, according to Mayor Donna Whitener.
Land that was undeveloped during the past year has now been developed, leading to an increase in the property taxes and an increase in the city’s tax revenue.
The option of rolling back the millage rate to offset the additional revenue was never discussed during the millage rate public hearings.
The council also approved the FY2020 Budget Resolution, setting a budget for the city that includes that additional tax revenue of nearly $200,000.
Also at the meeting, Cesar Martinez with the Downtown Development Authority and Blue Ridge Business Association told the council the annual Halloween Safe Zone in downtown Blue Ridge will be from 5:30 to 7 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 31.
The time and date will be rain or shine. As in years past, the safe zone will be on East Main Street, from the intersection with Depot Street down to Mountain Street.
Additionally at the council’s most recent meeting, the council approved a budget of up to $15,000 to purchase lights for the annual Light Up Blue Ridge event. The event takes place in downtown Blue Ridge and culminates in the lighting of the Blue Ridge Christmas tree.
An invoice from Mountain Communications, Inc. was also approved in the amount of $18,860 for upgrades to the police department’s communications systems.
BLUE RIDGE, Ga.—Oct. 9 the Blue Ridge City Council gathered to approve the millage rate for 2018. The Blue Ridge City Council also adopted the 2019 fiscal year budget.
The millage rate has fluctuated over the last three years. In 2015 & 2016, the millage rate was 5.479 mills. In 2017, the millage was rate 5.362 mills and the rate for 2018, which will be applied to 2019 taxes, is 5.378 mills.
When is this tax due? Fannin County property owners will receive a receipt of tax notice in the mail. The amount owed will be due within a time period 60 days from the postmark on the bill.
Please note that if your payment is late, you can be charged an additional five percent, and if the balance is still not paid within 120 days there could be a charge up to 20 percent. Property owners should check their mail regularly in 2019.
The Blue Ridge City Council passed the 2019 fiscal year budget where the city is expecting to a receive $2,026,400.00 in tax payer dollars and a total revenue of $2,449,250.
The City of Blue Ridge will be allocating the complete revenue amount out to various expenditures: Mayor and Council, General Administration, Tax Administration & Licensing, Municipal Court, Police, Custody of Prisoners, Fire Fighting, Highways and Streets, Shop, Recreational Facilities, Parks Administration, Park Areas, Planning and Zoning, Downtown Development, and Special Facilities Rental.
Blue Ridge’s Confiscated Funds from Fines and Forfeitures will go toward the Police Department for a total of $1500.
The Hotel/Motel Fund revenue of $170,000 will go towards Downtown Development.
The SPLOST (Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax) Fund revenue, a total of $746,500, will be applied to Highways & Streets and Downtown Development.
Lastly, the Water & Sewer Fund, a total of $5,643,500, will be divided into Sanitary Administrations, Sanitary Sewer Maintenance, Sewage Treatment Plant, Water Administration, GEFA Project, Water Treatment, Water Distribution, and Water Loss Prevention.
Council member Rhonda Haight made the motion that the Millage Rate be approved, and it was seconded by Council woman Robbie Cornelius.
Council member Nathan Fitz made the motion that the 2019 Fiscal Year Budget adoption be approved, and it was seconded by Haight.