Before getting down to the business of the city, the Cartersville City Council heard some sobering numbers.
• Pancreatic cancer, one of the deadliest cancers, is the fourth leading cause of cancer death in the United States
and is projected to climb to second by 2020.
• An estimated 48,960 Americans will be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer this year and 40,560 will die.
• Pancreatic cancer is the only major cancer with a five-year survival rate that can be measured in single digits.
• By the time pancreatic cancer is discovered, it has generally progressed to the later stages.
• Seventy-three percent of pancreatic cancer patients die within the first year of their diagnosis; 93 percent die within the first five years.
• Approximately 1,040 Georgians will die from pancreatic cancer in 2015.
Mayor pro-tem Dianne Tate read a resolution declaring Nov. 13 World Pancreatic Cancer Day in Cartersville.
After a second reading, the council approved an application by Andy Womack to rezone the property at 802 West Ave. from O-C (office commercial) to G-C (general commercial). Womack plans to build a new tunnel-style car wash on the property that once housed the Wagon Wheel restaurant. The planning commission recommended approval with the condition that the permitted uses would be limited to O-C uses.
Following in the footsteps of the county, the council approved a resolution to increase the size of the Freeport tax exemption from 80 percent to 100 percent.
“Several years ago,” Assistant City Attorney Keith Lovell said, “the city and Bartow County got together to promote industrial development by increasing the Freeport exemption from 80 percent to 100 percent.”
According to the Georgia Department of Revenue, a Freeport tax exemption provides tax breaks on:
• Raw materials and goods that are in the manufacturing process.
• Finished goods held by the distributor and manufactured goods destined for out-of-state shipments.
• Finished goods held by the original manufacturer.
Georgia law allows local officials complete control of the amounts of Freeport exemption, which can be set at 20, 40, 60, 80 or 100 percent of the inventory value. For instance, Cartersville allows an 80 percent exemption while Bartow County recently upped its exemption to 100 percent.
“One of the first things companies do when considering moving into a community is to check for a Freeport exemption,” Mayor Matt Santini said. “You must have it if you want to attract any kind of industry.”
In other business, the council:
• Recognized Martha Wellsandt for 10 years service on the city’s alcohol control board.
• Heard four first readings of amendments to the FY15 budget ordinances.
• Approved a quitclaim deed for some property around Paga Mine.
• Authorized $18,972 to purchase 2,800 linear feet of steel pipe for repairs on gas department lines.
• Authorized $33,667 for the sanitation department to purchase 400 garbage carts and 400 recycling carts.
Cartersville City Council will meet again on Thursday, Nov. 19, at 7 p.m. at Cartersville City Hall.