Property taxes set to drop to 3.005 mills

Adairsville City Council approves 2019 millage rate

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Members of the Adairsville City Council voted unanimously at Thursday evening’s meeting to adopt an ordinance setting the City’s fiscal year 2019 millage rate at 3.005 mills.

“We were 3.3 mills last year,” said Adairsville City Manager Pam Madison. “The property valuations, we were going to collect about $12,000 less in property taxes than we did last year by reducing our rate, but we feel that we can absorb that and offer some tax relief to the residents.”

The City, she said, has been slightly reducing the millage rate over the last few years.

“As long as the housing market stays strong and the digest is strong, I think the council will continue to drop the millage as they can,” she continued.

Prior to Thursday’s second reading of the ordinance, the City held a first public hearing on the millage rate reduction Tuesday. 

“We didn’t really have any feedback,” Madison said. “I guess because we advertised a decrease, we didn’t have a lot of folks show up.” 

Elsewhere on the agenda, the council voted unanimously to approve a four-way incentives agreement amendment among the City of Adairsville, Bartow County, the Development Authority of Bartow County and Shaw Industries Group, Inc. 

Development Authority of Bartow County legal counsel H. Boyd Pettit III said the amendment is to help spur an expansion of Shaw’s Plant T1 in Adairsville.

“They provided for a Phase I and then a Phase II growth,” he said. “They are now in the process of moving forward with Phase II, and the costs of Phase II was a little more than anticipated a few years ago … so there will be a Development Authority meeting where there will be additional bonds issued.”

The new bonds, Pettit added, will total $20 million and will not be publicly backed. 

“They’re guaranteed by the company,” he said.

He explained the City of Adairsville’s role in the agreement.

“The City provides certain infrastructure in connection with that project, and so the existing incentives are in place in order to secure additional employment here at this facility, but it involves things like building permits and inspections,” he said. “That’s why there’s an incentives agreement, in order to set forth who’s responsible for what in connection with that.”

The council also voted unanimously to approve the purchase of a Crossmatch Livescan system for the local police department for $23,817.87. 

Members of the council likewise voted unanimously to appoint Jeanita Strain to the Adairsville Downtown Development Authority for a term expiring on Jan. 8, 2021 — as recommended by Councilman Lee Castro — and to appoint Anthony Gallagher to the Adairsville Development Authority for a term expiring on Sept. 14, 2021 — as recommended by Adairsville Mayor Pro Tem Buddy Bagley. 

Adairsville Mayor Ken Carson announced that the City’s annual community forum is scheduled from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at NorthPointe Church — at 30 Orchard Road — on Sept. 24. 

Prior to Thursday’s council meeting, a public hearing was held regarding allegations that the Citgo gas station at 7320 Highway 140 violated City ordinance by selling alcoholic beverages to individuals under the age of 21.

The council voted unanimously to suspend the business’ alcohol license for 30 days.