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First vote on tax rate held last week

The Grady County Commission tentatively adopted a 2012 ad valorem tax rate of 11.89 mills, up from 11.77 mills in 2011, during the commission meeting last week.
Although the millage rate was adjusted up slightly, because of a decrease in the county’s tax digest, the county will actually collect $6,214,779 in ad valorem taxes, which is $15,625 less than the $6,230,404 collected last year.
According to county records, the value of the county dropped from $529,301,157 to $522,601,689.
The county commission has scheduled a called meeting for Thursday, July 26 at 9 a.m. to set the final millage rate, adopt the 2013 operating budget and approve the county pay plan.
In other business last Tuesday, the county commission:
‰Approved the creation of a new Animal Control Board in accordance with the state’s new Dangerous Dog bill. The board appointed Dr. Eugene Maddox and Sheriff Harry Young to serve on the new board. The resolution calls for the third member of the board to be the current chairman of the Grady County Commission.
‰Approved the purchase of new tax assessor hardware at a cost of $13,555.42 from Blough Tech.
‰Approved the expenditure $3,600 for the replacement of carpet and $4,400 for the replacement of the wood flooring in Superior Court Judge J. Kevin Chason’s office.

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