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City reviews budget, tax

POSTED: May 7, 2014 4:00 a.m.

While a budget has not been finalized for the 2014-15 fiscal year, Dawsonville officials remain determined not to levy a city property tax.

The city council voted unanimously during Monday night's regular called meeting to continue the longstanding practice.

"We have agreed that, once we get the budget and review it, we will roll the tax back so there won't be a tax," said Mayor James Grogan.

"We just can't actually do it [during the meeting] because we don't have a finalized budget yet."

Governments determine millage rates by calculating the dollar amount needed to fund general operations for the year.

A mill is equal to $1 for each $1,000 in assessed property value. Assessed value is 40 percent of actual market value.

Landowners in Dawsonville still must pay county property taxes, but the last municipal levy was more than 30 years ago, according to city records.

There has been no change to that approach since then, aside from any fluctuations residents may have experienced after the county reassessed property values.

The budget for the next fiscal year is expected to be discussed May 19 during a work session set for 6 p.m. at the Dawsonville Municipal Complex.

"We are working on the budget process currently," said City Clerk Bonnie Warne. "We have an increase here and a decrease there and we are projecting a little more revenue this year. But all-in-all, it's looking pretty close to last year's."

Last year, the council approved a 2013-14 spending plan of $1.2 million.

Also during its meeting Monday night, the city council reviewed on first reading a proposed ordinance that would allow it to place a lien on delinquent or abandoned property, foreclose on it and take it to auction.

The ordinance also cleans up any language in previous tax ordinances, as well as eliminates any conflicting ordinances.

The second reading is set for June 2.




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