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Snellville votes to lower millage rate

Photo by Brian Giandelone

Photo by Brian Giandelone

SNELLLVILLE -- City Council members voted unanimously during a special called meeting Monday to approve a millage rate of 5.7 for the upcoming fiscal year.

This decision comes on the heels of the sometimes heated debate in recent weeks with respect to the city's millage rate and financial position.

Mayor Pro Tem Barbara Bender had originally suggested lowering the city's millage rate to 5.7, and councilman Tom Witts backed her position in a July council meeting.

During that same meeting, City Manager Russell Treadway had recommended raising the rate to 6.19 mills.

Council woman Kelly Kautz, in that same meeting, made a motion to keep the city's millage rate at 5.9.

None of the motions garnered a majority vote in July, so the matter was decided Monday.

Based on a recent financial report delivered by Treadway that showed a surplus in the general fund that was bigger than expected, Monday's vote to lower the millage rate was supported by all the council members and Mayor Jerry Oberholtzer.