Residents to get say in Grayson millage rate

GRAYSON -- Residents of Grayson will be able to make their voices heard at any of three public hearings the City Council has scheduled to discuss the millage rate.

The Council approved the following dates at its regular meeting Monday night: at both 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. June 13 and at its regular council meeting at 7 p.m. June 20.

The city budget will be presented, and vote on the millage rate will take place at the final meeting, Mayor Jim Hinkle said.

"We don't have to do this in a rapid order as we have in the past," he said.

Following an instruction from the Georgia Municipal Association, the Council also voted to revise its insurance license fees because of increased population. For insurance, for companies doing business in the city, the fee goes up from $15 per year to $40 per year.

The ordinance will now be sent to the GMA and the Georgia Department of Revenue.

In other business, the Council:

  • Presented awards in connection with the recent Grayson Day. Parade winners were Grayson United Methodist Church (Mayor's Choice award), Grayson Cluster School Foundation (best non-commercial) and Hail Mary's sports bar (best commercial). In addition, Grayson Cub Scout Troop 499 was presented a special award for taking care of all the banners and signs.

  • Discussed the Business Incubation Program proposed by the Downtown Development Authority. Hinkle said this program should help generate new starter businesses for the city using office space at a minimal expense funded by the city.

  • Announced the start of the season for its mosquito control program.

  • Appointed David Cloud to succeed Todd Miller on the city's Planning and Zoning Commission.