They rolled back the millage slightly. Millage rates for Parks and Rec and Development Authority were unchanged, also for the unincorporated county fire district.
As usual, no citizens showed up for the millage rate public hearing. Gretchen was the only person there who was not a Commissioner or staff, and since she is a Tax Assessor, I guess she’s staff, too, although she was there for LAKE, taking these videos.
Two of the Lowndes County Commissioners also did not show up for that meeting nor for the Regular Session that same evening. But they voted to adopt the millage anyway.
Here’s a LAKE video playlist:
Video: slides @ LCC Millage 2022-08-23
Millage Rate Public Hearing, Lowndes County Commission, Valdosta, Lowndes County, Georgia, August 23, 2022.
Video by Gretchen Quarterman for Lowndes Area Knowledge Exchange (LAKE).
Here are the minutes:
LOWNDES COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
MILLAGE RATE PUBLIC HEARING
Tuesday, August 23, 2022 – 5:00 PM
Chairman Bill Slaughter
Commissioner Joyce Evans
Commissioner Mark Wisenbaker
Commissioner Demarcus Marshall
Vice Chairman Scott Orenstein and Commissioner Clay Griner were not in attendance.
Chairman Slaughter called the meeting to order at 5:00 p.m.
PUBLIC HEARING – Millage Rate
Finance Director, Stephanie Black, gave a presentation on the millage to the Commissioners. Ms. Black stated if adopted, the county-wide millage rate for 2022 should be set at 10.211 mills with the County receiving 7.961 mills, the Industrial Authority receiving 1.00 mill and the Parks and Recreation Authority receiving 1.25 mills. Additionally, Ms. Black stated the fire district millage should be set at 2.50 mills for 2022. No one spoke for or against the millage rate.
Commissioner Wisenbaker made a motion to adjourn the meeting, Commissioner Evans second.
Chairman Slaughter adjourned the millage public hearing at 5:09 p.m.
Investigative reporting costs money, for open records requests, copying, web hosting, gasoline, and cameras, and with sufficient funds we can pay students to do further research. You can donate to LAKE today!