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Forest Park to set final millage rate

By Justin Boron

The Forest Park Mayor and City Council will hold a special-called meeting to set the final millage rate for a city property tax increase aimed at offsetting the revenue lost in its new homestead exemption.

The meeting will begin at 9 a.m. today at City Hall, 745 Forest Parkway, Forest Park.

The council decided last week to wait to set the millage rate until after the Dec. 15 deadline to apply for the homestead exemption.

The homestead exemption passed in a Nov. 2 referendum and gives a $50,000 exemption to qualified residents in the city this year.

The tax increase will compensate for the lost revenue by shifting the burden to the city's businesses, industry, and rental homes and apartments, said Council member Wesley Lord.

Commissioners to discuss Mountain View contract

The Clayton County Board of Commissioners will meet with the Re-Development Authority today at 4 p.m. to settle the details of the developer's contract for the Mountain View Redevelopment project, said Commissioner Carl Rhodenizer.

The meeting will take place at the Administration Building, 112 Smith St., Jonesboro.

The county selected Childress Klein as the developer for the project in mid-October. The company will carry out the process of property acquisition for components of the project like a 9,000 space parking lot and a multi-modal transportation hub.

Childress Klein was responsible for work on the Cobb Galleria on the northside of metro Atlanta.