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Jonesboro announces new millage rate hearing dates

The City of Jonesboro has announced three dates, scheduled later this month and in early October, for new public hearings on its proposed millage rate. The rate would be used to determine how much money residents and business owners will pay in city property taxes.

The city issued the following news release on Thursday:

“The City of Jonesboro announces its intention to implement a property tax of 2.5 mills for 2011. The adopted budget by the City of Jonesboro requires a millage rate higher than the rollback millage rate. Before the City of Jonesboro can set a final millage rate, Georgia Law requires that three (3) public hearings be held to allow the public an opportunity to express their opinions on this increase.

“All concerned citizens are invited to the public hearings on this tax increase. The first hearing is scheduled for September 26, 2011, at 10:00 a.m. The second hearing is scheduled for October 3, 2011, at 2:00 p.m. The third hearing is scheduled for October 3, 2011 at 6:00 p.m. All public hearings will be held in the council chambers located in the Jonesboro Police Department, 170 S. Main Street, Jonesboro, Georgia.”

The Jonesboro City Council had originally been scheduled to vote on approving the proposed millage rate earlier this week. But council members postponed the vote, and announced they would restart the public-hearing process after a business owner challenged the way the original hearings, which were held in late August and earlier this month, were advertised to the public.

The city did not announce, in its news release, when the city council will take a vote on approving the proposed property tax rate, but Jonesboro Finance Clerk Sandra Meyers said, in an e-mail, that a vote could take place as early as Oct. 3.