Final Clayton County millage rate public hearing tonight at 6 p.m., vote to follow

Clayton County Board of Commissioners

JONESBORO—The Board of Commissioners' final public hearing on a proposed millage rate increase of 5.13 percent for much of the county and 4.14 percent for unincorporated Clayton will take place from 6 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. tonight at BOC Headquarters, 112 Smith St., Jonesboro.

Speakers are advised to comment only on the proposed millage rate increase, which affects property owners throughout Clayton County. 

Individuals who wish to speak about other matters should do so during the regular comment period of the Board of Commissioners meeting, which follows at 6:30 p.m. and which is when the Board will vote on the proposed millage rate increase.

The proposed millage rate increase would be 15.858 mills for incorporated areas of the county and 20.858 mills for unincorporated Clayton, which includes an additional 5 mills for fire protection.

Yesterday, the Clayton County Board of Education voted 7-2 to keep a separate millage rate at 20 mills, the maximum allowed under state law. That amounts to a $27.15 increase for homeowners who live in a house worth $100,000 fair market value and $36.20 for a non-homestead property of the same fair market value.

City and county officials have been scrambling to make up for lost revenue from the jet fuel sales tax, which the Federal Aviation Administration ruled could not be collected. At last night's work session in Jonesboro, the City Council discussed its joining with other municipalities to hire a Washington lobbying firm, Chambers, Conlon and Hartwell "on the issue of restoring the ability to retain the revenues from sales taxes on aviation fuels." Jonesboro's share of the fee, which the cities have divided up proportionately, would be $44.40 per month for up to 4 months.

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