Monday, August 1, 2016

City Commission considers tax proposals

Decatur’s City Commission will vote tonight on the school board’s proposed property tax millage rate for 2016. The school board previously voted to maintain its existing rate from 2015 of 18.66 mills. Decatur’s charter requires the City Commission to approve the rate proposed by the school board.

The City Commission will also consider calling an election to vote on several proposed homestead exemptions. This is for the exemptions authorized by the state legislature earlier this year for public referendum in November. The ballot measures would include adding a new school exemption for seniors, adding a new city exemption, expanding two existing city exemptions, and repealing a defunct exemption provision.

The meeting will take place at City Hall, 509 North McDonough Street, at 7:30 p.m. with the property tax-related items toward the beginning of the meeting.

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