Phillip Pinson of Gainesville polishes his 1932 Ford two-door
sedan Saturday during a car show sponsored by the Madison County
Cruisers in the parking lot by Danielsville City Hall. Photo
by Zach Mitcham
County tax rates held
School taxes up 5 percent
Tax rates for the Madison County government were set Monday night
at basically the same levels as last year. The rate for unincorporated
areas will stay at 8.9 mills, while the rate for incorporated
areas will go up .03 mills to 10.89.
The county government will net some $3.4 million off of property
taxes in 1999, a growth of 3.7 percent over 1998.
Still, property taxes are just one part of the county's $8.7
million general fund revenue. In addition to property taxes,
the county gets revenue from sales taxes, state and federal grants
and various user fees.
While the tax rates didn't change very much, individual property
owners may see a change in their tax bills depending on the change
in their assessed value. Overall, the county's tax digest grew
from approximately $353 million last year to $369 million this
year. Most of that digest is in unincorporated areas of the county.
The difference in the incorporated and unincorporated tax rate
is due to the insurance premium rollback in the county. The county
government only gets taxes from unincorporated insurance premiums
and rolls back the millage rate with that.
decision on rezoning
Opponents say approval may lead to 'trailer after trailer'
on Booger Hill Road
BY MARGIE RICHARDS
County planners reversed an earlier decision on a controversial
rezoning request Tuesday night after a crowd voiced concerns
of opening the floodgates for "trailer after trailer"
on Booger Hill Road.
Emotions ran high and tempers frequently flared at the Tuesday
night meeting when a rezoning request by Cheryl Stuchell was
brought before the commission once again. Planners first considered
Stuchell's request in September, recommending by a 4 -2 vote
that the board of commissioners approve it.
This time the commission - under pressure from the crowd - reluctantly
voted on the matter again, reversing its earlier decision and
recommending denial of Stuchell's request to rezone 6.46 acres
on Booger Hill Road from A-2 (agricultural) to R-R (residential,
two-acre minimum) by a narrow 4-3 margin. Commission members
Gerry Burdette, Phil Munro and Bill Holloway stuck with their
original decision to approve.
Stuchell has requested the rezoning so she can provide a home
site for her son and daughter-in-law. She said she was confused
as to why she was before the commission again.
More than 30 neighbors showed up at this second planning commission
hearing on the matter.
The commission had wished to hold to their original decision
and refer Stuchell's request back to the board of commissioners,
who are awaiting advice from the county attorney on a covenant
But they agreed to listen to public opinion on the advice of
commission chairman Ralph Power, who said BOC chairman Wesley
Nash requested that they do so since the hearing had been advertised
to the public.
Fifteen people were allowed to speak to the commission, many
voicing the same objections, saying they were opposed to it because
there were covenants on all the lots in the area, which are apparently
part of Wedgewood Estates, a subdivision platted in the late
While not strictly prohibitive of mobile homes, the covenants,
according to neighbor Derinda Dallmeyer, who is also an attorney,
do restrict each lot to "single family dwellings."
Another point of opposition for most people seemed to be that
Stuchell, who has a home on the property, intends to allow her
son to place a mobile home on one parcel of the rezoned land.
MCHS to play non-region
BY ZACH MITCHAM
The Madison County football team will play a non-region schedule
in 2000, a move aimed at getting a struggling program on a winning
Madison County head football coach and athletic director Tom
Hybl, whose Raider squads have posted consecutive 2-8 seasons,
said Monday that the school "has definitely made the commitment
to go to a non-region schedule."
The coach hopes moving to a non-region schedule will translate
into more wins and more players out for the team.
"We'll be in a non-region situation next year," said
Hybl. "We're hoping to get back on our feet and create some
interest in football in Madison County....We're going to continue
to work and get better and find some people we can compete against."
While Madison County is a Class AAA team, the number of football
players on the varsity squad has resembled a Class A outfit in
Madison County, which sported just 35 players this year, was
outmanned by most Region 8-AAA schools, some fielding more than
twice the number of Raiders on the gridiron.
Hybl, who will return 26 players from this year's team in 2000,
has until Jan. 15 to finalize next year's schedule. The coach
said Madison County has tentative matchups with eight schools,
including three Region 8-AAA teams, on the 2000 schedule. Hybl,
who said he is seeking five home and five away games, said a
season-opening home matchup with Cross Creek from Augusta next
Sept. 1 appears likely. He also said the Raiders will probably
face the new Barrow County high school. But Hybl chose not to
give a complete rundown of likely opponents, saying that nothing
on the schedule has been set in stone.