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City Tax Bills
On The Way
The greetings Commerce residents get from City Hall this week
won't be wishing them "happy holidays." The envelope
will contain the 1999 property tax bills.
City Clerk Shirley Willis reported at Monday night's city council
meeting that she would send the bills out either Tuesday or Wednesday.
Payment is due Feb. 20.
Although the tax rate is up almost one mill, Mrs. Willis said
many taxpayers will actually see a slight decrease in their bills,
thanks to the $33.30 "home tax relief" approved by
the General Assembly last year.
Meanwhile, the city council voted to send a letter to the Jackson
County Board of Commissioners declaring that the late arrival
of tax bills must stop.
"They used to get the tax bills out so they were due by
Dec. 20," noted City Councilman Bob Sosebee, "but the
last three or four years it's been like a Chinese fire drill."
Sosebee said the city was fortunate to be financially capable
of handling what amounts to a 60-day delay in receiving taxes,
but said the delay "is not an ongoing, acceptable way of
doing business ... At some point in time, they need to get their
ship in order."
Vote Total In Ward 3 Was Way Off
Sam Brown was unopposed for re-election to his Ward 3 post on
the Commerce City Council, but he didn't win by the margin of
vote first reported.
Commerce officials were stunned in November when they were asked
to certify county election totals that had Brown polling 220
votes in the city's smallest ward in an election where the voter
turnout was about 25 percent. So they asked for a recount.
Actually, Brown had a little more than one-tenth that many votes,
23 to be exact.
"I don't like it. I don't think it's fair," Brown joked
"What's wrong, Sam?" asked Councilman Archie D. Chaney
"I went from being number one to number four," Brown
Itself On Providence Academy
The Commerce City Council voted unanimously Monday night to reverse
a decision made unanimously a month earlier. As a result, Providence
Academy, a Christian school, will get to keep its mobile classroom
at least through the school year.
At the November meeting, the council had accepted the recommendation
of the Commerce Planning Commission, which had recommended that
Providence's application for a conditional use permit for the
mobile classroom be denied because it had insufficient information
to make a decision.
Councilman Sam Brown opened the discussion, noting that he had
received a number of phone calls and "did a little thinking
myself" since voting to deny the request.
Brown proposed that the matter be sent back to the planning commission
with a recommendation that its members meet with Providence Academy
officials and "come up with some kind of reasoning"
for either denying or approving the CUP recommendation.
But Councilman Bob Sosebee proposed that the council deal with
the issue Monday night, and proposed granting the CUP through
the end of the school year. Meanwhile, he said, the city should
send information by certified mail to Providence Academy outlining
exactly how application for a CUP should progress, since the
school "didn't do it exactly right this year."
The vote at least temporarily defuses an embarrassing situation
and removes the possibility of a lawsuit. At the same meeting
the private school's request to house a single mobile classroom
was denied, the Commerce City Schools were granted conditional
use permits to house four such units.
Groups Can Get Free Computers
Applications are now being accepted for Georgia's Y2K Community
PC Redistribution Program, which will make some 3,000 computers
available to community-based and non-profit organizations.
A short application and documentation of eligibility are required.
Action Inc. has been designated to accept these applications.
Applications are available at the local Action office. All eligible
non-profit health and educational agencies can apply for one
or more computers.
For more information, contact Elaine Whitehead at the administrative
office at 546-8293.