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 FRONT PAGE - DECEMBER 15, 1999 - COMMERCE, GA

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Sad Ending

Commerce Tiger quarterback Daniel Carder receives condolences following last Saturday's 35-21 loss to Lincoln County from Red Devil Navaderick Stokes. in the Class A semifinals at the Georgia Dome. See more.


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 Monday night.
"What's wrong, Sam?" asked Councilman Archie D. Chaney Jr.
"I went from being number one to number four," Brown responded.


Council Reverses 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.



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