For the fourth year in a row, the Banks County Board of Commissioners has kept the millage rate at 8.979 mills.
At the Sept. 10 meeting, the BOC unanimously agreed to again set the millage rate at 8.979 mills.
While the millage rate is the same, the county will be collecting 1.78 percent less in taxes ($84,758) due to a decrease in the tax digest.
In other business at the Sept. 10 meeting, the BOC:
•agreed to spend $21,558 for public utilities system maintenance. This will include removing a four-foot fence and installing a six-foot fence, removing two trees, killing and removing weeds on the dam, repairs and replacements and equipment. The money will come from the special purpose local option sales tax fund.
•approved the annual fire contract with Tates Creek and Baldwin.
•postponed until the Oct. 8 meeting a request from Lenoir Community College to participate in the clinical education program. This program would allows students enrolled in this college who live in this area to ride with Banks County public safety officers as training. The commissioners had some questions related to insurance and liability.
•agreed to spend $15,000 for a website design agreement with 365 Degree Total Marketing.
•approved an alcohol package store license for Royal Food Chevron.
•amended the county code on hotel-motel taxes to meet state guidelines.
•amended the county code to related to burn permits outlining what is allowed and what is prohibited.
•approved an inmate housing agreement with the City of Baldwin.
•approved a lease contract agreement with First Capital Equipment for six vehicles.
•agreed to submit to the Georgia Department of Transportation Damascus Road, Apple Pie Ridge and Yonah Homer Road for improvements through the Local Maintenance and Improvement Grant Program. The estimated funds the county would receive is $316,000. The county would have to provide a 30 percent match, which would be $95,000.
•approved the county extension service contract.
•met I closed session for 10 minutes to discuss personnel. After the meeting was opened to the public, the BOC agreed to increase the salary of the election superintendent to $31,965.