City Manager Kevin McBurnett advised the city council that the rate would remain at 2 mills, the same as last year.
Council member Charles Lowry, however, wanted to make sure that city residents know that some property owners may face a significant increase.
“This will result in a tax pay increase for a number of people,” Lowry said. “And I just want people to be aware that some of them may have to pay more in taxes.”
McBurnett agreed that some people may end up paying more because of increased property values.
“Yes, on an individual basis, some people may be affected by higher property assessments,” McBurnett replied. “But the millage rate stayed the same and the tax digest has decreased by 6 percent over last year’s. We still feel 2 mills will be able to complete the budget.”
The millage rate was unanimously adopted.
Following a public hearing, the council voted to issue a conditional use permit to Chad McMillen, one of a group of owners of North Georgia RV Sales, a new business located at 686 Highway 293. Although the Planning and Zoning Board had recommended the permit be issued with several stipulations — all operations must be contained within the fenced lot or the building and all business be conducted from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. — the council invoked further restrictions.
“Is it your plan to do your maintenance inside the shop?” Lowry asked the owner’s representative. “Haven’t I seen you doing some work outside the fence? My primary concern is you being able to contain your operation within the bounds of the fence and the building.”
Satisfied with the answers, Lowry proposed that a one-year conditional use permit be issued.
McBurnett suggested that a three-hour limit be placed on the time a vehicle could be parked outside the agreed containment area.
Lowry wondered if three hours was too short a time and the owner’s representative replied that eight hours would be a more suitable time.
The council agreed to the revised limit and issued the permit.
In closing, Mayor Al Pallone paid tribute to former Mayor Henry Jordan who died last week.
“We lost a great man and a great servant to this city,” Pallone said. “He had the city of Emerson in his heart and I think you see that in what he did for this city. Emerson will definitely miss him.”
Emerson City Council will meet next on Monday, Aug. 25, at 7 p.m. at Emerson City Hall.