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Millage rate finalized; increase will be slight

The Lamar County commission worked through a public hearing and several votes Aug. 21 to finalize the millage rate for the coming year. After all was said and done, property owners will see an increase of $6.44 per $100,000 in assessed property value. The commission set its own millage rate at 12.621 mills, up slightly from the previous rate of 12.621 mills. It also approved the school board’s millage rate of 16.351 mills, which was down slightly. Also okayed was 1.5 mills with those monies earmarked for the school system’s bonded indebtedness. The third of three public hearings on the millage rate was held before the meeting and, like those before it, drew scant attention. Bridget Fouts of Cauthen Road asked if all the new construction on land previously in conservation in her area had been taken into account. Chairman Charles Glass noted that, by law, the current millage rate is based on values as of Jan. 1. Chief appraiser Jeannie Haddock said the new construction and increased property values will be reflected next year. ’Our digest went up this year. Those lots are going for $5000-$6000 per acre. We have assessed 53 new homes in the last two or three months. They are going up faster than we can count them,’ Haddock said. She made note of several subdivisions that were approved 10-12 years ago that died on the vine after the housing crunch. ‘Those lots are being quickly being built out. A lot of the buyers are coming from Henry County,’ Haddock said.

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