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New Milner administrator promises fiscal responsibility

In her short time on the job, new city administrator Tausha Grose has become well-versed in Milner’s precarious financial condition and pledged to pursue fiscal responsibility at a called meeting held Sept. 29. Her comments came during a section of the meeting dedicated to the city’s proposed millage rate increase. Several council members and citizens suggested the council raise the millage even higher – up to 5 mills – to get a handle on the finances. At the meeting, the council approved spending $11,525 on a new, eight-inch water access at Old Highway 41 and Evans Road to increase water pressure. The city is also on the hook to repair streets in the Woodall Estates and Fieldcrest subdivisions. One estimate of that cost thrown around at the meeting was $2.5 million. ’You can rest assured your tax money will be spent responsibly,’ Grose told the council and a large crowd of citizens assembled for the meeting. Grose said she is working on a package to try to get chief Mike Bailey in the city full time instead of splitting his time with the Barnesville Police Department. ‘We need a full time chief. I think we are getting close on that,’ Grose said. She said the city needs a grant writer but really has no funds to hire one. Grants and loan grant hybrids from the Georgia Environmental Facilities Authority (GEFA) were mentioned but Grose bristled at that. ’No more GEFA loans. We’ve got enough debt to last us a lifetime. The city already spent $1 million on a water tower that does not work,’ she concluded.

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