Stephens Co. Commission To Meet Tuesday

Stephens County Commissioners will hold the first public hearing on the proposed Fiscal Year 2015 budget at their meeting today.

County commissioners will hold that public hearing on the budget at the start of their scheduled meeting today at 8:30 a.m. in the second-floor courtroom of the historic Stephens County Courthouse in downtown Toccoa.

Currently, the county is presenting a proposed budget that is based off an increase of 2.85 mills in the millage rate.

That would take the county government’s millage rate from 11.32 to 14.17 mills.

For a $100,000 home with no exemptions, that would result in an increase of $114 in the yearly tax bill to support county government services, not including the school system.

At first, the proposed budget had a 3.19 mill rate hike, but county commissioners lowered the proposed increase following a budget retreat last week.

Following the budget hearing, county commissioners will move into their regularly scheduled work session to discuss items on their meeting agenda.

Items on the agenda for today’s Stephens County Commission meeting include the appointment of two board members to the Stephens County Development Authority for five-year terms, budget amendments for Fiscal Year 2014, and consideration of ACCG Group Health Benefits Renewal for 2014.

The business meeting to vote on agenda items starts right after the end of the work session.

Today’s Stephens County Commission meeting agenda also includes time for public comment.