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*   THE LABOR DAY WEEKEND CRASH-COUNT REVEALS THAT 10 PEOPLE DIED ON GEORGIA ROADS OVER THE HOLIDAY WEEKEND.   TWO OF THE ACCIDENTS OCCURRED IN NORTHWEST GEORGIA… THEY'RE UNDER INVESTIGATION BY THE CALHOUN AND ROME POSTS OF THE GEORGIA STATE PATROL
   
*   ANOTHER DRY MONTH HAS PUT OUR AREA EVEN FARTHER BEHIND IN RAINFALL.  AUGUST WAS 6/10th OF AN INCH BELOW NORMAL... AT 3.04 INCHES OF RAIN.  AND FOR THE YEAR-TO-DATE... WE'VE RECORDED 34.4 INCHES OF PRECIP HERE AT WQCH... AND THAT IS OVER 5 1/3 INCHES BELOW NORMAL.

*   A “BATTLE OF TUNNEL HILL RE-ENACTMENT” WILL BE HELD THIS SATURDAY AND SUNDAY… THE 150th ANNIVERSARY OF THE ACTUAL CIVIL WAR BATTLE THERE.
    HELPERS ARE NEEDED TO PREPARE THE GROUNDS… ACCORDING TO THE TUNNEL HILL HISTORIC FOUNDATION.  FOR MORE INFORMATION, CALL 706 271 8478.

*   DOVE SEASON OPENS SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 6th AT NOON.  THE LIMIT THIS SEASON IS 15 PER DAY.  FIND OUT MORE AT GEORGIAWILDLIFE.COM… THE DEADLINE IS SEPTEMBER 30th.

*   THE DADE COUNTY COMMISSION HAS APPROVED A TAX INCREASE… WHILE ALSO CUTTING 43 JOBS FROM THE COUNTY PAYROLL.
    AT FIRST, DADE LEADERS PUSHED FOR A 4-MILL INCREASE IN PROPERTY TAXES… BUT THAT AROUSED A STRONG OUTCRY FROM THE PUBLIC.
    WITH A NEW BUDGET THAT’S MUCH TRIMMER… THE APPROVED TAX INCREASE AMOUNTS TO 1.73 MILLS… OR ABOUT $69 MORE PER YEAR ON A 100-THOUSAND DOLLAR HOME.
    DADE COUNTY HAD NOT RAISED TAXES IN 7 YEARS… EVEN THOUGH THE COUNTY SUFFERED GREAT PROPERTY LOSS IN TORNADO AND FLOOD DISASTERS SINCE 2011.
 
*    WALKER COUNTY COMMISSIONER BEBE HEISKELL HAS RELEASED MORE DETAILS ON AN UPCOMING TAX INCREASE.
    THE ACTUAL RATE FOR COUNTY PROPERTY OWNERS WILL GO UP FROM THE PRESENT 4.705 MILLS, TO 7.938 MILLS… AN INCREASE OF 3.233 MILLS.
    THOSE WHO LIVE IN THE COUNTY’S FOUR CITIES WILL HAVE A SLIGHTLY HIGHER INCREASE, DUE TO THE INSURANCE PREMIUM ROLL-BACK ENJOYED IN THE UNINCORPORATED AREA.  CITY DWELLERS’ TAX RATE WILL CLIMB TO 10.57 MILLS.
    THE COMMISSIONER EMPHASIZED THAT TAX BILLS WILL ACTUALLY BE UP BY A NET OF ABOUT 14-PERCENT… SINCE ONLY THE PORTION FOR THE OPERATION OF COUNTY GOVERNMENT IS GOING UP.   TAXES FOR THE SCHOOL SYSTEM WILL STAY AT THE CURRENT RATE.
    ON A PROPERTY VALUED AT 100-THOUSAND DOLLARS… THE INCREASE IN THE TAX BILL WILL AVERAGE AROUND 120-DOLLARS.   THE AVERAGE HOME IN WALKER COUNTY IS VALUED AT 88-THOUSAND.
    HEISKELL ALSO REVEALED MORE REASONS WHY A TAX INCREASE IS NECESSARY:
    THE WALKER COUNTY TAX OFFICE IS CURRENTLY UNDER A CONSENT ORDER FROM THE STATE DEPARTMENT OF REVENUE.  THAT ORDER MANDATES THAT THE OFFICE MUST HIRE FOUR MORE APPRAISERS WITH NEEDED OFFICE SPACE… OR PAY A PENALTY OF $500 PER DAY.
    THE WALKER COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE MUST INCREASE BUDGET TO HIRE ADDITIONAL OFFICERS, IN ORDER TO MAINTAIN AN “ADEQUATE LEVEL OF SERVICES”. 
    WALKER COUNTY’S JUVENILE COURT HAS NEW AND COSTLY MANDATES THAT MUST BE MET WITH LOCAL FUNDING.  
    AND WITH AN AGING WORK FORCE, THE COUNTY’S PENSION PLAN HAS BECOME MORE EXPENSIVE.  HEISKELL SAID THAT IS BEING TRANSITIONED TO A MORE ECONOMICAL PLAN.   SHE ADDED THAT THE PENSION PLAN AND HEALTH BENEFITS FOR COUNTY EMPLOYEES NOW TOTAL MORE THAN A MILLION DOLLARS PER YEAR.
    “IT GRIEVES ME TO FIND IT NECESSARY TO INCREASE PROPERTY TAXES”, HEISKELL SAID… “BUT OUR BACKS ARE AGAINST THE WALL”.
    REQUIRED PUBLIC HEARINGS ON THE TAX INCREASE WILL BE HELD IN THE MAIN COURTROOM OF THE WALKER COUNTY COURTHOUSE IN LAFAYETTE.  THEY START ON SEPTEMBER 4th - AT 10 AM AND 6 PM.  ANOTHER WILL START AT 10 AM ON SEPTEMBER 11th.

*   THE LAFAYETTE HIGH CLASS OF 1974 IS PLANNING THEIR 40-YEAR REUNION.  IT WILL BE HELD AT THE MOUNTAIN COVE FARMS SHOWBARN THIS SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 6th, STARTING AT 4 PM. 

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