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Statesboro City Council to consider Flying J water proposal

            The Statesboro City Council will meet tonight at 6 p.m. to discuss a number of items including setting the property tax millage rate for the 2007 year.

            At the second and final reading, the city will set the property tax rate at 6.358 mills, rolled back from 6.921 mills in 2006. The rollback is necessary to comply with the Georgia Taxpayer Bill of Rights. With recent increases in property values, the rollback would effectively keep property tax levels the same for individual property owners.

            Also, the city will consider entering into agreements, in principal, with the county, the Board of Education and the Flying J Corporation to finance a $6 million water and waste water extension hookup to the corner of 301 South and I-16. Once the agreement is ironed out, the county would use nearly $500,000 in additional SPLOST monies to pay the annual debt service. In addition, the city, county and BOE would all pay a third of the remaining balance, equating to a little over $100,000 annually per entity. The debt service would last 20 years.

            Three amendments to existing city ordinances also will be read.

‰ An amendment of the alcohol ordinance addressing the punitive actions allowable by the city will face its second reading.           

‰ The city seeks to amend the zoning ordinance that specifically addresses developments in the Commercial Retail and Central Business District. The change will prohibit any detached single-family dwellings from being developed in the CBD and CR, as well as banning any new condominiums or apartments on the ground floor of any building in the district. In addition, they will looking at reducing the size of the CBD.

‰ The city will seek changes to the yard waste ordinance because the city has received numerous complaints about neighbors not placing yard waste in front of their own property.  The new language specifies that trimmings be placed at the public right of way nearest to the property from which it was removed.

            A request by Heath Seymour, director of the Downtown Development Authority, seeks to waive the fees for street vendors involved with festivals sponsored by the DDA. In a letter to the city council, Seymour said the vendor fee was waived for past individual events and he seeks a general waiver for all events, effective through Dec. 31, 2008.

            The city council meets at City Hall today at 6 p.m.

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