Pickens property owners will see a “teeny-tiny tax decrease” from school taxes with the tentative budget approved by the school board Tuesday night.
Chief Financial Officer Amy Burgess said that the administration was able to hold the millage rate the same
as the previous years and with the slightly lower tax digest, this will produce a less than 1 percent decrease in the tax revenue they receive.
Pickens property owners will see the same millage rate this year as they have seen the past two years, 15.97 mils.
Superintendent Ben Desper told members of the school board, “It’s a teeny-tiny decrease, but that is better than an increase.”
See further comments on what has the superintendent and finance director concerned going further and how the administration had to “overcome” $1.8 million in budget issues to hold the millage flat in next week’s print edition.
Longtime Jasper veterinarian Mike McGhee completed a thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail on August 19th.
Here’s a look at his hike on the 2,181 mile trail by the numbers:
• 143 days - total number of days on the trail.
• 20 days - spent not hiking at all.
• 15 miles - overall daily average. This figures in the days spent not hiking.
• 27 miles – longest single day.
• 4 pairs - shoes used, favorite pair were trail runners, not hiking boots. Each pair had been bought and broken in prior to starting and sent ahead to mail spots along the trail.
• 20 pounds - usual weight of pack first day out of a town. As food was eaten it would get lighter each day until resupplying.
• 39 pounds – weight lost on trail. McGhee started the hike at 189 pounds and finished 150.
• 10 bears sighted – Five in New Jersey, four in Virginia, 1 in Vermont
At his most recent meeting, Commissioner Robert Jones announced plans to relocate several court offices while renovations are underway at the Pickens County Courthouse.
The county will lease the old federal building/Jasper post office for 24 months at $5,000 per month. The building is located beside West Church Street between Mark Whitfield and Richards streets, across from the Burnt Mountain Trading Company.
The building, owned by Old Towne Developers, LLC, will temporarily house the probate office, the magistrate office, the district attorney’s office, county probation, a small office for the Pickens County Sheriff, and Pickens County Superior Court Judge Brenda Weaver’s office. It will also contain a small courtroom and an area designated for visiting judges.
Above, the building in downtown Jasper where court offices will temporarily be located during courthouse renovations.
Jones said these offices will be relocated around November of this year.
According to Jones, the County Annex Building will remain operational during renovations, expected to begin in spring of 2012.
Pickens County will be split among two districts in the state senate and in the U.S. House of Representatives under re-apportionment maps set for approval this week by the state legislature.
The state senate will vote on the re-drawn maps this week. The house has already voted approval. The re-apportionment maps made significant changes to district lines at all levels across the state to accommodate the growing Georgia population.
State Senator Steve Gooch and State Rep. Rick Jasperse who represent Pickens County both said they doubted much will change from the proposed maps presented last week with only some “minor tweaking” still in discussion this week.