Chief Magistrate: $1,690.57
Board of Education, districts 5,6,7: $20.00
Pittman also passed a resolution increasing the Freeport Exemption from 40% to 60%, effective January 1, 2014.
“This is a tax of inventory to businesses,” Pittman said. “This decrease is meant to be more business-friendly...and is a key driver to our future economic development.”
Pittman said the exemption will be increased until completely eliminated in 2016.
In other business, Pittman approved the appointment of Julia Baggett to the library board to fill the unexpired term of Brenda Sanford and approved a contract with the Georgia Department of Transportation for the purchase of a 2014 Ford E-450 shuttle bus with wheelchair lift for Murray Transit. Total cost of the vehicle is $44,034.
The county will pay 10 percent of the cost, the state ten percent and the remainder will come from federal funding through grant monies.
Pittman also approved the recommendations from the Murray County Land Use Planning Commission:
*re-classification of property from AG to SR, owned by Chris Childers located on Red Cut Road. The lot is two acres and Childers wanted the rezoning to build a house on the lot;
*re-classification of 8.56 acres at 652 Mt. Carmel Church Road owned by Sonja Queen; and
*re-classification of 20 Bettis Road, owned by Glenice Pearson from HC to RR. Formerly used as a business property, Pearson wishes to use it as residential property.
Pittman also approved the disposal of surplus inventory, a 2002 Ford E-450 Super Duty Ambulance.
A new ambulance was purchased this year and Pittman said this vehicle was being moved out of the rotation.
Joey Arnold said there were changes coming in 2014 concerning the requirements to build a deck.
Arnold said the new amendment was passed by a state board last month and will be effective next year.
A more detailed description of those changes will be in next week’s edition of The Chatsworth Times.
Recreation Director Anthony Pittman said the department is hosting a Christmas basketball tournament and will be bidding some state tournaments.