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PAGE 2-A HOGANSVILLE HOME NEWS - THURSDAY, JUNE 20, 2002 Proposed at 6 p.m. to, finalized the vote City Budget Will &apos;Hold the Line,' Officials By Bryan Geter before the July 1 due date. Mayor Wilson St. Clair The Hogansville City said the budget is pretty Council approved the Ist straightforward. reading of the new budget for The budget will hold the FY 2002-2003 during the line at a little below the cur- council meeting Monday rent inflation rates, accord- evening and then called for a ing to city officials. "special meeting" on June 27 The city's mill rate Step Up for Savings As Easy as 1-2-3 Our 1-2-3 Step-Up CD* takes the worry out of investing! No need to try to time the market. If rates go up, you can tell us to "step-up" your interest rate. The longer your term, the more times you can step-up. -i- Buy a 1 year CD at 2.75% Annual Percentage Yield (APY) & take 1 step up anxtime. -2- Buy a 2 year CD at 3.60% APY, take 2 step-ups anytime. Bank & Trust for exciting limited -3- Buy a 3 year CD at 4.25% APY, take 3 step-ups anytime. Step up to Meriwether full details about this time offerf** " TI spe<lai offer available to individuals only no commerca; accounts p e,se  }h Sec!i Offer expires orl JIjty l, 2002 This ts a single r'a[Jr!ty cetlf!cae Uptrl rrai,ity ,nte;est w;i! rio Iorlger accrue. Mtqtx,,li deposit of $250 Ttere IS a peratty fo erly Withdrawai rte aprt:a ioet. Ce,*.ae yieid !AP ) assklmes the prilacpal and its ioteresl will rema;r or deposit fc a fti yea al: re iisted rate or tJntit vetaturlty V{/lttclrawat5 fees. ariel ohe, ctd- tcn5 ca educe ernlrQs Meriwether Bank & Trust Manchester Warnl Springs 846-8471 655-3391 www. meriwetherbt.com Member FDIC Equal Housing Lender Every week we help thousands of people with remains unchanged while new assessments will also be under the State rate of infla- tion. "It's a very business-like budget. The city council has done a great job," St Clair stat- ed, "As any business person can tell you, a business, and a small town government is a business, is affected by price increases in labor, cap- ital goods and utilities. Even when these increases, like utilities, which are often beyond our control, are over the national inflation rate, we have founds ways to cut costs in other places." "When you consider infla- tion, we're doing more on less," he added. "We are get- ting less from the taxpayer after inflation." "Indeed, if it weren't for Hogansville's debt from 1991. with this budget," St. Clair saidl "we could get along with- out collecting any city prop- erty taxes at all." The budget limits increases across the board in utilities to 2.4%, two tenths of a per cent below the fed- eral cost of living raise of 2.6%. St Clair said this was done though utility rate suppliers have raised the city's cost by as much.0s 5%. Beside'S"the 2.4%, the city will also increase fee for water and sewer taps and grave openings. Cemetery grave openings and closing fee will go from $200 to $300; $350 for week-I ends and holidays; water and sewer tap fees which are cur- rently $300 for water and $200 for sewer will be $450; utility rate increase for elec- tric, gas, water and sewer will be 2.4% 'rhese departments aren't breaking even and the fees have been the same for years," St Clair stated. "We're also hundreds of dollars cheaper than the market for these services in surround- hag cities. These fees have to be brought in line with our costs." The new budget Capital Outlay calls for a patrol car, GCIC terminal upgrade, a used service truck, a used trencher and hay cutting and baling equipment. Also included in the budg- Error Will Delay Nonpartisan Election Change Four Years Lee said. By Bryan Geter Lee said the legislative It will another four years before Troup or Meriwether counties will hold nonparti- san elections for chief mag- istrate because of a typo- graphical error. 'Fhe legislative counsers office made an error in draft- ing the legislation," Sen. Dan Lee stated last week. Lee's local bill to have nonpartisan election for chief magistrate was approved by the General Assembly, but not for probate judge. Lee said when they draft- ed legislation for magistrate court, they put 2004 instead of 2002. It was just an error, counsel's office can do noth- ing to correct the mistake, which means the chief mag- istrate won't be nonpartisan until 2006. Lee said it is unfortunate and ashame to have put so much effort to get it done and have an error made in the date. "I am strongly support- ive of judges' races being non- partisan," Lee added. Lee said next year he plans to introduce a statewide bill for nonpartisan elections for probate judges and mag- istrates. State and superior court judges are already nonparti- san. Lee said partisan races put judges in an awkward sit- uation because they're not supposed to engage in poli- tics. "In most counties, probate judges are also election superintendent," Lee stated. "How can they be partisan one day and nonpartisan on election day?" et is employee increase F/Y 2001-2002 (Cola) approxi- mately $38,000 and employ- ee increase (bonus) F/Y 02-03 approximately $30,000. City Manager David Aldrich said the new budget is a well-tight one, "cutting out the fat and some of the lean." The millage rate will go no greater than Clair said, ifit percent, we will roll so that even ments the property increases will not be three percent State rate. Aldrich said the had not yet been and returned of yet. City of Hogansville 400 East Main Street Hogansville, GA 30230 706-637-8629 Notice to the Public Budget hearing for the General Budget for year July 1, 2002 through June 30, 2003 will held at City Hall on June 27, 2002 at 6:30 p.m. Gener&l Fund Budget $1,650,480 Enterprise Fund Budget 4,158,060 Total Budget " $5,808,540 A copy of the budget summary may be seen al office of the City Clerk between the hours of a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. The citizens of Hogansville are invited to on the Budget. Written or oral comments will received on or before the date of the Public Hearing. City of Hoc David Aldrich, City cExp.o enmr 299 Commerce Ave., US HWY. 20 (OLD WAL-MART LaGrange, GA (706) 884-2500 -. ", - ......... . , ! The Hogansville Optimist Club donated the flagpole and accessories. Lionel Booth donated the flag to H.C.I.A. The Home News regrets reporting otherwise. ..... G # 3076 '02 Maxima 98 Chry. 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