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Church Honors The CLemmers -3/I Family Continues LaGrange Tradition -I Th PRSRT STD AUTO,. U S POSTAGE PAiD HOGANSVILLE, GA PERMIT NO 35 Formerly The Hogansville Herald Scraping the Hogansville-Grantville Area Since 1944 ~61, NO. 26 HOGANSVILLE, GEORGIA - THURSDAY, JUNE 24, 2004 12 PAGES 2 SECTIONS 50 i " By Franoes Robinson DOWN - All but of the Pear trees that ' ,ned Main Hogansville felled by work- to make way for the sidewalks that are built by Gerald Construction as of the Hogansville project, ~ may be wrapped up for the July 4 Here, workmen the sidewalk down this week. CLAYBROOK Hogansville Police soon be providing dispatch services Wilson St. Clair con- Chief Guy Spradlin and Chief Jerry Ramos have Dog! CiW lhxes to Go Down New Annual Budget Smaller, Yet Still Includes Pay Raise By CUNT CLAYBROOK There is good news for Hogansville residents this week: city taxes are going down. The City Council on Monday night approved the city's Fiscal Year 2004-2005 budget, which came in some $100,000 under projections for the current year, mean- mg that property owners will actually get a reduction in the taxes they pay the city in the coming year. The total budget is $6,056,070; the enterprise or utilities budget is $4,328,600; the general fund budget, which is the city's general operating fund is budgeted at $1,727,220. There's a 2.2 percent across-the-board pay raise for city employees built in. HOWEVER you view it, at a time when the State's rev- enues have declined and cuts have had to be made in edu- cation funding and in the .reducing a city's operating expenses makes for a success stow. Mayor Wilson St. Clair predicted after the City Council approved the budg- et at a Monday night meeting that a reduction of the city's millage rate from 9.75 to 7.75 mils will mean an annual sav- ings of about $80 in city taxes to a homeowner whose resi- dence is valued at $100,000. City Councilman Jack Leidner noted that this is the SL Clair Leidner third consecutive year that Hogansville's government has been able to reduce taxes; city taxes in Hogansville have gone down 30 percent in that time, he noted. The budget, if on target, would add $227,000 to the city's contingency funds, $195,000 in the city's enter- prise fund and $32,000 in the general fund, according to projections. Jack I~idner, who heads the city's finance committee, said the city has some $400,000 to $500,000 in reserves, but he'd like to see closer to $1 million in reserves. EVEN SO, he had praise for Andy Sharpe and Bill CA?As worked with the finance committee, Leidner, City Manager Randy Jordan and others who helped develop the new budget. "I think we set a record by lowering (the tax rate) two mills at one time, said City Councilman Thomas Pike. But Sherman Yarbrough, a local resident who owns sev- eral rental properties in the city and has been embroiled See BUDGET, Page 6A May Pay Hogansville to Handle Dispatching GrantviUe police. Grantville was forced to find somebody to handle its non-emer- gency 911 calls after the Coweta County Commission cut off that service to Grantville a month or more ago. emergency 911 calls unless the city pays for that service. Grantvile City Manager Doug Bennett was quoted last week as saying that Hogansville will handle his city's non-emergency calls amdthe cost will be $5 per call and that Hogansville will handle all checks through the Georgia Crime Information Center that are requested by Grantville police. been discussing whether Hogansville can handle Grantville's non-emergency calls. "But it hasn't to(the City Council)" yet, St. go t[en C~ said. But the proposed deal might not be far away. State Sen. Dan Lee, who is the city attorney for both cities, is reportedly working on an agree- ment that will be presented to both town councils. Under the proposal, Hogansville won't deal with Emergency 911 calls from Grantville. "Coweta County, under the law, will continue to han- dle those calls," Wilson said. "Our police department would handle things like running license checks if somebody is stopped in Grantville or doing background checks," tag checks or auto regis- tration checks requested by Commissioners in that county ruled that the county isn't respon- sible for handling Grantville's non- Don't Cost,' Renting Does thos~ videos would cost $49. CLAYBROOK woman a movie entitled Don't Cost a Thing," is about to find out indeed it does, especial- it's on a rented video cas- IAnda Livingston of the U.S. Highway told police that Wakika 29, of 203 Elm Street rented the video at the The estimated cost was were told. Also, on June 15, complained to poremovies being returned to the In that case she said, to a police report, "Blue Hill Avenue" and ,29 and still had not She estimated that one of In another incident, she said, a movie entitled "Rundown" was rented on April 6 and still hadn't been returned by June 15. "Warrant procedures were advised," the officgr dealing with those com- plaints wrote. In other recent incidents: On July 15, when Hogansville police officer Scott WiLson assisted a Troup County sheriff's deputy in serving a warrant at 205 Avery Lane in LaGrange found the wanted person, Billy Shane Bozeman, 25, in possession of le~s than an ounce of marijuana and charged him with that offense. On July 10, a police offi- cer was sent to 4-A Jennings Homes to assist the Troup County Fire Department with crowd control, according to a report dealing with that incident. By Clint ChrFI0mo~ FLAPPING IN THE BREEZE- The flags at Antioch Baptist Church were standing almost horizontal on Monday. They're waving rnajestical~ over the church's newly-striped parking lot.