Trion Town Council Reduces Tax On Mount Vernon Mills PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 07 June 2017 17:34
Mount Vernon Mills will pay less in taxes in 2018 thanks to a vote by the Trion Town Council.
Council members voted 4-1 earlier this month to increase the Freeport tax exemption to 60 percent from 40 percent. Councilman Casey Brown was the lone dissenting vote.
Mount Vernon also asked that its portion of expenses at the town’s wastewater treatment plant be reduced from the current rate of 94 percent to 90 percent. But that idea advanced no further. No councilman would make a motion in support of it.
The exact amount of taxes Mount Vernon will save depends on the amount of the inventory the mill possesses. Had the 60 percent Freeport rate been in effect this year, the town would have lost about $70,000 in revenue.
“It won’t affect us this year because our budget and our tax rate is already set but we will have to take it into account next year,” said Trion Mayor Larry Stansell. Stansell said the loss in revenue could lead to a higher property tax rate.
Council members approved the Freeport increase with minimal discussion.
Councilman Mickey McGraw said the town’s citizens showed their support for the Freeport exemption in the past when they voted for it in a referendum.
No one from Mount Vernon Mills attended the meeting. Evidently all discussions of the subject were done in private.
“I think that exemption should be used for new businesses, not 200-year-old businesses,” said Councilman Brown.
Stansell said mill management thinks they should be paying less for repairs at the wastewater treatment plant, based on “decreased flow” from the mill. However, the mill continues to account for as much as 99 percent of the water treated at the plant, according to a report by officials with the state EPD.
Fair sponsorship
Council voted unanimously to spend $3,000 to sponsor a “free ticket day” at the Chattooga County Agricultural Fair in August. The Town of Trion will be advertised as the official sponsor for Sunday, Aug. 27.
Fair board member Larry Howard asked the council for its support and got it. 
The money will come from the town’s hotel-motel tax.
Financing switch
Council voted 4-1 to allow the mayor to approve payments for initial bills on the town’s splash pad project.  
Meeting Moved
The council moved its June meeting to Tuesday, June 20 at 6 p.m.

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