By Taelor Rye
The Dodge County Board of Commissioners unanimously voted not to raise the tax millage rate for the upcoming fiscal year at its meeting on August 1.
The Eastman-Dodge County Development Authority has proposed a raise of the millage rate in an attempt to encourage economic development throughout the county.
Although the county moved not to raise its rate, the Eastman City Council has yet to adopt its tax rate for the upcoming fiscal year, likely to be decided at its meeting on August 8.
The board also voted to approve Cindy Eckles as the new member of the board of tax assessors, tabling a vote on nominee Faye Jessup until the next meeting.
County manager Bobby Peacock requested permission to advertise the sale of a 2007 Dodge Charger, which the board approved.
Charles Williams, of the development authority, discussed with the board the option of local power companies EMC and Georgia Power developing interest in dark fiber optics, relaying that Dodge County is the only county in the area that has not contributed financially to a recent feasibility study.
Sharon Cobb Flanagan of the Dodge County Farmer’s Market Authority gave a summation of the recent farmer’s market, noting that attendance and the number of vendors has recently dipped due to a number of reasons including heat-related health issues, family reunions, tax-free weekend and vacations, among others.
The board’s next meeting will take place on Monday, August 15 at 6:00 p.m.