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October 2, 2012

Dalton council cuts taxes

The Dalton City Council rolled back its property tax rate for the fifth straight year Monday night.

Council members voted 4-0 to set the 2012 property tax rate at 2.697 mills, down 3.09 percent from 2.78 mills in 2011. Mayor David Pennington said the 2012 rate is expected to bring in $9.079 million, down from $9.209 million in 2011. But Pennington said the city has budgeted for that decrease.

“We should have a balanced operating budget,” he said.

Council members also heard a report on Nob North Golf Course, which finished 2011 with a  net operating income of $120,501. That marked the first time in 12 years and just the sixth time in the last 19 years the golf course, which is owned by the city, ended the year in the black.

Total revenue and income for 2011 stood at $909,290, up from $897,774 in 2010. Meanwhile, operating expenses stood at $778,789, down from $939,310 in 2010.

Pennington said he asked for the report to highlight the turnaround at Nob North.

“The golf course brings a lot to our city, but it needs to pay for itself,” he said.

Dalton Parks and Recreation Director Steve Card said the staff at the golf course has “done yeoman’s work in cutting costs,” finding ways to cut electricity, finding less expensive vendors for supplies and cross training in order to cut labor costs.

Card said nice weather also helped because customers were able to golf more, increasing revenue.

Council members also voted 4-0 to:

• Approve a $22,350 contract with Marion Environmental Inc. to develop a corrective action plan for 501 W. Waugh St. An underground fuel tank was removed from that site in 2007, but the soil was recently discovered to be contaminated. The city will pay $10,000 for the plan, with the rest being reimbursed by a state cleanup fund.

• Approve a resolution allowing First Bank of Dalton to deposit or remove funds from the state local government investment pool. City Administrator Ty Ross said the resolution is necessary for the bank to continue handling the city’s general fund.

• Approve a resolution clarifying references to the Development Authority of the City of Dalton in past meeting minutes.

• Approve package beer and wine licenses for Corner Express.

Council members also recognized Oct. 1 as United Daughters of the Confederacy Day. Pennington commended the local Drewry R. Smith chapter for its efforts to clean up and restore the statue of Confederate Gen. Joseph E. Johnston in downtown Dalton.


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