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County property taxes to rise 15 percent

By Nick Nunn staff writer The Morgan County Board of Commissioners (BOC) held a public hearing to set the 2015 millage rate at their July 1 regular meeting. At the meeting, County Manager Michael Lamar acknowledged that the county will be increasing the millage rate above the

BOE budget is $26.5 million

By Nick Nunn staff writer The Morgan County Board of Education (BOE) voted to approve the advertisement of a proposed budget for fiscal year (FY) 2015, showing total expenditures of more than $27,800,000 and total revenues of approximately $27,565,000. The proposed expenditures for FY 2015 would be

Man gets 25 years after striking then running from GSP

By Patrick Yost editor A man who attempted to impersonate a U.S. soldier while transporting narcotics was sentenced to 25 years last week, with 15 years to serve in prison. Adrian Anthony Johnson, 33, Ridgeland, S.C. pled guilty to one count possession fo methylone (molly), one count

Even with rollback rate, city property taxes to rise

By Nick Nunn staff writer The City of Madison is proposing adopting the rollback millage rate of 6.127 for fiscal year (FY) 2015. An increase in the gross tax digest for Madison from roughly $213,000,000 in 2013 to approximately $233,000,000 in 2014 allowed the rollback millage rate

Taxpayers vent at BOC meeting

By Tia Lynn Lecorchick editor Over 40 Morgan County residents flooded the Board of Commissioners’ (BOC) June 17 work session to inquire and complain about the recent property value notifications sent out on May 8. The notifications indicated, for many, a severe spike in the value of

SWEATIN’ DOGS

Morgan County High School head football coach Bill Malone has a watchful eye on two players this week. The Bulldogs are participating in early morning workouts and seven–on–seven competitions as a means to prepare for the upcoming season.  For more on training see page B1.. photo by Jesse Walker

Assessors to send out new tax notices

By Tia Lynn Lecorchick staff writer Morgan County property owners can expect a second round of property value notices from the Morgan County Tax Assessors in coming weeks. The Morgan County Tax Assessors approved the second round of property value notices on June 17. The second round

Appraiser gives board tax value explanations

By Tia Lynn Lecorchick Morgan County property values are slowly creeping upward, according to Chuck Anglin, chief appraiser for the county. Anglin presented a slide show depicting the real estate history of the last six years to the Morgan County Tax Assessors on June 17. Anglin reported

HPC denies historic house gas lighting request

By Tia Lynn Lecorchick staff writer The Historic Preservation Commission (HPC) voted unanimously to approve an application from Jimmy Stanton to install porch lights at his 1851 historical home located at 928 Eatonton Road in Madison. Stanton’s application was approved on the condition that Stanton switch to

Rutledge balks at Chamber’s request

By Tia Lynn Lecorchick editor The Rutledge City council debated a recent request from Bob Hughes, president of the Madison-Morgan Chamber of Commerce, suggesting the city increase it’s annual dues from $1000 to $1500 for the fiscal year (FY) 2014-2015 on June 16 at their monthly meeting.