Citizens speak out at millage rate hearing | The Post-Searchlight

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Citizens speak out at millage rate hearing | The Post-Searchlight

Several Decatur County citizens spoke Tuesday evening at a public hearing to discuss the proposed millage rate increase. Following that 6 p.m. hearing, and during its regularly scheduled 7 p.m. board meeting, the Decatur County Board of Commissioners voted 4-2 to increase the millage rate by 1.75 mills.

Ted Snell said that he believed the county needed to “break bread” with the Bainbridge city government, and determine a way that the county’s 23 Industrial Park customers could connect with the city’s existing sewer system. This would allow the county to eventually close the wastewater treatment plant at the industrial park, saving money on needed improvements, Snell said.

County Administrator Gary Breedlove told Snell that the county’s wastewater treatment plant engineer and previous county administrator, Tom Patton, did not believe that was a viable option. Breedlove said that problems cited included the length of the pipe that would be required, as well as the difficulty in connecting the city’s pipe to the county’s pipe, because the diameters are different.

“I suppose that we just have to trust the judgment of those who were involved at the time,” said Breedlove, noting that the idea had been discussed two years ago but deemed an impractical solution.

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