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County Mill Levy to Decrease

Russell County CourthouseImprovements to aging county blacktop roads will be built into the 2014 Russell County budget, and instead of a tax hike to pay for the improvements, county residents will actually see a mill levy decrease.

Russell County Commissioners announced Monday that even with the increase in road expenses, the county mill levy will decrease next fiscal year.

Commissioner Alan Kuntzsch says the county has gotten behind on performing road maintenance on its blacktop roads and increasing the Road and Bridge Department's budget should allow more miles of county roadways to be resurfaced.

As Kuntzsch noted, higher property values around the county made the road improvements and also the tax decreases possible.

County Fire Department budgets were also addressed with little change from this year to next.

Other business discussed Monday at the Commissioners meeting was the official appointment of Craig Langdon as Lucas Fire Chief effective immediately until regular elections can be held later this year. The appointment comes two weeks after the resignation of former Chief Richard Urban.

Department updates were heard from the Health Nurse's Office, Economic Development and CVB, and Zoning.

CLICK HERE for the July 1 regular meeting minutes. CLICK HERE for the July 2 special meeting minutes. The minutes from the July 15 meeting will be made available when they are released.

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