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Woodstock City Council members this week set the city millage rate set at a nine-year low.

The Woodstock City Council Monday set a full rollback in the rate at 6.55 mills, the lowest it has been since 2010, when it was 6.53.

A property with a value of $100,000 will have an estimated property tax of $262, a $7 savings from last year. A $500,000 property will be taxed about $1,311, $33 less than last year.

Tax digests in the city have risen steadily in the last few years, climbing above pre-recession values, according to a report from Robert Porche, Woodstock’s chief financial officer. The gross digest, which represents assessed values of all taxable real, personal, motor vehicle and motor home property in the city before exemptions, has grown by 9.64 percent from last year to $1.7 billion.

The new millage rate is effective in October, when this year’s property tax bills will be sent out.

Also at the meeting, the council:

♦ Held a public hearing and voted to approve a conditional use permit for an escape game business opening at 9539 Ga. Highway 92 in suites 170 and 180, behind the Starbucks;

♦ Approved on second reading revisions to the city’s sign standards, which loosen materials requirements, while creating stricter regulations in other areas, such as electronic signs;

♦ Heard part of a series of presentations from senior planner Katie O’Connor on a proposed sustainability plan. O’Connor suggested the city create a sustainability committee and hire a full-time staff member focused on sustainability.

♦ Heard a request from Jeff Pittman to connect property on Woodstock Parkway to the city’s sewer system;

♦ Updated city ordinances on massage therapy businesses, wireless facilities and antennas and structures in right of way areas to reflect changes in state law.

The next mayor and council meeting is 7 p.m. Sept. 9 at the Chambers at City Center, 8534 Main Street in Woodstock.

Shannon is a reporter covering education, city governments, crime, features, religion and other local news. She is a graduate of Young Harris College and currently lives in unincorporated Woodstock.

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