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August 10--  The Toombs County Commissioners are maintaining property tax rates at the current level.

At its meeting Tuesday, the Commission approved a tax rate of 9.624 mils to raise local revenue estimated at $5.7 million.

The commission also approved a one mil levy to support the Toombs County Development Authority.  Executive Director Bill Mitchell says the nearly $595,000 in revenue will help the Authority continue its work of attracting new business to Toombs County.

The commission will hold a public hearing August 30th regarding new county commission districts.  County manager Doug Eaves provides the following information on the redistricting plan.

 

"The public is invited to a public meeting at 5:30 on August 30, 2011 to review and comment (on the new district map). District one would pick-up 897 citizens, District two would pick-up 104 citizens, and District Three will lose 1001 citizens. District Four has no changes. The purpose of these changes are to minimize the deviation from the median average to achieve the one man-one vote principle. The deviation range on each district will be less than 2% well within the acceptable range. The new maps as developed by the Legislative Reapportionment Office adheres to the primary redistricting principles of Compactness of Districts, Maintaining Communities of Interest, Maintenance of Core Districts, Adherence to Natural subdivision and precinct boundaries, and  Incumbent protection."

Once the new map is approved by the Commission, it will require approval by the U.S. Department of Justice and enabling legislation by the state legislature.