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January 10--  The Montgomery County Commission is raising property taxes for the second year in a row.

At its January meeting Monday, the Commission raised the rate three-quarters of a mil to 12.596 mils.  Last year the rate was raised one mil to 11.846 mils.

This year's Montgomery County budget is $3,451,898, an increase of 4.2% according to County Manager David Curry.

The Commission also awarded a contract to build a new county sheriff's office next to the old jail in Mount Vernon.  A Lumber City builder, Webster Construction, submitted the low bid of $241,423 and said it would complete the brick building within a hundred days.  Currie says no decision has been made yet on what to do with the old jail.

The commissioners re-elected Franklin Brantley as Commission Chairman and Vernon Sumner as vice-chairman.