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.