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September 12--  It's been 19 years since property taxes were increased in the city of Vidalia and the city council wants to keep it that way.

The council has a called meeting September 25 to set the property tax millage rate and plans to hold it at 4.5 mils.  However, city manager Bill Torrance told the council Monday night the time is coming when the rate may have to go up to pay for increased costs in running the city.

Meanwhile, the city's annual audit shows the town is in good financial shape with more than $47 million in assets and less than $1 million in liabilities.

It won't be long before the now vacant Vidalia Police Department building is history.  The city has awarded McLendon Construction a $22,000 demolition contract and plans to use the space for parking and green space.

In other actions at its September meeting, the council approved a $100,000 seven-year economic development loan to U.S. Energy at three percent to buy new equipment; okayed a $5,375 contract to Nicky Ray for renovation work at Flossie Hayes Park; reappointed Hughes Threlkeld to the Vidalia Housing Authority and commended ESG, the company which runs the city's water and sewer system, for winning the Water Plant of the Year Award from the Georgia Association of Water Producers.