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Ludowici tax bills may drop
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Ludowici property owners can expect their city property-tax bills to go down.

The Ludowici City Council June 14 approved lowering the property-tax millage from 9 to 8 mills.

Council members said they were happy with the decision.

"It’s never been that low before," Councilman Mark Chesser said.

Under the current millage, the owner of a home with an assessed value of $100,000 has a $360 property-tax bill. With the new millage, that property owner’s tax bill will drop to $320, Long County Tax Assessor Beverly Johnson said in an interview after the meeting.

The council also heard about Paxen Learning Service LLC, a workforce program. It is contracted by the Coastal Workforce Investment Board, based in Savannah, to provide training and experience to young people between the ages of 17 and 24. It also provides GED training.

Its summer work program is four to eight weeks long, and the regular work program is year-round.

Paxen serves Bryan, Liberty and Long counties. It manages time records and worksites and provides supervision.

"We’re looking forward to partnering with the city of Ludowici," Yvette Tippins, a job-placement specialist for Paxen, told the council.

Next on the council’s agenda was an appointment to the Coastal Regional Commission Council. The CRC appointed Ray Howard to be the non-public representative for Long County.

"Ray is a good man for the job," Chesser said.

CRC representatives attend monthly meetings in Darien and are given updates of the commission’s latest developments.

Lastly, funds were discussed. The city’s bank balance is $138,776 with outstanding debts totaling $981. As for water/sewer, the balance is currently $63,516, and bills total $1,268. General-fund savings are $224,457, and the city’s Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax balance is $69,322.

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