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Wesson holds down millage another year

Residents of the Town of Wesson will still have one of the lowest tax burdens in the county come December. The town’s Board of Aldermen voted 5-0 to keep millage rates the same–for the eighteenth consecutive year–at last Tuesday’s regular monthly meeting.

“I think it says a lot about the way we do business,” mayor Alton Shaw said. “We work with a conservative budget and do our best to live within our means. Next year will be no different.”

The town is working on the budget for fiscal year 2009 and will hold the required hearing for local residents on Tuesday, September 16 at 6:00 p.m. at town hall. Citizens are encouraged to attend and ask questions.

The board opened one bid for a new fire truck and decided after light discussion to reject it. The bid was for $185,000 for a new truck. Currently the town has access to a $70,000 grant to help pay for the vehicle, but the aldermen decided to put back funds for several years to pay for the truck instead. The Wesson Volunteer Fire Department’s current truck is rated until 2016, and may be rated beyond then, Shaw explained.

The board voted to terminate an employee in the public works department, Shaw announced after a 15 minute executive session that was closed to the public.

Several other routine items were handled by the board before the body recessed until Tuesday, September 16 for the budget hearing. The next regularly scheduled meeting will be on Tuesday, October 7 at 7:00 p.m.

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