The city is not raising its tax rate of 9.5 mills, which has been the same for the past eight years. The final vote to adopt the city’s budget and tax rate will take place Oct. 7.
It appeared it was the committee meeting that drew the roomful of people to the Sept. 16 gathering, and the first speaker was Kim Carter from the Georgia Department of Community Affairs.
Carter was introduced by Sherri Rollins who is the chairman of Gray’s Downtown Development Authority, and her mission was to inform the council about various funding mechanisms the state has in place that could finance DDA projects.
Carter is the coordinator for the state’s revolving loan fund, and she explained the city would be the conduit to funnel the funds where needed but would not bear responsibility for repayment.
Grant administrator Linda Carol was the next to speak. She is currently working on Gray’s CDBG that is rehabbing eight houses on North Jefferson Street and Martin Luther King Blvd. She said three of the houses have been completed and two are under construction.
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