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Guyton rolls back millage
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Money dominated Guyton’s city council meeting last Tuesday night as the council both accepted money and agreed to pay out some.

The council agreed to roll back the millage rate to 2.246 percent from 2.61 percent in 2006.

Even with the lowered rate, the city will gain a surplus of about $92,000 because of the amount of revenue received last year.

Councilman Jeff Lariscy proposed that the council accept Hansen Architects’ proposal for improvements to the new Guyton Civic Center. The proposal consists of documentation of existing conditions, a master plan and a preliminary design.

The proposal will cost the city $18,000, which has been allocated for the project out of special purpose local option sales tax funds.

“This will get us kinda kicked off,” Lariscy said.

The council agreed to accept the proposal on the condition that city attorney Ramona Bartos review the contract first.

A donation of $1,819.55 to the local police department was accepted from a Guyton resident who wishes to remain anonymous. The money will be used to purchase tasers.

This same resident donated more than $2,000 last year for tasers.

“I think that’s really fantastic, phenomenal,” Councilman Les Pevey said of the donor’s generosity.

Wal-Mart donated $1,000 to the city, as well. The money will be used to purchase a DVD player, a tripod and a case. Some of it will also go to the police department’s petty cash fund and into the weapons budget.

After looking into what other municipalities pay their election workers, Guyton’s city council decided to set their pay rate at $10 for poll workers and $12 for the elections manager.