Rome City Commission to consider a referendum to move Sunday pouring hours up to 11 a.m.; First public hearing on 2018 millage rate is Monday.

Rome City Commission to consider a referendum to move Sunday pouring hours up to 11 a.m.; First public hearing on 2018 millage rate is Monday.

 

The Rome City Commission will discuss a resolution to put a public referendum on the November ballot to change Sunday pouring hours.Georgia’s new “Brunch Bill” (S.B. 17) would allow cities to change Sunday alcohol pouring times from 12:30 p.m. to 11 a.m. if approved by a referendum. The referendum proposal goes on first reading for Monday’s commission meeting at 6:30 p.m. Agenda

If authorized by the City Commission, the issue would go before city voters in the Nov. 6 general election. The resolution will be presented for vote at the July 23 commission meeting.

Also at Monday’s meeting, the commission will hold the first of three public hearings on the proposed 2018 tax millage rate. The proposed combined rates for the City Government and City Schools of 27.536 will result in no increase of millage rates from the prior year, but will be 1.08% (.295 mils) over the calculated rollback rate of 27.241. The estimated City and City school tax for a current $125,000 market valued home would have been $1,377 in 2017, would be estimated at $1,377 for 2018 and at the 2018 rollback rate would be estimated at $1,362.

Additional public hearings will be held on July 16, at 10:00 a.m. at the Sam King Room and July 23 at 6:30 p.m at the City Commission meeting. The millage rate will be adopted at the July 23 meeting.  All concerned citizens are invited to attend these public hearings.

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