SAVANNAH CITY GOVERNMENT
SPECIAL CALLED MEETING - PUBLIC HEARING REGARDING THE MILLAGE RATE
July 30, 2020 – 6:00 p.m.
Due to the Coronavirus Pandemic, the City Council Special Called Meeting was held at 6:02 p.m., via Zoom video communications. Mayor Johnson recognized Alderwoman Lanier who then offered the Invocation.
PRESENT: Mayor Van R. Johnson, II, Presiding
Alderwoman Kesha Gibson-Carter, At-Large, Post 1, Chairman
Alderwoman Alicia Miller Blakely, At-Large, Post 2
Alderwoman Bernetta B. Lanier, District 1
Alderman Detric Leggett, District 2
Alderwoman Linda Wilder-Bryan, District 3
Alderman Nick Palumbo, District 4, Vice-Chairman
Alderwoman Dr. Estella Edwards Shabazz, District 5, Mayor Pro-Tem
Alderman Kurtis Purtee, District 6
City Manager Pat Monahan
City Attorney Bates Lovett
Clerk of Council Mark Massey
|Special Meeting Agenda Items|
|1. Public Hearing Regarding a Millage Rate Increase|
Mayor Johnson opened the meeting and offered information regarding the three (3) required public hearings being held, to include the current meeting, along with two meetings to be held on August 13, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. He detailed three (3) specific ways to offer public comment: written or by phone; registering to speak online; and in-person participation at City Hall. Then Mayor Johnson indicated that there were two options to consider: the current millage rate at 12.856 mills; and, a rollback rate at 12.739 mills.
Mayor Johnson indicated written public comment received by the Clerk of Council has been distributed to the Mayor and Aldermen in advance of the meeting. He then started the public hearing with the following speakers who offered public comment:
After the last speaker, the Mayor and Aldermen discussed the Notice of Property Tax Increase and the press release that was used to publicize the public hearings. They also talked about the Budget/Tax Millage Rate agenda item discussion held at the meeting of, July 9, 2020, during the work session. Lastly, the Mayor and Aldermen made comments about the public hearing and speakers who appeared.
Hearing no further business, Mayor Johnson adjourned the meeting at 8:02 p.m.
The audio recording of the Council Meeting can be found by copying and inserting the below link in your url:
Mark Massey, Clerk of Council
Date Minutes Approved: August 13, 2020