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By Ed Hall

By Ed Hall

Macclenny City Commission eyes 13.8% tax rate hike

After receiving a report on new construction permits that will help broaden Macclenny’s tax base, city commissioners tentatively approved the city manager’s request for a 13.8 percent property tax hike last week.

If the higher rate remains in the 2013-14 budget, which begins October 1, property owners would begin paying 4.1 mills, or $4.10 for every $1,000 of assessed value, instead of 3.6 mills.

For example, the owner of a house with a taxable value of $100,000, after deducting for the homestead exemption, would pay $410 in city taxes next year instead of $360, in addition to county government, school district and other taxes.

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Summer play boosts competitiveness

Callie Wheeler goes up for the ball.

Callie Wheeler goes up for the ball.

Members of the BCHS volleyball program will get valuable experience this summer as the team plays several games in preparation for the upcoming season.

The summer games got under way July 16 when Baker County hosted a tri-meet.

Both the varsity and junior varsity teams will be in action playing simultaneously. Coach Heather Sulkowski said that summer volleyball is an opportunity for the girls to get used to playing as a group.

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