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Tax hike by Macclenny City Commission ‘tentative’

After receiving a report on new construction permits that should 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.

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City panel reduces setbacks for Copper Creek homeowners’ pool, carport

Two Copper Creek homeowners went before Macclenny’s Zoning Adjustment Board on the evening of July 15 seeking variances to setback requirements, including one who wanted to have a structure built on his property line, and both left satisfied.

The five-member board granted both requests, one allowing James Bennett to have an in-ground pool installed behind his house at 1109 Copper Field Circle and the other permitting Randy Smith to build a carport-type storage structure attached to his house at 1305 Copper Creek Drive.

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Plans for construction materials storage site irks neighborhood residents

Noise, dust and heavy truck traffic are nuisances that homeowners in the quiet Macclenny II subdivision say they don’t want on the edge of their neighborhood just outside the city limits south of Interstate 10 near SR 121.

Several residents from the neighborhood drove home that point to the Macclenny Commission the evening of July 9 during a public hearing to consider annexing and rezoning a 6-acre parcel for industrial use by a local road construction firm.

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