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Newborn votes to keep millage rate from rising
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Newborn voted to keeps its millage stable at 1.935, despite a 7.7 percent reduction in property values.

The value of all the town's properties decreased by $818,865 to $9.72 million, which will result in the city collecting $18,656 in property taxes, $1,574 less than last year.

Newborn operates on a January to December budget, but the city approves its millage rate in the summer every year following the county tax assessor's office appraising all property in the county.

The town discussed the rollback rate of 2.133 mills, which would have collected slightly more in taxes than last year, but it decided to keep the rate steady. The town increased its millage rate from 1.799 to 1.935 in 2010.

The town has a 2011 budget of $306,026, and had 696 residents in 2010, according to the 2010 Census.
Planning and Zoning Board Chairman W.B. Bean told the council during July meetings that the town needs to updates its code and address current violations, including abandoned cars, commercial vehicles being incorrectly parked on residential property, excessive noise and motorcycle racing.

The town does not have code enforcement officers but depends on the Newton County Sheriff's Office to enforce code violations. The town also plans to address its sign ordinance.