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Porterdale Council OKs 2-mill tax increase

PORTERDALE -- The City Council approved the third and final reading of an ordinance Thursday night that sets the city's property tax millage rate at 19.892 mills, a 2-mill increase over the previous year.

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Porterdale OKs 2 mill tax increase

The City Council approved the third and final reading of an ordinance Thursday night that sets the city's property tax millage rate at 19.892 mills, a 2-mill increase over the previous year.

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Referendum set on Sunday beer, wine sales

PORTERDALE -- The stage is now set for voters in Porterdale to decide if they will allow retail sales of beer and wine in their city on Sunday.

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Porterdale council hears opposition to millage increase

PORTERDALE -- The first of three public hearings for the city's proposed millage rate increase Tuesday night drew critical comments from two citizens, including former mayor Wayne Maddox.

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Porterdale council hears opposition to millage increase

PORTERDALE — The first of three public hearings for the city's proposed millage rate increase Tuesday night drew critical comments from two citizens, including former mayor Wayne Maddox.

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City charter affirms closed meeting was illegal

PORTERDALE -- City Councilman Robert Foxworth Tuesday night succeeded in his effort to have the City Council readdress issues that he said were discussed in an illegal closed meeting; however, the outcome of those discussions was unchanged.

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Sunday sales goes to Porterdale voters

PORTERDALE -- The city intends to call for a referendum in August that will put Sunday retail beer and wine sales on the ballot in November.

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Porterdale at odds over closed session

PORTERDALE -- City Councilman Robert Foxworth was at odds with some fellow council members Monday night as he sought to make a point about what he believed to have been illegal action on the part of other council members at the previous meeting in June.

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Porterdale at odds over closed session

PORTERDALE — City Councilman Robert Foxworth was at odds with some fellow council members Monday night as he sought to make a point about what he believed to have been illegal action on the part of other council members at the previous meeting in June.

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Porterdale to meet on millage rate

PORTERDALE -- The city will hold a meeting at 6:30 p.m. July 28 for the purpose of setting its 2011 millage rate.

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Porterdale to meet on millage rate

PORTERDALE — The city will hold a meeting at 6:30 p.m. July 28 for the purpose of setting its 2011 millage rate.

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Councilman: Closed door meeting illegal

PORTERDALE -- The City Council went into closed session over the objections of one council member last week for the purpose of reviewing resumes for the Municipal Court solicitor and judge.

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Porterdale: Council increases millage, cuts costs

The City Council voted 4-1 Tuesday night to increase the property tax millage rate by 2 mills and take some cost-cutting steps in order to end the year in the black. Porterdale's current millage is 17.518 mills.

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Former solicitor files complaints against officer

An internal investigation into complaints against a Porterdale Police sergeant has resulted in two verbal reprimands for fraternizing with City Council members and presenting an unprofessional image.

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Porterdale faces grim financials

PORTERDALE -- Less-than-expected revenue collections and a shrinking tax digest have Porterdale officials facing the same difficult decision as many other governments -- raise taxes, cut services or both.

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City seeks restrictions on pit bulls

Describing pit bulldogs as a "stick of dynamite with a short fuse that could blow up at any time," Councilman Mike Harper asked his fellow council members Monday night to consider banning pit bulls in Porterdale.

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Porterdale receives $250K grant

A $250,000 grant from the Georgia Department of Transportation will be used toward completion of renovations of the Old Train Depot in Porterdale and continue work on the town's multi-use trail.

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Porterdale to pass along water rate increase

PORTERDALE -- The City Council approved the first and second readings of an ordinance to increase water and sewer rates to residents and businesses at a called meeting Thursday night, passing along an increase from the Newton County Water and Sewer Authority.

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Porterdale looks for input on gym

PORTERDALE -- Members of the City Council are looking for input from contractors on a project to stabilize and put a new roof on Porter Memorial Gymnasium.

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Porterdale eyes alcohol referendum

PORTERDALE -- A referendum on package sales of beer and wine was a topic of discussion for City Council members again last week.

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DUI spurs review of court, judge

PORTERDALE -- Some City Council members showed their dissatisfaction with the current Municipal Court judge, solicitor and private probation firm Monday night, voting 4-1 to seek out qualified applicants for those services. The vote followed a personnel discussion in closed session.

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Porterdale mulls Sunday alcohol

PORTERDALE -- Package sales of alcoholic beverages on Sunday was a topic of discussion for the Porterdale City Council at its work session Thursday night.

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Council to drop vacant property registration

PORTERDALE — The City Council told landlords Thursday night that it would give up on a proposed ordinance that would have required property owners to register vacant properties.

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Council to drop vacant property registration

The City Council told landlords Thursday night that it would give up on a proposed ordinance that would have required property owners to register vacant properties.

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Code enforcement an opportunity to help

PORTERDALE -- Police Chief Geoff Jacobs is looking for a little help from area individuals and agencies to improve the quality of life in the historic mill village.

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Porterdale offers retirement plan to full-time employees

The city's full-time employees will be able to enroll in a retirement plan following a decision by the City Council on Monday night.

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Porterdale OKs outside revelry

Patrons in Porterdale can enjoy outside dining and entertainment, but they must go in by 11 p.m., based on a newly passed amendment to the city's ordinances.

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Porterdale looks to put in speed humps

PORTERDALE -- An inquiry by an Ivy Street resident prompted the City Council to look for a simple solution to a problem that has plagued residents of that street for more than a year.

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Porterdale looks at cuts to 2011 budget

PORTERDALE -- The Porterdale City Council heard the first and second readings of the 2011 proposed budget ordinance Monday night, though some work is yet to be done on the spending plan.

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Porterdale prepares for vote on budget

The Porterdale City Council is expected to hold the first and second readings of the town's proposed 2011 budget at the Dec. 6 council meeting, with the third and final reading to take place sometime in mid-December.

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Porterdale OKs trails plan

PORTERDALE -- A resolution endorsing a plan for a regional network of bicycling and walking trails was approved by the Porterdale City Council last week.

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Porterdale OKs Veterans Day as paid holiday

City employees in Porterdale will have Thursday off as a paid holiday following a vote by the City Council on Monday night.

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Porterdale OKs $10K referendum

PORTERDALE — Porterdale posted the earliest election results in Newton County on Tuesday evening, reporting shortly after 7:30 p.m. that city residents approved a $10,000 homestead exemption referendum.

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Porterdale OKs $10K referendum

Porterdale posted the earliest election results in Newton County on Tuesday evening, reporting shortly after 7:30 p.m. that city residents approved a $10,000 homestead exemption referendum.

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