The Holly Springs City Council approved at its Aug. 18 meeting rolling the millage rate back, a decision that could bring savings to residents’ tax bills.
With Mayor Tim Downing absent from the meeting, the council voted 5-0 to set the millage rate at 5.5 mills, which is down from 6 mills. One mill is equal to $1 per $1,000 of assessed value, after exemptions, and property is taxed at 40 percent of its assessed value.
Although the revenue neutral millage rate is lower than last year’s, the city’s tax digest has increased by roughly 10 percent, which could result in a slightly higher property tax bill for some residents. A home valued at $200,000 last year now could be valued around $220,000, causing the tax bill to increase by roughly $4.
However, if a Holly Springs resident’s home valuation remains the same as last year’s, it could result in a cost savings.
A public hearing was held on the millage rate; however, no one spoke.
Also at the meeting, the city council approved a five-item consent agenda, which included a conditional use permit request to construct a two-story climate controlled building at a pre-existing self-storage facility on Holly Springs Parkway.
The applicant, Daniel Curtis, owner of Stuf’N Storage, located at 2820 Holly Springs Pkwy., currently operates six existing one-story self-storage buildings, as well as a U-Haul rental service. The business has been operating since 2011.
Curtis now has been approved to construct a 14,000-square-foot, 220-unit climate controlled storage facility toward the back of the property. According to the applicant, the building will not be visible from adjacent properties, as the business is obligated to comply with buffer requirements.
Stuf’N Storage currently is located in the Town Center of the Future Development Map. The city’s Future Land Use Map shows the area as developing for commercial and mixed-use in the Town Center.
In other business, the City Council:
• approved, 5-0, the acquisition of two EXMark mowers to be used by the Parks and Recreation Department for maintenance. The mowers cost $9,416 each, totalling $18,832. Howard Brothers Inc. was the lowest bidder;
• approved, 5-0, an addendum to the pre-acquisition and acquisition services for the Downtown Pedestrian Improvement & Holly Springs Pedestrian Improvement Contract project. The city has a contract with BM&K Construction and Engineering. The contract was amended to include the appeal fees in the amount of $2,400 for parcels 1 and 36 to cover the cost of additional work for the administrative appeals;
• approved, 5-0, awarding the asbestos abatement for 2725 Holly Springs Pkwy. to Atlas Environmental Services LLC in the amount of $1,550;
• approved, 5-0, awarding the City Hall and public safety building exterior paint project to the low bidder, Larry Gasaway, in the amount of $11,150;
• approved, 5-0, the performance contract between the Alligator Hat Band and the City of Holly Springs. The Alligator Hat Band is set to perform at the city’s annual Autumn Fest event, which will be held Saturday, Oct. 4, from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m., at Barrett Park; and
• entered in executive session for the purpose of real estate; no action was taken.