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Beginning next July, Macon County residents can expect to see on average a 14.8 percent decrease in their property value due to the 2015 tax revaluation. The change in value, which varies based on type of property as well as location within Macon County, will bring Macon County to a .33 millage rate per $100 in Macon County. As it stands right now, at .27 millage rate per $100, Macon County has the lowest property tax rate in the state. The increase will result in Macon County now being the 5th lowest in the state.

Property tax rates need to produce about $25 million annually in order for the county to maintain a revenue neutral budget and be able to provide the current level of services to citizens.

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Children were on their best behavior as Santa Claus was spotted all over town this past weekend at the Winter Wonderland celebration in downtown Franklin as well as at the annual Franklin Christmas Parade on Sunday.

Next Saturday will feature a Gingerbread Competition at Town Hall and the second night of Winter Wonderland from 5 to 8 p.m.

 

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Across North Carolina Monday morning, newly-elected government officials took their Oaths of Office. Macon County’s ceremonies kicked off Monday morning at the courthouse with the swearing in of Macon County Sheriff Robert Holland. Holland, who will be serving his fourth term as sheriff, was sworn in with the help of his wife Marci, and their two children.

"I'm honored to be given the opportunity by the citizens of Macon County to continue serving as Sheriff. The only guarantee I will make to the citizens of Macon County is that they will continue to get the very best of all of us at the MCSO and we will remain committed to making a difference. I am proud of our accomplishments during my 12 years as sheriff but I realize there is still more work to be done..."

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Legitimacy of organizations top list of concerns.

On Monday night the Franklin Board of Aldermen held its monthly meeting at Town Hall. With a short agenda and no one signed up to participate in the public session, the board members got down to business and quickly moved through the items of discussion.

Town attorney John Henning Jr. addressed the possibility of passing an ordinance that would regulate the actions of solicitors that function in the roadways and intersections around town. For at least a couple of years now, there has been concern from citizens and town officials alike about the presence of various groups collecting money from motorists in Franklin.

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Earlier this month, the United States Forest Service released a proposed management plan that includes opening up 700,000 acres of the Pisgah-Nantahala National Forests for timber management.

By designating the additional forest service lands for timber management, the door would be open for additional logging as well as other gaming and recreational opportunities.

The plan has drawn both opposition and support, with the Macon County Commissioners proclaiming their support of the endeavor. Earlier this year, the Board of Commissioners voted to pass a resolution against designating additional areas of the Nantahala National Forest as wilderness areas.

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Over the last few months, Drake Enterprises has organized card creating events to help generate holiday cards for the American Red Cross’ Holiday Mail for Heroes program.

From having a booth at PumpkinFest, to partnering with Franklin-area schools, and even getting Drake employees in on the fun, Drake Enterprises has worked with the community for months to create fun, festive cards of thanks and support to be sent to members of the military for the holidays.

The cards, which will be sent to service members, veterans, and military members recovering in the hospital, will be sent during the holidays in hopes of providing a little bit of joy for our men and women in the military.

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The Macon County Planning Board met last Thursday to consider whether a noise ordinance is needed in the county. After hearing some complaints from members of the public – some of them brought to tears in their pleas – the commissioners tasked the planning board with making the decision.

In the first meeting upon taking up their new task, members of the public turned out to discuss issues they had with neighbors. One in particular stressed how close her and her family were to just calling it quits all together.

“My husband came to me the other night and said 'this is it, we have to list the house,” she said about the late night noises that are regularly produced by her neighbor.

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Original predictions for Macon County’s property tax revaluation reported that the average homeowner in Macon County would experience an estimated 20 percent decline in property value. With the process wrapping up and the Macon County tax office finalizing information, County Manager Derek Roland is reporting that homeowners won’t be taking as big of a hit as expected.

“Revaluation results currently are showing around a 14 percent decline in property values in the aggregate,” said Roland. “At the beginning of the budget year we were expecting this percentage to be as high as 20 percent, but as the economy has continued to recover during this time period, our tax base values have shown improvement as well.”

During an address at the League of Women Voters forum, Roland reported that the revaluation is on track to be completed this month and county tax administrator Richard Lightner will be presenting to the board in December the final results.

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Alec LansingMid-day on Saturday, Nov. 22, a body which is believed to be that of Alec Lansing, was found in the Nantahala National Forest.

On Saturday, Nov. 22, the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office along with multiple volunteers coordinated by the Jackson County Emergency Management Office conducted further searching of the forest where Lansing was last seen. The body was found in a remote portion of the forest by searchers.

The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office investigators along with investigators with the United States Forest Service Law Enforcement are working together to continue to investigate the death. An autopsy has been requested by investigators to determine the cause of death.

Lansing has been missing since Monday, Nov. 10, 2014.

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