Thomson City Council unanimously adopted their new millage rate and tentatively approved a new budget of $3.8 million for 2009 during their monthly meeting at city hall last Thursday night.
Council members decided to keep the same millage rate of 5.4 mills.
The new tentative budget totals $3,860,823 and includes a built-in 2.5 percent pay increase for all city employees. It reflects a difference of $245,511 more than the 2008 budget of $3,615,312.
In other business, council members unanimously approved a zoning change request concerning property owned by Brink Bradshaw at 617 North Main Street.
City Planning Director Fred Guerrant had been requested by city council members during last month's meeting to take the matter back to the city planning commission and get a recommendation from them since they did not render one when the matter originally was presented.
Mr. Guerrant did as instructed and returned with a recommendation for council members at last week's meeting. At their July 24 meeting, James Alfriend, chairman of the city planning board, recommended that a "professional" zoning classification be placed on the property owned by Mr. Bradshaw. Board members Connie Dozier and Luther Wilson made motions based to adopt Mr. Alfriend's recommendation.
City council members concurred with the recommendation, which now makes Mr. Bradshaw's property "professionally" zoned.