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Montgomery Swaps Property With Church
Monday, 14 December 2009

December 14--  The Montgomery County commission is swapping property with a Mount Vernon church.

Monday afternoon the Commission paid Toombs County $84,750 dollars for a 28-acre tract of land on Highway 280 on the eastern outskirts of Ailey.  At its meeting Monday night, the Commission voted three-to-two to swap 12 acres of the newly acquired land for a building in downtown Mount Vernon owned by Calvary's Grace Baptist Church.  The other 16 acres will be deeded to the county's development authority for commercial development.

Commissioners Franklin Brantley and Vernon Sumner voted against the transfer on the grounds it was removing real estate from the county tax base. Commission chairman Brandon Braddy said the church building could be used as a temporary sheriff's office and later for other county offices like those of the tax commissioner and the county tax assessor.   The county is currently renting downtown space for those offices.

In other actions, the commission agreed to seek a $300,000 community development grant to provide additional space for the Refuge Domestic Violence Shelter.

It also received a list of eleven roads in the county which are causing problems for school buses due to lack of maintenance, started the ball rolling to seek a state license to operate an ambulance service, heard an appeal to help the local Red Cross with money for its new office in Lyons, and was informed the county ends the year with no operating debt and no end of year loan to cover cash flow.

The Development Authority reported eight businesses have created 51 new jobs in the county this year and that sales tax revenue in the county is up 30 percent in 2009. 

 
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