New growth told in Union assessors meeting


BLAIRSVILLE, Ga. – At the Wednesday, Feb. 28, Union County Board of Assessors meeting, Chairwoman and Chief Appraiser Susie Phillips presented the monthly building permits report to the board.

According to Phillips, in January, Union County filed 17 building permits for new residences, five for speculative homes, two commercial permits and 44 miscellaneous permits for porches, garages, barns and the like.

“So I think that’s pretty good,” Phillips told board members Jeff Carlin and Jack Parker. “It is really picking up.”

Phillips went on to report the total permit revenue received in January came to $20,599. Of that amount, just over $18,000 derived from building permits while around $2,000 came from land disturbance permits.

The chairwoman and chief appraiser informed the board that Laura Driskell had recently been appointed to serve as the county finance director. Phillips stated, “Every month, we’re starting to have a budget meeting (with Driskell).”

Phillips reported, in the two budget meetings with Driskell so far this year, the tax assessors department had received an “A plus” from the new finance director. “Last year, we had $15,000 left in our budget, so they just turned that over for the next year. So, that’s good. They put it in the general fund,” Phillips explained to the Carlin and Parker.

In other business, Phillips reported the tax assessors office had received five new applications for conservation use covenants. “We went out and checked these (parcels) and they all qualify,” Phillips told the board.

The board unanimously approved the five conservation use covenants.

The board also received 13 renewal applications for conservation use covenants. Phillips announced again all 13 parcels had been examined and all qualify for the covenant.

Phillips also reported the tax assessors department had received 80 homestead exemptions applications so far this year. The deadline for both conservation use covenants and homestead exemptions is April 1.

The next monthly meeting of the Union County Board of Assessors is scheduled for Wednesday, March 28, at 1 p.m. Meetings typically take place in Grand Jury room of the county courthouse and are open to the public.


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Jason Beck

Born in Merrillville, Indiana, raised in Cleveland, Tennessee, and currently resides in Copperhill, Tennessee. Graduated from Bradley Central High School in 1996 and attended the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, eventually earning a B.A. and M.A. in English. Hobbies include hiking, camping and fly-fishing. Interests include baseball, hockey and cliff jumping.

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