Lyons City Council Approves Budget
The Lyons City Council approved the 2024 budget for the upcoming year at its regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, October 3.
The new budget is relatively uniform, as the revenues and expenditures have little variance from those of the previous years. The Council also approved to advertise its intent to set the millage rate at 3.89 mills, which is not higher than the 2023 millage rate or the rollback rate. However, because of the recent elevated property reassessments, the new millage rate is considered a tax increase.
Millage rate hearings will be held at Lyons City Hall. The hearings are scheduled for Tuesday, October 10, at 12 p.m.; Thursday, October 12, at 12 p.m.; and Thursday, October 12, at 5:30 p.m. The rate will be voted on at a called meeting at 6 p.m. on Thursday, October 12.
Key to the City
Also, during the meeting, Mayor Willis NeSmith Jr. presented an official proclamation to 2023 Lyons Citizen of the Year Raymond Kim Stephens, honoring him for his service to the city. The proclamation, which issued a Key to the City to Stephens, explained that Stephens was a “devoted public servant in the Lyons community and had been involved in many aspects of the community since 1983.”
The proclamation went on to list some of the organizations Stephens sponsored and/or served with, including the Lyons Recreation Department, Toombs County School Sports, Toombs County Dugout Club, Toombs County Booster Club, Toombs County Future Farmers of America (FFA), Boy Scout Troop 939, and more. It also highlighted Stephens’ work to help scouts become Eagle Scouts and students prepare for the workforce through work-based learning.
Four city employees were also honored for their work anniversary – which the city deems “Workaversaries.” These employees included City Court Clerk Stacy Morris – 12 years, Customer Service Representative Laura Inman – 8 years, Customer Service Representative Megan Clark – 2 years, and Firefighter John Hammock – 1 year.