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Lower Taxes in Pooler?

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Businesses like new shopping center on Pooler Parkway made lead to lower taxes for residents Businesses like new shopping center on Pooler Parkway made lead to lower taxes for residents

While Savannah is asking for more money, Pooler is seemingly flush with cash, and is willing to give some back to the people who live there.  

In July, city leaders plan to propose dropping the millage rate for Pooler homeowners almost a half a percent.

There's been massive business expansion in the area already. Several restaurants have already been built, a huge shopping complex and a one million square foot outlet mall are ready for construction.

That has all led to a 4.7% increase in Pooler's 2013 net tax digest money.

Add that to an increased share of Local Option Sales Tax or LOST money, and city leaders say its time to give some of that money back to the people.

"We've crunched our numbers, we've looked at it," said Pooler Mayor Mike Lamb. "We've gone through the LOST negotiation and that's supposed to be where you lower taxes and that's exactly what the city of Pooler is looking at doing. And I'm almost very sure we are going to be able to lower it some."

Mayor Mike Lamb plans to propose lowering the millage rate from 4.635% to 4.25%. That change would lower the amount of money raised from $4.79 million to $4.4 million.

"You don't want to drop it so low that the very next year you have to go back up. so you have to be very conservative as you go in any direction," explained Pooler Mayor Mike Lamb.

"Its going to mean a lot because at the same time we are also spending money towards fire protection that's going to lower insurance rates," explains Lamb. "If we can lower insurance rates and taxes at the same time, not only I think Pooler is a great place to live now, its even greater in the future"

Pooler is still asking for $16.9 million in SPLOST money for various infrastructure projects. Among those, $2 million for a new police department and city hall on Highway 80. $2.4 million for new ladder trucks and $3.1 million for new rescue trucks for the Pooler Fire Department. $3.1 million for a new football stadium  and $2.9 million for new baseball fields, parking lots and roads off Pooler Parkway.

The biggest project may be in the next 3-5 years may be Pooler Parkway itself. All the new businesses and complexes means more traffic for the thruway. Mayor Lamb is asking for $2.5 million in SPLOST money to repave the street, and is talking about an eventual change from four to six lanes.

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