Smyrna mayor: City on track for growth
by Nikki Wiley
July 12, 2013 12:00 AM | 2182 views | 4 4 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Smyrna Mayor Max Bacon visits Taylor-Brawner Park in January. Bacon said Thursday in his State of the City speech that Smyrna is receiving requests for development of new areas which hasn’t happened in four years.<br>Staff/file
Smyrna Mayor Max Bacon visits Taylor-Brawner Park in January. Bacon said Thursday in his State of the City speech that Smyrna is receiving requests for development of new areas which hasn’t happened in four years.
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SMYRNA — The city of Smyrna is continuing to recover from the Great Recession and is on track for growth, Mayor Max Bacon said Thursday.

An economic recovery began in the city during late 2011, Bacon said during his State of the City speech, and signs are prevalent that it is continuing.

Smyrna is receiving requests for development of new areas, which hasn’t happened in four years. About 613 permits for new development have been issued in the last year. The majority of those, 295, have been in residential housing.

“We’re having a strong increase in residential housing,” Bacon said. “Our folks are staying busy.”

Home ownership in the city is up to 55 percent, he said.

Though Bacon’s outlook is optimistic, he says the commercial retail industry is still slow to recover.

Bacon referenced the city’s millage rate, saying it has remained at 8.99 mills since 2007 and has not increased in the last 20 years.

“The millage rate will be set this year at the same rate it’s been set at for several years,” Bacon said. “I’m very proud of that.”

Still, there’s more work to be done and Bacon is looking forward to the completion of several ongoing projects, including the new Smyrna Elementary School.

“We didn’t get here today by just sitting on our hands,” he said.

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L1K1
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July 11, 2014
Yes, you are so right. Smyrna should go back to the way it was b/4 Max Bacon. Who wouldn't want the old crime ridden, drug based community with declining property values! Seriously, no one is perfect, but Smyrna is a better place then it was b/4 and a place that people want to live in now, unlike in the past when no one wanted to move here.
MA LASSETER
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July 13, 2013
Great job Max Bacon!!!
Pat H
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July 12, 2013
No, not sitting on your hands. Just a lifetime legacy of poor management that has left Smyrna with a bunch of aging apartment complexes, traffic nightmares and the worst schools in the state.
SC Observer
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July 12, 2013
And still the press refuses to investigate the failure of Security Exchange Bank costing the taxpayer tens of millions of dollars and involving Max Bacon (Mayor of Smyrna), Scott Cochran (Smyrna City Attorney, Larry Freeman (Downtown Smyrna Development Authority).

When is the MDJ going to start doing its job and stop being a compliant mouthpiece for local politicians?
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