Brookhaven’s mayor and city council on June 30 voted to lower the millage rate for Fiscal Year 2014 to 2.795, lower than the proposed millage rate of 2.85, last year’s rate.

Mayor J. Max Davis says the council is hoping to send a message to citizens that the city government is limiting itself by being conservative and safe.

While the lower rate will cost the city approximately $100,000, Finance Director Bonnie Kline said “we’ll make it work.”

While the vote does lower the millage rate, it doesn’t necessarily lower taxes. Due to a reassessment of homes by DeKalb County, the millage rate would have to roll back to 2.569 to keep taxes steady.