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NOW AVAILABLE:          Partial Payment Agreement for Property Taxes

Property Tax Payment Plans AvailableWill paying property tax in one lump payment put a strain on your budget? Do you owe property tax from a prior year?  Here’s help!

The Town of Mills River announces an OPPORTUNITY for taxpayers to complete Partial Payment Agreements and pay their taxes over the course of six (6) months.

Contact Town Hall at 124 Town Center Drive, or call 828-890-2901
for more information.

 



Notice of Opportunities


The Town of Mills River has the following vacancies on 
Committees or Boards at this time.

                   
Planning Board      1 seat                           


       **VOLUNTEERS ARE VALUED**

For more information on boards/committees, visit the
Committees tab above.

Applications for any volunteer advisory board or committee are available by clicking the "Volunteer" button at left,
or by contacting Town Hall.




FITZPATRICK FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIPS

Mills River Town Council learned Thursday night, January 8th, that

the Fitzpatrick Foundation is establishing a scholarship for
three Mills River students each year
at Blue Ridge Community College.

The scholarship, each one currently valued at $3,250,  is the creation of
Vaughan Fitzpatrick, a committed supporter of the Town of Mills River and
benefactor of Ferncliff Industrial Park which became the east coast location
for Sierra Nevada Brewing Company.

The first series of three scholarships will be awarded in the 2015-16 academic year,
and each scholarship will cover the full costs of tuition, books, and fees. 
The scholarship recipients will be chosen each year by the
Blue Ridge Community College Education Foundation.

Each recipient must be a Mills River resident and must maintain at least a
2.5 grade point average.  Fitzpatrick says it is hoped the recipients will stay
and work in the general Henderson County areas after graduation. 
He added that the Foundation firmly believes that young people should try to
pay back and support the communities that have supported them. 
"These scholarships and the action by Mills River Council will emphasize that
it's the whole community supporting our young scholars, and we hope
they will support the community in return", Fitzpatrick added.

Gayle Snyder of the community college told Council members that students interested
in applying for the scholarships can get more information and all details
at Blue Ridge Community College.

Mills River Town Council passed a resolution at the January Council meeting 
officially naming the scholarship recipients "Mills River Scholars",
and setting the first Council meeting each year after the recipients have been
announced to publicly recognize and congratulate the scholars.

Fitzpatrick, a member of the long-established Westfeldt family, 
is a large property owner and part-time resident of Mills River,
and has been a generous supporter of the Town since its inception.


 



The Town of Mills River will observe the following holidays in 2015.

 

Offices will be closed.

 

We apologize for any inconvenience.

 

     Good Friday April 3, 2015 Friday
     Memorial Day    May 25, 2015 Monday
     Independence Day July 3, 2015    Friday
     Labor Day   September 7, 2015    Monday
     Veteran’s Day November 11, 2015   Wednesday
     Thanksgiving November 26 & 27, 2015 Thursday & Friday
     Christmas  December 23, 24 & 25, 2015 Wednesday, Thursday & Friday

 

                                                             

You are Invited to the Born Learning Trail Ribbon Cutting Event!
Friday, May 15 at 4:00 PM in Mills River Park near the playground.

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Graduates and current participants in the Rising Leaders Program in conjunction with
United Way of Henderson County, installed this trail as a valuable community resource. 
The trail will help young children boost language, reading,
problem solving and critical thinking skills.
  
The Born Learning Trail is a series of 10 signs and activities that are posted around
the walking trail at Mills River Park with the purpose of promoting learning
in a fun and interactive way. 
  
This trail will offer families a place to be active, elevate awareness of early childhood education, and is a visible symbol of the community's commitment to young children.

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ABOUT US:
Incorporated in June, 2003, the Town of Mills River lies within minutes of Pisgah National Forest, 0Interstate 26, and Asheville Regional Airport.  Highways 280 and 191 serve as the major arteries and provide access to the nearby cities of Asheville, Hendersonville, and Brevard.  Mills River is 22 square miles in size, is home to approximately 6,966 residents, and has a rich history in agriculture.  The face of Mills River is changing with the evolution of horticultural, sod and horse farming.  

Services:
The Town provides fire protection by contract with Mills River Fire and Rescue, provides law enforcement by contract with the Henderson County Sheriff's Department, provides planning and zoning services to manage growth and development, and has an active program to install street lights at key intersections and along key routes throughout the Town. In June of 2012, The Town opened Phase I of development for the Mills River Park including a 0.4 acre multi-use trail, a dog park, picnic shelter, and playground.
The Park is located at 124 Town Center Drive.

Tax Rate:
Mills River is proud to offer its residents professional and caring government at a tax rate of $0.0224 per $100 of assessed valuation.  In addition, the Town collects taxes for Mills River Fire and Rescue at an additional $0.075 per $100 of valuation.  A low tax rate and minimal government is a goal Council strives to maintain.

Schools:
Mills River Elementary and Glenn Marlow Elementary Schools serve the youth and offer a first-rate education.  These schools feed to Rugby Middle School and West Henderson High School.  Blue Ridge Community College is located outside the Town, but serves the residents of Mills River as an excellent source for college level and technical training classes.