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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.

Finance Committee      1 seat                           


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.


As most of you know by now, our Town manager, Jaime Laughter, will be leaving us September 30 to become the new manager for Transylvania County.  We’ve been blessed by her management for the past eight years and we wish her well.

Your Town Council and management have in place a highly competent, professional and dedicated staff that will be carrying on your Town’s business as usual.  To insure a continued efficient operation, your Town Council has moved expeditiously to bring in Lee Galloway to serve as Interim Manager until a permanent replacement for Jaime is hired.  A native of Brevard and resident of Waynesville, Lee is retired and has some four decades experience in municipal management.  Lee will be providing management oversight on a part-time basis for us and will be available starting late in September to serve you.    

In addition, your Town Council has hired Developmental Associates LLC of Chapel Hill to recruit the best qualified candidates for our Town Manager position.  That group, headed by Brevard native Steve Straus, will be accepting and handling all applications and screening all applicants for the position and will provide your Town Council with the best available prospective candidates from which to select our new full-time manager.

Your Town Council can report to you that due to contingencies and careful budgeting, no funds from the Town’s savings or fund balance will be used to pay for the Interim Manager, the search process, or to cover the costs of the transition. 

While committed to doing our due diligence in the search for new management, and ultimately making the best possible selection for the Town of Mills River, your Town Council hopes to have new permanent management in place, and on the job in Town Hall for us all, no later than early in 2015.

Your Mayor and Town Council
August 2014

This institution is an equal opportunity provider and employer.


Announcing the first Born Learning Trail in Henderson County at Mills River Park 


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. 
On Saturday, October 25, 2014, volunteers painted four concrete activity pads
and attached the signs.
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.



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.  

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.

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.