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NOW AVAILABLE:          Partial Payment Agreement for Property Taxes

Property Tax Payment Plans Available Will 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.


The Mills River Town Council would like to congratulate Ann Green, Paulette Laberge,
and Trisha Meadows as this year's Mills River Scholars. 

The Fitzpatrick Foundation has established 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 scholarship covers 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.

Students interested in applying for the scholarships can get more information
and all details at Blue Ridge Community College.

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



The following is a press release from Duke Energy concerning their transmission line project:

Duke Energy working through public comments on Foothills Transmisson Line;
project update planned for early November

• More time is needed to continue to carefully consider more than 9,000 comments received on the proposed transmission line and create a solution to deliver cleaner, reliable power
to Western Carolinas

• The company is looking at all options that can meet the region’s power demand over the next 10 to 15 years – including possible alternatives to the transmission line, Campobello substation and the configuration of the proposed Asheville natural gas power plant

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – In order to carefully consider the thousands of comments related to the siting of the proposed 230-kilovolt Foothills Transmission Line and Campobello substation, Duke Energy is extending its review process until early November.

“Our goal is to have the best possible plan with the least impact on property owners, the environment and the communities we serve,” said Robert Sipes, general manager of delivery operations for the Western Carolinas. “Concerns about the transmission line and substation – and the potential impact on tourism and mountain views we all enjoy – are significant.

“We want the thousands of property owners and others to know we are listening, and we very much appreciate their patience,” Sipes added. “The job for the Duke Energy team is to offer solutions to as many concerns as we can, including possible alternatives to the transmission line and substation, while also meeting the region’s growing expectation for cleaner and
reliable power.”

Sipes noted that the overall modernization plan is addressing a very real problem that is not going away. Power demand, particularly on the coldest and hottest days of the year, will continue to grow, and the region’s electrical infrastructure must be upgraded to meet that increased demand.

Since 1970, peak power demand has increased by more than 360 percent in Duke Energy Progress’ western region, which serves 160,000 customers in nine Western North Carolina counties. Ensuring power reliability was particularly difficult during the winters of 2014 and 2015, when peak demand was 30 percent higher than in 2013. Over the next decade, continued population and business growth is expected to increase overall power demand
by 15 percent.

This effort includes the early retirement of Asheville’s coal plant, replacing it with a much cleaner natural gas plant and adding solar generation to the Asheville Power Plant site.

The proposed natural gas plant is expected to produce electricity less expensively than the existing coal plant – which is often dispatched to ensure the region’s power reliability even when it is not economical. These savings will be shared with customers across North Carolina and South Carolina through Duke Energy’s joint dispatch and fuel purchasing agreement. This allows Duke Energy Carolinas and Duke Energy Progress to collectively dispatch power plants and purchase fuel as efficiently as possible. Since the companies merged in July 2012, this has saved customers more than $520 million.

The new gas plant will significantly reduce air emissions and water use at the Asheville power plant site. It also will enable the company to cancel plans for new coal-ash handling systems and a smaller and less efficient oil-fired power plant because these projects will
no longer be necessary.

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You can contact Duke Energy directly with questions about the project.

Duke Energy has established both a toll free phone number and
an email address for public inquiries:
• Toll free phone: 888.238.0303
• Email:

Duke Energy also has websites that are dedicated to the project:

• Information on the overall project:
• Information on just the transmission line:
• Interactive map showing potential line segments:

You can also fill out a questionnaire to provide Duke Energy with additional feedback.
You can download the questionnaire here.


Incorporated in June, 2003, the Town of Mills River lies within minutes of Pisgah National Forest,
Interstate 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 7,068 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 1.2 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 $0.09 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.