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1/1,000, or 10% of 1% of a measure. Mills are used in the calculation of property taxes. See also: Mill rate.


One-tenth of one cent, or $0.001. Ad valorem (property) taxes are usually expressed in terms of a certain number of mills.A rate of 12.4 mills means that a property assessed for $100,000 would have ad valorem taxes of 12.4 (rate) 0.001 (mill) $100,000 (assessed value) for a tax of $1,240.

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The meal over, prayers were read by Miss Miller, and the classes filed off, two and two, upstairs.
I was too tired even to dream; I only once awoke to hear the wind rave in furious gusts, and the rain fall in torrents, and to be sensible that Miss Miller had taken her place by my side.
Miller said that she did not care in whose hands it remained provided her own were washed of it, and resumed her work at the papers.
I was in hopes you would perform your promise to your cousin Katherine, now Miss Miller is gone, and make your portion of the garments for the Orphan Asylum," returned Miss Emmerson gravely.
Miller being a man of education and of cultivated habits, and little fitted for the rude life of a hunter.
Yes," said Miss Miller without examining this analogy; "it always made me wish I was here.
In the winter, also, he was extremely lonely, as the Miller never came to see him then.
said the Miller in a voice deep and gruff, like the growl of a great dog.
Isabel Miller is as incapable of an act of theft as I am.
Skiff Miller looked at her sharply, seeking in her face the guile her words had led him to suspect.
I am glad, Nanny," says Mrs Miller, "the gentleman hath made the observation; I protest I am almost of his opinion.
Miller, who, not being quite so much absorbed as he ought to have been, contrived to commit various high crimes and misdemeanours, which excited the wrath of the fat gentleman to a very great extent, and called forth the good-humour of the old lady in a proportionate degree.