2012 SPLOST Projects Update

City of Emerson 2012 SPLOST Projects Update
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Office Closings

The City of Emerson will be closed on Monday, December 31, 2012 and Tuesday, January 1, 2013. Water cut-offs scheduled for the 1st will be done on January 3rd, 2013. Garbage will also be picked up on Wednesday, January 2nd.

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NOTICE OF PROPERTY TAX INCREASE

The Mayor and Council of the City of Emerson, Georgia has tentatively adopted a millage rate of 3.60 mills which will require an increase in property taxes.

All concerned citizens are invited to the public hearing on this tax increase to be held at Emerson City Hall, 700 Highway 293, Emerson, Georgia on July 9, 2012 at 9:00AM.

Times and places of additional public hearings on this tax increase are at Emerson City Hall on July 9, 2012 at 6:00PM and July 23, 2012 at 7:00PM.

This tentative increase will result in a millage rate of 3.6 mills, an increase of 3.6 mills. Without this tentative tax increase, the millage rate will be 0.0 mills. The proposed tax increase for a home with a fair market value of $125,000 is approximately $180 and the proposed tax increase for nonhomestead property with a fair market value of $125,000 is approximately $180.

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NOTICE – TAX DIGEST AND 5 YEAR HISTORY OF LEVY

The Mayor and Council of the City of Emerson, Georgia does hereby announce that the millage rate will be set at a meeting to be held at City Hall on July 23, 2012 at 7:00PM and pursuant to the requirements of O.C.G.A. Section 48-5-32 does hereby publish the following presentation of the current year’s tax digest and levy, along with the history of the tax digest and levy for the past five years.

Tax Digest and 5 Year History

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PRESS RELEASE ANNOUNCING A PROPOSED PROPERTY TAX INCREASE

The Mayor and Council of the City of Emerson Georgia today announces its intention to increase the property taxes it will levy this year by 100 percentage over the rollback millage rate.

Based upon operating deficits incurred in the General Fund in recent years and a projected budget deficit in the General Fund based on the Fiscal Year 2013 budget, the Mayor and Council have concluded that it would be sound financial policy for the City to consider a property tax increase to meet General Fund expenditure requirements and to maintain fund balance at current levels.

When the total digest of taxable property is prepared, Georgia law requires that a rollback millage rate must be computed that will produce the same total revenue on the current year’s digest that last year’s millage rate would have produced had no reassessments occurred.

The budget tentatively adopted by the Mayor and Council of the City of Emerson Georgia requires a millage rate higher than the rollback millage rate, therefore, before the Mayor and Council of the City of Emerson Georgia may finalize the tentative budget and set a final millage rate, Georgia law requires three public hearings to be held to allow the public an opportunity to express their opinions on the increase.

All concerned citizens are invited to the public hearings on this tax increase to be held at Emerson City Hall, 700 Highway 293, Emerson, Georgia on July 9, 2012 at 9:00AM and 6:00PM and on July 23, 2012 at 7:00PM.

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2011 Consumer Confidence Report

The City of Emerson has recently completed it’s annual Consumer Confidence Report for both of it’s water systems. Attached are copies of those reports for public review.

 

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Right of Way Maintenance Project

The City of Emerson will soon begin a right of way maintenance project involving portions of Old Alabama Road and Seventh Street. During this project many trees will be removed from the right of way which will, at times, require for these roads to be blocked. The City recommends using Old Alabama Road Bypass as a detour while the project is underway. Work is scheduled to begin on Monday, March 26, 2012 and expected to last for approximately three weeks.

Please contact Emerson City Hall at 700 Highway 293, Emerson, GA. 30137 or (770) 382-9819 if you have any questions regarding the project.

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2012 Great American Cleanup – Keep Emerson Beautiful

It’s time once again for Keep Emerson Beautiful in conjunction with The Great American Cleanup. The City of Emerson has scheduled this citywide event for Saturday April 21st with rain a date to be announced if needed.

We have had tremendous success over the years thanks to folks who were willing to give their time and efforts to beautify our community. Anyone who would be willing to step out and be a Team Leader of a group of private citizens or organization please contact Cindy Smith at (770)382-9819 ext. 113 and let us know if you will be able to participate or act as a Team Leader in your neighborhood. If you would like to participate but can’t be a team leader we can put you with a group.

We will all meet at 8:00 a.m. in front of City Hall, 700 Hwy 293 Emerson, GA 30137. McDonalds will provide breakfast and coffee. We will distribute supplies vests, garbage bags and gloves and send you on your way. You can leave bags on the side of the road and the city will go around and pick them up. We do ask that you return the vests and give us the number of bags collected by your group.

Thanks in advance for all your help as we look forward to another successful community effort.

Sincerely,
Cindy Smith
Deputy City Clerk
City of Emerson

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Town Hall

The City of Emerson will be holding a Town Hall Meeting on Tuesday, August 9th, 2011 at 5:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers located at 700 Highway 293, Emerson, GA. 30137

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City Hall Closed August 1st

City Hall will be closed August 1st for Elections Training.

For water account users any cut-off notices will be extended until August 3rd, 2011.

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