Mayor and Council adopted the City Budget on final reading, June 19, 2018. The adopted Budget for FY 2018 -19 is based on a recommended rate of 16.44 mills, same as FY 2017-18. This rate has been advertised as required and is ready for adoption by Council. This is the first of three (3) hearings for that purpose. Three hearings are required by the state, due to the increase in residential property tax assessments.
As has been well advertised, the Fulton County property digest for 2017 has yet to be approved by the State. The 2018 digest cannot be approved prior to the 2017 digest. The courts approved a Temporary Collection Order (TCO) for the billing districts to collect taxes based upon the current county appraisals. At this point in time staff projects that the General Fund millage of 16.44 Mills will generate approx. $4.35M in billable Real Property Taxes. The City Budgeted $3.95M in Real Property taxes. The budget included $340K in transfers from the Water and Sewer Fund to meet General Fund commitments. Without the transfers, the City Real Property Tax estimated budget needed to be $4.29M.
Orpheus Brewing and the Lotus Eaters Club have created a collaboration beer that will be available at the LocalMotion Arts Festival. Because of that, the Board of LocalMotion approached Lotus Eaters to ask if they would consider doing a live art demonstration during the festival. Lotus Eaters have agreed and LocalMotion will pay for paint, supplies and artist stipends.
In order to leave the City of Hapeville with something tangible that adds to the artistic fabric of the neighborhood, LocalMotion is proposing a mural be painted on a wall of the public bathroom inside Jess Lucas Park. This will give the artists maximum festival time to complete their work (inside the park will be open from 11am to 10pm) and provide good exposure between the food court, beer tents and kid’s zone.
Mayor Hallman is initiating a discussion on implementing rules for public comments and presentations to help
proceed with regular business in an orderly and expedient fashion.
Councilman Adams is initiating a discussion on yard debris as it has gotten out of hand and has overtaxed the Community Service team tremendously. By enforcing resident compliance with the yard debris policy, Community Services can more effectively task human and capital resources and can meet a broader range of the City’s needs
All previous road altering projects( HOV, lane additions ) along the I-85 stretch were cancelled by GDOT, which means funding for this project would primarily require local funding. GDOT will only help fund projects if the project is part of their road system. The last cost estimate for construction of a wall the City received was $3 million + depending on the height of wall.
Councilman Horsley would like to garner the general opinion of Mayor and Council on having a similar ordinance in our municipality.
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