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DISTRICT 4 NEWSLETTER - SEPTEMBER 2021

SHORT EXPLANATION OF BUDGET AND TAX RATE PROCESS

BUDGET:  The 2021 budget was set in December 2020, and the spending of it began on the first work day of 2021. The budget is a key factor for setting the tax rate later on in August when the digest (total value of all properties in the county) is received from the Assessors office.  The digest shows the BOC  the increase in values from the prior year’s digest.  The revenues for the tax year are estimated as they are unknown at the time the budget is established.  The assumption is that the revenues estimated and digest growth will cover the established budget from last December.

There are two different kinds of digest growth: 1) revalued growth to current market on existing properties and 2) new property/additions that did not exist on the prior digest.  The state law requires the county to roll back the tax rate (MILLAGE) equivalent to the increased values of the revalued properties OR advertise that they are raising taxes.  The Board of Commissioners voted to NOT roll back the millage, thereby increasing taxes 3.92%   I was the only dissenting vote  as the increase REFLECTED an estimated year-end Fund Balance of $30 million.  The Fund Balance is what you have left over after paying for your budget.  I felt we could have easily rolled back the millage and still maintained a healthy Fund Balance, especially after the 27% plus millage increase they passed last year which resulted  in a $21 million Fund Balance at end of 2020.  The other members of the BOC did remove the 1 mill for the Development Authority previously advertised.

Most personal homes (where you reside) should not realize any increase taxes UNLESS they had improvements/additions to it, as our local exemption increases to offset any revalued amount.  Exemptions do not apply to rental or most commercial properties.

THE GEORGIA ELECTION REFORM LAW (Explained  in a 5-Minute Video by Prager University):

https://www.prageru.com/video/the-georgia-reform-law-who-wants-fair-elections/

UPDATE:  Round About @ Hwy 5/Banks Mill/Pool Rd/Dorsett Bridge

I recently received notification from the GDOT Chief Engineer, Meg Pirkle, on what is happening with this intersection.   Here are the key points of her letter:

  • This intersection is fully funded through the Federal Safety Program
  • The original concept was too broad in scope and exceeded the cost allowed in this program
  • New concepts will be presented THIS FALL for public comments
  • Right of Way acquisitions should begin in late 2022
  • Construction should begin in 2023

I personally want to thank Ms. Annah Cobb for her persistence and determination in keeping this project on the radar of GDOT.  Without her help, I doubt this would be on the horizon.  Thank you Ms. Cobb!

RECYCLING EVENT:

WHAT:                  Electronics of all kinds ($5 fee for any monitor)
                                All metal items

                                Small appliances
                                Exercise Equipment
                                Lawn Equipment
                                Car Parts/Engines/Batteries
WHEN:                  Saturday, OCT 2, FROM 9AM TO 2 PM

WHERE:                FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH OVER-FLOW LOT
                                9190 CAMPBELLTON STREET 
                                DOUGLASVILLE, GA 30134

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT CHAN WEEKS AT weeks@douglasville.ga.gov

SAVE THE DATE:                DISTRICT 4 TOWN HALL
                                                Thursday, SEPTEMBER  30, 6 PM
                                                CLINTON PARK, NEW PAVILLION (follow signs)
                                                (Alternative: Ephesus Baptist Church if inclement weather)
Guard with jealous attention the public liberty.  Patrick Henry

 

DISTRICT 4 NEWSLETTER - SEPTEMBER

GREAT NEWS –Resurfacing of parts of Douglas Boulevard will begin this week by the City of Douglasville, including that part between Bright Star Road and Hwy 5.  Anyone who uses Douglas Boulevard on their way to town or the mall (of which I am one) knows how bad that section is.  More good news is the paving will be done in the evenings.  Thank you Mayor and City Council!

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DISTRICT 4 NEWSLETTER - JUNE

FOXHALL DENIED BY COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

DISTRICT 4 NEWSLETTER - MARCH 2019

My Visit to Cuba

I recently stopped in Havana Cuba on a cruise, an experience which proved to be an eye-opener, to say the least.  Although I was taught about the bad points of socialism in high school, my visit exemplified just how negative an effect Socialism (Government run everything) plays on human beings and their quality of life.   You could easily envision what a beautiful city Havana once was, but you would be very sadden to see how many great, magnificent Russian influenced buildings constructed many  years back were actually crumbling and going to seed.  You often saw these once beautiful structures deteriorating at the roof level, while people still lived on the lower floors of the building. Laundry hanging out on the balconies was a common sight, as most people do not own a washer and dryer.  The government buildings were, of course, maintained or under reconstruction, while almost every other building was gray  from lack of paint and lack of the variety of color found in most cities in the Caribbean.    There were very few shops around the pier normally found on a Caribbean island, except for the typical flea market.  I was told that businesses were  government controlled.

 Lines of people stood outside the food markets, as food remains rationed.  Although Cuba has free education, I was told by a Cuban native that the government decides what kind of occupation and how far up the ladder you can go, thereby eliminating your personal potential.  Since the government runs the “free” health care, doctors’ salaries are government controlled and often are below that of a tourist guide, since the guides receive tips from the tourists.   I understand the Cuban government has recently allowed the people to have cell phones with limited coverage.  I pondered over what I saw and wondered if those who tout socialism for America really understand just what they would have to give up to receive “free” stuff.  Hmmmm

2019 Committee Assignments

Benefits Committee:                                        Com. Carthan & Chairman Jones

Finance Committee:                                         Com. Robinson & Chairman Jones      

Programming Committee:                               Com. Mitchell & Com. Carthan

Safety Committee:                                            Commissioner Carthan

Technology Committee:                                  Com. Mitchell & Com. Guider

Pension Advisory Board:                                 Chairman Jones & Com. Carthan

Transportation Committee:                             Com. Robinson & Chairman Jones

FIRE/EMS:                                                         Com. Guider & Com. Carthan

Intergovernmental Committee:                           Chairman Jones

Parks & Recreation Oversight Committee:         Com. Mitchell & Com. Carthan

Public Safety Committee:                                    Com. Guider & Chairman Jones

Stakeholders Committee (Villa Rica):                  Chairman Jones, Com. Guider

Purchasing Oversight Committee:                       Com. Carthan & Com. Robinson

Residential Development:                                    Com. Robinson, Chairman Jones

Tax Abatement Compliance:                                Com. Guider & Com. Carthan

*UNDERLINE INDICATES CHAIRMAN

  ROAD UPDATES

The rain delayed the completion of the 2018 resurfacing program, and the county paver was damaged in a recent fire at the equipment barn.  Please be patient, both the 2018 and the 2019 roads will be resurfaced this year.

INTERSECTIONS:

·         Bright Star @ John West – Turn Lane – Right-of-way acquisition in process – construction this summer.
·         Dorris Road @ Sweetwater/Highpoint – Turn lane -  Right-of-way acquisition in process – construction this summer.
·         Hwy 5 @ Douglas Blvd.  NORTHBOUNDR-Turn lane – in design stage.
·         Hwy 5 @ Douglas Blvd. SOUTHBOUND – Dual L-turn lanes – Construction to begin soon (State project).
·         Stewart Mill @ Reynolds Road – Turn lane -design finishing in next few weeks – construction bid this spring or summer.

POST ROAD BRIDGE – Right-of-way acquisition in process – Construction to begin this summer
WHITESTONE BRIDGE – Construction bid  recently awarded

RAILROAD CROSSING ON CONNORS ROAD

Residents who live in and around Mirror Lake will be happy to know that your City, County, State and railroad officials have found a solution to the Connors Road RR Crossing problem.  Working together, we all have worked out an agreement of placing an early warning sign at the intersection of Connors Road/Mirror Lake Boulevard that will  inform drivers there is a train sitting on the track at the bottom of the hill, and they should use an alternative route to get to downtown Villa Rica.  This has taken a long time, but the contract to install the warning sign has been awarded and the sign should be installed within a couple of months. 

Watch District Dialogue - AJG and the Douglas County Fire Department:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1tg1p7Jf_c4&list=PLAgoiG_mt8drICMM-suyGF_uHuuSZkdfp&index=22&t=0s

 

DISTRICT 4 NEWSLETTER - JANUARY 2019

2019 BUDGET

DISTRICT 4 NEWSLETTER - DECEMBER 2018

District 4 – TOWN HALL

WHEN:          Thursday, December 13th, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
WHERE:         Dog River Public Library, 6100 GA-5, Douglasville, Ga
TOPIC:           2019 Budget and Things Happening in District 4 and Douglas County

2021 PROJECTS

SPLOST RESURFACING: 

E Carroll Rd from Post Rd to Carroll County Line
Yancey Rd from Stewart Mill Dr to Central Church Rd
Banks Mill Rd from Post Road to S Giles Rd
Downs Rd from Post Road to Fox Run
Humming Bird Ln from Brandon Way to Dead End
Windsor Creek Dr from Banks Mill Rd to Cul-de-sac
Cedar Mill Rd from Cedar Mountain Rd to Cul-de-sac
Wilder Dr from Mill Glen Dr to Mill Lake Rd

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DISTRICT 4 NEWSLETTER - APRIL 2018

2018 DISTRICT 4 PAVING PROGRAM

 
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HWY 5 round-about concept

STATE DOT CONCEPT FOR HWY 5 ROUND-ABOUT

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DRISTICT 4 NEWSLETTER - HWY 5

HWY 5/DORSETT SHOALS RD/POOL RD/BANKS MILL RD ROUND-ABOUT

We had a great turnout at the Open House on the Hwy 5 Round-about Tuesday.  Although not noted in the newspaper, I WAS at the meeting... I would not invite 1000 people to an important event affecting my District and NOT show up.  However, I did have to leave around 5:30 due to a Planning and Zoning Meeting, at which I had 4 parcels in my district appearing before the Board.  Nevertheless, I had the opportunity to speak to many of you, and I believe the concept presented by the State DOT was well received.  Those unable to come can still share your opinion either by email at https://por.dot.ga.gov/projectInfo/0009836/PDF/0009836_Handout_2017.02.07.pdf (handout/comment)or by mail to...Mr. Eric Duff, GeorgiaDOT, 600 W Peachtree St, NW, 16th Floor, Atlanta, GA 30308.  DEADLINE TO SUBMIT YOUR COMMENTS IS FEBRUARY 17, as set by GDOT.

WHAT’S HAPPENING AT HWY 5 & I-20

  • This project will add an additional exclusive right turn lane onto Hwy. 5 northward to allow for dual flow right turns off the westbound I-20 ramp. This will allow for less congestion and backup on that ramp.
  • Traffic signal upgrades are also included throughout the Hwy 5 corridor to eliminate congestion for left turn lane signals with flashing yellow arrow (FYA) control. 
    This conversion has already been completed and is currently in operation.
  • Construction of an additional southbound SR 5 left turn lane on to Douglas Boulevard eastbound.  This addition of a second left turn lane allowing for dual left turns during each traffic signal cycle will  shorten the entire light cycle allowing faster flow of travel in and around that entire intersection.
  • The left turn auxiliary lane at the entrance to the Wesley Pond Apartments and adjacent commercial properties has been completed by the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT).  This helped to eliminate the U-turns at the W Stewart Mill intersection.
  • Also included in the project is the installation of Intelligent Transportation Systems/Advanced Traffic Management Systems (ITS/ATMS) connectivity and devices for traffic monitoring, incident detection, and system optimization.
WE ARE CURRENTLY SEEKING TO ACQUIRE ADDITIONAL RIGHT-OF-WAY NORTHBOUND ON HWY 5 FOR A RIGHT TURN LANE ON TO DOUGLAS BLVD.

 

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