Danielsville leaders will not raise the mill rate this year on city taxes.
The council voted Aug. 12, following a budget hearing, to keep the current rate at four mills, though county assessment figures show the city will likely come up about $2,300 short in tax revenue next year.
The council also voted to amend the agenda in order to vote to accept an intergovernmental agreement with the board of education on a new city water tank that will be located near the school complex and future ag center on Madison Street.
If the BOE also accepts the agreement, Mayor Todd Higdon said the city will obtain a $600,000 GEFA loan from the state, to be paid back over 20 years at a 2.4 percent interest rate, providing that water testing from the EPD shows the water is suitable for drinking. Higdon said the revenues generated from water sales would be used to pay the loan back.
Higdon said the water tank would hold 100,000 gallons of water and will greatly increase fire protection on the south side of town and for the schools, and allow for economic growth.
In other business, the council praised new police chief Brenan Baird for developing a 135-page SOP (standard operating procedure) manual for the city police department. The manual will likely be approved at the September business meeting. Baird also told the council that Jonathan Burnett, an experienced officer who works full-time for Elbert County, would begin working part-time in Danielsville this week.
The council approved a new fines and fees schedule for the city. Baird said some of the fees were higher and that others had been lowered.
Baird presented a police report for the period July 15 – 31. There were eight calls for service and 10 citations issued. Baird said he has also filed an appeal with the Georgia Department of Public Safety regarding the city speed permit suspension and having it overturned. He said a meeting was scheduled in Atlanta on Aug. 14. He is also looking for a camera system for both police cars.
Baird has also met with some Sherwood neighborhood residents to discuss their needs/wishes for being annexed into the city. Several Sherwood residents were on hand for the council meeting.
Hidgon told them that county chairman Anthony Dove has said the county was willing to do whatever was necessary to bring the roads in Sherwood up to county regulation standards before the community is annexed into the city. Residents could be given a chance to vote on the annexation on the November ballot.
The council also approved qualifying dates and fees for the upcoming election. The mayor’s post, along with the council seats held by Tim Stamps and Jamie Spurlin, are up for re-election. Qualifying dates are Aug. 26 to 30 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at city hall. Qualifying fees are $86.19 for mayor and $59.23 for each of the council seats.
The council heard from city clerk Susan Payne that the fall festival is set for Saturday, Sept. 21 in Memorial Park. There will also be a wrestling match that night at 8 p.m. following the festival, which will be held in the freshman academy gym on Madison Street. A concession stand will be open during the match. Payne said the festival committee is still seeking both vendors and volunteers for the event.