Social Circle Census Committee Needs You!

Complete Count Committees US CensusThe Social Circle Complete Count Committee for the 2020 Census needs you! The first meeting will be July 12, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm at the City Hall Conference Room. This meeting will feature a workshop about the program presented by our census representative. We need people from all over the community to serve on the committee. If you would like to be a part of this important program, please contact Barbara Schlageter, bschlageter@socialcirclega.com, 770-464-6905.

Why is this important?

Every 10 years, we count every resident in the United States. The census counts our population and households which provides the basis for distributing more than $675 billion in federal funds annually to support states, counties and communities’ vital programs — impacting housing, education, transportation, employment, health care and public policy. Social Circle will receive $2300 a year for 10 years for each person in our City who is counted during the census.

The 2020 Census provides an opportunity for everyone to be counted. Community involvement plays a key role in developing partners to educate and motivate residents to participate in the 2020 Census. By participating on the Complete Count Committees (CCC) program you can help create awareness in your community.

You can play an important role in the 2020 Census:

  • Utilize your local knowledge, influence, and resources to educate our citizens and promote the census through locally based, targeted outreach efforts.
  • Coordinate cooperative efforts between our community and the Census Bureau.
  • Help the Census Bureau get a complete count in 2020 through partnerships with local governments and community organizations.

WHO?

Tribal, state, and local governments work together with partners to form CCCs to promote and encourage response to the 2020 Census in their communities. Community-based organizations also establish CCCs that reach out to their constituents.

WHAT?

A CCC is comprised of a broad spectrum of government and community leaders from education, business, healthcare, and other community organizations. These trusted voices develop and implement a 2020 Census awareness campaign based upon their knowledge of the local community to encourage a response.

WHEN?

The formation of CCCs is happening NOW! Leaders are identifying budget resources and establishing local work
plans. In 2020, they will implement the plans and lead their communities to a successful census count.

WHY?

The primary goal of the 2020 Census is to count everyone once, only once, and in the right place.

Community influencers create localized messaging that resonates with the population in their area. They are trusted
voices and are best suited to mobilize community resources in an efficient manner.

HOW?

It’s up to all of us! CCCs know the best way to reach the community and raise awareness. Some activities could include:

  • Holding CCC kickoff meetings with media briefings.
  • Participating in Census rallies or parades.
  • Coordinating Census unity youth forums.
  • Hosting Interfaith breakfasts and weekend events.
  • Encouraging the use of Statistics in Schools classroom resources.
  • Incorporating census information in newsletters, social media posts, podcasts, mailings, and websites.
  • Helping recruit census workers when jobs become available.

City Budget Document Wins Award

The City of Social Circle received the Distinguished Budget Presentation Awards Program from The Government Finance Officers Associate (GFOA) for their 2018-2019 budget document. This is the second year in a row that the City has been recognized for this award. 

GFOA established the Distinguished Budget Presentation Awards Program (Budget Awards Program) in 1984 to encourage and assist state and local governments to prepare budget documents of the very highest quality that reflect both the guidelines established by the National Advisory Council on State and Local Budgeting and the GFOA’s best practices on budgeting and then to recognize individual governments that succeed in achieving that goal.

Documents submitted to the Budget Awards Program are reviewed by selected members of the GFOA professional staff and by outside reviewers with experience in public-sector budgeting. 

Thank you to Jennifer Fricks, Finance Director, Jenny Watt, Marketing and Susan Roper, City Clerk for their work in creating our budget document.

Public Neighborhood Information Meeting April 11 [CANCELED]

[Update: 4/10/19 3:15 pm] The Jubilee rezoning application has been withdrawn. The meeting has been cancelled.

The Jubilee PUD as approved by Social Circle in 2002 contemplated a “traditional village” with a variety of housing types, including multi family, townhomes and cottages. There were three phases to the Jubilee PUD.

One Street Residential is proposing a Zoning Amendment to the Phase II area of the Jubilee PUD to eliminate 50 Single Family lots and 20 Townhome units and replace them with 66 duplex units (33 buildings), and 4 single family units, each restricted to seniors 55 and older.

A Public Neighborhood Information meeting will be held on April 11, 2019 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm in the Middle School Activity Center located at 154 Alcova Drive. This Public Information meeting is an opportunity for any interested party to obtain information about the zoning amendment prior to the public hearing process and consideration of the application by the Planning Commission and City Council.

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Police Department Holds Inaugural Awards Banquet

The Social Circle Police Department held their inaugural awards banquet, Tuesday, March 12 at Church at the Grove in Social Circle. The program featured the Social Circle High School JROTC presenting the colors, Ms. Olivia Adams singing the National Anthem, Pastor Dwayne Jones giving the invocation and Stephen Lundquist as guest speaker.

The awards portion of the evening started with presenting each of the members of the department with a certificate honoring their completed years of service. The staff of the SCPD have a combined 186 years of service:

Officer Austin Wynne – 2 years of Service
Officer Jack Treadwell – 2 years of Service
Officer Devin Williams – 4 years of Service
Officer Ian Caldwell – 7 years of Service
Investigator Michael Jett – 8 years of Service
Officer Robert Orr – 8 years of Service
Officer Jerry James – 10 years of Service
Officer Jacob Rice – 10 years of Service
Sgt. Samantha Rose – 10 years of Service
TAC Operator/Administrator, Kathy Esque – 12 years of Service
Investigator Bill Bowen – 15 years of Service
Sgt. Chad Hunt – 16 years of Service
Officer Terrell Thomas – 18 years of Service
Sgt. James Pilgrim – 20 years of Service
Lt. Randy Downs – 24 years of Service
Chief Tyrone Oliver – 20 years of Service

Rookie of the Year: Austin Wynne. The Rookie of the Year award is presented to the person who has been P.O.S.T. certified less than 2 and ½ years, who best exemplifies the qualities, characteristics and the effectiveness of a new officer and one who distinguishes himself by a great degree of meritorious service of achievement.

Top Gun Award: Investigator Michael Jett. The Top Gun award is presented to the person with the highest cumulative score in at least 2 qualification rounds.

Humanitarian Service Award: Investigator Bill Bowen. The Humanitarian Service Award is presented to the person who has made a positive impact in our community, who has promoted human welfare and reform, who has diligently pursued promoting humanistic values in one person’s life or in the lives of several people.

Meritorious Service Award: Officers Devin Williams and Jack Treadwell. The Meritorious Service Award is granted to any employee for an outstanding act where there was a threat of serious bodily injury. This award is also awarded for outstanding investigative performance or criminal apprehension.

Medal of Valor: Sgt. Chad Hunt. The Medal of Valor is presented for acts of courage and strength of mind, in face of danger to protect life.

Chief’s Commendation Award: Sgt. Samantha Rose. The Chief’s Commendation is granted to any employee for an outstanding act or achievement, which brings credit to the agency and involves performance above and beyond that which is required for the employee’s basic assignment.

Employee of the Year: Kathy Esque. The Employee of the Year is voted on by everyone in the agency and presented to an employee who best exemplifies the qualities, characteristics and overall effectiveness of an agency employee and must be an accumulation of accomplishments throughout the year.  To be considered for this award, an employee must have:

  • Performed above and beyond their normal call of duty in their service to the agency.
  • Earned the recognition of his/her superiors for outstanding service to the agency.

 

Gas Utility Workers’ Day is March 18

This is the fourth year in which Gas Utility Workers’ Day has been officially celebrated across the country. This day of recognition is a time when communities such as ours give recognition to the employees who provide one of their most valuable assets—their natural gas utility.

The official Gas Utility Workers’ Day is March 18 because that is the date of the New London, Texas school explosion in 1937 that led to the widespread odorization of natural gas and an increased emphasis on safety. Safety is a vital aspect to natural gas distribution and the employees of distribution companies endeavor to make natural gas delivery as safe as possible.

This annual nationwide event is intended to build public awareness about the hard work done by the employees of natural gas utilities. On this day, we will also educate residents on the environmental, safety and cost benefits of using clean, reliable and affordable natural gas. Our customers recognize the need to access reliable, affordable, safe energy and depend on the service of natural gas utility employees for that need.  This year, our natural gas utility workers accomplished:

The City of Social Circle looks forward to continuing to bring safe, reliable natural gas into your homes and businesses.  We also hope you join us in supporting natural gas as a premier energy source for our country.  As the cleanest burning fossil fuel, natural gas can help us achieve energy security and build a more competitive economy.

If you would like to learn more about the benefits of natural gas and how your natural gas system works, please contact us at 770-464-2380.

Citizen Police Academy Registration Open

Social Circle Police Department Citizen Police Academy - Share Our Vision and Be Our VoiceThe Social Circle Police Department will hold their next Citizen Police Academy (CPA) starting in April 10, 2019. The CPA will meet one evening a week for five weeks and then one Saturday. This course will give citizens a hands-on look at the daily activities of our police officers. Applicants are required to be twenty-one (21) years of age and must provide their own transportation to and from training. Acceptance into the program is subject to review of the applicant’s background, including a criminal history inquiry. There is no charge for the course.

For more information, please contact Lt. Randy Downs at 770-464-2366 or e-mail at rdowns@socialcirclega.com

Application

Citizen Police Academy

Public Hearing Dates for Tax Rate Input Scheduled

Public Hearings have been scheduled by City Council to seek citizen input into setting of the tax rate for the year 2018.

Under Georgia law, whenever property values in the city as a whole increase, or the tax rate, known as millage rate, increases, the City Council must hold at least three public hearings to explain the property tax change.

The total City budget is $12.8 million for the 2018 fiscal year. A millage rate is being considered that would provide $1.45 million from property taxes.  A stable property tax income is necessary in order to continue to provide essential city services such as police, fire, and street maintenance.  The balance of revenues comes from local option sales tax, utility fees, permits and licenses.

Mayor and City Council are considering a tax rate of 7.900 mills or $0.007900.  This is an increase of 0% from the current rate of $0.00790.

Assessed property values in the city limits of Social Circle increased 2.09% on average this year.  The roll back tax rate would be 7.738 mills or $0.007738 which would eliminate the effect of any increase in property value. In addition, property tax revenues will increase due to new construction and industries whose incentive property tax abatement has expired, such that they are paying property taxes on more of the value of their property.

The millage rate is applied to 40% of the assessed value of the property. For example, the proposed tax for a home with a fair market value of $100,000 is approximately $316.00 at a rate of 7.9 mills as compared to $309.52 at the rollback rate of 7.738 mills resulting in an increase of approximately $6.48.

Three public hearings have been scheduled on the proposal of a 7.9 mill property tax rate.   Public Hearing dates and times are:

June 12, 2018                           Noon                Social Circle Community Room

June 12, 2018                           6:00 p.m.          Social Circle Community Room

June 19, 2018                           6:30 p.m.          Social Circle Community Room

The Social Circle community room is located at 138 East Hightower Trail, Social Circle, GA

You may view the current proposed City Budget here.

Proposed 2018-2019 Budget Available for Viewing

The Proposed Budget for Fiscal Year 2018-2019 is available for viewing online and at City Hall.

Proposed Fiscal Year 2018-2019 Budget

Public comment on the proposed budget document will be received by City Council at the May 15th council meeting. There will also be a public hearing opportunity at the June 19 council meeting.

A video of the budget presentation at the May 15 Council meetings will be available on our Facebook page and web site.