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.

 

Teresa Duval Recognized as Employee Of the Year

Teresa Duval was recognized as the City of Social Circle’s Employee of the Year for 2017 by the heads of the various departments within the City. Teresa, who works in payroll and accounts payable, was instrumental in changing insurance providers and in moving to a new financial system while keeping up with her day-to-day job with a smile and her characteristic patience.

City Holiday Schedule

City Hall will be closed Monday, December 25, Tuesday, December 26 and Monday, January 1. There will be no bus service on those days.

Trash pick up will be delayed by a day the weeks of Christmas and New Year’s Day. Tuesday pickups will take place on Wednesday and Thursday pickups will take place on Friday both weeks.

Once you have finished enjoying your Christmas tree, recycle it! Bring it to the parking lot behind the
Police Station between Dec 26 and Jan 6 and we will work with Keep Walton Beautiful to turn
the tree into mulch.

We hope everyone has a safe and happy holiday season and we look forward to serving you in 2018!

Early Voting for City Council District 1 Run-off

Sample Ballot

Sample Ballot

Early voting for the City of Social Circle City Council District 1 Run-off between Tim Haney and Traysa Cody Price starts today at City Hall.

Early voting will take place from 8:30 am – 4:30 pm Monday, November 20 – Wednesday, November 22  and Monday, November 27 – Friday, December 1.

The run-off election will be held Tuesday, December 5 at the Social Circle Community room.

District Map

Election Results

The results for the elections in Walton County, including Social Circle, are available here:

Election Results

Social Circle – City Council District 1

Total
Number of Precincts 1
Precincts Reporting 1 100%
Times Counted (Reg. Voters 633) 229 36.2%
Total Votes 218
ADOLPHUS GAITHER 22 10.09%
TIM HANEY 98 44.95%
TRAYSA PRICE 98 44.95%
Write-in Votes 0 0.00%

Social Circle – City Council District 3

Total
Number of Precincts 1
Precincts Reporting 1 100%
Times Counted (Reg. Voters 670) 150 22.4%
Total Votes 120
DAVID KEENER (I) 120 100%
Write-in Votes 0 0%

Social Circle – School Board Chairman

Total
Number of Precincts 1
Precincts Reporting 1 100%
Times Counted (Reg. Voters 2584) 562 21.7%
Total Votes 337
JOHN CALLAHAN 364 96.55%
Write-in Votes 13 3.45%

Social Circle – School Board District 2

Total
Number of Precincts 1
Precincts Reporting 1 100%
Times Counted (Reg. Voters 602) 105 17.4%
Total Votes 103
RICO JACKSON 73 70.87%
JAMIE PETERSON (I) 29 28.16%
Write-in Votes 1 0.97%

Social Circle – School Board District 4

Total
Number of Precincts 1
Precincts Reporting 1 100%
Times Counted (Reg. Voters 684) 160 23.4%
Total Votes 157
CHARLIE AKIN (I) 77 49.04%
SABRINA FLINT 80 50.96%
Write-in Votes 0 0.00%

Special – Social Circle – School Board District 1

Total
Number of Precincts 1
Precincts Reporting 1 100%
Times Counted (Reg. Voters 619) 219 35.4%
Total Votes 217
KIMBERLEY DONALDSON 9 4.15%
JESSICA HUTCHESON 93 42.86%
CASSIE JONES 5 2.30%
TONIA LUMPKIN 110 50.69%
Write-in Votes 0 0.00%

Election Qualifying Results are In

Qualifying for the 2017 General and Special Elections ended at 4:3o pm today.

There were thirteen candidates qualified for six open positions on the Social Circle City Council and the Social Circle Schools Board of Education.

The 2017 General and Special Elections are scheduled for November 7, 2017. The last day to register to vote in this year’s elections is October 10, 2017. Early voting will be held October 16, 2017 – November 3, 2017.

Qualifying for General and Special Elections to begin August 21

The City of Social Circle will hold a General Election on Tuesday, November 7, 2017 to elect Social Circle Council Members for Districts 1 and 3 and Social Circle City School Board Chairman and Members for Districts 2 and 4.  A special election will be held to fill a vacancy for Social Circle School Board District 1.

Anyone who wants to run for office will need to qualify in the office of the City Clerk, (City Hall is open 8:00 am to 4:30 pm weekdays) at 166 N Cherokee Road, Social Circle, Georgia beginning at 8:30 AM on Monday, August 21, 2017 and ending at 4:30 PM on Friday, August 25, 2017.  Anyone wishing to run for office will need to file a Notice of Candidacy and pay a qualifying fee equal to 3% of the annual salary of the office sought.  The qualifying fee for City of Social Circle Council Member District 1 and District 3 is $144.00.  The qualifying fee for Social Circle City School Board Chairman and Members District 2 and District 4 is $18.00.

If you have any question, please contact Susan Roper, Qualifying Officer.

IsoNova Technologies LLC Breaks Ground on Odor Control Equipment

IsoNova Technologies LLC and the City of Social Circle are pleased to announce approval of construction and installation of a Regenerative Thermal Oxidizer at the company’s Social Circle facility, a multimillion dollar project that will clean its plant emissions of particulate matter.

The City applauds ISONOVA’s commitment to the City to implement this project and we look forward to its completion and the resolution of this longstanding community concern.  The ground breaking ceremony was held May 24, 2017 at 5:30 PM at Isonova Technologies LLC, 1022 E Hightower Trail.

City of Social Circle Press Release

IsoNova Press Release