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Utility Billing Update: Update Your Account Number

This month’s utility bills have the final format under the new system. Please note that under the new system, your billing account number has changed. If you have bill pay set up with your bank, please update your account to reflect the new account number to ensure there are no issues with processing your payment. The new account will have this format: xxx-xxxxx-xx . The old format was xxxxx-xxxxx.

If you have any questions, please call City Hall, 770-464-2380.

Please Get a Permit If …

Lawn mowerSpring has sprung in Social Circle and residents are working on their yards. We appreciate all the hard work that goes into making our town look good. If your spring sprucing up includes adding storage buildings, fences, or additions to your house, you will need to get a permit for the work.

To find out what permits are needed, please contact Barbara Schlageter, bschlageter@socialcirclega.com, 770-464-6905.

Sign Up for Walton County Citizen Alert Notifications

Walton County has launched a mass notification service that will alert you to potential safety hazards or concerns, such as severe weather, tornadoes, unexpected road closures, missing persons and evacuations of buildings or neighborhoods. You can choose which alerts you want to receive and whether to receive alerts via calls to your home, mobile or business phones, or messages by email address or text messages. There is no charge for this service and you can opt out at any time. To sign up, go to http://www.waltoncountyga.gov, scroll down and click on the EVERBRIDGE logo in the Quick links box.

Library Renovation Coming to Social Circle Starting this Summer

The Georgia State Assembly approved funds that will allow the W. H. Stanton Memorial Library expansion project to move forward. The City’s SPLOST funds from 2012-2018 totaling $500,000 along with the approved state funding have made this project possible. We are grateful to Representative Bruce Williamson, Senator Burt Jones, and Governor Deal for their support. The City is also grateful for the assistance of library Board Members, the Mayor and City Council, and active community residents including Wayne McMillan, Dr. Allen, and many others.

Images of the proposed library expansion


IRS Phone Call Scam Reports on the Rise

It’s tax season and scammers are continuing to prey on people’s fear of the IRS and paying taxes. Citizens are reporting calls coming from Lake Charles, LA from the phone number 337-516-0542 claiming to be with the IRS and demanding payment for taxes that are owed and threatening to send the local police department to arrest them if they don’t.

If you receive a call like this, just hang up.

The IRS will never:

  • Call to demand immediate payment using a specific payment method such as a prepaid debit card, gift card or wire transfer. Generally, the IRS will first mail a bill to any taxpayer who owes taxes.
  • Threaten to immediately bring in local police or other law-enforcement groups to have the taxpayer arrested for not paying.
  • Demand that taxes be paid without giving the taxpayer the opportunity to question or appeal the amount owed.
  • Ask for credit or debit card numbers over the phone.

For taxpayers who don’t owe taxes or don’t think they do:

  • Do not give out any information. Hang up immediately.
  • Contact TIGTA to report the call. Use their “IRS Impersonation Scam Reporting” web page. Alternatively, call 800-366-4484.
  • Report it to the Federal Trade Commission. Use the “FTC Complaint Assistant” on FTC.gov. Please add “IRS Telephone Scam” in the notes.

For those who owe taxes or think they do:

  • Call the IRS at 800-829-1040. IRS workers can help.

Stay alert to scams that use the IRS as a lure. Tax scams can happen any time of year, not just at tax time. For more, visit “Tax Scams and Consumer Alerts” on IRS.gov. 

How to know it’s really the IRS calling or knocking on your door

Utility Bill Format Changes

We apologize for the confusion that the appearance of the new bills may have caused. Next month’s statement will have the City of Social Circle identified on the return address and the statement will be changed to make it easier to read.

The image to the right is a sample of what next month’s utility bill will look like. The portion at the bottom shows the return address that will show through the window on the envelope clearly identifying The City of Social Circle. (Click on the image to see a larger version.)

We appreciate your patience and your comments on the new bills as we transition to our new system.

All utility bills were mailed on Tuesday, March 13.

Utility Bill Update

In order to ensure the accuracy of the bills as we send them out on the new system for the first time, we delayed sending out this month’s utility bills on the schedule we originally published. We do regret any inconvenience the delay may have caused and to allow you time to pay this month’s bill, we have extended a grace period between the due date of March 29th and the assessment of late fees on April 3rd. Late fees will be applied at the close of business on April 3rd.

The bill format is also in an interim stage. Next month you will notice a significant change in the look of the bill which is designed to make it easier to read and to compare with your usage history.

The new financial software and utility billing system will move Social Circle forward with technology and open up new opportunities for us to serve you better.

Thank you for your patience. Please feel free to call us at 770-464-2380 should you have any questions or concerns.

IsoNova Update

IsoNova RTO InstallationThe RTO installation was completed on schedule and is currently in operation. Hopefully, you have noticed a significant improvement in the odor generated by the IsoNova plant. The RTO works by burning off the particulate matter generated by their processes. The heat of the furnace affects how much matter is burned and the amount of smell generated and adjustments may need to be made under various weather conditions, like temperature and humidity. IsoNova will be monitoring conditions and making adjustments as needed.

If you notice a smell, please contact the City Manager, Adele Schirmer, aschirmer@socialcirclega.com, 770-464-6901.

Spring 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 first Citizen Police Academy (CPA) starting in April 3. The CPA will meet one evening a week for five weeks and then one Saturday and 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

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Citizen Police Academy

Citizen Firearm Class Scheduled for Mar 3

The Social Circle Police Department has announced the date for their next Citizen Firearm Class.

Date: Saturday, March 3, 2018
Time: 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Location: Community Room

This class is designed for those individuals that want to become familiar with how to properly use a firearm. This course will include classroom and range instruction. This course will also provide the legal and lawful explanation of the use of force.

Please contact Lt. Randy Downs at rdowns@socialcirclega.com for more information.

The class size is limited to the first 15 applicants. All applications must be submitted no later than Thursday, February 22, 2018.