Press Release Announcing a Proposed Property Tax Increase
The City of Winterville today announces its intention to increase the property taxes it will levy this year by 5.00 percent.
Each year, the board of tax assessors is required to review the assessed value for property tax purposes of taxable property in the city. When the trend of prices on properties that have recently sold in the city indicate there has been an increase in the fair market value of any specific property, the board of tax assessors is required by law to re-determine the value of such property and increase the assessment. This is called a reassessment.
When the total digest of taxable property is prepared, Georgia Law requires that a rollback millage rate must be computed that will produce the same total revenue on the current year’s new digest that last year’s millage rate would have produced had no reassessments occurred.
The budget tentatively adopted by the City of Winterville requires a millage rate higher than the rollback millage rate. Therefore, before the City of Winterville may finalize the tentative budget and set a final millage rate, Georgia Law requires that three public hearings be held to allow the public an opportunity to express their opinions on this increase.
All concerned citizens are invited to the public hearings on this tax increase to be held at the following locations at the indicated times:
All public hearings will be held at the Winterville City Hall, 125 N. Church Street Winterville, Georgia.
Hearing #1 – Tuesday, July 6, 2021 at 5:30 pm
Hearing #2 – Tuesday, July 13, 2021 at 11:00 am
Hearing #3 – Tuesday, July 13, 2020 at 6:30 pm
City Council Tentative Agenda
City of Winterville
City Hall – 125 N. Church Street, Winterville, GA 30683
Tuesday, October 12, 2021 – 6:30 p.m.
5:30 p.m. – Winterville City Hall – 125 N Church Street
Will be broadcast live via the City of Winterville YouTube Channel at this link:
City Council Meeting
- Call to order &emdash; Mayor Ferrelle
- Approval of Minutes &emdash; September 14, 2021 Regular Meeting
- Unfinished Business:
- HPC Boundaries (Vote)
- HPC Guidelines (Vote)
- WPD Cameras (Will be discussed at November Workshop)
- Public Works Painting Bids for Depot, Bookstore and Police Department (Vote)
- New Business
- Tammy Caudell, Youth Vocational Program for CCSD Students
- Mask Mandate Extension (Vote)
- WPD Copier Purchase (Vote)
- Draft 2022 Budget (Vote)
- Skid Steer Tires $1600/$900 (Vote)
- NEGRC Solid Waste Ordinance (Vote)
- Communication Committee (Vote)
- Council Pay Increase (Vote)
- Committee Reports:
- Public Finance – Councilperson Snow
- Public Safety – Councilpersons Mooney & Snow
- Public Works – Councilpersons Mooney & Keen
- Winterville Campus – David Matthews-Morgan
- Dr. Museum Report – Curator Jonathan Scott
- Marigold Market Report – Sherrie Anderson
- Library Report – Deirdre Murray
- Clerk’s Report – Wendy Bond
- City Attorney’s Report – David Ellison
- Mayor’s Report – Dodd Ferrelle
- Public Comments
You can also find a link to the Gazette on our News page by clicking the navy blue button at the top right! Want to read last quarter’s edition or a previous issue? Access to all editions in our Archive under the News section.
The Civitan Club is sponsoring a Memorial Brick project to be displayed at Chandler Park in Winterville.
The bricks are 4” x 8” pavers engraved with the message of your choice. Price is $50.00 per brick which includes up to 3 lines of text with 14 spaces per line.
Download the PDF linked above for the application and instructions on how to submit your application.
The April-June 2021 edition of the Winterville Gazette is now available for download.
You can find the most recent edition of the Gazette on the News page by clicking the navy blue button at the top right.
If you want to read previous editions of the Winterville Gazette, you can find those in the Winterville Gazette Archive, linked under the News section.
The Arbor Day Foundation has named Winterville a Tree City of the World. Winterville joins just three other cities in Georgia who have been so-recognized. Tree Cities of the World is a program founded by The Arbor Day Foundation and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) to recognize cities around the globe that have committed to growing and maintaining their urban forest. Through this recognition, Winterville will join a network of like-minded cities who recognize the importance of trees in building healthy, resilient and happy cities.
Planting trees in a metropolitan area comes with a myriad of benefits. Trees can help reduce costs for energy, stormwater management, and erosion control. The presence of large street and yard trees adds to home values and those homes sell faster. Trees calm traffic and many studies have shown that crime is lower in areas with natural tree landscapes. A large, healthy tree can produce enough oxygen each day for 18 people. Trees reduce air pollution and absorb carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide, nitrogen dioxide, and particulates. It has been estimated that over 50 years of its life, a tree generates almost $32,000 worth of oxygen and provides $62,000 value in air pollution control.
The Tree Cities of the World program aims to create more green spaces in urban areas by recognizing the cities that do it well. Planting more trees is the quickest and easiest way to improve a city’s tree canopy and invest in a brighter future.
Those citizens who have received postcards that their home is located within a proposed historical district are invited to attend one of three public hearings to discuss the benefits and responsibilities of this important new status for their properties.
All three hearings will be held at the Winterville Auditorium at 373 N. Church St. Masks and social distancing required.
These hearings will be held:
- Tuesday, February 16th at 6:00 PM
- Wednesday, February 17th at 12:00 PM
- Saturday, February 20th at 10:00 AM
This event will be on Facebook Live. Please follow the City of Winterville Facebook page to receive notifications for each meeting.
For more details and to review the proposed district guidelines, visit the Historic Preservation Commission on this website or email WintervilleHPC@gmail.com
Guidelines for Historic Preservation in Winterville
On May 1, 2018, the first meeting of the Historic Preservation Commission (HPC) was held at Winterville City Hall.
Mayor Dodd Ferrell and the City Council passed an Ordinance to form this Commission:
In support and furtherance of its findings and determination that the historical, cultural, and aesthetic heritage of the City of Winterville is among its most valued and important assets and that the preservation of this heritage is essential to the promotion of the health, prosperity, and general welfare of the people;
In order to stimulate revitalization of the business districts and historic neighborhoods and to protect and enhance local historic and aesthetic attractions to tourists and thereby promote and stimulate business;
In order to enhance the opportunities for federal and state benefits under relevant provisions of federal or state law; and
In order to provide for the designation, protection, preservation, and rehabilitation of historic properties and historic districts and to participate in federal or state programs to do the same;
The Winterville City Council hereby declare it to be the purpose and intent of this Ordinance to establish a uniform procedure for use in providing for the protection, enhancement, perpetuation, and use of places, districts, sites, buildings, structures, objects, and landscape features having a special historical cultural or aesthetic interest or value, in accordance with the provisions of the Ordinance.
The first Historic Preservation Commission board members (Kim Burch, president; Jonathan Frye, vice president; Aaron Watwood, secretary; James Tucker, Nancy Tucker, and Charles Burch) met and began the long and detailed work to create the Historic District and the Historic Guidelines.
Enlisting the help of the Northeast Georgia Regional Commission (NEGARC), with Jordan Shoemaker at the helm, the commission discussed guidelines from comparable cities. The specifics of each section were researched and revised to fit the feel and culture of the City of Winterville and its goals.
Dr. Scott Nesbitt of the University of Georgia undertook as a class project the daunting task of helping to determine the district boundaries. His class helped gather the many photographs used in the Guidelines.
Mark Beatty of NEGARC led the commission in approving the final draft of the Historic District Maps and Guidelines. The HPC is grateful for his guidance.
The Historic Districts contain within them different cultural areas and are named for the central feature of the area.
The Guidelines are meant to be just that—guidelines—that not only protect private property rights but also serve the purpose of protecting Winterville’s unique aesthetics andculture.
Please be on alert as Hurricane Zeta makes way through the southeast this afternoon and through Thursday. We will be getting the city ready and updates will be issued as we get them.
2021 Proposed Budget
On October 13, 2020 Mayor and City Council adopted the 2021 draft budget at their regular meeting.
There will be a Public Hearing on Tuesday November 10, 2020 6:30 pm to accept public comment on the proposed budget.
Monday, October 19th at 7PM EDT
Join Mayor Dodd Ferrelle for a virtual Town Hall meeting on Zoom.
Topics include the alcohol ordinance, 2021 budget, VRBO ordinance and code update, and more….
Join the Zoom Meeting:https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87164687541?pwd=SkZmeEQvb1NZWXM0ZllMcmZmenZaZz09