Press Release Announcing a Proposed Property Tax Increase

Press Release Announcing a Proposed Property Tax Increase

 

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

 

Download the Current 2020 Tax Digest and 5 Year History of Levy in PDF Format

 

CURRENT 2020 TAX DIGEST AND 5 YEAR HISTORY OF LEVY

1-11-2022 AGENDA CITY COUNCIL

City Council Tentative Agenda
City of Winterville
City Hall – 125 N Church Street -Winterville, GA 30683
Tuesday, January 11, 2022 – 6:30 p.m.
Due to a rise in COVID, this will be a virtual meeting via Zoom
City Council Meeting
A. Call to order – Mayor Ferrelle
B. Pledge
C. Approval of Minutes – December 14, 2021
D. Unfinished Business: None.
E. New Business

  1. Civic Calendar (VOTE)
  2. Committees: Finance (Gary Snow and Bruce Johnson) Public Safety (Gary Snow and Amanda
    Mooney) Public Works (Bruce Johnson and Melissa Metzger) Communication (Melissa
    Metzger and Amanda Mooney)(VOTE)
  3. Mayor Pro-Tem: (VOTE)
  4. Amend 2021 Budget (VOTE)
  5. Municode (Discuss for possible VOTE)
  6. Planning and Zoning position: Collin Field (VOTE)
  7. Library Board Position: Alexis Winger (VOTE)
  8. Planned Development (Discuss with City Attorney- Possible Public Hearing scheduled)
  9. Mask Mandate Extension through February 8th (VOTE)
  10. Community Center HVAC Rework $12,000 using 2011 SPLOST Funding (discuss for possible
    VOTE)
  11. NEGRC Retreats (Update)
    F. Committee Reports:
  12. Public Finance – Councilpersons Snow & Johnson
  13. Public Safety – Councilpersons Mooney & Snow
  14. Public Works – Councilpersons Johnson & Metzger
  15. Communication – Metzger & Mooney
    G. Winterville Campus – David Matthews-Morgan
    H. Dr. Museum Report – Curator Jonathan Scott
    I. Marigold Market Report – Sherrie Anderson
    J. Library Report – Deirdre Murray
    K. Clerk’s Report – Wendy Bond
    L. City Attorney’s Report – David Ellison
    M. Mayor’s Report – Dodd Ferrelle – December in Winterville, DDA Board Members, Marigold Train,
    Upcoming Meetings
    N. Public Comments
    O. Announcements
    P. Adjournmen

GA Community Affairs Launches GA Rental Assistance Program

TheGeorgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA) launched the Georgia Rental Assistance (GRA) program in March of 2021 to provide relief to Georgia individuals, families, and landlords whose finances have been negatively impacted due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The State of Georgia received $552 million from the U.S. Treasury’s Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERA1) and an additional $437 million under ERA2. 

The GRA program can provide up to 18 months of rental and utility assistance paid directly to landlords and service providers on behalf of the renter. 

  

Outreach Kit 

Our outreach kit educates Georgia’s communities on how the GRA program may help those in need. Each item in the kit appears below.  We encourage you to share this information with your community. Click this link to download the outreach kit   

  

·         Website: georgiarentalassistance.ga.gov – The Georgia Rental Assistance program website can answer basic questions regarding eligibility, documents required, and areas serviced.  The most accurate, up-to-date information regarding the program will be on this website. 

·         Flyer: This document provides a snapshot of the program, including basics, how to apply, and how to contact our offices. We suggest that this flyer be distributed as broadly as possible. 

·         Blogs: These blogscan help your renters understand program requirements 

·         Graphics: Several graphic sizes are available for use on your website or social media. You may link the graphics to paymyrent.ga.gov  

·         Social media: You can also use the square graphics to share information in emails and social media sites. Use the blogs or program website and be sure to tag DCA using the following accounts: Facebook: @georgiaDCA or Twitter & Instagram: @ga_dca 

Additional Information 

·         For specific questions regarding your application, please email rentalassistance@dca.ga.gov or call (833) 827-RENT

·         Instructional Videos for Applicants  

·         Here is a link to check your income against the area median 

  

If you have questions regarding these resources, please let me know.  The Georgia Department of Community Affairs is eager to help.  

Sincerely,

Chris Myers

GRA Outreach Coordinator

Georgia Department of Community Affairs   

7.5 PLANNED DEVELOPMENT (PD) DISTRICT

Sec. 7.5.1 Intent
It is the intent of this district to encourage development of compatible land uses on a scale larger than that
of individual small parcels. This district is designed to be an overlay appended to a residential, commercial, or
industrial district to provide greater latitude with regard to the internal site planning considerations of a planned
development. Individual uses and structures in a planned development need not comply with the specific building
location, height, type, building size, lot size, and other space limits of the underlying basic district provided that the
spirit and intent of such requirements are compiled within the total development plan approved for such project.
Sec. 7.5.2 General provisions
Any area may be rezoned as a planned development district if any one of the following conditions is met:
A. More than one principal land use is proposed for development on a single or multiple ownership.
B. Separate land uses, which would not otherwise be permitted to locate within the same zoning district,
are proposed for development on one or more adjacent parcels under single or separate ownership.
C. Exceptions or variations to the size, dimensional changes in standards required, or other requirements
of the zoning ordinance or are being sought to provide design flexibility.
Sec. 7.5.3 “PD” approval procedures.
A. The application for the planned development shall be executed by all property owners as recorded in the
official records of the superior court of Athens-Clarke County, or their authorized agents.
B. Any request pertaining to the establishment of a “PD” zoning district shall be considered an amendment to
the official zoning map and shall be administered and processed as an application to amend the official
zoning map.
C. Development plan and application.

  1. A petition for “PD” zoning must be accompanied by a site plan and written report of the project. The
    application shall include a report addressing the approval criteria of Section 13.8 and a development
    plan prepared and sealed by a licensed surveyor, architect, landscape architect, or engineer, and
    including the following information:
  2. Vicinity map.
  3. North arrow.
  4. Depiction and names of all streets within and abutting the subject property, including right-ofway and pavement widths.
  5. Depiction of the subject property, including the dimensions of all lot lines.
  6. Location and use of all buildings existing and proposed on the subject property.
  7. Location of all parking areas, parking spaces, and ingress, egress and traffic circulation for the
    subject property.
  8. Schematic landscaping plan showing area and type of landscaping proposed.
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  9. For any proposed structural or site improvement, a topographic map of the site showing contour
    intervals of five feet or less.
  10. Approximate location of all existing natural features in areas which are planned to be disturbed,
    including, but not limited to, all existing vegetation, any natural drainage ways, ponds or
    wetlands, any substantial outcroppings of rocks or boulders, and protected environmental buffer
    zones.
  11. Project name and designation of the plan
  12. Scale (plan must be drawn to a standardized engineering scale).
  13. Date of plan origination and latest revision.
  14. Tax parcel identification numbers and zoning designations of the subject property and adjacent
    properties.
  15. Existing and proposed public water, sanitary sewer, and access easements, and stormwater
    management facilities.
  16. Total acreage, the area and percentage of lot coverage, the total number of parking spaces,
    sufficient information for required parking determination for each non-residential use, and the
    total number of dwelling units (including the number of bedrooms in each dwelling unit for
    multifamily development).
    In addition to the site plan, a planned development application shall include the following:
  17. Traffic Impact Analysis for projects that may be expected to generate 1,000 average daily vehicle
    trips per day, per the specifications of the Athens-Clarke County traffic engineer. Anticipated
    vehicle trips may be based upon the latest edition of Trip generation published by the Institute of
    Transportation Engineers.
  18. Water and sanitary sewer demands per specifications of the Athens-Clarke County Public Utilities
    Department.
  19. Schematic architectural elevations of proposed structures and/or photographs of existing
    structures, as applicable, with the existing or proposed maximum height denoted.
  20. Written description of proposed stormwater management.
    D. Compliance. In any event where it is determined by the Mayor and City Council, after referral and/or receipt
    of a recommendation from the planning commission, that the development of an approved planned
    development project is not in accordance with this section, the Mayor and City Council, after holding a public
    hearing, may amend the zoning ordinance to place parts or all of the property in the planned development
    district in its prior zoning classification or any other appropriate classification.
    E. Application of regulations:
  21. If any exceptions or variations to the requirements of the zoning ordinance or ordinance are being
    sought in connection with the planned development, then the application must contain the applicant’s
    requests for such exceptions or variations for hearing, consideration, and decision by the Mayor and
    City Council in conjunction with the planned development.
  22. Uses permitted in a “PD” district shall include all uses permitted in the underlying district. In the case of
    an underlying residential district, retail and service uses designed and located within the project may
    be permitted.
  23. Total project residential density shall be compatible with that normally permitted in the underlying
    district.
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2022 City of Winterville Meeting Schedule and Civic Calendar

2022 City of Winterville Meeting Schedule and Civic Calendar – All times and locations of meetings are subject to change.


Day / Date of Meetings / Time
P&Z Monday, January 3, 2022 5:30 PM
Council Workshop Tuesday, January 4, 2022 5:30 PM
Downtown Dev. Auth. Wednesday, January 5, 2022 6:00 PM
Municipal Court Monday, January 10, 2022 5:00 PM
City Council Tuesday, January 11, 2022 6:30 PM
Firefly LAC Wednesday, January 12, 2022 7:00 PM
MLK, Jr. Day Monday, January 17, 2022 City Hall Closed
Comm. Garden Comm. Monday, January 17, 2022
HPC Tuesday, January 18, 2022 6:00 PM
Wint. Arts Council Tuesday, January 25, 2022
Council Workshop Tuesday, February 1, 2022 5:30 PM
P&Z Monday, February 7, 2022 5:30 PM
City Council Tuesday, February 8, 2022 6:30 PM
DDA Wednesday, February 9, 2022 6:00 PM
Firefly LAC Wednesday, February 9, 2022 7:00 PM
Firefly LAC* Thursday, February 10, 2022 7:00 PM
Municipal Court Monday, February 14, 2022 5:00 PM
Comm Garden. Comm. Monday, February 14, 2022
HPC (Comm. Ctr.) Tuesday, February 15, 2022 6:00 PM
Winterville Arbor Day Sunday, February 20, 2022 All Day
President’s Day Monday, February 21, 2022 City Hall Closed
Wint. Arts Council Tuesday, February 22, 2022
Council Workshop Tuesday, March 1, 2022 5:30 PM
P&Z Monday, March 7, 2022 5:30 PM
City Council Tuesday, March 8, 2022 6:30 PM
DDA Wednesday, March 9, 2022 6:00 PM
Firefly LAC Wednesday, March 9, 2022 7:00 PM
Firefly LAC* Thursday, March 10, 2022 7:00 PM
Municipal Court Monday, March 14, 2022 5:00 PM
Comm. Garden Comm. Monday, March 14, 2022
HPC (Comm. Ctr.) Tuesday, March 15, 2022 6:00 PM
Wint. Arts Council Tuesday, March 22, 2022
P&Z Monday, April 4, 2022 5:30 PM
Council Workshop Tuesday, April 5, 2022 5:30 PM
Municipal Court Monday, April 11, 2022 5:00 PM
City Council Tuesday, April 12, 2022 6:30 PM
DDA Wednesday, April 13, 2022 6:00 PM
Firefly LAC Wednesday, April 13, 2022 7:00 PM
Firefly LAC* Thursday, April 14, 2022 7:00 PM
Comm. Garden Comm. Monday, April 18, 2022
HPC Tuesday, April 19, 2022 6:00 PM
HPC (Comm. Ctr.) Tuesday, April 19, 2022 6:00 PM
Wint. Arts Council Tuesday, April 26, 2022
P&Z Monday, May 2, 2022 5:30 PM
Council Workshop Tuesday, May 3, 2022 5:30 PM
Marigold Festival Saturday, May 7, 2022
Municipal Court Monday, May 9, 2022 5:00 PM
City Council Tuesday, May 10, 2022 6:30 PM
DDA Wednesday, May 11, 2022 6:00 PM
Firefly LAC* Wednesday, May 11, 2022 7:00 PM
Firefly LAC Wednesday, May 11, 2022 7:00 PM
Comm. Garden Comm. Monday, May 16, 2022
HPC Tuesday, May 17, 2022 6:00 PM
Wint. Arts Council Tuesday, May 24, 2022
Memorial Day Monday, May 30, 2022 City Hall Closed
P&Z Monday, June 6, 2022 5:30 PM
Council Workshop Tuesday, June 7, 2022 5:30 PM
DDA Wednesday, June 8, 2022 6:00 PM
Firefly LAC* Wednesday, June 8, 2022 7:00 PM
Firefly LAC Wednesday, June 8, 2022 7:00 PM
Municipal Court Monday, June 13, 2022 5:00 PM
City Council Tuesday, June 14, 2022 6:30 PM
Comm. Garden Comm. Monday, June 20, 2022
HPC Tuesday, June 21, 2022 6:00 PM
Wint. Arts Council Tuesday, June 21, 2022
Independence Day Monday, July 4, 2022 City Hall Closed
Council Workshop Tuesday, July 5, 2022 5:30 PM
P&Z Wednesday, July 6, 2022 5:30 PM
Municipal Court Monday, July 11, 2022 5:00 PM
City Council Tuesday, July 12, 2022 6:30 PM
DDA Wednesday, July 13, 2022 6:00 PM
Firefly LAC Wednesday, July 13, 2022 7:00 PM
Firefly LAC Wednesday, July 13, 2022 7:00 PM
Comm. Garden Comm. Monday, July 18, 2022
HPC (City Hall) Tuesday, July 19, 2022 6:00 PM
Wint. Arts Council Tuesday, July 26, 2022
P&Z Monday, August 1, 2022 5:30 PM
Council Workshop Tuesday, August 2, 2022 5:30 PM
Municipal Court Monday, August 8, 2022 5:00 PM
City Council Tuesday, August 9, 2022 6:30 PM
DDA Wednesday, August 10, 2022 6:00 PM
Firefly LAC Wednesday, August 10, 2022 7:00 PM
Firefly LAC Thursday, August 11, 2022 7:00 PM
Comm. Garden Comm. Monday, August 15, 2022
HPC Tuesday, August 16, 2022 6:00 PM
Wint. Arts Council Tuesday, August 23, 2022
CAC (SPLOST/TSPLOST) Thursday, September 1, 2022 6:30 pm **
Labor Day Monday, September 5, 2022 City Hall Closed
Council Workshop Tuesday, September 6, 2022 5:30 PM
P&Z Wednesday, September 7, 2022 5:30 PM
DDA Wednesday, September 7, 2022 6:00 PM
Firefly LAC* Wednesday, September 7, 2022 7:00 PM
Court Monday, September 12, 2022 5:00 PM
City Council Tuesday, September 13, 2022 6:30 PM
Firefly LAC Wednesday, September 14, 2022 7:00 PM
CAC (SPLOST/TSPLOST) Thursday, September 15, 2022 6:30 pm **
Comm. Garden Comm. Monday, September 19, 2022 7:00 PM
HPC (City Hall) Tuesday, September 20, 2022 6:00 PM
Wint. Arts Council Tuesday, September 27, 2022
P&Z Monday, October 3, 2022 5:30 PM
Council Workshop Tuesday, October 4, 2022 5:30 PM
CAC (SPLOST/TSPLOST) Thursday, October 6, 2022 6:30 pm **
Municipal Court Monday, October 10, 2022 5:00 PM
City Council Tuesday, October 11, 2022 6:30 PM
DDA Wednesday, October 12, 2022 6:00 PM
Firefly LAC Wednesday, October 12, 2022 7:00 PM
Comm. Garden Comm. Monday, October 17, 2022
HPC (City Hall) Tuesday, October 18, 2022 6:00 PM
CAC (SPLOST/TSPLOST) Thursday, October 20, 2022 6:30 PM**
Wint. Arts Council Wednesday, October 26, 2022
Council Workshop Tuesday, November 1, 2022 5:30 PM
CAC (SPLOST/TSPLOST) Thursday, November 3, 2022 6:30 PM**
P&Z Monday, November 7, 2022 5:30 PM
Election Day Tuesday, November 8, 2022 7 am – 7 pm
City Council Tuesday, November 8, 2022 6:30 PM
DDA Wednesday, November 9, 2022 6:00 PM
Firefly LAC Wednesday, November 9, 2022 7:00 PM
Municipal Court Monday, November 14, 2022 5:00 PM
Comm. Garden Comm. Monday, November 14, 2022
HPC (City Hall) Tuesday, November 15, 2022 6:00 PM
CAC (SPLOST/TSPLOST) Thursday, November 17, 2022 6:30 pm **
Wint. Arts Council Tuesday, November 22, 2022
Thanksgiving Day Thursday, November 24, 2022 City Hall Closed
Black Friday Friday, November 25, 2022 City Hall Closed
CAC (SPLOST/TSPLOST) Thursday, December 1, 2022 6:30 pm **
Holiday on the Square Friday, December 2, 2022 6:00 PM
P&Z Monday, December 5, 2022 5:30 PM
Council Workshop Tuesday, December 6, 2022 5:30 PM
DDA Wednesday, December 7, 2022 6:00 PM
Firefly LAC Thursday, December 8, 2022 7:00 PM
Municipal Court Monday, December 12, 2022 5:00 PM
Wint. Arts Council Monday, December 12, 2022
City Council Tuesday, December 13, 2022 6:30 PM
Firefly LAC Wednesday, December 14, 2022 7:00 PM
CAC (SPLOST/TSPLOST) Thursday, December 15, 2022 6:30 pm **
Comm. Garden Comm. Monday, December 19, 2022
HPC (City Hall) Tuesday, December 20, 2022 6:00 PM
Christmas Eve (Obs.) Friday, December 23, 2022 City Hall Closed
Christmas Day (Obs.) Monday, December 26, 2022 City Hall Closed
Firefly LAC Wednesday, January 11, 2023 7:00 PM

12-14-2021 CITY COUNCIL MINUTES

The Mayor and City Council held a regular City Council meeting on Tuesday, December 14, 2021, at 6:30 pm at Winterville City Hall.

Mayor Ferrelle called the meeting to order at 6:30 pm.  Also in attendance were Councilpersons Brenda Keen, Melissa Metzger, Amanda Mooney, Gary Snow, Municipal City Clerk Wendy Bond, and City Attorney, David Ellison.

The Pledge of Allegiance was recited by all.
Approval of Minutes:

Councilperson Snow moved to accept the regular minutes of November 9, 2021. The motion was seconded by Councilperson Keen and the minutes were approved unanimously.

Unfinished Business:  

Police Department Body Cameras. Chief Fulcher has provided quotes for the body cameras. Councilperson Snow moved to approve the purchases of the body cameras in the amount of $29,472.00, funded by SPLOST2020. The motion was seconded by Councilperson Mooney and approved unanimously.

New Business:

The First Item of New Business: 2020 Audit.

Auditor Woodrow “Woody” McNair presented Council with the 2020 Audit. The City is now current on all audits. He has recommended amending the 2020 budget with a resolution. Councilperson Snow moved to accept the 2020 Audit as presented and adopt a resolution to amend 2020. The motion was seconded by Councilperson Mooney. Councilpersons Snow, Metzger, Mooney voted to accept the audit and resolution, Councilperson Keen abstained. The motion carried.

The Second Item of New Business: Premium pay for essential workers and volunteers. Per the regulations set forth in the ARPA guidelines. The Finance Committee comprised the list and presented it to Mayor and Council. Councilperson Snow moved to approve the list as presented. The motion was seconded by Councilperson Mooney. Councilpersons Metzger, Mooney, and Snow voted in favor. Councilperson Keen voted against it. The motion carried.

The Third Item of New Business:  Change Orders Main Street Pedestrian Project. Councilperson Metzger moved to approve two change orders by Cold Creek Construction in the amounts of $3,940.00 and $1,400.00.  The motion was seconded by Councilperson Keen and unanimously approved.

The Fourth Item of New Business:  Mask Mandate. Councilperson Mooney moved to extend the current mask mandate through January 11, 2022, for all city-owned buildings. The motion was seconded by Councilperson Metzger and unanimously approved.

The Fifth Item of New Business: Winterville Library Advisory Board. Councilmember Keen moved to elect Ann Pressey to the Winterville Library Advisory Board. The motion was seconded by Councilperson Snow and unanimously approved.

The Sixth Item of New Business: 2022 Winterville Volunteer Fire Department Officers. Councilperson Mooney moved to approve the slate of 2022 officers for the WVFD: Michael Gabriel, Chief; Ray Durie, Deputy Chief; Chuck Thornton, Captain; Scott Wooten, Safety and Training Officer. The motion was seconded by Councilperson Snow and unanimously approved.

The Seventh Item of New Business: Fire Truck Light Bar. Councilperson Snow moved to approve up to $2,815.00 (General Fund) for a LED light bar to replace the strobe light bar on the 2000 fire truck. The motion was seconded by Councilperson Mooney and approved unanimously.

The Eighth Item of New Business: Defibrillators. Councilperson Snow moved to approve up to $5,897.61 (General Fund) for two defibrillators for the 2000 and 2021 fire trucks. The motion was seconded by Councilperson Mooney and approved unanimously.

The Ninth Item of New Business: Decommissioned Public Works Equipment Bids. Two (2) sealed bids were received and opened for the decommissioned Public Works John Deere tractor ($1,200) and the 8 x 10 utility trailer ($150.00). Clerk Bond will contact the winning bidders to pick up the equipment.

Committee Reports:

Public Finance – Clerk Bond provided financial statements through November 30, 2021, and the statements are available for review by the public by request. Councilperson Snow stated the City is in good financial shape for the year to date.

Police Department – Chief Fulcher provided his reports and is available upon request. (Attached).

Fire Department – Chief Gabriel provided his report and is available upon request. (Report attached).

Public Works – The Public Works Department has again transformed the city into a beautiful sight with the colored lights on the buildings and in the parks. They have been working hard on the Auditorium restroom project.

Winterville Community Center – David Matthews-Morgan provided a verbal report.

Dr. Museum Report – Jonathan Scott gave a verbal report.

Marigold Market – Sherrie Anderson gave a summary of the 2021 Marigold Market.

Library Report – Deirdre Murray gave a brief verbal report.

Clerk’s Report – No report.

City Attorney’s Report –David Ellison had no report.

Mayor’s Report – Mayor Ferrelle gave a brief report.

Firefly Local Action Committee – No report.

Neighborhood Leader Report – No report

Public Comment – None.

Announcements – None.

Councilperson Snow moved to adjourn at 7:20 p.m. The motion was seconded by Councilperson Mooney and approved unanimously.

Wendy L. Bond                                                 12/14/2021

Clerk                                                                       Date

City of Winterville, Georgia