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GEORGIA MOUNTAINS REGIONAL COMMISSION invites public input for update of FRANKLIN COUNTY JOINT COMPREHENSIVE PLAN
A public meeting for the Joint Plan will be held Thursday, August 22nd at 6 PM, at the Franklin County Justice Center on Hwy. 145. More meeting dates and locations across the County will be announced soon and shared by the local governments and through local media outlets.
The Georgia Mountains Regional Commission (GMRC) is assisting with the update of the Franklin County Joint Comprehensive Plan, the State required document that helps shape and coordinate local work programs for Franklin County and the municipalities of Carnesville, Canon, Franklin Springs, Lavonia, and Royston.
As part of this process we’ve created a brief online survey asking people to give us their thoughts on select issues and priorities for their communities. This survey will be accessible through August 31 and is open to anyone with a vested interest in the area. Anyone wishing to participate in the survey should click the link below. Anyone wishing to offer any comments or questions may do so by contacting Adam Hazell, Planning Director at the GMRC care of email@example.com (Please indicate “Franklin County Joint Plan” in the subject line.)
NOTICE OF PLANNING COMMISSION PUBLIC HEARING
The Planning Commission will hold a public hearing to receive public comment regarding five applications that have been filed for land use map changes with regards to the Zoning Regulations of Franklin County, Georgia. The public hearing will be held on Thursday, September 12, 2019 at 6:30 PM at the Franklin County Justice Center located at 7085 Hwy. 145, Carnesville.
MILLAGE RATE PUBLIC MEETING
The Franklin County Board of Commissioners do hereby announce that the millage rate will be set at a meeting to be held at the Franklin County Justice Center on August 22, 2019 at 7:30 PM and pursuant to the requirements of O.C.G.A. § 48-5-32 does hereby publish the following presentation of the current year’s tax digest and levy, along with the history of the tax digest and levy for the past five years.
For additional information regarding the Notice of Property Tax Increase, please see the attached Press Release.
NOTICE OF PROPERTY TAX INCREASE
The Franklin County Board of Commissioners has tentatively adopted a 2019 millage rate which will require an increase in property tax by 3.52 percent for the incorporated districts of the county and 4.25 percent for the unincorporated district of the county.
All concerned citizens are invited to the public hearing on this tax increase to be held at the Franklin County Justice Center, Highway 145, Carnesville, GA on August 12, 2019 at 10:00 AM.
Times and places of additional public hearings on this tax increase are at the Franklin County Justice Center, Highway 145, Carnesville, GA on August 12, 2019 at 6:00 PM and August 22, 2019 at 7:00 PM.
This tentative increase for the incorporated districts will result in a millage rate of 11.960 mills, an increase of 0.407 mills. Without this tentative tax increase, the millage rate will be no more than 11.553 mills. The proposed tax increase for a home with a fair market value of $150,000 is approximately $ 23.61 and the proposed tax increase for non-homestead property with a fair market value of $75,000 is approximately $ 12.21.
This tentative increase for unincorporated district will result in a millage rate of 10.813 mills, an increase of 0.4410 mills. Without this tentative tax increase, the millage rate will be no more than 10.372 mills. The proposed tax increase for a home with a fair market value of $150,000 is approximately $ 25.58 and the proposed tax increase for non-homestead property with a fair market value of $75,000 is approximately $ 13.23.
PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT
FCWS (Franklin County Water System) will no longer accept credit card payments over-the-phone. Effective August 1, 2019, the Franklin County Water System will no longer process over-the-phone credit card payments. We do accept cash, checks, and money orders. We will also accept credit card payments in person with proper ID (processing fee does apply). For your convenience, we have a 24-hour drop box at our offices.
Franklin County Water System has added ONLINE BILL PAY to your payment options. Visit our website and click the “Pay Online” Icon to launch the WIPP online payment portal.
The Board of Commissioners will conduct a public hearing for all who have an interest in these applications on Monday, August 5, 2019 at 5:30 PM at the same location. For additional information, please contact the Planning Director at 706-384-2483.
FRANKLIN COUNTY BUILDING AND INSPECTIONS PROPOSED DRAFT
On May 6, 2019, the Franklin County Board of Commissioners approved the first reading of a proposed Building and Inspections Ordinance. The ordinance is in draft format and subject to change.
The draft ordinance is available for public review. An electronic version of the draft ordinance can be found by clicking the link below or a hard copy is available at the Board of Commissioners office at 141 Athens Road, Carnesville, GA.
Public comment is welcome. You may email your comments to firstname.lastname@example.org please include “Inspections Program” in the subject line.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR JOINT DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY BOARD
The Franklin County Board of Commissioners is seeking interested citizens with a desire to serve and volunteer their time on the following board: Joint Development Authority. Applications received are kept on file for a one-year period and will be considered if board openings occur during this time.
Applications can be downloaded from the link below or picked up from the Franklin County Board of Commissioners at 141 Athens Street, Carnesville, GA 30521. For more information or questions contact Elaine Evans, County Clerk at 706-384-2483. Applications will be accepted through May 24, 2019 or until filled.
SPECIAL PURPOSE LOCAL OPTION SALES TAX (SPLOST) ANNUAL REPORTING
Prior to December 31 of each year, Franklin County must publish a non-technical report in a local newspaper of general circulation and in a prominent location on the local government website related to the SPLOST expenditures for the current year. The Annual Reports for SPLOST IV and SPLOST V are presented separately in the links below.
In order to foster transparency The Franklin County Board of Commissioners has made the Franklin County Employee Handbook available to the public.Learn More