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Press Release

Speaker David Ralston & Rep. Kevin Tanner to Discuss Dawson County Priorities in the FY 18 State Budget

Announcements, Community

Speaker David Ralston


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact: Kaleb McMichen
Friday, July 14, 2017 (404) 656-5020

Speaker David Ralston & Rep. Kevin Tanner to Discuss

Dawson County Priorities in the FY 18 State Budget

ATLANTA – Speaker David Ralston (R-Blue Ridge) and Rep. Kevin Tanner (R-Dawsonville) will discuss Dawson County priorities included in the Fiscal Year 2018 State Budget on Wednesday, July 19, at 2:00 p.m. at the Dawson County Board of Education Office.


WHO:            House Speaker David Ralston (R-Blue Ridge)
Rep. Kevin Tanner (R-Dawsonville)

WHAT:          Discussing Dawson County priorities in the FY18 State Budget

WHEN:          Wednesday, July 19
2:00 p.m.

WHERE:       Dawson County Board of Education Office
28 Main Street
Dawsonville, Ga. 30534

Community Connections Workshop


‘Shine Pedalers Metric enters fifth year


DAWSONVILLE, Ga.- July 6, 2017: Unique ride offers tremendous views of Dawson County this summer. The Dawson County Chamber of Commerce and Office of Tourism Development is hosting its 5 th Annual Shine Pedalers bicycle ride July 29.

“We look forward to hosting this ride every year,” Dawson County Chamber President Christie Haynes said. “This event offers a wonderful opportunity to showcase our community in a whole new light. The scenery and views along this ride are breath-taking.”

The metric and half-metric rides

start and finish at

the Georgia Racing

Hall of Fame in


Dawsonville. The

rides begin at 7:30

and 7:45 a.m. Each

ride takes cyclists

through scenic and

rural areas of

Dawson County.

The metric ride

offers a challenging

climb up Burnt


“Each year we

strive to make the ride better than the year before. This year, the route has been adapted to

make it even more enjoyable for the riders by keeping the ride off main roads as much as

possible” Haynes said.

The ride features plenty of SAG (support and gear) stops to keep riders energized and hydrated throughout the ride. New to the ride this year is a competition between themed SAG stops. Cyclists will vote for their favorite stop at the end of the ride. King and Queen of the Mountain will be awarded to the first male and female to reach the top of Burnt Mountain.

After the ride, cyclists will be treated to a BBQ lunch,

refreshments and an opportunity to tour the Georgia

Racing Hall of Fame as well as the Dawsonville

Moonshine Distillery.

To register, visit active.com and search ‘Shine

Pedaler Ride. Cost is $35 if registered before July

20 th and $45 thereafter. Riders are guaranteed a t-

shirt and swag bag if registered by July 20th. Riders are encouraged to register early since the

event is capped at 300 riders. For more information visit dawson.org or call 706-265- 6278.

Dawson County Economy is Booming in 2017



Charlie Auvermann

DAWSONVILLE Ga. – The economic doldrums of the past 10 years appear to be over in Dawson County.

Charlie Auvermann, executive director of the Development Authority of Dawson County, says the 400 corridor is bustling with new business development, jobs are available for anyone who wants to work and sales tax revenue has experienced a dramatic uptick during the first quarter of 2017

The most recent figures show the unemployment has dropped to just 4 percent, the lowest level since the recession began in 2007.

The strong need for workers, particularly in both the retail and construction sectors has driven the unemployment rate down dramatically.

“With all of the new businesses opening in Dawson County and commercial and residential construction returning, the number of job openings has exploded,” he added.

Basic sales tax revenue is up almost 9 percent for the first quarter, which is typically the slowest quarter of the year because it comes right after the Christmas holiday.

“These numbers suggest we are a very vibrant economy,” Auvermann said in a press release this week.

March LOST/SPLOST collections alone are up 8.35 percent over March 2016. The combined collection was $1.14 million in March. February saw an increase of 8.4% and January was 9.47% better than last year. The March collections were the highest since 2009 and the second highest in the last decade.

The total LOST/SPLOST tax collections for the first three months of 2017 were just over $3.05 million and that does not include the education local option sales tax revenue which is reported separately.

“These LOST and SPLOST increases are important for our county,” Auvermann said. “The LOST funds help pay county salaries, keep the lights on and pay for a host of services provided to our citizens. The SPLOST funds help build roads, bridges and new buildings.”

The Authority has done studies that indicate most of the SPLOST and LOST taxes collected are from shoppers who live outside the county. At the same time, with all the new stores opening in Dawson County, local shoppers can spend their dollars at home instead of traveling to Hall and Forsyth counties.

Auvermann said as stores and businesses continue to be attracted to Dawson County the economy will continue to be robust.





Commissioners Approve Property Revaluation


Dawson County Board of Commissioners

DAWSONVILLE, Ga. –  For the first time in 11 years, Dawson County will conduct a comprehensive revaluation of real property in the county that will include 15,000 parcels of land, 12,000 residential homes, 1,800 commercial/industrial improvements and 200 mobile homes.

The purpose of a revaluation is not to increase county revenue but, to ensure equity and uniformity of assessment. The process includes new projects and will reflect market changes (up or down) in property values.

Tax Appraiser Kurt Tangel

Commissioners voted unanimously to award the project to GMASS at Thursday’s meeting. Chief Tax Appraiser Kurt Tangel said it will take two years to complete and cost approximately $588,300, not including the cost of appeals. The county budgeted $600,000 for the project.

Bill Ross of Ross & Associates gave a presentation regarding updating the county’s Impact Fee Program. Impact Fees are fees charged to developers to pay the costs of providing public services to a new development.

There are two elements involved in the update. The first is updating the program itself. The second is preparation of a Comprehensive Plan 5-Year update. Ross said his firm could provide both elements at a cost of $98,650.

Once the update is complete, it must be approved by the Georgia Department of Community Affairs and commissioners will be required to hold two public hearings. The board took no action on the presentation.

Commissioners held the first of two public hearings on consideration to move forward with the 2017 Updated Environmental Health Fee Schedule. The second public hearing is scheduled for June 1.

The board unanimously approved a special use permit for Steele Buffalo Butchery on Harmony Church Road to allow for butchering and processing naturally processed products with several stipulations, including upgrading the current septic system, capping the maximum number of animals that can be slaughtered to 25 per week and all refuse to be discarded in a steel container and picked up weekly. There were no objections to the request.

Richard Bourgeois’ request to rezone seven acres of his property from Residential Suburban (RS) to Residential Agriculture (RA) to allow his family to keep horses for their own personal use. There were no objections to the request.

Commissioners also approved:

  • Fire House Subs and Chick-fil-A Dawsonville Fund Raising Opportunities to Support Dawson County Emergency Services;
  • A request to surplus three fire apparatuses;
  • Moving forward with public hearings on June 1, 2017 and June 15, 2017 regarding the Scrap Tire Storage and Disposal Draft Ordinance;
  • Dawson County Rotary Club’s request to contribute handicapped accessible playground equipment for the playground at Rock Creek Park;
  • The FY2017 Legacy Link Addendum #2;
  • The FY2018 Legacy Link Contract;
  • A revised travel policy for mileage and per diem for elected officials and county staff;
  • A budget amendment to account for a private donation of $700,000 to build a new senior center;
  • An application to GMRC for a Community Development Block Grant for the senior center project;
  • Reappointment of Susan Roof to the Library Board.

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