BOC holds public hearing on millage rate Thursday


DAWSONVILLE, Ga. – Dawson County citizens are invited to express their opinions when the Board of Commissioners holds the first of three public hearings on setting the millage rate Thursday at 6 p.m. in the Administration Building at 25 Justice Way.

Commissioners have publicly announced their intention to leave the current millage

rate unchanged at 8.138 mills, or 0.745 mills above the rollback rate which would have allowed he county to generate the same tax revenue as last year. Setting the millage rate above the rollback rate requires commissioners to hold three public hearings. The second hearing is scheduled for Aug. 9 at 4 p.m. The third and final hearing is set for Aug. 16 at 6 p.m.

The proposed tax increase for a home with a fair market value of $250,000 is approximately $74.50 and the proposed tax increase for non-homestead property with a fair market value of $200,000 is approximately $59.60.

Commissioners are expected to approve a request by the sheriff’s office to purchase two 2019 Chevrolet Tahoes from Hardy Chevrolet for a total of $72,870, one 2018 Dodge Charger from Akin Ford Corp. for $23,178 and one 2018 F150 from Allan Vigil Ford for $29,515. The total expenditure for all vehicles is $125,563.

The Board is also expected to approve Phase 1 of the three phase county wide computer replacement program. The total estimated cost for 2018 is $145,000 with funds coming from SPLOST VI. The total estimated cost for the three-year period is $435,000.

The Sheriff’s Office is also asking commissioners to approve a new professional services contract that will extend the number of years the contract for  can be extended from two one-year renewals to four one-year renewals.

Former Keep Dawson County Beautiful Executive Director Robbie Irvin has asked that Kara Wilkins be appointed as the new executive director with an annual salary of $5,000 to supplement to her current salary.



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Zika: “A Problem We Shouldn’t Ignore”


DAWSONVILLE, Ga. — Dr. Larry Anderson, Chairperson of the Dawson County Health Board, made a special presentation to the Dawson County Board of Commissioners Thursday on preventing the spread of the Zika Virus. Anderson cautioned officials, saying it is “a problem we shouldn’t ignore.”

Zika is transmitted primarily by the Aedes Aegypti mosquito and Anderson said efforts to eradicate the virus should focus on eliminating standing water in places like old tires, buckets, planters, swimming pools, pet watering bowls and rain gutters.

But the disease can also be transmitted from a pregnant mother to her unborn child. Symptoms included headaches, joint and muscle pain or conjunctivitis.

Anderson reported that organizations like city and county government, Keep Dawson County Beautiful, Dawson County EMS, the Health Department and Vietnam Veterans of America have joined the Zika Coalition of Dawson County to help keep the county free of the Zika Virus.

The City of Dawsonville has posted a press release on its website and social media websites regarding the Zika virus and what citizens can do to keep mosquitoes from breeding.

County code enforcement personnel are visiting tire and auto services with copies of the local ordinances on the proper control and methods of storage of tires to eliminate mosquito breeding grounds.

The group meets monthly in the community room in the Racing Hall of Fame.

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