Ball Ground News…….June 22, 2017

Hello Ball Ground:

It’s that time of year again – for the Mayors Recycle Challenge. The “Santek” truck parked in the front parking lot of City Hall is for all of your recycle items. Remember a big change this year is NO GLASS. However; you can still bring all of your paper, cardboard, metal, aluminum cans, appliances, (don’t worry about trying to get the appliances in the truck – just set on the ground and we will get in the truck for you). What you currently are recycling at your home will continue to count towards the weight – so no need to bring it to the truck. However; you can bring all of your overflows here. Given our population, it is difficult for us to be competitive in this challenge. We can’t achieve the weight of the cities with a population of 30,000 people, and obtaining the “per capita” award is very difficult given the very small population in Waleska, yet with them having such a large college. Regardless – we always put our best attempt forward and at the end of the day, it’s just good to recycle. So let’s give it all we’ve got.

Many of you have received your assessment notices from the tax assessor’s office, and it looks like Ball Ground property is increasing in value. Quite honestly at this point, it is difficult to say how each individual tax bill will play out. We know that overall, properties in Ball Ground increased in value, from inflation, by almost 3 million dollars this year. As a result, Mayor Roberts and the City Council will be lowering the millage rate in Ball Ground from its current 4.916 to a new low of 4.739. This simply means that the homes that did not increase in value at the average rate, or homes that increase at the average rate will not see a tax increase. There are some homeowners, where the property value increased well above the average, and in those cases, a small tax increase may be seen, even though the rate is being lowered. Mayor Roberts and the City Council will take final action at the July 13th meeting to solidify the new millage rate.

Next week we anticipate the Certificate of Occupancy will be issued for the Universal Alloy Building. Now work will begin on installing presses and stretches, aging ovens etc. etc., Right now our best guess would be that an open house at the facility will take place around the end of August or beginning of September.

We would like to get some feedback from you on two things:

1) Would like to know if you heard, or did not hear the tornado sirens today – then let us know where you live. This will help us in working with EMS in an attempt to place more sirens.

2) Please visit www.engagecherokeega.com This is a website set up to gather citizen input for the work being done on a new comprehensive plan for Cherokee County, Ball Ground and Waleska. There is a special section on the website for Ball Ground residents to answer survey questions that will help with plan development. Your input is very important.

Finally, don’t forget to mark your calendars for July 1st which will be our annual fireworks display. The show will begin around 9:45 pm but as always – come early – grab a bite to eat – shop for a while downtown – find a good seat and enjoy the show.

Stay safe.
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