Notification from Pickens County Water and Sewer Authority of a Level 2 Drought Declaration
Level 2 Drought was declared by Georgia EPD on 11/17/2016
During a Level 2 Drought Response, outdoor landscape watering is only allowed two days a week determined by odd and even-numbered addresses. Even-numbered addresses and properties without numbered address may water on Wednesday and Saturday between 4:00 p.m. and 10:00 a.m.
Odd-numbered addresses may water Thursday and Sunday between 4:00 p.m. and 10:00 a.m.
PROHIBITED OUTDOOR WATER USES INCLUDE:
- Washing hard surfaces such as streets and sidewalks
- Water for ornamental purposes, such as fountains
- The use of Fire Hydrants, except for firefighting and public safety
- Non-commercial washing of vehicles
- Non-commercial pressure washing
- Fundraising car washes
More water conservation information is available at http://epd.georgia.gov/water-conservation
Pickens County Fire Marshal’s office issued a
TOTAL BAN ON OUTDOOR BURNING.
Due to the exceptional dry conditions and the forecast of high winds, fire conditions are High. This ban also includes camp fires, cooking fires and fireworks.
The ban will remain in effect until Pickens County receives significant rainfall, a shower will have little or no effect on the conditions.
We ask that all citizens of Pickens County follow this ban and assist use in preventing wildfires. (Posted 11/3/16)
Wildfires Can Increase Risk for Rabies Exposure
Recent woods and brush fires could cause wild or stray animals to move into residential areas. Residents are strongly cautioned that contact with such animals could result in rabies exposure. Tell your children not to pet or have other contact with wild or stray animals. Very few wild or stray animals have or carry rabies but it is always best to leave them alone unless you or your pets are attacked. Never approach a wild or stray animal exhibiting abnormal behaviors such as appearing to be friendly, disoriented, sick or aggressive.
USDA Wildlife Rabies Surveillance found a raccoon two months ago in Whitfield County that was positive for rabies; no human or domestic animal exposure occurred. The USDA recently distributed oral rabies vaccine baits for wildlife in Whitfield County to reduce rabies in raccoons, foxes, skunks, coyotes and bobcats.
One of the easiest ways to protect your family is to ensure all pets have a current vaccination for rabies. These vaccinations are inexpensive and are very effective in protecting your pets and your family in the event of an encounter with a wild animal.
Report any potential rabies exposure such as a bite or scratch from a wild or stray animal to your Whitfield County Environmental Health Office for investigation and advisement. The phone number is (706) 272-2005. Contact with bats or finding a bat in your home should be reported immediately. The environmental health office can have animals tested for rabies if there is exposure.
Vaccinating your pets, avoiding contact with wild or unknown animals and teaching your children to avoid such contact will prevent rabies exposures. Human rabies treatments must be administered quickly after exposure and can be expensive.
For more information about rabies and its prevention, log onto the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website at http://www.cdc.gov/rabies/.
FY 2017 Proposed Budget
A public hearing on the proposed FY 2017 Pickens County Government budget will be held Thursday, December 1, 2016 at 9:30 a.m. at 1266 East Church Street.
The FY 2017 proposed budgets are shown below. Detailed budgets are available for review in the Finance Director’s office between 8 am and 5 pm Monday through Friday.
The FY 2017 budget will be adopted at a Board of Commissioners meeting on Thursday, December 15, 2016 at 5:30 p.m.
NOTICE OF PROPERTY TAX INCREASE
The Pickens County Board of Commissioners has tentatively adopted a millage rate which will require an increase in property taxes by 13.84 percent over the rollback millage rate of 7.203 mills.
All concerned citizens are invited to the public hearings on this tax increase to be held at 1266 East Church Street, Suite 168, on Thursday, September 8, 2016 at 10 a.m. and at 6 p.m.
The time and place of an additional public hearing on this tax increase will be Thursday, September 15, 2016 at 5:00 p.m. prior to the regularly scheduled Board of Commissioners’ meeting at 5:30 p.m.
The millage rate will be approved and adopted at the 5:30 BOC meeting on September 15, 2016.
This tentative increase will result in a millage rate of 8.2 mills, an increase of 1 mill. Without this tentative increase, the millage will be no more than 7.203 mills. The proposed tax increase for a home with a fair market value of $150,000 is approximately $55.00 and the proposed tax increase for non-homestead property with a fair market value of $100,000 is approximately $40.00.
APPROVED MILLAGE RATE