Persistent dry conditions have prompted the Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD) to declare a Level 1 Drought Response in 53 counties including Pickens.
A Level 1 Drought Response requires that public water systems implement a public information campaign that shall include, at a minimum, public notice regarding drought conditions and drought-specific public service messages in one or more of the following ways: newspaper advertisements, bill inserts, website homepage, social media, and notices in public libraries. Implementation of this campaign should begin within five days of receipt of this letter.
A Level 1 Drought Response public information campaign should:
- Target all commercial and residential water use, not just outdoor watering; and
- Emphasize what customers should do and what they may do to be good stewards of our water resources. It should not focus on what they can’t do.
- Examples of things to emphasize that residents should do include the following:
- Regularly check for, and repair, leaks inside and outside their home.
- Don’t leave the tap running. When shaving, brushing teeth, washing face, turn off the tap.
- Only water your landscape when necessary and adjust sprinklers so only your lawn is watered and not the house, sidewalk or street.
- For example, the following activities may be done at any time of day under a Drought Response Level 1:
- Irrigation of personal food gardens may be done at any time of day;
- Irrigation of new and replanted plant, seed, or turf may be done at any time of day for 30 days after installation;
- Drip irrigation or irrigation using soaker hoses may be done at any time of day; and
- Handwatering with a hose with automatic cutoff or handheld container may be done at any time of day.
- General landscape watering may be done between 4pm and 10am each day.
More water conservation information is available at http://epd.georgia.gov/water-conservation
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