A public hearing on the proposed FY 2018 Pickens County Government budget will be held Thursday, December 7, 2017 at 9:30 a.m. at 1266 East Church Street. The FY 2018 proposed budgets are shown below and click for Budget Worksheet.
Detailed budgets are available for review in the Finance Director’s office between 8 am and 5 pm Monday through Friday. The FY 2018 budget will be adopted at a Board of Commissioners meeting on Thursday, December 21, 2017 at 5:30 p.m.
The next Pickens County Joint Comprehensive Plan stakeholders meeting will be held on Tuesday, December 12 at 6:30 PM in the Pickens room (basement) of the Pickens County Administration Building, 1266 E. Church St, Jasper. All are welcome.
Comments expressed during the October 17 meeting included:
- Could zoning and assessments be coordinated as part of the long-range planning process?
- Would be good to plan for a new light industrial park
- Promote community arts for various positive aspects:
- Cultural destination
- Tie arts with entertainment (music)
- Creative hands-on sculpting, making other items
- Use the community’s scenery to fullest advantage
- Protect character through architectural standards and add aesthetic standards for new commercial
- Promote quality retail
- Aim high for robust bandwidth capability
- Promote nighttime activities in downtown Jasper and downtown revitalization generally
- Promote mixed-use downtown Jasper
- Two identities of Jasper commercial are good – quaint downtown and high-growth, big development 4-lane 515
- Promote Gateway to Jasper improvements along W. Church St
- Want improved tech college offerings
- Need better promotion of Hwy 53 corridor and development along the road
- Opinions were split on roads through town:
- Some said it was good to keep roads running through town for commercial viability
- Some said it would be good to have a bypass
- Promote affordable single-family detached housing – many young families cannot afford $300 and $400K homes
- Cove Rd needs to just be residential and institutional (churches, nonprofits) – not businesses
- Strengthen ties between the comprehensive plan and changes to the zoning part of Code; general ordinances in Code; and construction standards in Code
- Promote cluster homes in intown Jasper
- Promote greater live/work proximity
- Be flexible in allowing many things, especially in the county – promote and protect private property rights
- Need some small-scale commercial at extreme ends/edges of county to avoid having to drive to Jasper just to get the most basic needs
If you would like to read portions of the current comprehensive plan, adopted in 2008 and revised in 2013, please go to https://pickenscountyga.gov/about/
The draft plan must be ready by March 2018. The draft will then need to be recommended for approval by NWGRC and the State Department of Community Affairs. The final plan needs to be approved by all local jurisdictions on or before June 30, 2018.
As of May 18th, 2017, Pickens County Water Board Authority and the Board of Commissioners approved to raise the minimum per 1000 gallons by $1.00. The rate table below indicates the rate changes. These new water rates will reflect on the water bills due on July 15th, 2017.
WATER RATES & METER FEES EFFECTIVE JUNE 30TH, 2017
¾ inch meter… $36.00 Minimum per thousand up to 1,000 gallons
1 inch meter… $51.00 Minimum per thousand up to 1,000 gallons
2 inch meter… $66.00 Minimum per thousand up to 1,000 gallons
3 inch meter… $76.00 Minimum per thousand up to 1,000 gallons
4 inch meter… $81.00 Minimum per thousand up to 1,000 gallons
6 inch meter… $111.00 Minimum per thousand up to 1,000 gallons
FH meter…. $36.00 Minimum per thousand up to 1,000 gallons
…$4.25 per thousand above 1,000 gallons
This rate increase has been approved by the Pickens County Water Board Authority and Board of Commissioners to subsidize the cost of needed infrastructure and equipment upgrades.
ON-LINE BILL PAY IS NOW AVAILABLE.
Notification from Pickens County Water and Sewer Authority
Pickens County at Non-Drought Response Level on September 7, 2017
The Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD) is easing outdoor water use restrictions in 55 counties including Pickens County, but reminds Georgians that state law requires some statewide outdoor watering limits year-round. Georgians must still follow the non-drought outdoor water use schedule required in the Water Stewardship Act of 2010. This law allows all types of outdoor water use, but landscape watering only before 10 a.m. and after 4 p.m. daily. This is done to limit evaporation during the warmest part of the day.
More water conservation information is available at http://epd.georgia.gov/water-conservation
Pickens County Annual Financial Report With Independent Auditors Report for 2016
Audit Summary Presentation 2016 during Commissioners’ Meeting on June 15, 2017
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