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An Open Letter to The Citizens of Dahlonega October 6, 2017

October 6, 2017
An Open Letter to The Citizens of Dahlonega

Dear Dahlonega Residents:

This letter relates to a flyer dated September 25, 2017, recently actively distributed in Dahlonega to tenants of Dahlonega Rents, LLC with the heading "Possibility of Rent Increase Notice". The "Notice" perpetuates a false rumor of several months ago which appears to have originated from a political campaign flyer. Both are shown in the accompanying link. This letter is offered to make sure the general public is aware of some basic facts.

While the City encourages free speech and lively debate, the City categorically denies the assertion(s) made in the Notice. Neither the current Council of five, nor the previous Council of seven, "has discussed the possibility of placing a bed tax on those that rent to students", as described in the flyer. Not only has such a discussion never occurred, no such authority exists under Georgia law.

The one time this topic was mentioned before the Council was in a public meeting April 20, 2017. Approved minutes of the meeting reflect, "Council Member Norton said he would like to take this time to clarify that lodging tax does not apply to student housing. Finance Director Marlowe stated lodging tax only applies to rentals that are less than 30 days." There was no discussion on this point by the Council prior to or since Mr. Norton's clarifying comment.

The parties involved are encouraged to reconsider, revise and correct their statements. Each is also invited to call or meet privately with me at any time, or ask questions of the Council in the citizen comment portion of every regular City Council meeting. None of the three involved has used either option. There is not and will not be a bed tax for student housing, either on campus or off. Georgia hotel/motel taxes apply to hotels, motels and bed and breakfasts for stays of less than thirty days.

Please contact me, if further clarification on this or any other issue is needed.

Sincerely,

William E. Schmid
City Manager

 
Utility Rates 2017

Utility Rates Letter

 
Candidites for November 7, 2017 General and Special Election

Candidates for November 2017 General and Special Elections

 
Notice to Customers

Hydrant Maintenance and Line Flushing

The Importance of Flushing Water Lines 

Regular hydrant maintenance helps protect our community's health and safety.

The process of periodically "flushing" fire hydrants is a necessary preventive maintenance activity. This process is part of a required maintenance program to maintain the integrity of the water system and to continue to deliver the highest quality water possible to our customers. Flushing activity is used for two general purposes: Water Quality and Hydrant Maintenance.

Water Quality

Flushing the water system on a regular basis removes sediment from lines and keeps the entire distribution system refreshed.

Hydrant Maintenance

Every fire hydrant is flushed annually for preventative maintenance to ensure proper operation and available flow. Annual hydrant testing involves opening the hydrant enough to ensure there are no restrictions in the hydrant or piping, so that it is useable by Fire crews if needed. The entire flushing usually lasts only minutes. Hydrants also are tested when first installed and for insurance and design purposes.

When maintenance is performed residents in the immediate vicinity of the work may experience temporary discoloration of their water. This discoloration primarily consists of harmless silt and precipitates and does not affect the safety of the water. If you experience discoloration in your water after crews have been flushing in your neighborhood, clear the pipes in your own home by running all water faucets, starting with faucets outside first, for a minute or two.


This same philosophy of water line preventive maintenance is one that you should use in your own home. Your home's water heater should be drained and flushed at least once a year to keep it working efficiently and to protect the quality of water inside your home. Also, if you go out of town and there is no water use in your home for a week or more, when you return it's always a good idea to run all your faucets for a minute or so before using the water. This ensures that you do not use any stagnant water that may have developed in your home's pipes while you were away.

Questions about water line flushing can be directed to Customer Service Representatives by calling (706) 864-6133.

 
City of Dahlonega 2017 Tax Digest & 5-Year History

City of Dahlonega 2017 Tax Digest & 5-Year History