District 4 - Cindy Jones Mills

From District 4 Commissioner Cindy Jones Mills

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September District 4 Zoning Newsletter

September District 4 Zoning Newsletter

When I receive a District 4 Zoning Newsletter from our stakeholder team (huge shoutout to Stakeholder Melissa Loggins), I am amazed! The sheer amount of work that they and my planning commissioner, Bettina Hammond, put into every zoning is nothing short of amazing. They catch a lot of grief just because they are on the front lines and have to be the first point of contact but they work so hard for the citizens and they are volunteers. Bettina gets paid for two meetings a month but that's nothing for the hours and hours she puts into this job. People forget that sometimes, but I do not. Our district and our county can only be great with people loving it enough to give back. At last week's BOC meeting we recognized National Hunger Day and next Tuesday at noon at Cumming First United Methodist Church The Place volunteers will be there as I read the proclamation. As I was reading about the Dominican nuns that started that organization over 40 years ago, I could barely continue to read. I kept thinking little is much when God is in it and how those nuns followed where He lead and He just kept blessing. We have so many in need in this county that many don't recognize and we are blessed with many with a servant heart. I am thankful for our volunteers - and for this newsletter.  I'm thankful we made it through Irma and pray for the Eason/Martin family that lost their loved one.

Have a great weekend! 

Zoning Law Overview

Zoning Law Overview
Dear Constituents:

So many times during the zoning process I get these questions asked to me over and over again. I thought some of you might find our county attorney's answers interesting and something you would like to know about. Click here for the General Overview of Zoning Law in Georgia.

Thank you for signing up for our blog post. I hope you find it useful and informative. If there are things you'd like to know more about, please email me at cjmills@forsythco.com and I'll look into it for you. 


Your Forsyth Video

Your Forsyth Video
Here's a new feature from our Department of Communications highlighting some of the great things we have been working on in the month of July. We are so blessed to have wonderful staff members in so many of our departments here in our county. Please take a moment to share this video with your friends on Facebook and your neighborhood HOA and family members. Ask them to sign up for my blogs as well. You can see the video here on TV Forsyth on Demand. Also, to quickly sign up for my blog please click here. Thanks. 

New County Manager Named

New County Manager Named
Our BOC is very pleased to bring on board a new county manager. Mr. Johnson's vast experience and expertise is something our county can greatly benefit from especially in the areas of strategic planning, finance, planning, grant writing and economic development.  With unprecedented growth rates, our county has constantly been in a reactive position instead of a proactive position. Hopefully with Eric Johnson's leadership that can change. I look forward to seeing him in action soon. Click here for News Release

Eagle's Beak Park Ribbon Cutting

Eagle's Beak Park Ribbon Cutting

Please join me at the ribbon cutting ceremony for Eagle's Beak Park on Monday, August 7, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. The park is located at 8420 Old Federal Road, Ball Ground, Georgia 30107 and features a kayak & canoe launch, nature trails, restrooms and parking. This park was funded by the Parks, Recreation and Green Space Bond and SPLOST VI. I look forward to seeing you on August 7! 

Cindy Jones Mills 

Forsyth County BOC/District 4



Millage Rate Information

Millage Rate Information
I wanted to share with you the presentation made by CFO David Gruen at our July 20, 2017 Board of Commissioners’ meeting. Click here for presentation. Also, Mr. Gruen made the following comments regarding the millage rate.

For the homeowner with the homestead exemption – 
 
1. If the assessed valuation for that home has increased from the prior year:
a. Taxes that will not increase are the county M & O and the Fire Department taxes
b. Taxes that will increase are the county bond taxes and the Board of Education taxes [except for those who qualify for the senior exemption (age 65) and already do not pay any school taxes].  It is these two taxes that cause an increase in the total tax bill for a residence.
 
2. If the property assessment has not increased from the prior year – no increases in property taxes
 
Note:  all of the above is true for this year since the Board of Commissioners and the Board of Education have advertised levying the same millage rates as last year. The bond millage rate is paying the principal and interest due each year on the Park Bonds [$100,000,000] and the Transportation Bonds [$100,000,000].

I thought it is important to understand your tax bill and how it is calculated. While the millage rate has stayed the same, there is an increase and I wanted to be sure people understand where that comes from on your bill. As always thank you for your support to Forsyth County. Ask your friends to sign up for our blog posts. 

Cindy Jones Mills 
Forsyth County BOC/District 4

Adoption of Coal Mountain Overlay

Adoption of Coal Mountain Overlay
I am so proud to share the news that last Thursday the Board of Commissioners adopted the Coal Mountain Overlay, which is designed to improve the aesthetic of the area and sets standards for architecture, landscaping, lighting and signage. The purpose of this process was to raise the bar for north Forsyth and the overlay’s three character areas – Coal Mountain, Hammond’s Crossing and Matt. I would like to thank the members of the Coal Mountain Overlay Committee who met numerous times over a six month period and who worked so diligently on this project: Charlie Heard, David McBrayer, Alan Neal, Candy Hammond, Paul Hamby, Brian Korosec/Robbie Caesar, Steve Holder, Christine Becnel, and Seth Thomas.
 
Their hard work, along with the guidance of county staff Tom Brown and Heather Ryan, helped create a lasting vision and a legacy for this area. I'm so proud to have been a part of this vision for District 4 and what it will mean for its future.

Learn more about the overlay here: Coal Mountain Overlay

Silver City Community Meeting

Silver City Community Meeting

Please join us for a Silver City Community Meeting on Monday, July 24, to discuss the zonings in the area that will have an impact on the community. The meeting will take place at 6:30 p.m. in the Coal Mountain Community Building. There will be staff attending from Planning & Community Development, Engineering, Water & Sewer, Information Systems & Technology and the Tax Assessor’s Office.

I’ve also included the latest District 4 Zoning Newsletter for your review. Once again, I would like to thank Bettina Hammond, Melissa Loggins, Mandy Moyer and Gary Cooper for all their hard work in our District.

Please see the latest District 4 Zoning Newsletter here: District 4 Zoning Newsletter


New Drug in Forsyth County Per WSB-TV News Story

Many don't consider the work of a commissioner to have anything to do with drugs and think this should be left to an enforcement issue. After only a few weeks into office, I believed I was supposed to organize our community and host a Drug Summit to try to educate our parents about the drugs in our community and the signs to watch for. Later when I started serving on the finance committee and I realized how much of our budget goes to dealing with the aftermath of drug usage, I knew I needed to do more in the area of prevention, especially when I read a person in recovery can be sober for 5 years and still have a 20% chance in going back. With the Sheriff's office, we formed the CHAMP's program for the elementary schools and the TIP program for kids just beginning to get in trouble. Our Drug Awareness Council was formed and meets the first Wednesday of every month at 8 am at the United Way building on Elm Street. Everyone is welcome to attend. We were able to assist the Sheriff in putting Narcan (Naloxone) with each deputy as an antidote to a Heroin overdose. It has saved many lives. But now I watch this video and realize, we are having problems being able to keep up with the drug manufacturers. We still have so much work to do. We strive to find more and more ways to get the truth about drugs in front of parents and children and to find real solutions for their "need" to medicate themselves. It's such a scary thing and we need the entire community to help in this battle by educating your kids, keeping your own medication/alcohol out of their sight and away from their hands, and to please pray for the safety and well-being of our youth and our community.  Together we can make a difference, one life at a time. 

Click here to see news story.

Matt Community Park and Lanierland Park Trails

Matt Community Park and Lanierland Park Trails
I wanted to share some exciting news for our district. I've had so many ask me about when we are getting walking trails at our new parks and when I heard this news, I couldn't wait to share it with you! According to Natural Resource Manager Matthew Pate, Forsyth County Parks & Recreation is planning to add trails at two northern county parks, Matt Community Park and Lanierland Park.  The plans for Matt Community Park are to offer approximately 3.5 miles of multi-use trails for walking, running and mountain biking.  At Lanierland Park the plans are to offer approximately 1.5 to 2 miles of trails for walking and running.  The trails at both parks will be natural surface and meander through wooded scenic areas. The Parks & Recreation Department hopes to have the trails open to the public early next year.    
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