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Forsyth County Receives Highest Bond Ratings from All Major Rating Agencies

Forsyth County Receives Highest Bond Ratings from All Major Rating Agencies
Standard & Poor (S&P), Moody’s and Fitch each provide county with highest rating in 2019 Forsyth County has received a AAA rating, the highest bond rating possible, from credit rating agency Fitch Ratings. With the recognition, the county has now received the highest bond ratings, and the resulting lowest cost of borrowing, from all three major U.S. bond rating services (Moody’s, S&P and Fitch) in 2019.   Bond ratings provided by Moody’s (Aaa) and S&P (AAA) were issued in mid-July following visits from both agencies in June. A subsequent six-year bond issue of nearly $100 million for SPLOST projects was sold with a “true interest cost” of 0.95%, or less than ...

Forsyth County Awarded Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program Grant

Forsyth County Awarded Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program Grant
Grant to assist individuals with mental illnesses who come in contact with justice system On Sept. 23, 2019, the United States Department of Justice awarded Forsyth County a grant in the amount of $400,000 through its Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program (JMHCP). The county’s match for the grant is $100,000.   The purpose of the grant is to: - Reduce the number of people booked into jails who have mental illnesses - Shorten the length of stay in jails for people who have mental illnesses  - Increase availability of treatment for people who have mental illnesses             - Reduce recidivism rates for people who have mental illnesses    “Our jails have become ...

Forsyth County Receives Highest Bond Ratings

Forsyth County Receives Highest Bond Ratings
Chief Financial Officer David Gruen announced that Forsyth County has again received the highest bond ratings available from Moody’s (Aaa) and S&P (AAA).   The agencies conducted their reviews of the county in late June and provided the credit ratings mid-July. “These ratings help ensure that Forsyth County is able to finance our bonds at the lowest interest rates available,” said Gruen. “Ultimately this means savings for Forsyth County taxpayers.” Agencies such as Moody’s and S&P base their ratings on a number of factors that include financial, economic, managerial and institutional. Items that influenced the ratings in 2019 include: • Strong county management, financial policies and ...

Forsyth County Commission Adopts Millage Rates

Forsyth County Commission Adopts Millage Rates
During two meetings in July, the Forsyth County Board of Commissioners adopted all millage rates levied in the county. The county’s portion of the overall millage rate is 7.936 mills, the same as last year.   During a July 23 special called meeting, the Board of Commissioners adopted a required resolution for all millage rates levied in the county, including the Board of Education and the new South Forsyth CID along with the county’s rates adopted July 18.   At the July 18 meeting, the board voted to adopt the county’s Maintenance and Operations (M&O) millage rate of 4.791 mills. Due to the growth in the tax digest, M&O property taxes levied ...

Forsyth County Fire Department Receives Homeland Security Grant for Additional Staffing

Forsyth County Fire Department Receives Homeland Security Grant for Additional Staffing
Grant to assist in funding the hiring of 12 firefighters  The Forsyth County Fire Department has been awarded a grant from the Department of Homeland Security/FEMA to support the staff cost for a new fire station in the western portion of the county. The Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant has been awarded in the amount of $1,652,080, with the county providing a required cash match contribution of $1,026,968.   The grant will fund the hiring of 12 new firefighters that will be stationed at the new Pittman Rd. fire station that is scheduled to open sometime late next ...

Forsyth County Announces Property Tax Rates Bond Rate to be Reduced; M&O, Fire Rates Expected to Remain the Same; Increase in Tax Dollars from Growth in Tax Digest

Forsyth County Announces Property Tax Rates Bond Rate to be Reduced; M&O, Fire Rates Expected to Remain the Same; Increase in Tax Dollars from Growth in Tax Digest
Three public hearings to allow for public input   The Forsyth County Board of Commissioners today announces its intention to maintain the county’s Maintenance & Operating and Fire millage rates currently in place with no change. The Bond Rate is advertised to be reduced.  Due to growth in the tax digest, Maintenance & Operating property taxes levied by the County this year will increase by a net 4.46% over the rollback millage rate.   The proposed county Maintenance & Operations rate remains unchanged at 4.642 mills. The proposed Fire rate remains unchanged at 1.975 mills. The proposed Bond rate will be reduced one tenth of a mill to 1.319 mills. These rates ...

Series of SPLOST Public Input Meetings Underway; Provide Feedback In Person or Online

Series of SPLOST Public Input Meetings Underway; Provide Feedback In Person or Online
Residents unable to attend in-person meetings are encouraged to provide feedback online   A series of community input meetings designed for citizen feedback on the types of projects to be funded by the proposed continuation of the SPLOST sales tax program is now underway in Forsyth County.   Along with the series of public forums — scheduled at various locations throughout the county over the coming weeks — a webpage featuring the same information and survey available at the meetings is accessible on the county’s website, forsythco.com, for those unable to attend. Look for the SPLOST icon on the website home page. ...

Forsyth County Seeks Citizen Input on Proposed Continuation of SPLOST Sales Tax Program

Forsyth County Seeks Citizen Input on Proposed Continuation of SPLOST Sales Tax Program
Series of meetings to be held throughout the county   Forsyth County wants to hear from citizens regarding the types of projects they would like to see funded by the proposed continuation of the SPLOST sales tax program. A series of public input meetings will be held in the coming weeks, giving citizens the opportunity to weigh in on how funding from the proposed continuation of the penny sales tax program should be allocated.   SPLOST stands for Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax. It is a special one percent voter-approved sales and use tax in Forsyth County for a specified period of ...

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