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July 2020 Newsletter

Post Date:07/13/2020 7:30 AM
The Census deadline has been extended to October.If you haven't already done so online, by mail, or by phone, please help your community and respond!
Everyone counts in the City of Milton - and that's why EVERY HOUSEHOLD IN MILTON needs to fill out the 2020 Census!
The Census provides vital information that help support our community, such as:
  • Determining district boundaries, as well as how many representatives each state gets in Congress
  • Determining the annual distribution of federal funds; in Georgia, each person equates to approximately $1,600 per year in federal funding for their City or town
  • Providing statistics to plan for new roads, schools and emergency services
  • Helping businesses determine where to open
For more information on the 2020 Census,
And to be counted in this year's Census, go to:
FultonCounty Property Assessments
Did you get a letter fromFulton County Government
about yourhome's2020 assessed value? If so, you're not alone as property assessment notices like these recently went out -- like they do every year -- to homeowners all around Milton.
Local governments use assessments like these to decide how much each homeowner pays in property taxes. The Notice you may have received is NOT a bill from Fulton County or the City of Milton, but it is a milestone in the tax process.
What will you pay in City of Milton property taxes? That hasn't been determined yet. For starters,you canappeal the assessmentvalue of your property through Fulton County. Once finalized, County assessments are a tool employed to calculate Milton city property taxes. But the Fulton County's Annual Notice of Assessment should not be used to calculate your City tax payment. There are a few reasons for this, including:
  1. It's not official yet. (Remember, you and others can still appeal.)
  2. The Fulton County notice does not reflect current Milton exemptions, since the County doesn't track City exemptions by parcel.
  3. Milton's Mayor and City Council have not approved a millage rate for 2020 yet. (This will occur later this summer.)
  4. The County assessment notice doesn't mention that the City of Milton also has a separate bond millage rate. (FYI, a millage rate is the rate used to calculate local property taxes.)
Milton tax bills aresentout annually around October 1 (the start of the next fiscal year).If you have questions regarding your renewal, emailfinance@cityofmiltonga.usor call 678-242-2511.
Finance Award
The City of Milton earned what a leading national association calls "the highest form of recognition in governmental budgeting" for the second straight year. The Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) -- a group that represents over 20,000 federal, state/provincial and municipal finance officials across the United States and Canada -- honored Milton with its Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for the City's latest "Budget Book."You can read Milton's 2020 Budget Book - which reflects FY2020 running between October 1, 2019, through September 30, 2020 -- byCLICKING HERE.
Outdoor rentals resume, new camp
Outdoor facilities, field can be rented again
The City has resumed rentals of itsoutdoorspaces and fields for the first time in months, with some restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Any rented outdoor facilities can only accommodate groups of 50 or less. In addition, people are encouraged to wear facial coverings if they'll be congregating within close proximity (i.e. within 6 feet) of others for a sustained length of time.
For questions about rentals, please contact Milton Parks and Recreation Specialist Thomas Rhodes
Descendants Dance Camp
Join the excitement and celebrate your favorite Descendant character at Dance Camp!Dance along to your favorite Descendants songs and make new friends in this camp, run by the City of Milton's program partners at Rhythm 'N Shoes. We'll learn some fun and funky dance moves, and have fun with various games and crafts. No dance experience is necessary.
This camp -- which is open to those 6 to 9-years-old -- runs from Aug. 3-7, 1-4 p.m. It's at Bethwell Community Center at a cost of $180. To register, clickHERE.

Learning opportunities

Pool Permit Workshop
Pools - and building them - are a regular hot topic in Milton, especially once the weather heats up. With that in mind, our Community Development recently conducted a Pool Permit Workshop to explain the process from start-to-finish and answer questions from Milton residents.The event was held in Council Chambers and also streamed on the City's Facebook page (as well as Zoom). If you're interested in learning more yourself, clickHEREto see the slides used during the presentation and clickHEREfor the video.
Trails Plan
One of Milton's best assets is its natural beauty, so it's no surprise that citizens have taken such interest in promoting trails and pedestrian-friendly areas over the years. That interest helped guide the City's Trails Plan project. Over many months, City staff worked with a 25-member advisory committee and an outside expert to draft a plan charting the future of trails in Milton - focusing on five areas in particular (Crabapple, Deerfield, Birmingham Park, the Preserve at Cooper Sandy and the Preserve at Lackey Road). Earlier this month, the draft plan, which you can readHERE, was presented to Mayor Joe Lockwood and City Council members. You can learn more about the plan and processHERE.


Records Clerk
The City Clerk's Office is looking to add a Records Clerk to its staff. For more information about this full-time position, clickHERE.

The City Council recently awarded a contract to CW Matthews Inc. for the reconstruction and resurfacing of several city streets, including portions of Hopewell Road and Providence Road. Work will begin later this summer.
The sidewalk on Mayfield Road that connects Milton's Crabapple area to the City of Alpharetta is finished. WALK by and check it out!
Milton's Transportation Engineer Sara Leaders recently graduated from the University of Georgia's Management Development program through the Carl Vinson Institute of Government. Congratulations, Sara!
New Codes for Alcoholic Beverages
Milton's Mayor and City Council unanimously approved a rewrite of "Chapter 4" -- the section of the City Code dealing with alcoholic beverages -- as part of efforts to make Milton an even better place to live, play and do business. The most innovative change adjusts restaurants' alcohol-to-food sales ratio from 50:50 to 70:30; in other words, up to 70% of sales can now come from alcohol (rather than 50% like previously). Bars remain strictly prohibited in Milton, just like before. This approach is unique to Milton -- neighboring communities don't have the same ratio -- which can help the City attract distinct establishments that residents and visitors will enjoy.
In addition, the Chapter 4 rewrite ended "Happy Hour" restrictions in Milton. And, if they obtain the required licenses, restaurants will be able to continue to serve packaged beer and wine (as they have been allowed to do as part of a special emergency measure related to the COVID-19 pandemic). The revision paves the way for the arrival of craft beer and wine markets, breweries, micro-breweries, distilleries, micro-distilleries, food halls, courtyard markets, and food markets.
Meet Me In Milton has been cancelled through September.
For more information on Economic Development in Milton, contact Sarah LaDart
Educating and engaging

Communications staff is working behind the scenes with all city departments, on Milton meetings, projects, educational opportunities, and a variety of ways to get involved in the city. Additionally, a new Milton website is in the works, and will be launched later this summer.
For more information on Milton's Communications and Engagement, contact Greg Botelho

A New Way to Get Involved
Advisory Board
The Milton Police Department is forming a Chief's Advisory Board. The Board will focus on creating an open forum for discussion of agency policies, community interaction, and functions of the Milton Police Department.
Chief Rich Austin invites any Milton community members who are interested in participating or learning more about the Board to contact the Police Department's Accreditation Manager Katherine Fies Among other steps, the application process will include completing an application, fingerprinting and a background check.
Safety and Outreach

Census Video
Milton-Fire Rescue participated in the2020 Census Fulton County Fire Station Video Challengealong withfire departments in College Park, East Point, Johns Creek, Roswell, South Fulton and Union City. And not only did Milton participate, the Department earned "First Place"(which is actually runner-up overall to Roswell) following an online vote!
The contesthighlighted the importance of completing the 2020 Census, which determines federal funding for public safety and emergency management teams. Milton Fire-Rescue encourages city residents to fill out their Census forms. And if you haven't seen the department's video yet, check it out!
Fireworks Safety 2020
Milton Fire-Rescue collaborated with the Milton Police Department and Milton Communications Team to deliver an updated fireworks information campaign to the citizens of Milton.According to Fire Marshal Alex Fortner, Milton Fire-Rescue had no reports of firework related fires or injuries in Milton July 3-4. A tremendous focus was placed on fire and life safety by outlining the rules and regulations of fireworks. ClickHEREfor more on Milton's Fireworks Safetyinitiative.

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