Pickens County Sheriff’s Office Arrest Report 10/19 -10/25

Arrest Reports, Police & Government

Arrest report and photos provided by the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office. The Georgia Open Records Act (O.C.G.A. 50-18-70) allows for FetchYourNews.com to obtain and post the arrest records of any and all individuals arrested in Pickens County. Those arrests are posted on FetchYourNews.com for viewing pleasure. Please remember that all individuals listed have been arrested and charged, however, they are presumed innocent until guilt has been proven in a court of law.

Pickens County Sheriff’s Office Arrest Report 10/12 -10/18

Arrest Reports, Police & Government

Arrest report and photos provided by the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office. The Georgia Open Records Act (O.C.G.A. 50-18-70) allows for FetchYourNews.com to obtain and post the arrest records of any and all individuals arrested in Pickens County. Those arrests are posted on FetchYourNews.com for viewing pleasure. Please remember that all individuals listed have been arrested and charged, however, they are presumed innocent until guilt has been proven in a court of law.

Pickens Commission Chair Candidate David Shouse holding meet & greet at Escape and Evade

Election 2020

Local business man and candidate for Pickens County Commission Chair wants to invite everyone to his meet and greet on Saturday, October 17th!

Escape & Evade hosting a meet & greet on Saturday Oct 17th from 1-4 pm. Voters come meet Pickens County Chairman Candidate David Shouse and have some fun with your family @escape_n_evade This event is for ALL ages as there is something to do for everyone. All attractions will be open and FREE to event attendees! Jump houses, laser tag, virtual reality, and even the ESCAPE ROOMS will be open! There isn’t one age group that can’t have fun!

There will be plenty of shirts and signs to give out! See you there

 

David Shouse-Pickens County Commission Chairman candidate invites you to visit his website Click here Shouse2020.   Visit his facebook page here  David has a straight forward message to voters, as your Chairman, I will work hard for Pickens County. I will strive every day to protect the values we hold dear, and to improve the daily lives of all citizens of Pickens County.

Pickens County Sheriff’s Office Arrest Report 10/5 – 10/11

Arrest Reports, Police & Government

Arrest report and photos provided by the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office. The Georgia Open Records Act (O.C.G.A. 50-18-70) allows for FetchYourNews.com to obtain and post the arrest records of any and all individuals arrested in Pickens County. Those arrests are posted on FetchYourNews.com for viewing pleasure. Please remember that all individuals listed have been arrested and charged, however, they are presumed innocent until guilt has been proven in a court of law.

Jasper adjusts millage rate with final consideration Monday

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Millage Rate

JASPER, Ga. – The Jasper City Council has adjusted their millage rate increase to a lower increase with a motion in their monthly meeting.

The new adjustment was approved by the council in October for the first reading. However, the final adoption will come Monday, October 12, 2020 in a 6:00 p.m Special Called Meeting. That meeting has the sole agenda item for the final adoption of the Rate.

The Millage Rate consideration is now at 5.655 mills, in efforts to balance the general budget.

Councilmember Jim Looney said he appreciated the work that the staff put into the millage rate. On the rate change he stated, “There’s never a good time. It’s also never easy. But I think this is movement in the right direction to allow the City of Jasper to continue on a good road.”

With Monday’s meeting as the last word on the Millage Rate for the coming year, it is one final chance for citizens to be heard on their opinions both for and against the increase to the rate and, therefore, property taxes.

This adjustment is still an increase in the Millage Rate, but it did bring the proposed rate from the original 6.78 mills proposed in September. The increase will now be 1 mill increase over the rate that has been the same for three years now.

The process is not yet done, though, as this is only one of the steps towards finalizing the 2021 Budget. Now that the Millage Rate could see final approval this week. Budget talks will begin soon in efforts to meet the city’s goal for budget adoption. According to City Manager Brandon Douglas, as previously reported in earlier meetings, that goal is to see a final adoption of the budget for the new year by December 7, 2020.

Pickens County Sheriff’s Office Arrest Report 9/28 – 10/4

Arrest Reports, Police & Government

Arrest report and photos provided by the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office. The Georgia Open Records Act (O.C.G.A. 50-18-70) allows for FetchYourNews.com to obtain and post the arrest records of any and all individuals arrested in Pickens County. Those arrests are posted on FetchYourNews.com for viewing pleasure. Please remember that all individuals listed have been arrested and charged, however, they are presumed innocent until guilt has been proven in a court of law.

City property taxes being discussed this week in three meetings

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JASPER, Ga. – This week will see three meetings of the Jasper City Council with items directly focused on the Millage Rate that they have advertised at 6.78 mills.

Two of the meetings directly focus on the 2.125 mills increase as the city will meet twice on Monday, October 5, 2020, back-to-back, for a Public Hearing at 5:30 p.m. solely for discussion of the rate, and the city’s Regular Meeting at 6:00 p.m. Each of these meeting are being put on Zoom, found in the linked agendas, in efforts to allow more to attend, comment, and participate despite the virus.

meetings, tax history, millage rateThen, another meeting is advertised for October 12, 2020, at 6:00 p.m. for a Special Called Meeting for the Millage Rate. However, the city does not have an agenda attached for this meeting yet.

City Manager Brandon Douglas did comment in a previous meeting that they could find places in a cursory look at a preliminary budget to allow them to lower this rate, but no new information on any changes has been made to FYN at this time. The set rate is required by law to have several meetings and opportunities for the public to speak on the issue.

With this week providing those opportunities, and one meeting already having occurred in September, the city could possibly adopt the rate at next week’s October 12 meeting in time for budgeting process over the coming months in preparation for 2021. That budget adoption is expected in early December.

Douglas called for corrective action in that September meeting after noting an expected deficit for next year totaling over $550,000.

With only two months to discuss and adjust that budget before December, this week’s meetings will set the tone for the entirety of 2021 as the millage rate heavily influences the budget revenues. The city has also published the Five-Year-History of the tax levy to their website showing the increases in property values relative to decreases in others like motor vehicles.

The city did allow and ask for comments from citizens in person as well as those attending by zoom in the previous meeting indicating that those attending digitally this week should also expect a chance to comment and ask questions on this issue as well.

Jasper considers 2.125 mill increase in early budgeting process

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Millage Rate

JASPER, Ga. – The City of Jasper is holding meetings with citizens to discuss plans to move forward with a major increase of its Millage Rate.

The increase being considered is a 45.6 percent increase over the 4.655 mills that the city has held for three years now. In 2017, the rate was set at 4.655 mills from 2016’s 4.683 mills.

The proposed Millage Rate for 2020 is 6.78 mills. An increase of 2.125 mills.

Millage Rate

A comparison sheet shown by City Manager Brandon Douglas in the September 24, 2020, public hearing for the millage rate.

The last time the rate was raised was 2001 when it went from 4.630 mills to 4.710 mills. The last time the millage rate was over 6 mills was 1996 when it was set at 6.850 mills.

According to City Manager Brandon Douglas, he met with the finance department and department heads, they found that normal operating costs produced a preliminary 2021 budget held a deficit of roughly $551,000. He also noted that indications pointed to a two to two-and-half percent increase in revenues while expenditures increase at three to five-and-a-half percent per year.

Douglas said, “That is not a sustainable financial model.”

He went on to say that the city needs corrective action for the finances. The gap between revenue and expenditures that the city is seeing has come from not correcting these issues sooner.

Douglas also noted the importance of property taxes as they make up 30 percent of the total revenue budget for the city. Many of the sources of revenue that make up the other 70 percent are unknown or not directly controlled by officials and the city. This puts the point of the property tax as something directly controlled by these elected officials.

There will be another meeting of the city at 5:30 p.m. on October 5, 2020, to hear more from the public on the proposed millage rate as Douglas stated, “It is staff’s goal to work with the elected officials through this public hearing process to recommend and adopt a millage rate that is reflective of providing a balanced budget. It is not our goal to just simply adopt a 6.78 millage rate.”

He noted that by the October 5 meeting of the Jasper City Council, he hopes to have gotten with officials through their committees to identify “ways to reduce certain preliminary department budgets.”

As a part of the budget process, the millage rate is adopted before the budget is adopted. The plan for the 2021 budget, according to Douglas, is adoption on December 7, 2020. Working towards that goal. This process is way to see what the budget could look like in order to have the budget in mind while adopting the millage rate which must be adopted first before the actual budget is adopted.

Pickens County Sheriff’s Office Arrest Report 9/21 – 9/28

Arrest Reports, Police & Government

Arrest report and photos provided by the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office. The Georgia Open Records Act (O.C.G.A. 50-18-70) allows for FetchYourNews.com to obtain and post the arrest records of any and all individuals arrested in Pickens County. Those arrests are posted on FetchYourNews.com for viewing pleasure. Please remember that all individuals listed have been arrested and charged, however, they are presumed innocent until guilt has been proven in a court of law.

The Pickens County Community Thrift store has closed due to possible coronavirus exposure

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The Pickens County Community Thrift has closed due to possible Coronavirus exposure.  It must remain closed until at least October 6th.  The store will be unable to make collections and will not be accepting donations.

Since the Thrift Store has no storage area, donors are asked to hold any donations until the store reopens and can process them. Once again, the Community Thrift store hopes to open on October 6th.

Do not call and leave a message as the call center cannot be monitored.  The volunteers at the Thrift Store thank you for understanding and look forward to seeing you when the store re-opens.

Thrift Store Closes

9/22/2020

Contact:  Dan Huth

(770) 894-4589 voice or text

[email protected]

 

 

Pickens County Sheriff’s Office Arrest Report 9/13 – 9/20

Arrest Reports, Police & Government

Arrest report and photos provided by the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office. The Georgia Open Records Act (O.C.G.A. 50-18-70) allows for FetchYourNews.com to obtain and post the arrest records of any and all individuals arrested in Pickens County. Those arrests are posted on FetchYourNews.com for viewing pleasure. Please remember that all individuals listed have been arrested and charged, however, they are presumed innocent until guilt has been proven in a court of law.

Pickens County Sheriff’s Office Arrest Report 9/6 – 9/13

Arrest Reports, Police & Government

Arrest report and photos provided by the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office. The Georgia Open Records Act (O.C.G.A. 50-18-70) allows for FetchYourNews.com to obtain and post the arrest records of any and all individuals arrested in Pickens County. Those arrests are posted on FetchYourNews.com for viewing pleasure. Please remember that all individuals listed have been arrested and charged, however, they are presumed innocent until guilt has been proven in a court of law.

Pickens County Sheriff’s Office Arrest Report 8/31 – 9/6

Arrest Reports

Arrest report and photos provided by the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office. The Georgia Open Records Act (O.C.G.A. 50-18-70) allows for FetchYourNews.com to obtain and post the arrest records of any and all individuals arrested in Pickens County. Those arrests are posted on FetchYourNews.com for viewing pleasure. Please remember that all individuals listed have been arrested and charged, however, they are presumed innocent until guilt has been proven in a court of law.

Appalachian Gun and Pawn break-in defended

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Appalachian Gun, Pawn, Range, and Training in Pickens County saw an attempted break-in this weekend as they say 3 people were seen on security footage attempting the crime.

According to a statement released on social media, the business survived the attempted break-in as they speculated that the difficulty of entry may have deterred the suspects from continuing along the with their plan. A photo from the site shows the window broken and pushed in, but it appears that the window could not be pushed far enough.

A statement adds that they noticed a U-Haul truck that the people were in. They are asking citizens who may have seen the truck or those with information to step forward. At this time, the only details that are being offered are that the people covered their face and appeared to be African American.

The incident occurred between 12:30 and 1:30 a.m. on Saturday morning. While authorities are conducting their investigation, Appalachian Gun, Pawn, Range, and Training is already returning to business as usual offering training classes on their social media.

The statement said, “Yes we have them on video, yes we have pictures of them but the only thing that we can tell for certain is that they were black and experienced at hiding their faces. There were 3 of them and they were in a U-Haul truck.”

FYN is reaching out for more information on the events and will update you as details become available.

Pickens County Sheriff’s Office Arrest Report 8/24 – 8/31

Arrest Reports, Police & Government

Arrest report and photos provided by the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office. The Georgia Open Records Act (O.C.G.A. 50-18-70) allows for FetchYourNews.com to obtain and post the arrest records of any and all individuals arrested in Pickens County. Those arrests are posted on FetchYourNews.com for viewing pleasure. Please remember that all individuals listed have been arrested and charged, however, they are presumed innocent until guilt has been proven in a court of law.

Pickens County Sheriff’s Office Arrest Report 8/17 – 8/24

Arrest Reports, Police & Government

Arrest report and photos provided by the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office. The Georgia Open Records Act (O.C.G.A. 50-18-70) allows for FetchYourNews.com to obtain and post the arrest records of any and all individuals arrested in Pickens County. Those arrests are posted on FetchYourNews.com for viewing pleasure. Please remember that all individuals listed have been arrested and charged, however, they are presumed innocent until guilt has been proven in a court of law.

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