Dawson County commissioners are expected Thursday to adopt the tax digest on which the 2013 budget will be based without raising the millage rate. Cindy Campbell, the county's chief financial officer, presented the commission with a digest last week that would amount to an estimated about $8.9 million in tax revenue.
The Dawsonville City Council voted unanimously on Monday to change the date for the special election to fill the unexpired terms of two council posts. The special election has been moved from Sept. 18 to Nov. 6.
Dawson County government is considering a land swap that could mean more soccer fields for the Rock Creek Sports Complex. The deal would exchange about 50 acres the Etowah Water and Sewer Authority owns on Dawson Forest Road for 33.5 acres on Bannister Road. That property, owned by Jackie and Jerry Townley, is next to the park.
After reviewing a study measuring sound volumes at a controversial gun club, the Dawson County commission last week voted to erect some barriers near the noisiest areas. The sound study, which began in January and lasted about four months, included eight locations around Etowah Valley Sporting Clays in southeastern Dawson.
Larry Taffar has more than just a little vested interest in Dawson County's Lumpkin Campground Road. He is chairman of Lumpkin Campground Trustees, attends Bethel United Methodist Church across the road and tends to the church cemetery that faces the road. He also lives off the road.
A capacity crowd filled the auditorium at Dawson County Middle School on Monday night to hear from local candidates running for office in the July 31 primary. Sponsored by the Dawson County Chamber of Commerce, in conjunction with the county's Republican and tea parties, the forum featured the hopefuls in contested city, county and state races.
The Georgia Mountains Regional Commission held a legislative appreciation dinner Thursday at the Georgia Racing Hall of Fame. Members of Dawson County's state legislative delegation were joined by more than 100 regional delegates, politicians, representatives and guests.
The Dawsonville City Council voted 3-0 on Monday to approve a $1.38 million budget for fiscal year 2013. The budget, which is up from last year's $1.2 million spending plan, does not call for a city property tax.
Qualifying for the local and state elections ended with at least one surprise in Dawson County. Former District 2 County Commissioner Mike Connor decided to challenge incumbent Mike Berg for commission chairman.
Friends and family gathered Thursday at the Dawson County board of elections office to pay tribute to the board's former chairwoman. Jeannine McGee thought she was attending an end of the year ceremony for her grandson, but later found out the party was being held in her honor.
Candidates seeking local and state office have until Friday to qualify for the July 31 General Primary. Qualifying began this morning and runs until noon Dawson County and state offices.
The remaining vacancy on the Dawsonville City Council was filled Thursday as Angie Smith took office. A lifelong Dawsonville resident, the 36-year-old Smith takes the place of Calvin Byrd, who has resigned to run for mayor.
The Dawsonville City Council has approved two variance requests for a proposed apartment complex. Planned for 15 acres off Perimeter Road near downtown, Farmington Woods will feature 72 units, including one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments.
Days after Dawson County commissioners voted to take legal action against a local hotel, officials with the business said Monday the majority of overdue taxes has been paid. "We're now up to date except for April's taxes," said Shelby Harris, general manager of the Comfort Inn in Dawsonville. "At this point, April, which was due on the 20th, is the only month that is outstanding."
Dawson County's tax commissioner has announced she will seek re-election in the July 31 primary. Linda Townley is the second candidate to say she'll campaign for the seat. In April, political newcomer Karin McKee said she would run.
City council members on Monday said they want to renegotiate a longstanding agreement with Etowah Water and Sewer Authority involving service delivery in outlying areas of Dawsonville.
Dawsonville council members are contemplating service delivery changes that could impact residents in the outlying areas of the city.
When Mike Berg moved to Dawson County from Gwinnett years ago, he could have parked a lounge chair on a deck overlooking Lake Lanier and enjoyed retirement.
Dawson County was in the spotlight last weekend as Republicans from across northeast Georgia rallied at the 9th Congressional District banquet and convention.
A local legislator was recently tapped among Georgia's most influential lawmakers.