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Dawsonville remains tax free
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Dawsonville Mayor James Grogan said city residents will continue to have no taxes.

The 0.610 millage rate will rollback to zero, he said during Mondays city council meeting. There will be no city tax for citizens.

Hours earlier, the city formalized paperwork for a $1 million loan from the Georgia Environmental Finance Authority (GEFA) to make improvements in its water system.

Planning for the improvements started in 2009, according to Christopher Poje, an engineer with G. Ben Turnipseed Engineers in Atlanta, who spoke at the public meeting held in the mayors office Monday.

The city has applied for a $1 million loan and then will pay back $800,000, Poje said. Part of the loan, approximately $200,000, is forgiven by the state.

Interest on the loan is fixed at 2.31 percent.

That rate went up in May from 1.41 percent, Poje said after the meeting.

The scope of work for the city includes:

Taking a test well into full capacity production;

Rehabilitating one or both of the citys elevated water tanks;

Replacing old water lines in the commercial district;

Installing new water meters along state roads to allow for radio reading of meters. The technology allows the new meters to be read from inside a city workers vehicle.

GEFA will announce its decision on the loan at its August meeting.

If approved, design work will be completed by year-end. Construction is expected to start in May 2015 and last nine months, according to Poje.

A review of the project by 11 EPA divisions showed no serious concerns, Poje said.

The citys water permit stays the same, all wells, and its emergency connection to Etowah, he said. They are just adding one more service.

At capacity, the citys test well is expected to provide approximately 150,000 gallons per day.

Aging pipes in the citys commercial district will be replaced with thick-walled PVC piping with a life expectancy of 50 to 80 years, Poje said.

Attending the meeting were City Clerk Bonnie Warne, City Public Works Director Gary Barr and Grogan. No one from the public attended.

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