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Dawsonville Council to discuss millage rate, Moonshine Festival next week
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On Monday, the Dawsonville City Council will discuss several important items, including the city’s millage rate for 2021 and the 54th annual Mountain Moonshine Festival.

Each year, the city council establishes a millage rate, which for over 25 years has been rolled back to zero, not levying any tax in the city. 

In 2020 the city council established at 8.51 mils, which would have meant a $250,000 house in the city homeowners would be paying about $851 in city taxes per year. As in past years, the city council voted unanimously to roll back the 2020 millage rate to zero.

Council members will also discuss the 54th annual Mountain Moonshine Festival at Monday’s meeting. The annual festival in downtown Dawsonville is set to take place on October 22 through October 24, 2021. 

K.A.R.E. for Kids Executive Director Tiffany Buchan will speak to city council members on the festival. Buchan previously presented preliminary plans during the council’s June 7 meeting but will now present final plans, including the proposed layout for vendors, during this week’s meeting. 

Following Buchan’s presentation, council members are scheduled to review the plans and consider approving them. 

In addition to discussing the millage rate and the festival, the city council will also discuss the following items. See the city council’s full agenda packet here.  

  • A request by the city to rezone 0.17 acres off of Highway 136 from Planned Unit Development District (PUD) to Institutional District (INST).

  • A resolution to purchase up to $2,500 of specialty equipment for Georgia State Patrol officers at Post #37. 

  • A resolution to amend the city’s code of ordinances regarding fire prevention and protection. 

  • A new rate to the city’s current solid waste contractors for renewal of services.

  • An amendment to the 2021 Farmer’s Market Use Agreement, extending hours on Saturdays and discontinuing Fridays. 

The Dawsonville City Council meeting will be held on Monday, Aug. 2 at 5 p.m. in the G. L. Gilleland council chambers on the second floor of the city hall building at 415 Hwy. 53 in Dawsonville.