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SOUTH FULTON 101
Every 10 years, the United States conducts a count of all citizens & residents, known as the U.S. Census. The official Census Count begins March 2020. These numbers are used by the federal government to disburse grants and other federal funds (based on each city, county and state's population). The results of the Census count are also used to draw maps of voting districts and for many other government programs. This 2020 Census will have a big effect on the future of South Fulton. Watch the video below to learn more
Census Day is April 1. If you are under quarantine or sheltered-in-place, you can still participate in the Census. In fact, in light of this nationwide epidemic, an accurate accounting of our population is more crucial than ever.
Filling out the Census form can be educational activity for children out of school. Watch the video below to learn more about the Census and click the link for lesson plans for students of all ages.
To complete the Census online you must have your Census ID (see image below).
A Census ID was mailed to every home in March. Click the link below to take the 2020 Census.
2020 Census Now Hiring
Census Jobs have flexible hours (ranging from 20 to 40 hours per week). You can work from home in positions that range from $14 - $24 per hour. Federal Benefits (SSI, SSN, Medicaid, Medicare, etc.) are not be impacted by Census payments.
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South Fulton Residents Required to Have Garbage Service
Every house in the City of South Fulton is now required to have its own Garbage Collection service. A list of city-authorized vendors has been sent to every home, with a grace-period running through January 31, 2019 for residents to establish service with a city-approved vendor. Renters must negotiate with their landlords on who will pay for the service. However, it is the land owner's responsibility to obtain & maintain service. Beginning February 1, those without service could face fines up to $1,000; and a service provider will be assigned to them by the City.
New companies are being added regularly. Before cancelling your current service, contact City Purchasing Manager Anthony Kerr to see if your current garbage company has been added.
The list above details which city Council District each company operates within. Though it should be noted, these companies do not operate throughout an entire district. With the exception of Waste Industries, each company only operates in select neighborhoods. If your Homeowner's Association bargains collectively to have all your neighbors sign up with a single provider, you may be able to induce providers from other districts to service your neighborhood AND negotiate a lower rate with them than advertised.
Waste Industries, the only provider serving all addresses in the City of South Fulton is offering Trash Collection & Recycling for $59.54 per quarter — with additional discounts for seniors & veterans. They have also waived can delivery fees for new service.
You may be surprised to learn what is and is not recyclable these days. Many sanitation providers no longer accept glass for recycling. Shredded paper and greasy pizza boxes are also not accepted by many providers. Please review this list of common recyclable & non-recyclable items and contact your trash collector for their specific list.
How Did We Get Here & What Comes Next?
Those who paying close attention to South Fulton's transition to cityhood remember earlier plans to have one, citywide service that included recycling & bulk trash collection, all included in homeowner's property tax bills. So what happened? Learn more at the link below.
Councilman khalid Speaks Up for Residents Facing Georgia Power Rate Hike
SOUTH FULTON'S 2019 BUDGET
A primary responsibility of every level of government — from Congress to your local City Council — is passing a Budget. The City Budget determines how tax dollars collected by the city are spent. The Calendar by which governments (and businesses) spend money is known as the Budget Year or Fiscal Year (FY).
The City of South Fulton's Fiscal Year begins each October 1 (just like a school calendar, where the 2020 School Year begins in Fall 2019).
The Federal Government's Fiscal Year also beings October 1.
The Fiscal Year for Fulton County begins January 1.
The Fiscal Year for Fulton County Schools begins July 1.
The Fiscal Year for the State of Georgia begins July 1.
After holding several Public Hearings to get citizen feedback on the 2019 Budget, South Fulton's City Council will make final decisions on the budget at a Special Council Meeting this Tuesday.
Our 2019 Budget is nearly $100 Million. This 30 percent increase comes from increased property values and the T-SPLOST Transportation Sales Tax funds. Read more about the T-SPLOST in the South Fulton 101 seciton (in the green coloumn below). View the entire Proposed FY2019 budget at the link below.
Note: Administration includes Mayor, Council, HR, IT, Facilities, Financial, Legal, Clerk salaries & expenses. Public Works includes streets, right-of-way and stormwater maintenance. Economic Development includes Planning Department salaries & services, and money collected from Hotel/Motel taxes.
Fourteen percent of the City Budget goes to service our Tax Anticipation Note (TAN) debt. This is the money the City borrowed during startup while waiting to receive property tax revenues from the state. This percentage our budget used for debt service is decreasing each year, and South Fulton is moving faster than previous new cities in balancing its budget..
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