Tag: Georgia

Bid Opening on Fire Engine RFP

The information stated below constitutes my official transmittal of “Received Bid Information” on County Bid Project 2017-04-001, also known as the “Request for Proposal to Purchase a Fire Engine”. The project was put out for bid proposals on 5 April 2017 and the closing date for receipt of bids was 5 May 2017 by 2:00 PM. Two qualified bidders responded to the RFP and presented bid amounts in the following, with itemization. Included in the bid responses were the “turnkey” price for delivery of one top-mount pumper type fire engine as per the specifications advertised. 1). Fire Line of Winder, Georgia Base Bid: $227,412.00 2). Fouts Brothers of Smyrna, Georgia Base Bid: $246,318.00 It is my opinion that both companies met all required deadlines and submitted all bid information in the approved format as directed in the Invitation to Bid. The Invitation to Bid was advertised locally in the Jackson Progress Argus, published on the County website and placed on the Georgia Local Government Access website. Once the bid was advertised, the point of contact for any questions was the County Fire Chief or Assistant Fire Chief. This item is being reviewed by staff of the Fire Department and a recommendation will be forwarded to place this item on the docket for the June 12, 2017 Board of Commissioners meeting for either awarding a bid or rejecting all bids....

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Butts County Selected for State Tourism Program

Butts County, which includes the cities of Jackson, Flovilla and Jenkinsburg, as well as communities such as Indian Springs has applied for and received initial acceptance by the Georgia Department of Economic Development to be the recipient of a Tourism Product Development Resource Team Program. Offered by the GDECD Office of Product Development, the program assists counties, cities and individual tourism partners in giving new life to existing resources as well as identifying and fostering new tourism products within communities. Communities that are selected for the program receive technical assistance and financial resources in the hopes of creating new opportunities and markets for Georgia tourism products through strategic partnerships, packaging and marketing. Of the 159 counties in Georgia, 21 have so far been selected for this program and have benefitted from the information and assistance provided by the TPD team. Putnam county is the closest one located to Butts County to have been selected for this program since it began in 2009. The team works to evaluate a community’s past, present and potential for tourism growth, seeking to find areas that promote innovative, unique local experiences. As a selectee of the program, Butts County will host a team of experts in tourism and community development who will engage in an in-depth analysis of the community and ultimately provide a full report of recommendations for enhancing our existing tourism product...

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Collins Announces Candidacy for Congress

Michael (Mike) Collins (R-Jackson) announced on Thursday his candidacy to seek the Republican nomination for the 10th Congressional Seat of Georgia, currently held by Congressman Paul Broun. Broun will not be seeking re-election to the seat as he will make a bid for the U.S. Senate. Collins was introduced to a large crowd of local citizens by his father, former Congressman Mac Collins, outside of their longtime family business. Collins Industries/Collins Trucking employs over 82 people and operates 80 trucks and flatbed trailers throughout the Southeast and Midwestern States. Collins grew up close to the political climate in Georgia. His father Mac served six terms in the US House of Representatives as well as a number of terms in the Georgia Legislature.  He is a native of Butts County, a graduate of Piedmont Academy in Monticello and of Georgia State University. He is an active member of the community and is married to Leigh Ann Collins. They have three children and attend Rock Springs Church in...

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Need for Speed Comes to Butts County

Butts County is playing host to Hollywood movie producer DreamWorks this evening as filming on the movie “Need for Speed” shoots at a local travel plaza, according to Butts County Administrator and Camera Ready Liaison Michael Brewer. The major motion picture, based on the popular driving game by Electronic Arts, is about a street racer’s cross-country journey from New York to race on the California coast. According to Internet Movie Database (IMDb.com), “Fresh from prison, a street racer who was framed by a wealthy business associate joins a cross-country race with revenge in mind. His ex-partner, learning of the plan, places a massive bounty on his head as the race begins”. Filming for the production has taken place in other Georgia locations as well, including Macon, located just thirty minutes south of Butts County. “This is an exciting event for Butts County” said Brewer as setup for the filming was being readied at the Atlanta South Travel Plaza at Interstate 75 and Highway 36. “I was very pleased when DreamWorks contacted me earlier this week looking for staging areas for their equipment. I immediately put them on to Laura Hale with the Development Authority and she went right to work, securing the necessary permissions from the property owners to get them space in the adjacent Riverview Business and Industrial Park for their vehicles and equipment”. Brewer noted that this is...

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2013 Legislative Session-Final Report

Georgia lawmakers adjourned the 2013 legislative session at midnight on Thursday, March 28th. Over the past three months, legislators have addressed major issues ranging from ethics to juvenile justice reform to tax reform. Many of these issues will have a direct impact on county operations. Butts County and all of the other Georgia counties worked in concert with the Association of County Commissioners of Georgia to help shape the legislation that would directly effect counties and the local taxpayers. I am especially grateful to our three state legislators who went to Atlanta this year for working with Butts County and others to minimize adverse impact on the County and maximize benefit to the County wherever possible. My thanks to State Representative Andy Welch (Locust Grove), State Representative Susan Holmes (Monticello) and certainly to our own State Senator from Butts County, Burt Jones. Below is the wrap up of bills that were of direct concern to Butts County and where they stood at “Sine Die” or the end of the 2013 session. Not every bill that went through the legislature is listed. Only those with direct impact on citizens and local government are included. Sincerely, J. Michael Brewer, County Administrator County Legislative Coordinator, ACCG Economic Development & Transportation HB 318 Georgia Tourism Development Act (Rep. Ron Stephens, 164th) Effective upon signature of the Governor- This legislation changes the procedures of...

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Important Notice about Vehicle Taxes

There has been much confusion over the new Title Ad Valorem Tax that the State of Georgia has imposed on the counties and that goes into effect March 1st. Some of the news media stations in Atlanta have spun the story in such a way as to make people think that if they don’t go to the Tag Office on Friday, March 1st, that they somehow will be left out of being able to take advantage of the few benefits the new system offers. First, if you purchased your vehicle any time before January 1st, 2012, nothing will change at all. You will still receive your tax bill prior to your birthday and will need to pay all ad valorem taxes by the date of your birthday. Second, if you purchased your vehicle any time between January 1st, 2012 and February 28th, 2013, nothing will change unless you choose to opt in to the new system. If you do not, you will continue to receive your annual tax bill, payable by your birthday each year. For more about the opt-in program, see the article below this section. For some, opting in will make sense and for others, it will not. It depends on the value of you vehicle. Third, if you buy a new car on or after March 1, 2013, the state will automatically enroll you in the...

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New Georgia Vehicle Tax Takes Effect March 1st

The State of Georgia Legislature (House of Representatives and State Senate) passed into law a new format for the taxation of motor vehicles that takes effect March 1, 2013. This new tax will affect everyone sooner or later and it is important that Butts County citizens understand fully what will be required in the future. Beginning March 1, 2013, state and local sales tax will no longer apply to the purchase of a motor vehicle. In addition, all vehicles purchased or transferred into ownership after this date will no longer be subject to the annual ad valorem tax (also known as the “birthday tax”). Instead, these vehicles will be subject to a new, one-time state and local title ad valorem tax (TAVT) that is paid at the time owner registers the vehicle and applies for the title with the county. The new system for taxing vehicles will only apply to a vehicle when the ownership of the vehicle is transferred through a title exchange on or after March 1, 2013. All other vehicle owners will continue to operate under the current system and pay the annual ad valorem taxes. There is one exception for any vehicles purchased between January 1, 2012 and March 1, 2013. Owners of these vehicles are eligible to opt-in to the new system. To convert to the new system for free, the owner must prove...

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ScottsMiracle-Gro Announces Expansion

DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY OF BUTTS COUNTY FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 30, 2012 CONTACT: Laura Hale, Executive Director Laura.hale@buttscountyida.com | (770) 775-4851 ScottsMiracle-Gro Announces Expansion to Jackson/Jenkinsburg, Georgia Facility Jackson, Georgia (October 30, 2012) – The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company and the Butts County Development Authority today announced that the Ohio-based company is expanding its operations at its facility near Jackson, Georgia. Adding to its existing workforce of approximately 75 associates by creating as many as ten additional jobs, the total capital investment to the area by ScottsMiracle-Gro now totals $6 million. “Jackson is an ideal location for one of our growing media facilities,” said Dave Swihart, ScottsMiracle- Gro Senior Vice President Global Supply Chain. “Local community leaders have been very supportive of our company, making the choice to expand in the area an easy decision.” The company continues to show continued investment in the Jackson community, while Butts County at-large is seeing companies expanding operations and business within the area. “ScottsMiracle-Gro is an outstanding corporate citizen for Butts County,” said Bryan Bush, chairman of the Development Authority of Butts County. “This is the second investment ScottsMiracle-Gro has made in Jackson this year, and our community couldn’t be more excited. We’re happy to be able to help them expand and create jobs.” The company received incentives at the State level to help fund the enhancements to the facility. This expansion and job...

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