Friday, May 17, 2013
Seven companies submitted bids.
An Atlanta-based engineering and planning services firm has been awarded a $20,700 contract to assist with the City of Dacula's comprehensive plan update. Robert and Company was one of seven companies that bid on that project. Bids ranged from $19,000 to $120,400. Companies were scored based on related experience; qualifications and project management; project understanding and approach; and price. Robert and Company's score of 93 was the highest. The company that submitted the lowest-priced bid of $19,000 scored an 80. The Dacula City Council awarded the contract to Robert and Company during a called meeting on Wednesday, May 15. In order to maintain qualified local government status and retain eligibility for certain grants, the city is…
Thursday, April 11, 2013
The city is looking for a professional consultant to help update its 2030 vision plan. Transportation is one of eight key elements for study.
The City of Dacula wants to take an inventory of its transportation infrastructure and study travel options for people with or without cars. The city has issued a request for proposals for a consultant to study eight elements of municipal life and help update its 2030 Comprehensive Plan. Among other issues to be examined are a vision statement and economic development. On transportation, the consultant will be asked to do the following: How do you feel about transportation options in Dacula? What would you like to see changed? Share your ideas in the comments below.
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
In its request for proposals for a consultant to update its 2030 Comprehensive Plan, the city expresses economic development ambitions.
Among the eight elements Dacula wants to explore as it revises its long-range plan is economic development. The city is looking for a professional consultant to help guide the 2030 Comprehensive Plan update. Here's what the request for proposals has to say about economic development: The Consultant will identify any new Needs and Opportunities related to economic development and vitality of the community, including revisions and deletions of old Needs and Opportunities that may have been addressed or partially addressed over the last five years. Some considerations include: What kind of economic progress would you like to see for Dacula? Tell us in the comments below.
Tuesday, April 9, 2013
The city is seeking proposals for professional services to update the plan, and expects to involve the community as well.
The city of Dacula is looking to develop a new vision statement and logo as part of an update to its 2030 Comprehensive Plan. A request for proposals for professional services to help update the plan, approved by the City Council on April 4, outlines several goals for the process, including significant community input: The City of Dacula’s Community Goals element needs to be updated to effectively represent the community’s vision and marketing strategy. It is expected that 2-3 visioning workshops will be needed to gain meaningful participation and input from interested persons. Specific interactive discussions will be facilitated to gain input from the community, staff and the Vision Committee, to prepare a new City Vision statement and …
Monday, December 31, 2012
Dacula Mayor Jimmy Wilbanks answers questions about our community.
In this week's "Three Questions With the Mayor," Dacula Mayor Jimmy Wilbanks provides an update on the latest city news and discusses the importance of perception. Dacula Patch: What's new in Dacula this week? Mayor Wilbanks: City staff is completing work on all the state-mandated, but not funded, reporting requirements that are due today. These reports are of no value to city residents and provide no benefits for municipal taxpayers -- yet our taxpayers pay for them. They are unfunded mandates from the State Legislature, and will most likely find a place of dusty repose somewhere in state government never again to be seen by any human being. Dacula Patch: What is something Dacula residents need to know this week? Mayor Wilbanks: Speaking …
Wednesday, August 1, 2012
The Dacula City Council will meet Thursday, Aug. 2 at 7 p.m.
The Dacula City Council is scheduled to vote Aug. 2 on a bid for phase two of the Dacula maintenance building. The city received nine bids, the lowest of which was $563,900 from Hamby Construction. Also on Thursday night's agenda is a rezoning case for property on Pharr Avenue. The owner and applicant has requested the property be rezoned from O-I Office Institutional District to R-1200 Single-Family Residential District for use as a residential home. Other items on the Aug. 2 agenda include: The council meets at Dacula City Hall, 442 Harbins Road. The meeting begins at 7 p.m. You might also be interested in reading:
Thursday, June 28, 2012
Dacula residents take advantage of opportunity to voice concerns over millage rate proposal.
City spending, previous millage rate increases and ongoing economic difficulties were among the concerns cited by the three residents who addressed the Dacula City Council during Thursday night's public hearing on the proposed property tax millage rate (see video for highlights). The hearing was the second of three that have been scheduled to allow the public the opportunity to provide feedback about the proposed tax increase. The first hearing was held Thursday morning and the third will be held Thursday, July 5 at 6:30 p.m. Thursday evening’s public hearing was followed by a brief work session in which Mayor Jimmy Wilbanks advised that the vote on an annexation request and the proposed millage rate increase will take place during the …
Only two people were in attendance for the first of three public hearings on the proposed tax increase.
If Thursday morning’s hearing was any indication, there is little or no opposition to the City of Dacula’s proposed millage rate increase. City officials have proposed setting the 2012 millage rate at 5.703. The new rate would result in increased tax revenue for the city of approximately $103 or 0.02 percent more than was collected in 2011. Residents whose property values have fallen will pay about the same or less under the proposed millage rate. Property owners who assessed values remain unchanged may pay slightly more. Dacula Mayor Jimmy Wilbanks said his property bill would be roughly $40 higher should the new millage rate be approved. City leaders have proposed raising the millage rate to compensate for a lower tax digest. Wilbanks …
Friday, June 22, 2012
Proposed millage rate for residents within the city limits of Dacula is higher than last year.
The City of Dacula will hold three public hearings to discuss a proposed millage rate increase. City officials have proposed setting the 2012 millage rate at 5.703. Last year's rate was 5.128. In an email to Dacula Patch, Mayor Jimmy Wilbanks wrote the tax digest has fallen from $124 million in 2011 to $111 million for 2012. The lower tax digest means revenues for the city will likewise be lower unless the millage rate is increased. Without the increase, the city stands to lose nearly $10,000. "For those whose property values have fallen or been adjusted downward, most will pay about the same or slightly less than in 2011," Wilbanks wrote. "Those whose property values remained the same will see a slight increase." The public hearings will …
Thursday, June 14, 2012
Officials say city will lose money unless millage rate is changed.
Lower tax digest numbers may result in higher property taxes for City of Dacula residents. According to Dacula City Administrator Jim Osborn, the millage rate would need to be increased to 5.703 from the current rate of 5.128 in order to avoid a revenue shortfall. Last year, the City of Dacula increased the millage rate from 4.67 to 5.128 in an attempt to partially compensate for lost revenue caused by a fall in the tax digest. Though the millage rate increased, most property owners did not see an increased tax bill due to lower property values. Mayor Jimmy Wilbanks said this year could be different. Any resident whose property value remains unchanged from last year would see a higher tax bill. Wilbanks said the taxes on his home would …