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We are a group of concerned citizens, residents of Saint Simons Island, who care about the future of the island and want to do something to protect this wonderful place we call home.

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Whether or not you agree that a municipality is a good idea,

we should be able to vote on it.

PLEASE GET YOUR SPOUSE, YOUR FRIENDS, YOUR NEIGHBORS TO SIGN THE PETITION!

 

Taxes and a Municipality

 

  •  If we were to become a municipality controlling only Zoning, Roads, and Garbage Collection, with the county continuing to control the rest and the municipality making no attempt to flow money back to the county, we would run a surplus of over a $ one million due to Hotel / Motel taxes and other revenues we would receive that the county used to receive before we became a municipality.   This would put Glynn county in the red as they stop receiving these sources of revenue.  The county would raise property taxes on everyone to make up the lost revenues.  Realistically, we are not going to be allowed to become a municipality without making Glynn County fiscally whole though the use on Inter-Governmental Agreements which would flow these lost revues back to the county once we are a municipality.

  • If we are going to take control of the island’s future by becoming a municipality, we must expect to pay something for that privilege. 

  • The questions become:  How much will this cost?  And how do we pay for it?

                     (Please see "Municipality Costs" in the drop down menu above for a discussion on costs.)

  • Georgia State regulations prevent the municipality as we describe it from implementing a sales tax, so that source of revenue is out.

  • The easiest way to initially raise necessary funds will be through a property tax.  But over time other sources of revenue such as implementing impact fees on newly developed subdivisions should eliminate that need for property taxes.

  • Based on what other cities in Georgia have found to be sufficient, the two studies mentioned in other areas on this site, the current tax rolls, and the 2019 Glynn County Budget, we believe that an island municipality property tax of about 1/2 mil would cover our needs and would keep the Glynn County Budget fiscally whole.  

 

  • Again, this 1/2 mil property tax is necessary to keep Glynn County fiscally whole.  If we do not work to keep the Glynn County budget whole, politically we have no chance of taking over the management of the growth of our island through becoming a municipality, as the lobby against doing so is too great.

              (see "Costs" in the drop down menu above)

  • In the bill we ask our legislators to pass creating a municipality, we would not allow over a one mil property tax.  This tax could not be increased without those living in the municipality voting to allow it.

  • Peachtree Corners discovered that, although they allow up to a one mill tax to cover their needs, they have not needed to levy any municipal property tax at all.

  • How much would a 1/2 mill tax cost you?  This translates as follows:  

    • For the vast majority of us, the cost will be less than ten dollars a month.
      • Tax on property with a value of $100,000:  About $20.00 a year.
      • Tax on property with a value of $500,000:  About $100.00 a year.       

      • Tax on property with a value of $1,000,000:  About $200.00 a year.

  • Again, as other souces of revenue, such as impact fees on new developments, are brought into the municipal budget we would anticipate, based on the experience of other new municipalities,  that the need for property taxes would go down.

  • You will have to decide if maintaining the character of the island that we call home is worth this initial property tax cost to you. 

  • We believe that we should at least have the right to vote on it.

 

For island residents to control island development, our Ga. State Senate and House Representatives will need to present and pass a bill at the state level, subject to our later vote, creating an island municipality.

 

Not until they do this can we vote on whether or not we are willing to take on this responsibility.  

Please sign our petition calling on them to do this.

LET US VOTE ON IT!