Lilburn council pushes for tax allocation district

LILBURN - If the Lilburn City Council gets its wish, Lilburn residents may be voting on a special tax allocation district next November.

As part of state law, the council must request the state legislature allow the issue to appear on the next ballot. The resolution making that request was approved at Monday's meeting.

The tax allocation district will not itself affect taxes. It will however allow the city to delegate where and how it will use any increase tax revenue.

"This is a tool that will help us fund our revitalization plan for the downtown area," Lilburn Mayor Jack Bolton said. "The average citizen not within the district boundaries will not be affected by this at all."

As the city continues to complete improvements such as streetscaping, sidewalks and general upgrades to the downtown Lilburn area, property values and taxes will naturally increase. If approved, the tax allocation district will allow the city to assign the increased revenue from a particular area to a specific fund. The council then plans to use this fund to help pay for the improvements.

"Streetscaping and improvements are going to increase values," Bolton said. "We are going to use that increase to go back and pay for the improvements."

In a related issue, the City Council heard from City Planner Kevin McOmber that the price from Georgia Power to relocate the overhead utilities in the downtown area underground will be $216,000. The council is still waiting on prices from phone and cable providers that utilize the same utility poles.

Council approves SUP for home care facility

The Lilburn City Council also approved a special-use permit to allow an adult home care facility in the city.

The personal care home has been at this location for approximately 10 years, but has recently changed hands. The new owners, Donald and Charmaine Bristol, requested the permit to allow 10 residents, to include not only the six clients but also the four members of the Bristol family.

There was some worry that approving the permit would conflict with the city's new "eight is enough" ordinance that limits the number of residents in any home to no more than eight.

"Our property maintenance ordinance specifically states except where zoning conditions apply," Neighborhood Improvement Manager Howard Brown said in a work session before the meeting. "This is a totally separate issue from overcrowding and property maintenance."

In other business, the

Lilburn City Council:

•Approved a construction change order policy allowing the city planner to approve field changes of up to 5 percent of the contract price (not to exceed $5,000) and the city manager to approve field changes of up to 10 percent of the contract price (not to exceed $10,000) all other changes will need to be approved by the council.

•Approved an expenditure of $26,207.50 for new DVD recording devices for five police vehicles.

•Announced that the Lilburn Historical Committee will be accepting nominations for exceptional Lilburn residents to be honored at this year's Arbor Day celebration. The committee will be accepting names until Jan. 3 for the Feb. 24 Arbor Day celebration.