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Notice of Proposed Property Tax Increase

The Rome City Commission announces its intention to hold a Public Hearing at a called City Commission meeting on Thursday, July 23 at 11:00 a.m. in the Sam King Room at City Hall concerning the proposed 2015 millage tax rate. The proposed combined rates for the city government and city schools of 26.136 will result in a .05% decrease from the prior year and a .7% increase over the calculated rollback rate of 25.95. The estimated city and city school tax for a current $100,000 market valued home would have been $1,046 in 2014. At the proposed rate for 2015, the estimated tax will be $1,045 and at the 2015 roll back rate, the estimated tax would be $1,038.    Each year, the Board of Tax Assessors is required to review the assessed value for property tax purposes of taxable property in the city. When the trend of prices on properties that have recently sold in the county indicate there has been an increase in the fair market value of any specific property, the Board of Tax Assessors is required by Georgia law to re-determine the value of such property and increase the assessment, also known as reassessment.  When the total digest of taxable property is prepared, Georgia Law requires that a rollback millage rate must be computed that will produce the same total revenue on the current year’s new digest that last year’s millage rate would have produced had no reassessments occurred. The budget adopted by the City of Rome requires a millage rate higher than the rollback millage rate. Therefore, before the Rome City Commission may set a final millage rate, Georgia Law requires that three public hearings be held to allow the public an opportunity to express their opinions on this increase. All concerned citizens are invited to attend the second public hearing on July 23. An additional final public hearing will be held Monday, July 27 at 6:30 p.m. in the Sam King room at City Hall.  For questions related to the public hearing, please contact Sheree Shore, City of Rome Finance Director at 706-236-4420.

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  • Public Information & Marketing Coordinator
  • City of Rome
  • Posted: 07/20/2015

Rome is First Georgia City to Join Next Century Cities as a Leader for High-Speed Internet

Nationwide initiative supports broadband investment for community development_____________________________________________________________________________________ Mayor Jamie Doss announces The City of Rome has joined Next Century Cities, a bipartisan, city-to-city initiative dedicated to ensuring the availability of next-generation broadband Internet for all communities. The City of Rome recognizes that broadband is the fuel that feeds a progressive, vibrant and healthy community in the 21st century,” said Mayor Jamie Doss. “The Next Century Cities supports our community and city leadership in participating in an open and neutral approach to developing broadband infrastructure.” The initiative is based on the idea that there is no single pathway to a smart, effective approach to next-generation broadband. As a Next Century Cities partner, the City of Rome believes that smart collaboration benefits all. The city’s dedicated leadership supports high-speed internet as a necessary infrastructure essential for residents and businesses as a community-wide endeavor that will spur innovation and drive progress. “Next Century Cities welcomes Rome, the latest community to join us in support of high-speed Internet” said Deb Socia, Executive Director of Next Century Cities. “We encourage all cities who are interested in recognizing the benefits of these investments to business, schools, government, and more to join this initiative.” To date, 100 cities and their elected leaders have joined Next Century Cities in recognition of the importance of leveraging gigabit-level Internet to attract new businesses and create jobs, improve health care and education, and connect residents to new opportunities. Next Century Cities will support communities and their elected leaders across the country as they seek to ensure that all have access to fast, affordable, and reliable Internet. Next Century Cities member cities include: Albany (NY), Alexandria (VA), Ammon (ID), Arvada (CO), Auburn (IN), Austin (TX), Beverly Hills (CA), Boise (ID), Boston (MA) Boulder (CO), Bryan (TX), Burbank (CA), Burlington (WA), Carbondale (IL), Carl Junction (MO), Cedar Falls (IA), Centennial (CO), Centerville (UT), Champaign (IL), Chapel Hill (NC), Charlotte (NC), Chattanooga (TN), Chicopee (MA), Chula Vista (CA), Clarksville (TN), College Station (TX), Columbus (OH), Cortez (CO), Culver City (CO), Duluth (MN) Fort Collins (CO), Garden Grove (CA), Grand Junction, (CO) Granville (OH), Gresham (OR), Hagerstown (MD), Hays (KS), Highland (IL), Independence (OR), Jackson (TN), Kansas City (KS), Kansas City (MO), Lafayette (LA), Lakeland (FL), Lake Oswego (OR), Layton City (UT), Leverett (MA), Lexington (KY), Los Angeles (CA), Louisville (KY), Madison (WI), Marina (CA), Martin County (FL), Medina County (OH), Missoula (MT), Montgomery County (MD), Monticello (MN), Montrose (CO), Morristown (TN), Mount Vernon (WA), Murray City (UT), New Bedford (MA), New Haven (CT), Oakland (CA), Opelika (AL), Orem (UT), Palo Alto (CA), Ponca City (OK), Portland (OR), Provo (UT), Raleigh (NC), River Falls (WI), Riverside (CA), Roanoke (VA), Rockport (ME), Rome (GA) Salisbury (NC), Sallisaw (OK), San Antonio (TX), Sandy (OR), Santa Cruz County (CA), Santa Monica (CA), Seattle (WA), Shaker Heights (OH), South Portland (ME), South San Francisco (CA), Spanish Fork (UT), Stamford (CT), Syracuse (NY), Thompson's Station (TN), Tucson (AZ), Tullahoma (TN), Urbana (IL), Vallejo (CA), Vancouver (WA), Westminster (MD), Wilson (NC), Windom (MN), Winters (CA), Winthrop (MN), and Yellow Springs (OH). The City of Rome takes pride in a heritage of prosperity, and a future focused on providing the community with outstanding services for citizens and for those visiting Rome. The city values strong employment, leading education, public safety, supportive culture, and community recreation. Rome welcomes residents and visitors

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  • Public Information & Marketing Coordinator
  • Joint
  • Posted: 07/13/2015

Strong Moody Bond Rating for Rome Tennis Center of Georgia Underwriting

Moody’s Investor Service has assigned an Aa2 rating to the City of Rome’s $11 million in Revenue Bonds for the financing of the Rome Tennis Center of Georgia at Berry College. The Moody’s report details the rating score of Aa2 as “very strong”. Moody’s defines its global long-term and sort-term rating scales as forward looking opinions of the relative credit risks of financial obligations issued by non-financial corporates, financial institutions, structure finance vehicles, project finance vehicles and public sector entities. “Our very strong rating is important for the marketing and selling of the bonds,” says Sheree Shore, Finance Director for the City of Rome. “The strength of the City of Rome’s financial standing is outlined in Moody’s report and is considered by potential investors.” The Moody’s Investor Service report provides a detailed analysis of Rome city’s financial position. The report cites that the city has strong fiscal management, and a healthy financial position achieved by conservative, revenue-driven budgeting. The bonds will be marketed and priced by this Friday through bond underwriter Raymond James and Associates. The Rome Tennis Center of Georgia at Berry College will house fifty-one USTA standard courts and a clubhouse with meeting and event space in a unique terraced design. The project is projected to be completed by June 2016. Construction is funded by a special-purpose local-option sales tax (SPLOST) which passed in November of 2013 in Floyd County. Please refer questions related to the marketing and purchase of the bonds to the bond underwriter, Raymond James and Associates at 404-240-6816.

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  • Public Information & Marketing Coordinator
  • Joint
  • Posted: 07/06/2015

Ratings Could Equate to Lower Fire Insurance Premiums for Community

The City of Rome and Floyd County have received new ratings from the ISO’s Public Protection Classification (PPC) Program which could equate to lower fire insurance premiums for residential and commercial properties. The ISO recently completed a PPC survey which analyzed the structural fire suppression delivery system provided in our community. The city and county Public Protection Classification rankings both increased; the city moved from Class 3 to Class 2 and the county moved from Class 5 to Class 2. Several city and county departments were involved in the review to include the Floyd County Water, Rome City Water, E-911 and the Rome-Floyd Fire department. “Local officials provided a high level of cooperation during the entire PPC survey process,” said Rome-Floyd Fire Chief, Troy Brock. “Our rating reflects our community investment in our public fire protection services, while also providing for lower premiums in our community.” Brock added that the PPC provides the fire department with valuable data to help with planning, budgeting and justifying fire protection improvements. ISO is the leading supplier of data and analytics for the property/casualty insurance industry. By classifying communities' ability to suppress fires, ISO helps the communities evaluate their public fire-protection services. Most insurers use PPC classifications for underwriting and calculating premiums for residential, commercial and industrial properties. Communities whose PPC improves may get lower insurance prices.

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  • Public Information & Marketing Coordinator
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  • Posted: 07/06/2015

Negative Impact to Community Sales Tax

The Georgia Department of Revenue has informed finance officials of local Rome and Floyd County governments of a sales tax refund request settlement that will require the community to remit funds back to the Department of Revenue. From the information provided, a local industry made an accounting error spanning from 2005-2012 in the amount of $3,943,578.86. The local sales taxes impacted are Local Option Sales Tax (LOST), Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) and Education Special Purpose Local Option Sales (ELOST). The reason for the refund request was due to an accounting error on the part of the company requesting the refund. A second refund settlement is being reviewed and a second settlement will occur during this year as well. The magnitude of the settlements will be in the $4.5 million range for the local governments when both settlements are resolved. All local governments, Floyd County, City of Rome, City of Cave Spring, Floyd County Schools and Rome City Schools will be significantly impacted financially during this year due to this event. According to Rome City Manager, Sammy Rich and County Manager, Jamie McCord, the refund is a huge blow to the local governments and school boards. “Unfortunately, based upon the laws that govern the State Department of Revenue, the community is not made aware of the specific industry in question or given any real ability to question the refund. As such, the community is essentially faced with the choice of paying the funds back in whole, or to engage in a payback plan that will include 12% interest” said Rich. McCord echoed the sentiment, “This is obviously a setback to our community on many levels, which we will continue to study in order to better understand the full ramifications. It is very difficult for a local government to plan and manage budgets when faced with this type of scenario.” In the coming days, weeks and months ahead all local governments will work together to engage the local legislative delegation to seek assistance in this matter and to change the statutes that govern refund settlements to prevent this from happening again. Please refer questions related to the vendor sales tax refund settlement to the City of Rome and Floyd County managers offices.

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  • Public Information & Marketing Coordinator
  • Joint
  • Posted: 07/02/2015

July 4th Holiday Schedule

All offices of the City of Rome will be closed on Friday July 3, 2015 in observance of the July 4th holiday. Transit - The City of Rome Transit department will be closed Friday, July 3, 2015 in observance of the July 4th holiday. All buses will resume regular bus schedules on Monday, July 6, 2015. Have a safe holiday. Landfill - The Walker Mountain Landfill will be open on Friday, July 3, 2015 from 8am to 2pm and will be closed on Saturday, July 4, 2015. The Landfill will reopen on Monday, July 6, 2015. City of Rome Solid Waste Collection - The City of Rome, Solid Waste Collections department will operate on a regular schedule for July 3, 2015.

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  • City of Rome
  • Posted: 07/01/2015

State of the City Report for 2015

The State of the City report for 2015 as presented by Mr. Sammy Rich, City Manager. Please click link for the full report. State of the City Report 2015

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  • City of Rome
  • Posted: 04/02/2015

City of Rome Selected to Receive Federal Historic Preservation Grant

April 2015 - The City of Rome will receive $9,000 for a preservation plan for the historic African-American Fairview School, located in Cave Spring, Floyd County from the FFY 2015 Historic Preservation Fund. The City of Rome was selected as one of nine Georgia communities to receive a FFY 2015 federal subgrant from the FFY 2015 Historic Preservation Fund to conduct historic preservations. Nine subgrant recipients received a total of $88,170 from the FFY 2015 Historic Preservation Fund. For the FFY 2015 grant cycle, historic resources surveys and National Register nomination projects were given priority funding by the Historic Preservation Division. These priority subgrant projects include historic resources surveys in seven Georgia communities and one National Register nomination in an African American neighborhood in Brunswick as well as the preservation plan for Fairview School. Grant projects are to be completed by September 2016. The grants are provided annually through the Historic Preservation Fund from the U.S. Department of the Interior’s National Park Service and are administered by the Historic Preservation Division (HPD) of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources. Each year, Georgia’s 89 Certified Local Governments (CLGs) are eligible to apply for the matching 60% federal/40% local grants. To be eligible to become a federal Certified Local Government, a city or county must have passed a preservation ordinance and have established a historic preservation commission.

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  • Joint
  • Posted: 05/26/2015

NWGRH Redevelopment Survey

Can you spare a few moments to let the City know your thoughts on redevelopment ideas for the Northwest Georgia Regional Hospital facility? Please click Survey to fill it out.

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  • City of Rome
  • Posted: 05/29/2015
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