Sandy Springs District 3 Newsletter
Update on Sandy Springs Circle project:

Thanks very much to everyone who attended the public meeting on the Sandy Springs Circle project.  The meeting was spirited at times and it gave our residents a chance to openly express their thoughts and concerns.  With the input gathered from the meeting and the comments that have been submitted via email from residents, the city staff and leadership will continue evaluating the project to determine the best course to follow.  We will provide periodic updates as more is known.

Property Taxes

People have asked me about the recent press release stating that the city is raising property taxes.  It is confusing and I will attempt to bring clarity to the issue.  In the 2016/2017 budget, the city expects to collect approximately $353,000 more in property taxes than the previous year principally from the addition of newly developed properties that were not on the tax rolls last year.  Tax collections will be higher in the coming year, so the city is technically experiencing a tax increase, although the mil rate remains unchanged.  Because of how state lawmakers require that public tax notices be worded, the recent press release states that the city is imposing a tax increase, which is not the case.  The mil rate is set at 4.73 in the city's charter and cannot be changed with out a public referendum. 

For those with questions, I urge you to attend two public meetings this Tuesday, August 30th, at either 7:30 a.m. or 6:00 p.m.  Both meetings will be held in the Council chambers at City Hall.

Road Work Around Sandy Springs

Now that the Riverside traffic circles are open, we are hopeful that there will be no further bridge closures by the DOT.  There is, however, much work remaining on the project including the construction of the curbing, center islands and landscaping.  Please use caution and patience as we all learn how to navigate these new traffic circles.

Work on Mount Vernon between Sandy Springs Circle and Roswell Rd. will continue through year-end and two lanes of Johnson Ferry in front of the Performing Arts Center will be closed at times during September as cranes are brought to work on the building. 

The road work on Heards Ferry at Raider Dr. also continues, as does cable installation work all across our community.  While the end result of these projects should be very positive for our city, all this road work can be frustrating and your patience is sincerely appreciated. 

For a list of all of the city's active road projects, please click here.

Remembering 9/11 and 
Honoring our First Responders

Sunday, September 11th, marks the 15th anniversary of the 9/11 tragedy and Holy Innocents Episcopal Church will be holding a service that morning to remember the victims and heroes of 9/11 and to honor our Sandy Springs' First Responders who give so much of themselves to protect our city.  The community is invited to join your friends and neighbors at 10 a.m. in the sanctuary of Holy Innocents for this special service.  More information can be found about this event by clicking on the picture below.

Mark Your Calendars
TUESDAY, AUGUST 30TH. 7:30am OR 6:00pm. City Hall


City Council Meeting

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 9TH. 6pmSandy Springs United Methodist Church Activity Lawn

Movies by Moonlight: The Jungle Book

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 11TH. 7pmHeritage Green.

Concerts by the Springs: Band X

SEPTEMBER 13TH. 5pm.  City Hall- Flying Pig Boardroom.

Planning Commission WebEx with Next Ten Consulting Team.

SEPTEMBER 17TH and 18TH. 9am-6pm and 10am-5pm.  Heritage Sandy Springs. 

The Sandy Springs Festival 


City Council Meeting

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 21ST. 6pm. Riverwood High School. 

Riverside Homeowner Association- Traffic Forum

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 30TH. 6pmSandy Springs United Methodist Church Activity Lawn

Movies by Moonlight: Ice Age: Collision Course 

If you are interested in reading the Week in Review provided by the City Manager regarding work activity on behalf of the community, you can access it here for the week ending in August 26th. 

As always, please direct your questions and comments to me at Best wishes for a wonderful week.

Chris Burnett