Most ordinances exist to give local governments the power to ensure the health, safety, and welfare of the public and to protect property. In fact, most ordinances include the following, or similar language: "The following conditions are hereby determined to be detrimental to the health, safety, and welfare of the citizens of the town and are therefore determined to be a public nuisance and are prohibited." Tyrone's code of ordinances is extremely similar to those in other cities in the State and across the country. If you're bored, check out the Municode Library. It contains the Code of Ordinances for thousands of U.S. cities and counties - including Tyrone - for comparison.
Some codes seem arbitrary, but there is usually a good reason behind them and, as described above, they are designed to promote the health, safety, and welfare of the public. Tall grass is unsightly and can become a haven for rodents, snakes, and other pests. Parking on your lawn can kill the grass, which can eventually result in excessive erosion and runoff that may affect your neighbor's property. Storage of excess junk on one's property can also produce a haven for pests, but is also unsightly and affects the welfare of surrounding properties. These are just a few examples.
By the way, please do not be under the impression that the Town is going to cite you for missing a cut here and there. Grass has to be in excess of 12" in height before a violation of our ordinance exists. If you live in an HOA community, the standards in your community covenants are likely more strict, but we do not enforce HOA covenants.
Code enforcement is probably staff's least favorite duty, but we are bound to conduct reasonable enforcement to ensure that the Town remains clean and safe and that property values are protected.
If you have additional questions about code enforcement in Tyrone, please feel free to reach out to me. If you've received a violation notice, or receive one in the future, please reach out to us (the contact information for the appropriate person should be included in the letter) and we will do our best to work with you.
As always, the best approach when you have a concern related to Town activity is to reach out to us directly. You can find the contact information for most of our staff members and elected officials on our website.
Brandon Perkins, MBA, CPM, ICMA-CM
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 28, 2022
Town of Tyrone Proposes Increase in Property Taxes
The Mayor and Town Council of the Town of Tyrone, Georgia have announced today their intention to increase the collection of property taxes in 2022. This increase as compared to prior-year revenues is due to the need for a millage rate above the state-defined roll-back millage rate as calculated after the tax digest is prepared by the Fayette County Tax Assessors Office.
During budget preparation, the Town of Tyrone committed to maintaining its Maintenance & Operations (M&O) millage at a rate of 2.889 mills. As was the case last year, the assessed value of the new construction and existing real and personal properties within the town limits have increased, and a roll-back millage was calculated at 2.537 mills.
Georgia Law requires that a government rollback their millage rate to a number of mills that will produce the same number of dollars in property tax revenue from the prior year. The Town’s millage has been at this rate for fifteen years, despite vast fluctuations in economic factors. The proposed increase in property tax revenue, year over year, amounts to $235,109 or 15.99%. The total number of dollars anticipated to be collected in property tax for 2022 is $1,705,890.
Before the Town Council can set a final millage rate at a council meeting on August 18, 2022 at 7:00 pm, the Department of Revenue requires that three public hearings be held to allow for the citizens to express their opinion on the potential increase. All concerned citizens are invited to the public hearings, which will be held at the Tyrone Municipal Complex, 950 Senoia Road, on the following dates and times.
Public Hearings for Town of Tyrone Property Tax Increase:
Wednesday, August 10, 2022 at 9:00 AM
Tuesday, August 16, 2022 at 5:00 PM
Thursday, August 18, 2022 at 6:30 PM
For additional information regarding 2022 millage, please visit the Town's Tax page here: https://www.tyronega.gov/taxes
During its regular meeting on July 21, 2022, the Town Council approved a new ordinance regulating short term rentals or, as the ordinance refers to them, Tourist Accommodations. According to the new ordinance, Tourist Accommodations are "any property, facility, or structure providing accommodations for value to the public for not more than 30 consecutive days".
The Town currently has approximately 15 known Tourist Accommodation properties within its jurisdiction based on staff's review of marketplace sites like VRBO and AirBNB. All of these properties are subject to the new ordinance.
All businesses operating within the Town limits are required to obtain an occupational tax certificate before they can legally operate. With this new ordinance, Tourist Accommodations, which essentially fall under the "home occupation" category of business types, are no different. Residents who wish to operate a short term rental will now be required to obtain an OTC from the Town Clerk's office and be issued a Tourist Accommodation permit from the Town before they can host. The application includes a criminal background check and inspections of the premises by the building department, fire marshal, and public health before approval. All of these measures are in place to ensure the safety and welfare of guests.
The new ordinance also prohibits special events or social functions at these locations and requires operators to have a local contact person readily available to respond to the facility 24/7 in the event of an emergency or other issue.
More information, including links to the full text of the new ordinance, is available on the Town's website at www.tyronega.gov/tourist-accommodations.
During a called meeting this morning, the Town Council approved a State required 5-year update to our Comprehensive Plan. If you're not familiar, the State of Georgia, under the Georgia Planning Act, requires all local governments to complete and regularly maintain a comprehensive plan. Failure to do so results in a loss of Qualified Local Government Status (QLG). Aside from that, maintaining a comprehensive plan is just good for everyone involved. As the Department of Community Affairs puts it, "effective planning ensures that future development will occur where, when, and how the community and local government wants."
The comp plan update was a months-long process that involved extensive public outreach, working with a citizen advisory committee, and a great deal of behind the scenes work by our Planner, Phillip Trocquet. Hundreds of citizens responded to our online survey, which was a phenomenal turnout for a Town of our size! We thank everyone who served on our citizen panel and those who took the time to participate in our public feedback opportunities. Citizen involvement is vital to the success of any local government!
Other Project Updates
1. The Town has made great progress on its list of 2017 SPLOST projects. A full list of SPLOST projects and their status is available on our website at www.tyronega.gov/splost, but a quick rundown is as follows:
- 37.5% of the projects have been completed. This includes all but one paving project, the much needed Downtown sewer expansion project, and a major culvert replacement (Dogwood Trail).
- 25% of the projects have begun and are on-going. Examples are sidewalk safety improvements, debt service reduction, Handley Park improvements, streetscape and signage improvements, and police vehicle replacements.
- 33% of our 2017 SPLOST projects are currently under design. These are Multi-use path & Transportation improvements/additions on Spencer Lane, Commerce Drive, and Swanson Road; the Palmetto/Arrowood/Spencer Lane roundabout; Redwine Park improvements - pickleball courts are coming!; a culvert replacement in the Pendleton subdivision; and renovations at the former Town Hall.
- One project, a plan to open an on-ramp to Highway 74 at the dead end of Senoia Road, has been cancelled after it was rejected by GDOT. That funding is being diverted to the Palmetto Road roundabout.
- As of the end of May, the Town had collected 96% of our projected $9,025,000 in 2017 SPLOST funding and had spent 45% on projects. We anticipate many of the projects that are currently under design to be completed or, at the very least, started in the upcoming fiscal year.
2. The Town released a Request for Proposals (RFP) for new playground equipment for Shamrock Park in September 2021 and awarded the bid to Playworx/Little Tykes. Due to supply chain issues, delivery of the new equipment has been delayed until late July. Citizens can see renderings of the new playground on our website. We look forward to seeing this project finally completed soon!
3. The Town recently awarded a bid to Piedmont Paving to complete asphalt resurfacing on portions of streets in Southampton, Millbrook, and Berry Hill subdivisions.
4. A major resurfacing project was completed on Farr Road last week.
5. We are currently in the property acquisition phase of a multi-use path addition project on Tyrone Road. Once completed, this path will connect residents from the Briarhill Subdivision off of Tyrone Road and residents along Farr Road to the Downtown area via a cut-through in the Dublin Downs subdivision to Handley Road. This project has been a long time coming and Council made it a priority for this year. Once property acquisition is complete, we anticipate construction to take several months. Property acquisition is often the most difficult and most time consuming phase of any government project.
As you can see, we have a lot of active projects and there are many more in various stages of planning, design, and implementation. We look forward to making more progress on these improvements in the next fiscal year beginning on July 1!
The first draft of the 2022 Comprehensive Plan is now available! This draft has been made available to the public for final comments before transmittal to the State of Georgia Department of Community Affairs for approval and the Town of Tyrone Council for adoption. Please click to download the draft document.
If you wish to make comments, please email all comments to: firstname.lastname@example.org or call Phillip Trocquet, Town Planner at (770) 881-8322. Thank you!
The Town of Tyrone is once again named among Georgia's Top 10 Safest cities by Safewise.com. More specifically, Tyrone was ranked at #3.
We thank our Police Department for their daily contributions toward keeping Tyrone one of the safest places to live in the State (and Nation), but we also recognize that this designation is an overall reflection of our citizens and businesses.
The full Top 10 is as follows:
1. John's Creek
5. Peachtree City
Read more about this designation at https://www.safewise.com/blog/safest-cities-georgia/
The Tyrone Downtown Development Authority (DDA), activated in February by the Mayor and Council to work towards the revitalization of the Downtown area, is hosting a new series of family fun "First Friday" events this Summer!
Join us at Shamrock Park on the First Friday in June, July, August, and September from 6pm to 8pm for entertainment, food trucks, and vendors!
Bring your own chairs and be ready to have some fun with your family, friends, and neighbors!
Our inaugural event will be on June 3rd and features "Second Time Around" paying tribute to Jimmy Buffett to help get your Summer kicked off right! We can't wait to see you there!
The Town released a Request For Proposals (RFP) in September 2021 for the purpose of finding a vendor to renovate the playground at Shamrock Park. We received excellent design proposals from nine reputable vendors and ultimately contracted with Playworx to install a multi-activity, ADA compliant playground structure for children aged 5 to 12. The current equipment will be removed this Spring to make way for the new and (much) improved structure.
The Town had hoped to see this project completed before Spring, but the current supply chain issues have us waiting until late Spring/early Summer.
The total cost for this project is $147,695.74 and is funded by monies received via the CARES Act.
Concept Images are provided below.
The Town's St. Patrick's event scheduled for tomorrow (Saturday, March 12, 2022) is being cancelled due to the pending weather. Given the forecast and the fact that several vendors have already made their own decision to cancel, we do not believe it would be prudent to press forward.
The Town of Tyrone’s Comprehensive Plan is a living document shaped by its leadership, staff, and citizens. It is a policy guide for making land use and capital investment decisions, and it sets policies for Town officials and staff concerning future development. This update reassesses where the Town of Tyrone stands today from 2017 and how it intends to grow in the future with an updated community vision, corresponding goals, and a work program designed to make that vision a reality.
2022 Goals and Objectives
You Decide! Our 2022 update will reflect the goals and objectives of citizens, council, and our steering committee. It will also update the Needs & Opportunities of the community and the 5-year work program of projects, activities, initiatives, programs, ordinances, and administrative systems to be put into place to maintain and implement the plan!
The results of the November 2, 2021 election are as follows:
Billy Campbell – No Opponent
Gloria Furr – 685
Taiwo Idowu – 627
Danny Dolan – 256