Statesboro's city government has imposed a six-month moratorium, beginning Oct. 1, on any zoning variances that would allow more single-family houses to serve as group homes.
If enacted, the ordinance as drafted would impose a special tax on properties deemed “blighted” by the Municipal Court at seven times the city’s regular millage rate until ordered improvements are made.
The proposed six-month moratorium, from Oct. 1, 2019, to March 31, 2020, would allow time for “the review and revision of the zoning and land use regulations as they relate to group housing,” the resolution states.
Statesboro city officials will hold a series of three property tax increase hearings, including two hearings Tuesday, as they propose to keep the same millage rate the city has maintained the past two years instead of adopting a rollback.
Statesboro is one of seven finalist communities vying to become Georgia Initiative for Community Housing participants this year, city officials announced Tuesday.
Brooklet now has a mayoral candidate, Charles Howell, who is not the incumbent, and Statesboro has candidates for all three of its City Council seats up for election, but so far only one is contested.
Two days into the five days of candidate qualifying, the only confirmed contest for a Statesboro City Council seat was the previously announced race in District 2.
Now in his second month as Statesboro's city manager, Charles W. Penny has some hiring to do. The city is currently short two department heads Penny would hire, and a third is leaving.
Statesboro officials and volunteers planning the Creek on the Blue Mile project look to the Carroll Creek project in Frederick, Maryland, for inspiration, while acknowledging that project is on a much larger scale.
Statesboro and Bulloch County have extended their agreement for the Statesboro Fire Department to continue protecting the five-mile fire district outside the city limits for one more year. But negotiations for a much longer-term contract are reportedly moving forward.