Latest News Regarding Your Taxes and Our Environment, by Councilmember Natlayn Archibong
From your Councilmember Natlayn Archibong:
Single family property owners in Atlanta-in-Dekalb will receive a 20% reduction in their 2017 property assessments. This reduction is the result of the July 6, 2017 vote by the DeKalb County Board of Assessors (the Board). The Board’s action was governed by state law, (O.C.G.A. 48-5-299(d). Pursuant to that law, DeKalb County was obligated to reduce property values commensurate to the level of reduction approved by Fulton County. Specifically, that law provides that when a city is located within two different counties, those two counties must confer and distribute city taxes uniformly.
Two additional things to note. First, the 20% decrease in valuation did not extend the deadline for filing and appeal of your assessed value. That deadline has already passed. Second, the 20% decrease in valuation only impacts the City of Atlanta taxes and Atlanta Public Schools taxes. The taxes for DeKalb County services will be at the full assessed value.
Archibong was the chief sponsor of the following legislation:
Establishing a 180 moratorium on the cutting of 10 or more trees on 5 or more acres: This legislation is a companion to the legislation adopted by the City Council in December of 2016, that authorized the use of a portion of the City Tree Trust Fund for the purpose of acquiring forested land. The moratorium will allow the city to continue evaluating the feasibility of acquiring select forested acreage without the fear that these forested lands will be clear-cut during its deliberation process.
Affirming the City’s support for the Paris Climate Accord: The legislation affirmed the City support of the Paris Climate Accord, and encouraged the City to take the lead in encouraging other cities and businesses to continue and to expand efforts to protect our environment.
The Community Development/Human Services Committee will host a worksession to discuss a proposal to allow wildlife habitats on private property. This worksession will involve code enforcement officers, neighbors and wildlife habitat experts. Anyone interested in learning more about this legislation or to participate in this worksession, please call Councilmember Archibong’s office, 404-330-6048 or email@example.com.
Show your support for the East Atlanta Community by becoming a 2019 EACA Member. The $10 yearly household membership fee goes right back to the community, funding advocacy for land use, education, and public safety policies important to East Atlanta residents. In addition, you can take advantage of membership perks offered by neighborhood businesses and vote on important issues at monthly EACA Meetings. Memberships can be processed online or in person at monthly EACA Meetings.
As EACA’s Neighbor in Need (NIN) program continues to grow, so does the need for new volunteers to assist with the program initiatives. If you are passionate about helping others and giving back to the community, you may be interested in NIN’s new volunteer roles in the areas of Corporate Responsibility, Marketing and Communications, and Safety. Want to learn more about the NIN mission and how you can help, let’s talk!
You are invited to attend EACA’s February meeting on Tuesday, February 12 at 7pm. During the meeting attendees can hear updates from EACA committees, meet the new Zone 6 APD Assistant Commander, hear about the latest development projects, details on neighborhood events, and members will vote on land use, zoning, and alcohol license applications.
Are you a business owner in East Atlanta? A team is working to re-establish East Atlanta’s Business Association (EABA), and all community business owners (home based or brick-and-mortar) are invited to participate in an upcoming development meeting on February 28.
Neighbor in Need is partnering with ASW Distillery for our first Whiskey Giveback event hosted on April 18th where a percentage of all alcohol and ASW product sales will be donated to Neighbor in Need East Atlanta! Get into the "spirit" of charity and sample some fine Atlanta whiskeys at ASW Distillery while supporting long-term, low-income neighbors in EAV.
Want to learn more about city zoning and variance applications pending in East Atlanta? View applications on the NPU google drive and and make your voice heard at an upcoming EACA or NPU-W meeting.
Join EACA Parks and Greenspace Committee on Saturday, February 2nd, as we continue our partnership with Trees Atlanta's 2019 Greenspace Guardians to rescue Brownwood Park's forest form the grip of non-native invasive weeds and restore native shrubs and wildflowers.
Do you have an idea for a community event or an idea on how residents could connect more thoughtfully? Join EACA Community Outreach Chair, Brenda Holley for a virtual meeting on January 29th to share your ideas and connect with others on the topic.
Natalyn Archibong, district 5 Council Member recaps the accomplishments from 2018 in her newsletter.
Only one week left to complete the grant application process before January 31, 2019. The East Atlanta Strut will award 20 - $1000 grants this year. Do you know of an organization that could benefit or put these funds to good use?
If you are a business owner in East Atlanta, home-based or otherwise, please complete a quick survey or email EACA’s Economic Development Committee chair Nate Minor.
Join the Friends of East Atlanta Library and your Southeast Atlanta neighbors for afternoons with local authors! Our next event will be held on Saturday, February 9, from 3:30-5PM in the Fellowship Hall of Ormewood Church. Coffee and light snacks will be served.
APS Pre-K Lottery Registration for the 2019-2020 school year is open through February 8, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. The lottery drawing will be held on February 21, 2019. Learn more about the lottery process and register for the lottery.
Show your commitment to the East Atlanta community, stay informed with neighborhood news, vote on issues concerning the neighborhood and get discounts and special offers from neighborhood businesses. Simply join or renew your EACA membership for the 2019 for $10.
For the second year, East Atlanta has a menorah in addition to our Christmas tree. The menorah is located at the planter at the intersection of Flat Shoals and Glenwood, near the tree. If you’d like to volunteer in the nightly lighting please see the signup form at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70A0F4DA5A728A13-menorah
Neighbor in Need of East Atlanta helps low income seniors in the community with emergency home repairs. This holiday season, we are bring back our 2nd Annual “Neighbor in Need, Santa for Seniors.”
Neighbor in Need East Atlanta is organizing a Holiday Food Drive to help put a smile on the faces of seniors in our community. Contribute a few sides or a few dollars today!
Fall fundraising event helps low income seniors with emergency home repairs.
East Atlanta and the National Register of Historic Places: don't miss your final chance to offer input on what makes East Atlanta historic!
Take a few minutes to share your opinion on the future of EAV in the latest survey.
East Atlanta Secutiry Patrol expands service to include areas recently annexed into East Atlanta.
Mark your calendar for the Annual Easter Egg Hunt & Festival brought to you by the East Atlanta Kids Club on March 24.
It's time again for our Spring Poker Tournament! Come join the fun to win great prizes and support a great charity, Neighbor in Need of East Atlanta. This is the 8th year Neighbor in Need raising money to support our cause with a fun day at the table playing for a good purpose.
Share your thoughts and ideas about the future of East Atlanta Village with EACA via a quick survey.
April Community EACA meeting taking place on Tuesday April 10. All are invited to attend. Hear committee updates, review land use and zoning applications and hear from special speakers.
March Community EACA meeting taking place on Tuesday March 13. All community members are invited to attend to hear committee updates and hear from special speakers.
February Community EACA meeting taking place on Tuesday February 13. All are invited to attend. Hear committee updates, review land use and zoning applications and hear from special speakers.
January Community EACA meeting to hear committee updates, review land use and zoning applications and hear from special speakers.
November community meeting agenda: special guest Parish Underwood, Director of the YMCA, updates about Santafest, big news from the Transportation committee, several land use and zoning items including 770 Shadowridge (aka "Ormewood Forest"), and more!
Overview of November LUZ meeting and summary of items up for review at EACA's November community meeting.
They started out our business by delivering fruit salads. Get Fruity has been around for 19 years as a hustle in college. For five months, their business has been in East Atlanta.