Ashebrooke
Barrett Downs
Belmont
Bentley Farms
Bentley Hill Estates
Big Creek Township
Brannon Woods
Brighton Lake
Calamar
Castleberry Place
Castlebrooke
Coventry
Creekside
Creekside Estates
Dressage
Dressage
Enclave at Fieldstone
Estate at Creekside Fenwick
Fieldstone
Fieldstone Glen
Fieldstone Park
Forest Brooke
FoxCreek
Georgetown
Hampton Forest
Heritage Manor
Hunters Walk
Hutchinson Trace
Ivey Manor
Kentmere
Liberty
Longwood
Majors Ridge
Notting Hill
Oak Knoll
Oakmont
Pine Creek
Pinnacle Glen
Polo Fields
Post Gate
Preserve at Fieldstone
Providence Plantation
Rogers Crossing
Ryans Bluff
Sheffield
Silver Leaf
The Court at Bethelview Downs
The Villas at Castleberry Township
Valley Stream
Vickery
Vickery Downs
Vickery Lake
Vickery Springs
Wade Valley
West Castleberry Road
Weybridge
Whitfield
Wills Orchard
Wynfield

STOP the
$9,000,000/year GIVEAWAY!!

 

Goal of Message

The Forsyth BoC is in process of negotiating SPLOST and LOST splits with the City of Cumming.  Over the last 5 years, $9,000,000 per year of extra sales tax proceeds was given to the City of Cumming and its 5,400 residents.  These funds rightfully belong to all 175,500 Forsyth County residents - - $148 of potential tax relief per county household

We ask residents to understand the facts below and on our web site.  If you agree, please email the BoC asking them to stop the GIVEAWAYS and request that the Sales Tax split be fair to all 175,500 citizens.  Click here to send a suggested message.

<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<
Informed Citizens = A Better Forsyth
<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<

In the last five years, the City of Cumming has received $46,000,000 of extra revenue through County sales tax programs (SPLOST & LOST) and County capital grants.  State laws will generally accept the population ratio but our county agreed to 15%, despite the city’s 4.29% of county  population in 2000With the 2010 census of 3.2%, the giveaway with a six year SPLOST VII could become $60,000,000 or $10,000,000 per year ($175/household)

With the national financial crisis we face, it is time to say “STOP the GIVEAWAYS”!  The county should utilize the $60,000,000 for all 175,500 citizens' needs, not just give it to the city for its 5,400 residents! 

Summary of 2010 Census

 

City of Cumming

Forsyth County

Total

Population 5,400 170,100 175,500
Percent of Citizens
3.2% 96.8%  
Income per Household $39,900 $85,900  

Remember we pay the City over $4,000,000 per year for water at wholesale rates that are higher than the retail rates paid by city residents.

City residents receive most all the benefits and infrastructure the county provides its citizens: Schools, Law Enforcement, Fire, Health Services, Court System, etc.  There is duplication in facilities, departments, and people - - - and that is wasteful.  See our web site for a list of city benefits from the county.

In spite of the extra millions the city has received, the city is a failure as a “county seat”.  It is not a place where families can visit, walk and enjoy their follow citizens, shop, admire gardens, drink a soda, eat lunch, dinner, or a snack, listen to live music on a blanket or along wide sidewalks and enjoy the ambience of a beautiful place conceived by enlightened leaders (both city & county!).  

Frequent citizen comments are: disappointing”, disgraceful”, and, avoid when ever possible particularly in showing visitors", and "drive through quickly with potential corporate citizens"!! 

Forsyth County BoC has agreed with the City  on a SPLOST VII list which includes $100 million for a city located Jail & Courthouse facilities, $1 million for emergency water, and widening of several roads to 3 or 4 lanes into the city for a total spend of about $113.5 million in the city.  There is another $ 99 million of spend for roads, etc outside the city which will yield the City of Cumming  $11,100,000 (12.5%)  - - - $9.100,000 extra over the 3.2% mandated by State law.  And the BoC failed to negotiate on the water contract or the LOST tax.

Understand that the city’s claim to sales tax proceeds above the 3.2% population ratio is that 20+ percent of sales taxes are paid within the city limits (through continual expansion of the city limits).  What they chose to ignore is that "County" Residents with a higher household income, pay at least 98% of all sales taxes paid by everyone living in Forsyth County.  The claim that 15% of sales taxes paid by County Citizens should belong to the City is Greed Based.

Citizens need to decide on two issues:

Before the new SPLOST VII proposal is finalized, Forsyth citizens throughout the county must decide whether we wish to spend $120 million for a Jail and Courthouse and road widenings for 20 and Castleberry into the city.  Will these additions and road widenings just deepen the city’s hole of failure and unattractiveness or will the city legally commit to enter into a joint City and County process to transform Cumming into an enlightened county center that will attract and be used by both residents and new corporate citizens.

FCRG believes that Forsyth citizens should decide the County’s future - - - not the city’s mayor, it’s council, and 2 or 3 Forsyth County commissioners whose interests always seem coincide with the City’s interests.

If this information concerns you, please email each BoC member regarding the issues we have highlighted.  Click here to view a pre-worded message that you can add to as you wish.  The message asks each commissioner to limit SPLOST and LOST tax distributions to 3.2%, the City’s population ratio.

Please visit our web site (click here) to see the 5 year table of payments to the city (from public records), current County Support to Cumming City Residents, and Information on City & County Leadership.

Also recognize that many calls for a much lower SPLOST VII funding are being heard.  Please let us know your thoughts on this as we expect to address this topic next.

For the Committee    Tony DeMaria, Lee Cohn