Georgia Cancer Specialists is sponsoring the 11th-annual Totes 2 Tots suitcase drive for foster children. Learn where you can donate in Paulding and in other metro Atlanta-area locations in the days ahead.
Sunday, January 13, 2013
Sunday, December 9, 2012
Shoppers can support local and "mommy-owned" businesses in Hiram this afternoon.
Monday, November 19, 2012
The sign is expected to be completed by spring 2013.
Hiram officials will hold a ground breaking ceremony Tuesday evening at the site where a sign will one day greet visitors to the city. The 5 p.m. event will be held on the north side of Highway 278 just east of Poplar Springs Road. The “Welcome to Hiram Sign” is a replica of the signage in front of the Ben Hill Strickland Sr. Memorial Park on Highway 92. Dean Morgan is credited for the design. The new sign also will feature a LED display to scroll messages to those coming into to the city of the first time, coming home from work or simply passing through. “Hiram is an extraordinary place to live, work, shop and visit,” Mayor Doris Devey said in a release last week. “We not only want our welcome sign to be a communication tool, we want to …
Thursday, October 18, 2012
A public hearing will be held prior to the council taking action on tonight’s agenda, which includes votes on the proposed fiscal year 2013 budget and the continuation of the levying of no property taxes.
Hiram residents will continue to see no city property taxes should a proposed ordinance receive approval from councilmen tonight. The Hiram City Council is holding today at 6:30 p.m. a public hearing and called meeting, both of which will focus on budgetary issues. The public hearing, which precedes the called meeting, is to allow community members the chance to speak on the city’s proposed fiscal year 2013 budget and supporting documents, such as the city’s five-year tax levy history. Hiram residents do not pay a city property tax, and city officials are proposing that the council set the city's millage rate at 2.479 mills and then roll it back to zero, meaning residents would continue to pay no property taxes. The public hearing will be …
Is it location or price that drives your market success? It might be both.
Now that the market is trending more towards the favor of sellers, it might be a good time to talk to your real estate professional about listing your home for sale. If you’ve wanted to downsize or even upsize or just simply want a different home than the one you have now, the best way to determine marketability is to consult with an expert. The following is a list that we provide to clients at Maximum One Realty that we believe can be very helpful in helping a seller understand what he or she can expect from the process. We refer to these as key market factors. It’s important to keep all of this information in mind both before and during the marketing of your home for sale. The time it takes to sell a home is specific to the individual …
Friday, October 12, 2012
The city intends to roll its millage rate back to zero.
Hiram residents likely will continue not paying property taxes. City officials are proposing that the city council set the city's millage rate at 2.479 mills and then roll it back to zero, as it as always done. No one spoke regarding the proposed millage at a public hearing on Wednesday night. "There are no property taxes, which is probably why there was no public comment," City Manager Robbie Rokovitz said. "I didn’t have anyone come in and say, 'You really need to charge us property taxes.'" Despite declining tax revenues, city officials have stayed away from implementing a property tax by dipping into the city's reserve fund. However, Rokovitz said that's not something the city can do indefinitely. "(We) have cash reserves but those …
Thursday, October 11, 2012
What to do in a multiple offer situation
It’s been another very busy week at the iDeal REP office, and we’re very grateful so many of you have trusted us with your real estate needs. We certainly aren’t the only professionals that have been busy, and that’s very evident by the continued lack of inventory on the market. What properties are available are moving quickly, most times with multiple buyers vying for the same opportunity. With that comes a sometimes frustrating development to both buyers and agents. The multiple offer situation can lead to the dreaded call for highest and best offers. Some of our clients have been confused by the concept of highest and best, although it is just what the name implies. The call for highest and best offers is when the seller has received …
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
The Hiram City Council meets tonight at 6 p.m.
Hiram Council Members are expected to have a first reading on the city's proposed budget for fiscal year 2013 tonight. The city's $4.76 million budget includes $1.6 million in expenditures for the police department; $691, 272.90 in expenditures for the administrative department; $504,854.10 in expenditures for public works; $405,343.47 in expenditures for municipal court; and 111,148.38 in expenditures for the mayor and city council. The council also is expected to have a public hearing on the city's 2012 tax digest and 5-year tax levy history. Hiram doesn't have a property tax, and the proposed millage rate of 2.479 mills is expected to be rolled back to zero, as it has been since 2007. The city council meets will hold its work session …
Thursday, October 4, 2012
Granite countertops are just one kind of home improvement.
Last Saturday I had the pleasure of working with dozens of locally owned businesses and a small army of volunteers at a benefit for a Paulding county citizen who is battling a grave illness. Renae Hudgens is the wife of Paulding County Sheriff’s Deputy Mitch Hudgens. The event was sponsored by many of the county’s small business owners in an effort to support one of our neighbors in need to raise money to offset Mrs. Hudgens’ mounting medical bills. After a long and yet rewarding day of live auctions, raffles, motorcycle stunts, bands, bingo and barbecue, I went to bed that evening with a renewed sense of community and a greater understanding of the value of service. We often hear about what makes a strong community. Is it the businesses, …
Wednesday, October 3, 2012
A public hearing on the proposed budget is set for Oct. 10.
Hiram councilmen during their regular session Tuesday focused primarily on the city’s proposed fiscal year 2013 budget that could be approved by the end of the month. City Manager Robbie Rokovitz presented council members with a preliminary budget draft, which he explained was a work in progress and mostly to help council members prepare for a budget work session next week. The council likely will approve a final budget later this month. Next week’s work session is scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 10, at 6 p.m. in the Hiram Community Center/Council Chambers and will be followed by a public hearing on the proposed budget. The public starting today will be able to obtain a copy of the FY2013 draft budget at Hiram City Hall. Following the budget…