Register for Fall Arts Programs

Registration is now open for the Carrollton Center for the Arts’ fall classes, workshops and programs.

“Try something new — learn to paint, dance, act or play an instrument,” said Arts Superintendent Tim Chapman. “The arts can help heal our community.”

The fall schedule includes a broad range of programming for all ages across the spectrum of arts disciplines, including visual arts, theatre, chorus and dance. The center also hosts workshops on topics like baking, working with clay and glass. Private lessons are provided in voice and a variety of instruments. Several community arts organizations like the Carrollton Artist Guild, Carrollton Writers Guild, Carroll County Community Theatre, Carroll County Community Chorus, and Carroll Symphony Orchestra programs such as the Carrollton Jazz Orchestra and Community Wind Ensemble, bring an expanded menu of programs to the center’s diverse offerings.

Participants can register for fall semester activities online at www.carrolltonarts.com, by phone by calling 770-838-1083 or in person at the center at 251 Alabama Street.

The center requires its staff, visitors, students and event attendees to wear masks and follow safety guidelines established by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

Mayor and Council July Work Session

The Mayor and Council will hold a work session on Thursday, July 16, 2020 at 12:00pm in the 2nd Floor Conference Room of City Hall, 315 Bradley Street, Carrollton, GA.  

The purpose of the Work Session is to discuss a special use permit at 401 Bankhead Hwy, discussions regarding façade color, food trucks, designated taxi locations, public comment policy, Bankhead Streetscape project, multi-family housing inspections, hotels/motels, right-of-way abandonment, millage rate, and board appointments.

The work session will be streamed via Zoom, please email hbeaver@carrollton-ga.gov for the meeting ID. A summary of the work session will be posted on the City website within 48 hours after the meeting. All agenda items are for discussion, no formal vote will occur.

Anyone requiring special needs should contact Faith Pullen at City Hall at 770-830-2000 or fpullen@carrollton-ga.gov prior to the work session.

Special Called Meeting

The Mayor and Council will hold a Special Called Meeting on Monday, July 13, 2020.

The meeting will begin at 6pm at the Carrollton Downtown Amphitheater, 119 Bradley Street, Carrollton, GA for the swearing-in of Councilmember-Elect Jacqulene Bridges. The meeting will then move to the 1st Floor Courtroom of the Public Safety Annex, 115 West Center Street, Carrollton, GA for the remainder of the agenda.

The Special Called Meeting is a rescheduled Regularly Scheduled Meeting due to the 4th of July holiday. An agenda packet will be posted Friday, July 10, 2020.

The public can view the live stream of the meeting at www.carrolltonga.com > Government > Mayor & Council > Livestream the Meeting.

Public Notice: 2020 Millage Rate

The City of Carrollton hereby announces that the millage rate for the 2020 tax year will be considered for adoption at the regularly-scheduled meeting of the Mayor and City Council on August 3, 2020, at 6 pm., at 115 West Center Street, Carrollton, GA, and, as mandated by O.C.G.A. 48.5-32, do hereby publish the following presentation of the current year’s tax digest and levy along with the history of the tax digest and levy for the past five years and related explanatory information.

2020 DIGEST AND 5 YEAR HISTORY OF LEVY

City of Carrollton201520162017201820192020*







Real & Personal$734,348,525$858,609,264$883,723,886$909,676,926$1,058,337,616$1,116,043,960
Motor Vehicles$26,439,410$19,682,820$14,089,480$10,810,840$8,608,180$7,243,960
Mobile Homes$287,865$282,785$265,849$265,804$281,446$273,924
Gross Digest$761,075,800$878,574,869$898,079,215$920,753,570$1,067,227,242$1,123,561,844
Less M & O Exemptions$54,347,722$67,595,954$69,036,333$87,373,410$102,530,690$102,224,163
Net M & O Digest$706,728,078$810,978,915$829,042,882$833,380,160$964,696,552$1,021,337,681
Gross M & O Millage10.079.559.089.649.378.790
Less Rollbacks(5.45)(4.93)(4.48)(5.04)(4.77)(4.30)
Net M & O Millage4.624.624.604.604.604.489
Net Taxes Levied$3,265,084$3,746,723$3,813,597$3,833,549$4,437,604$4,584,785
Net Change $ Levied$15,325$481,639$66,874$19,952$604,055$147,181
Net Change %Levied.47%15%2%.52%16%3%

*Estimate provided by Tax Assessor’s Office and subject to change

Police and Fire Awarded Grant

The City of Carrollton’s public safety departments were awarded $38,464 by the Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance to help combat the spread of the coronavirus.

“This grant enhances our ability to protect the citizens while reducing the risk of virus spread to our citizens and public safety personnel,” said Fire Chief Jimmy Bearden.

The city’s police and fire departments are using the grant money to purchase personal protective equipment.

“We are very thankful for this grant from the Department of Justice and the partnership we have with the Carrollton Fire Department,” said Carrollton Police Chief Joel Richards.

Emergency Supplemental Funding Program dollars can be used to pay for equipment (including law enforcement and medical personal protective equipment), supplies like protective coveralls, gloves, masks, gowns and sanitizer and addressing the medical needs of inmates in state, local, and tribal prisons, jails and detention centers.

City Offices Closed July 3

City of Carrollton offices will be closed Friday, July 3, 2020, in observation of Independence Day. Garbage and recycling collection will remain on its normal pick-up schedule the following week.

New Directors at Parks and Recreation Department

Two veteran employees have assumed new leadership roles at the Carrollton Parks and Recreation Department. The city restructured the department earlier this year and named Kent Johnston as parks director. Julie Ivey has been named to fill the recently-vacated recreation director position.

“I am thankful for this wonderful opportunity,” said Ivey. “I’ve been extremely fortunate to work under several leaders in the parks and rec world. They have taught me so much and provided me with very valuable insight and experiences along the way. They’ve truly been mentors to me and I’m forever grateful for each one of them. I’m really looking forward to working with Kent Johnston and his amazing division while making certain that this department continues to provide quality parks and recreation programming for all citizens of Carrollton.”

In her new position, Ivey will be responsible for the department’s administration and athletics, aquatics and Catherine Hardy Lavender Center programming. Johnston will oversee parks, facilities and programming.

“As parks director, I look forward to working closely with Julie Ivey and all staff to develop more opportunities for citizens to enjoy parks and recreation in our amazing city,” Johnston said. “I appreciate that I have been entrusted with this role. Park and facilities improvements, enhanced programming, more trails and GreenBelt spurs, beautification and land acquisitions for our children and grandchildren are just a few of the things that keep me motivated in this job. I look forward to the possibilities.”

Ivey has worked in parks and recreation for 35 years, with more than 25 years at the CPRD. Johnston has been with the department for 25 years.

July 4 Celebration

Fireworks and music will fill the air over the Carrollton City Schools campus this July 4, in honor of our nation’s birthday.

The evening’s festivities will kick off at 8:30 p.m. with the Carroll Symphony Orchestra’s Sounds of Liberty concert on the front lawn of Carrollton Elementary School and culminate with the city’s fireworks show, just after dark. Spectators can watch the show in person while practicing social distancing (families should allow six feet between themselves and others) or tune-in to B92 FM and enjoy from their car or a vantage point near the schools complex.

The fireworks show will feature primarily high-altitude pyrotechnics which can be seen from a greater distance. The CSO will follow enhanced safety guidelines, including using a larger stage that allows greater spacing between musicians, checking the musicians’ temperatures before performing and wearing masks prior to the concert.

The Evening Sertoma Club’s annual People’s Parade through downtown was canceled this year to comply with the state’s social distancing guidelines for gatherings.

Notice of Special Called Meeting

The City of Carrollton Mayor and Council will hold a Special Called Meeting on Monday June15, 2020, at 4:00p.m. in the 2nd Floor Conference Room of City Hall, 315 Bradley Street, Carrollton, GA. The purpose of the Special Called Meeting is for the Mayor & Council to enter into an Executive Session regarding Personnel and Real Estate matters. Executive Sessions and minutes to an Executive Session are not open to the public, pursuant O.C.G.A. § 50-14-2 (e)(2)(c).

Mayor and Council June Work Session

The City of Carrollton Mayor and Council will hold a work session on Thursday, June 11, 2020 at 12:00 pm in the 2nd Floor Conference Room of City Hall, 315 Bradley Street, Carrollton, GA.  The purpose of the Work Session is to discuss a rezoning, SPLOST Intergovernmental Agreement, ordinance discussions, courthouse parking deck and board appointments. The work session will be streamed via Zoom, please email hbeaver@carrollton-ga.gov for the meeting ID. A summary of the work session will be posted on the City website within 48 hours after the meeting. All agenda items are for discussion, no formal vote will occur. 

Anyone requiring special needs should contact Faith Pullen at City Hall at 770-830-2000 or fpullen@carrollton-ga.gov prior to the work session.