Christmas in Carrollton

Whether it’s an altogether magical musical performance, pictures downtown with Santa, finding a unique gift or just sharing a cup of good cheer, ’tis the season to celebrate Christmas in Carrollton!

Irish Folksinger Harry O’Donoghue

November 20, 2020, 7:30pm
Folksinger, storyteller and songwriter, Harry O’Donoghue, tells Ireland’s story in song. Harry has shared the stage with the Savannah Symphony, Mary Black, Cathie Ryan, Andy M. Steward, Natalie McMaster, the Furey Brothers, Tommy Makem and Danny Doyle. He performs throughout the U.S. and Ireland and hosts GPB’s The Green Island Radio Show. Harry was voted Best Acoustic/Folk Artist by the readers of Connect Savannah. This show will feature special guest dancers. Sponsored by Bank OZK and Baxley Jewelers.
Tickets: $15 Adults, $10 Youth (12 and under)

Groove Gypsies: A Night of ‘70s and ‘80s Rock and Roll

December 4, 2020, 7:30pm
The Groove Gypsies bring their unique mix of ‘70s/’80s/’90s rock, Motown, new country and popular blues tunes to the Center for the Arts. The band consists of experienced and talented musicians from the West Georgia area.
Tickets: $10

Christmas in Downtown Carrollton

December 5, 2020, 1-4pm
‘Tis the season to celebrate Christmas in Downtown Carrollton. Bring your family to Adamson Square for an altogether magical day filled with festivities and fun. Check out the special offers at your favorite shops and eateries throughout the day and enjoy the lights and decorations that will add a sparkle to your evening. Follow us on social for details. From 1pm – 4pm, grab a cup of hot cocoa while carolers fill the air with sounds of the season. Shop the holiday gift market. Drop your wish list to Santa in our very special mailbox. Snap pics of your kiddos taking a sleigh ride with Santa – reservations required.
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Handmade Greeting Cards Workshop

December 5, 2020
Make and decorate cards for the season. All kinds of craft and drawing media will be available for you to play with and instructors will be stationed to provide creative suggestions.
Ages: All ages (Ages 6 & under will need a parent or guardian to assist)
Class Size: 4 Min.; 30 Max
Cost: $5 All materials included
Register here.

Christmas in Carrollton

December 11 – 12, 7:30pm
December 12, 4pm
The Carrollton Christmas tradition continues as the Community Chorus performs classics such as Children Go Where I Send Thee, White Christmas, Go Tell It On The Mountain, I’ll Be Home for Christmas and some less traditional works like Fruitcake and These Christmas Lights.
Tickets: $10 (Season ticket holders attend on December 11)

Wind Ensemble Christmas Concert

December 15, 7:30pm
Let the Carroll Community Wind Ensemble transport you to a winter wonderland with sentimental favorites such as Sleigh Ride and White Christmas.  Conductor Terry Lowry will take your requests at the piano.
Tickets: $10

CJO: A World Jazz Solstice

December 17 & 18, 7:30pm
The Carrollton Jazz Orchestra presents A World Jazz Solstice, featuring Duke Ellington’s Nutcracker Suite and other Christmas selections from around the world.
Tickets: $15 Adults, $10 Youth (12 and under)

Greeting Card Show: Art Contest and Exhibition

Through December 13
Let the season inspire you to create a piece of artwork to participate in this special contest. All submitted work will be displayed at the Center for the Arts during the Christmas season.
Click here for more info.

Small Packages

Through December 13
These small-but-mighty works reflect the diverse interests and expertise of the members of the Carrollton Artist Guild and Carrollton Writers Guild. All purchased items may be taken home immediately and make great gifts for friends, family – and yourself.
Click here for more info.

The Art of the Quilter: West Georgia Quilters Guild

Through December 13
WGQG’s annual show of quilt projects, including bed quilts, wall hangings and home decor. Styles range from traditional Civil War and ’30s prints and patterns to modern abstract quilted art. The WGQG promotes the art and tradition of quilting through personal exchange, educational programs and community service. To learn more, visit

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.


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

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.

Budget Summary Notice

A copy of the proposed FY 2020-2021 Budget scheduled for submission to the Mayor and Council is available for inspection at the office of the City Manager located at City Hall, 315 Bradley Street, Carrollton, GA.

The Mayor and Council will conduct a public hearing regarding the proposed FY 2020-2021 Budget at their special called meeting June 8, 2020 at 6:00pm in the 1st Floor Courtroom, 115 West Center Street, Carrollton GA 30117. All interested persons wishing to be heard on the budget are invited to appear. 

Anyone requiring special needs should contact Faith Pullen at City Hall at 770-830-2000 or prior to the meeting.

FISCAL YEAR 2020-2021

Ad Valorem Tax $ 4,825,000                              
Sales Tax                                        $ 4,400,000                              
Franchise Fees                               $ 2,685,000           
Intergovernmental Revenues         $ 8,977,113                  
Fines & Forfeitures                         $ 1,000,000                  
Insurance Premium Tax                  $ 1,900,000                  
Occupation License Tax                 $ 1,400,000                  
Miscellaneous Income                    $    486,936                  
Other Tax Revenue                         $    915,000                 
Licenses and Permits                     $    525,000                  
Charges for Service                        $  1,458,445
TOTAL REVENUES                  $ 28,572,494

EXPENDITURES:                                                                                                   Police                                              $ 8,509,445
Fire                                                  $ 6,074,113                                              Recreation/Cultural Arts                 $ 6,495,883                                         Streets/Engineering                        $ 2,171,439                                 
General Administration                   $ 3,990,283                                              Community Development               $ 1,031,296                                             
Other Programs/Services                $    300,035
TOTAL EXPENDITURES        $ 28,572,494

FISCAL YEAR 2020-2021

Water Fees                                     $ 8,830,000                              
Sewer Fees                                    $ 5,500,000                              
Water & Sewer Taps                       $    700,000           
Other Fees / Miscellaneous           $ 1,130,000                  
Fund Balance Allocation                $ 1,990,433
TOTAL REVENUES                    $ 18,150,433

EXPENDITURES:                                                                                                   General Operations                        $    360,490
Water Filter Plant                            $3,741,624                                            Systems Upkeep                            $ 3,416,267                                         Wastewater Treatment Plant          $ 3,373,859                                           
Water Support / Meters                  $    583,534                                           
Debt Service                                   $    585,880                                            Facilities Maintenance                    $    839,112
Intergovernmental                           $ 5,249,667
TOTAL EXPENDITURES          $ 18,150,433

FISCAL YEAR 2020-2021

Garbage / Landfill Fees                 $ 4,980,000                              
Interest Income                              $    4,000                              
Fund Balance Allocation                $ 1,057,357           
TOTAL REVENUES                  $ 6,041,357

EXPENDITURES:                                                                                                   Operation and Maintenance          $ 3,789,491
Intergovernmental                          $ 2,251,866
TOTAL EXPENDITURES          $ 6,041,357

FISCAL YEAR 2020-2021

Service Revenue / Member Dues    $ 3,000                                      
Interest Income                                $    500                                      
TOTAL REVENUES                    $ 3,500

EXPENDITURES:                                                                                                   Maintenance & Operations              $  3,500
TOTAL EXPENDITURES          $ 3,500

FISCAL YEAR 2020-2021

Hotel / Motel Tax                            $ 700,000                                              
TOTAL REVENUES                   $ 700,000

EXPENDITURES:                                                                                                   Appropriations to Other Agencies/ $ 700,000
Tourism / Product Development
TOTAL EXPENDITURES         $ 700,000

FISCAL YEAR 2020-2021

Seized Funds                                  $ 100,000                                 
TOTAL REVENUES                    $ 100,000

EXPENDITURES:                                                                                                   Maintenance & Operations             $ 100,000
TOTAL EXPENDITURES          $ 100,000

FISCAL YEAR 2020-2021

Fund Balance                                 $ 350,000                                 
TOTAL REVENUES                  $ 350,000

EXPENDITURES:                                                                                                   Street Repaving / Repair                $ 350,000
TOTAL EXPENDITURES          $ 350,000

Downtown Doors Re-opening

Many downtown and local businesses are beginning to re-open their doors and you can still call in a to-go order to scoop up or have delivered. Many downtown retailers and boutiques have online shopping options available to pick-up or ship right to your door.

Check out the list of merchants and their Facebook pages for current or changes to offerings.


4amDrive-thru and Delivery
Alley Cat Pick-up
BrowndogDine-in, Outside seating, Pick-up
City TavernOutside seating, Pick-up
Corner CafeDine-in, Pick-up
Gallery Row CoffeeDine-in, Pick-up and Delivery
Highland DeliOutside seating, Pick-up
Irish Bred Pub Dine-in, Pick-up
Kristi’s Southern Eats – Drive-thru and Pick-up
La Fiesta Dine-in, Pick-up
Little Hawaiian Dine-in, Pick-up
La TrattoriaDine-in, Pick-up and Delivery through DoorDash/JackRabbit
Leopoldo’sDine-in, Take-out and Delivery through DoorDash/JackRabbit
LocoMexDine-in, Pick-up and Delivery through DoorDash/JackRabbit
Nama Asian FusionPick-up and Delivery through DoorDash
Pita PitPick-up and Delivery
Samba LocaDine-in, Take-out, Delivery through DoorDash/JackRabbit (starting May 5)
Sam’s House Memphis BBQ(Wednesday-Saturday) Pick-up and Delivery delivery through Uber Eats and Doordash
Shuckers Oyster HouseDine-in, Pick-up and Delivery
Suttons Dine-in, Pick-up

Retail and Services

Artist Palette by RobinPick-up and Delivery (Paintings, Creative Sets)
Elle SalonIn-store, Products available Online
Horton’s BooksIn-store and Online
Indulge Salon & Day Spa – In-store, Products/Gift Certificates Online, Pick-up, Delivery
Institute of Imagination / Play PretendCurbside Creative Service
Laurel Rose Co.In-store, Online
Main Street BoutiqueOnline and Facebook
Merle NormanIn-store, Call Ahead Pick-up, Delivery, Shipping
Square RecordsOnline
Spa 3:16Online and select services available at Bremen location
Underground BooksOnline
Westside Curb Market

Did we miss one? Email us at and we’ll update!

Mayor and Council Emergency Called Meeting March 22

The City of Carrollton Mayor and Council will hold an emergency called meeting on Sunday, March 22, 2020 at 10 am in the first-floor courtroom of the Public Safety Annex (115 W. Center Street, Carrollton, GA 30117).

The purpose of the Emergency Called Meeting is to pass a resolution restricting public and private gatherings of 10 or more people.

In an effort to uphold CDC protocols regarding public gatherings, we request the public view the live stream of the meeting at The link can be found on the home page or click Government > Mayor & Council > Livestream the Meeting. Please note the video will not be live until right before meeting time. A phone number will be posted at the meeting site for those who would like to comment.

Carrollton Coronavirus Precautionary Measures

In support of state and local efforts to slow the spread of the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19), the City of Carrollton will be taking the following precautionary measures: 

Effective immediately, we are postponing and/or canceling all large public events, meetings, programs and classes for a two-week period, or until further guidance recommends otherwise. This includes, but is not limited to, all city-sponsored events, city-permitted events, tournaments and rentals in city-owned facilities. Cancellations and rescheduled dates of affected events will be announced on their respective social media pages, our and department webpages. We will continue to update you on the status of events based on CDC recommendations.

Beginning Monday, March 16, 2020, all City facilities will be closed to the public until March 29. As we receive further information or guidance, we will communicate any changes. This includes, but is not limited to; City Hall, Parks and Recreation facilities, city parks, Center for the Arts, Senior Center, Depot on Bradley and The Amp. Our drive-through window at City Hall will remain open for utility bill payment, but we strongly encourage customers to utilize online services for utility billing, permits, etc. Some services will also be available by phone. Please contact our main line at 770-830-2000 to be directed to the appropriate department. Specific contact information will be listed online at

Essential services such as police, fire, sanitation and water will continue as normal. 

While the risk to the general public remains low at this time,  these measures are being taken out of an abundance of caution to protect the safety and wellbeing of our community. For updates, please visit 

Do business with us from anywhere!

Utility payments can be made online at or by phone at 833-892-0172. You can also use the drive-through or drop box at City Hall.

Permit and license applications can be found online at or call 770-830-2000.

For local information about COVID-19, visit Tanner Health System at For additional information, visit Georgia’s Department of Health at or find answers to frequently asked questions at

Worried about Coronavirus (COVID-19)?  You can prevent the spread of COVID-19!
• Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.
•  Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
•  Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
• Clean frequently touched surfaces and objects daily.
Learn more here.

Luncheon with Author Sybil Rosen

The Carrollton Center for the Arts will host a luncheon with local music legend Blaze Foley’s biographer and friend, Sybil Rosen, at 12:30 p.m., August 29. Her book, Living in the Woods in a Tree, is Rosen’s firsthand account of her life with Foley during the countercultural 1970s and Foley’s transformation from reticent hippie musician to enigmatic singer/songwriter. The two met in 1975 at Banning Mill and once lived in a tree house in Roopville. Foley wrote his most widely known song, If I Could Only Fly, for Rosen. His songs have been covered by Lyle Lovett, Willie Nelson, John Prine and Merle Haggard. Tickets to the luncheon with Rosen are $30.

On August 30, Underground Books will present the 2018 film, Blaze, based on Rosen’s book, at the Center for the Arts. The film was directed by actor and filmmaker Ethan Hawke. Rosen will take part in a question and answer session after the screening. Blaze is rated R. Admission to the Blaze screening is $10, including popcorn and a drink.

Visit or call 770-838-1083 for tickets and more information.