Cell-phone video taken by a Marketplace Commons resident.
Mayor H. Ford Gravitt and Angie Mullinax meet with residents of Marketplace Commons community off Buford Dam Road in Cumming, Georgia on Sunday, September 10, 2017.
Residents question Mayor Gravitt about the $85.00 per month, per 133 households, service fee that appears on their water & sewer bills.
Cumming Council and Mayor Gravitt meet with Marketplace Commons residents on Tuesday, September 19, 2017.
Marketplace Commons subdivision service fee of $85.00 per month, per 133 lots, is actually a tax for Cumming city services including police protection, fire protection, 911 calls, street repair and maintenance, etc.
The service fee appears in the water and sewer bill of the residential neighborhood zoned “Mixed Use.”
Marketplace Commons is the only neighborhood that pays this fee.
The City of Cumming does not collect property taxes for any other property inside the city limits.
In attendance at Tuesday’s city council meeting:
Mayor H. Ford Gravitt;
Council members: Quincy Holton, Linda Ledbetter, Charles Welch, Lewis Ledbetter, and Christopher Light;
City Attorney Kevin Tallant;
City Administrator Gerald Blackburn;
City Clerk Jeff Honea;
Chief of Police Casey Tatum;
Planning & Zoning Department Director Scott Morgan;
Water & Sewer Department Director Jon Heard;
Landowner Mary Helen Mashburn McGruder; and
Mayor’s traveling friend Angie Mullinax.
“Nydeo” by Nydia Tisdale for AboutForsyth.com.
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Mayor H. Ford Gravitt addresses angry residents at Marketplace Commons on Sunday, September 10, 2017.
Cumming Council and Mayor H. Ford Gravitt talked with residents of Marketplace Commons about the “mystery” service fee on Tuesday, September 19, 2017. Nydeo still by Nydia Tisdale.
Ryland Homes Marketplace Commons community in Cumming, Georgia consists of 133 homes.