NYDEO: Marketplace Commons subdivision service fee is really a tax for Cumming city services 09/19/17

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NYDEO: Marketplace Commons subdivision service fee is really a tax for Cumming city services 09/19/17

Post by Nydia Tisdale » September 23rd, 2017, 5:00 pm


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.

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Mayor H. Ford Gravitt addresses angry residents at Marketplace Commons on Sunday, September 10, 2017.


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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.


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Ryland Homes Marketplace Commons community in Cumming, Georgia consists of 133 homes.

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Forsyth County neighborhood says city is unfairly taxing their neighborhood

Post by Nydia Tisdale » September 24th, 2017, 11:30 am

Forsyth County neighborhood says city is unfairly taxing their neighborhood

By Mike Petchenik, WSB-TV, September 19, 2017.

Forsyth County neighborhood says city is unfairly taxing their neighborhood

By Mike Petchenik, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, September 19, 2017.

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Residents of Marketplace Commons question extra fee

Post by Nydia Tisdale » September 30th, 2017, 9:40 pm


Residents of Marketplace Commons question extra fee


By Kelly Whitmire, Forsyth County News, September 21, 2017.

City of Cumming officials, along with members of a neighborhood just off Buford Dam Road, will form a group to look at a unique payment made by that community.

The Cumming City Council and Mayor H. Ford Gravitt decided to work with members of Marketplace Commons to decide the future of an $85 monthly fee paid only by members of that specific community.

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NYDEO: Marketplace Commons subdivision “service-fee” city tax to sunset at year end in Cumming GA 10/17/17

Post by Nydia Tisdale » October 22nd, 2017, 3:00 am



After public hue and cry by residents, and much media and social media attention, the Marketplace Commons subdivision selective “service-fee” city tax is set to sunset at this year’s end in Cumming, Georgia.

And, of course, it’s election season.

Incumbent Ford Gravitt is running for re-election — again — after half a century in office — on Tuesday, November 7, 2017. His challenger at the polls is Troy Brumbalow. Early voting is underway at Cumming City Hall, 100 Main St.

Curbside recycling was also on the agenda.

Mayor Gravitt closes with the comment, “Thank you all for your participation. We appreciate the suppport.”

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Cumming Mayor H. Ford Gravitt and councilmember Charles “Chuck” Welch Jr. try to explain the selective “service-fee” at the October 17, 2017 city council meeting.


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