City Council has scheduled an Emergency Meeting for tomorrow Wednesday 4/1 6 pm. In technical terms, this is defined as a “Special Called Meeting”. The meeting will be on Zoom for residents to participate in.
Three important items on the agenda, that have resurfaced. Councilman Chris Coughlin and Councilwoman Stephanie Endres have advocated for changes in these ordinances since they were elected and have met heavy resistance from the rest of the Council.
Stopping the Cashcow Permits
For 12 years Johns Creek Permits, Inspections, Fees, & Fines are among the top 1% of ALL Georgia municipalities.
SECTION 4. All homeowners located within the City of Johns Creek, Georgia shall NOT be required to file for permits or pay permit fees for any non-structural, single residential improvement projects, that may include the replacement of existing electrical and/or plumbing fixtures, through the state of emergency declaration.
Stopping the Cashcow Signage Fees
Johns Creek typically charges for every sign, banner, etc from the small businesses. Billboard companies, the largest advertiser in the City are exempt from the strict signage laws and fees. Thanks to the generous settlement Mayor Bodker negotiated.
SECTION 1. All businesses located within the City of Johns Creek, Georgia shall follow the below requirements until the expiration of the Mayor and City Council’s declaration of emergency:
- Allow portable signs for businesses to assist in communicating with patrons from the street.
- Allow signage in windows to exceed 25% of the area in which a sign is placed, to assist with communicating with patrons.
- All banners are allowed without a permit and without counting against the number of permitted banners. Also, the duration of time a banner can be up is waived.
Stopping the Business Tax Gouging
Businesses who close shop in 2020 won’t have to pay occupational taxes in Johns Creek.
SECTION 2. All business located within the City of Johns Creek, Georgia that are forced to close permanently due to the effects of emergency ordinances enacted by the United States, State of Georgia, Fulton County, Georgia and/or the City of Johns Creek, Georgia shall NOT pay any Occupational Business Taxes to the City of Johns Creek for the January 1, through December 31, 2020, tax year.
Local advocates have met resistance from Mayor Bodker and his voting block for years on these issues.
Will this virus change his mind and vote for what is best for small businesses and residents?
Watch the meeting here at 6 pm.