ANNOUNCEMENTS / PUBLIC HEARINGS

===Town Announcements, Notices, and or Public Hearings===

1. *****fIRST ANNOUNCEMENT / NOTICE*****

TOWN OF RANLO
1624 Spencer Mtn. Rd. • Gastonia, NC   28054
Phone: 704-824-3461 • Fax: 704-824-3423
Email: ranlonc@bellsouth.net
Website: www.ranlo.org

PUBLIC WORKS COLLECTION PRACTICES

The Public Works Department is dedicated to providing our citizens the best service possible.  As part of that effort we would like to ensure that you are aware of the Town’s collection practices as established by Town Ordinance.  In the event you have a need for collection services beyond the Town’s normal practices you should call the public works department (704-824-4013) to determine what services are available and to arrange for those services.  We would also like to remind you that you should feel free to call the Public Works department or the Town Administrator any time you have questions or concerns regarding public works services.

Garbage is collected once weekly for each customer on the day designated for your address by the public works department.  Only regulation garbage containers weighing 100 pounds or less are picked up.  No more than 2 cans per customer are collected.  Garbage not in the regulation container or on the ground is not picked up.  Garbage, refuse and debris should not be left on the ground.  Garbage containers should be placed at the curb by 7:00 a.m. on the designated collection day.

Recycling is encouraged, therefore, containers for dropping off cardboard, glass, plastic, and soup cans for recycling are provided behind Town Hall at the intersection of Day Street and Spencer Mountain Road.  The Ranlo Volunteer Fire Department provides a trailer for aluminum can recycling beside the Fire Department on Park Drive.

Brush and leaves are picked up once weekly, usually on Wednesday.  Brush should not exceed 4 feet in length and 4 inches in diameter.  Leaves must be placed in a clear bag or container that allows visual inspection of the contents and should not exceed 100 pounds per container.  No other material should be left in the brush or leaves.

Residential construction and demolition debris (C&D), metal, furniture, or appliances discarded by the homeowner living in the residence are picked up once weekly, usually on Wednesday.

Brush, leaves, C&D, metal, furniture, or appliances left by contractors, yard service or other paid providers hired by the homeowner will not be picked up, they are the responsibility of the contractor or service provider.  Brush, leaves, C&D, metal, furniture or appliances left by a property owner who does not live in the house, but are left in connection with work done in order to rent or sell the house will not be picked up, they are the responsibility of the property owner.

Public Works does not collect batteries, oil, petroleum products, chemical products, hazardous materials, paint cans (unless filled with sand), gutters, shingles, fences, furnaces, concrete blocks, bricks or cement.

Public Works will pick up old tires on a limited basis and you should call public works to arrange for that service


2.  *****Second AnNOUNCEMENT / nOTICE*****

**Revenue Neutral Rate Notice**

What Does the County Property Revaluation Mean for You? 

            2015 marks the first time since 2007 that there has been a property reappraisal in Gaston County. The reappraisal process is a function of the Gaston County Government, not the Town of Ranlo. Gaston County Tax Director, Jimmy Tanner, has scheduled a public meeting at the Ranlo Lodge for February 24, 2015 at 7:00 PM. This will be an informational meeting conducted by County staff. You are invited to attend that meeting for an explanation of the County’s revaluation process, the basis used to establish property values, and what you need to know in order to file an appeal with the County should you disagree with your revaluation notice once it is delivered. All questions about the property revaluation should be directed to the County Tax Office.

            State law does require the Town of Ranlo to calculate and publish a revenue-neutral tax rate as part of the budget immediately following the completion of the reappraisal. The revenue-neutral tax rate is defined as the rate that is estimated to produce revenue for the Town’s next fiscal year that is equal to the revenue produced for the current fiscal year. In years when the total value of all property within the Town limits goes up, the revenue-neutral rate will usually be less than the current tax rate. In years when the total value of all property within the Town limits goes down, the revenue-neutral rate will usually be more than the current tax rate. In those years when the total value of all property goes down, the Town will incur a loss of revenue requiring budget cuts if the revenue-neutral rate is not adopted. The Town will not know the total value of all property within the Town limits until your revaluation notices have been delivered and the appeals filed in connection with those notices have been completed. However, the Ranlo Board of Commissioners will be discussing the revenue-neutral tax rate and the proposed budget for the next fiscal year during its regular meetings held on the second Thursday of each month during March, April and May. You are invited to attend those Board of Commissioners meetings to hear and participate in those discussions concerning the Town’s revenue-neutral tax rate.