Forsyth County reconsiders buying Johns Creek sewer

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FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. — The county is reconsidering acquiring Cauley Creek water reclamation facility, off Bell Road south of the Forsyth/Fulton line in Johns Creek.

Cauley Creek had been operating under contract with Fulton County until about a year ago, when that board terminated its agreement.

At their Oct. 17, the Forsyth County Commission went into executive session, which is related to land acquisition to reconsideration the Cauley Creek Sewer plant.

The board voted 4-1 with Forsyth County Commissioner Jim Boff opposed to reconsider buying the Cauley Creek sewer plant.

After the board recessed their regular meeting they voted to place the issue in their Oct. 22 work session agenda.

Cauley Creek is a 5 million-gallons-per-day (mgd) facility that had served Fulton County in east Johns Creek. Last fall, Fulton bought out its contract with Cauley Creek, saying Fulton's own Johns Creek Environmental Campus would be cheaper and as effective in the long run.

Forsyth needs to expand its sewer capacity in the Shakerag area, because it has been tapped as a growth area.

The county is also looking at building a $31 million Shakerag Water Reclamation facility, but after voting to get more information on Cauley Creek, the board postponed the item until Nov. 2.

ALSO AT THE MEETING:

2014 Budget Adopted

The Forsyth County Board of Commissioners adopted the county's 2014 operating budget.

The $95.9 million general fund budget was funded with no increase in the county's property tax millage rate.

Millage Rates

At their July 18 meeting, the Forsyth County Board of Commissioners adopted the millage rates that will fund the county's 2014 budget.

The board voted to maintain the county's millage rates with no change.

The county has the same total millage rate, 7.656, for the fourth consecutive year.