Updated: Feb 1
Hart County Property Owners Association finished it schedule of monthly meetings for 2022 with a "Hike through Hartwell History" with Dr. Allen Stewart, pastor of First Methodist, presenting. He offered an interesting, comprehensive view of Hart County and Hartwell through its founding, settlement, and growth. He focused on the patterns of growth and development, the businesses and churches involved, and economic forces confronting the county in different periods. He provided ample documentation through vast collection of pictures and slides he has gathered and combined. Dr. Stewart is an amateur historian and member of the Hartwell historical organizations as well. This is one of those lectures that you must attend again to get a good feeling for the background of our county.
For the year, HCPOA offered a wide, diverse range of topics and issues from battery power for vehicles, to fishing in the lake, to school safety, and the annexation issues. Various county and state officials participated like Alan Power and Marshal Sayre. In the middle of the year we offered seminars on "assessments, appraisals , and appeals" that ended up saving property owners significant amounts of tax money. See our website for details of all the monthly meetings. www.HCPOA.info
Our biggest accomplishment (begun a couple years ago) was seeing our ballot issue for the increase in the senior school property tax exemption pass overwhelmingly in November. It will take effect for the next tax year. Then we can develop another ballot initiative to continue to build that exemption to assist in equalizing the dramatic increases in property appraisal values.
With no December meeting, HCPOA will convene again January 16th 2023. Our speaker will be the new CEO of the College and Career Academy Steve Burton. 7PM lower level library.