Q: Would my mailing address change?
A: Most of the properties surrounding Rincon already have Rincon Post Office addresses. A few addresses might be affected. Correct addresses are important because of the protection link provided by E9-1-1 telephone service and first responders.
Q: Would annexation negatively affect my property values?
A: No. Annexation into the City of Rincon should, in fact, increase the property values and marketability of residential and commercial properties, due to the lack of a City Property Tax, and the availability of quality City services at reduced costs to City residents.
Q: Would annexation affect where my children go to school?
A: No. School attendance zone boundaries are handled by the Effingham Countywide School District and are unaffected by annexation. Effingham County is noted for some of the best schools in this region, which is a significant part of the reason that new residents are moving into the county.
Q: How would my trash pick-up change?
A: The City of Rincon has a contract arrangement with Waste Management for curbside solid waste pickup, once each week, billed with water bills. The rate from Waste Management is very reasonable, and is re-visited every year for adjustments. Residents are encouraged to recycle, where possible, using several local receiving points (WalMart – Lions Club, Habitat for Humanity, Georgia Pacific). The City is currently exploring recycling alternatives with Waste Management; and these should become more discussed and considered in the next year. Residents are encouraged to be mindful of what types of harmful products they put down their sewer drains, stormwater drains, and in the trash containers, and to dispose of these items properly. Various new information brochures are available at City Hall. Limbs and leaves (dry trash) can be picked up by the City Public Works Department by calling City Hall. There is a fee for large amounts of limbs and leaves. Residents are encouraged not to mix limbs and leaves with solid waste in the trash container, as these are recyclable.
Q: Would zoning change?
A: Not of any noticeable difference. The City Building and Zoning Department and the Growth Management Plan might use different names than before, but the same zoning potentials should be available in order to maintain the character of the whole community.
Q: Is the City of Rincon a financially strong municipal government?
A: Absolutely. Although the City of Rincon does not have a Property Tax, the needs and services of the citizens are being met through funding from strong financial sources, such as SPLOST and LOST Sales Tax and from user fees, permits, licenses, etc. where the resident pays for the services that he uses (recreation, water, sewer, etc.). The City Council spent several years preparing for a shift to a non-property tax funding for Rincon, and carefully reviewed the potentials before making the step. The City Council is dedicated to trying to maintain that status of no property taxes and a strong financial base. Even during the recent economic down-turns, felt nationwide, the City of Rincon has continued to provide the same level of quality services as in the past, while continuing to plan for and prepare for developing new and better services in the community.
Q: What kind of government does the City of Rincon have?
A: The City of Rincon operates under a Council-Manager form of government. This system of government combines the strong political leadership of locally elected officials with the education and managerial experience of an appointed manager. Under the Council-Manager form of government, elected officials (the Mayor and six City Council members) focus on policymaking and growth issues, while the City Manager oversees the day-to-day operations of the City. The City of Rincon uses an at-large election system where the Mayor and half of the City Council are elected in one cycle for four years, and the other half of the City Council are elected two years later in staggered elections. In the City Council elections the City is a single voting district and the top three vote getters are the winners of the election. Staggering elections allows the Council members, still serving their terms, to offer information and guidance to the newly elected Council members and promotes continuity.If you have questions, you are encouraged to speak with the Mayor or one of the City Council members; or communicate with the City Manager at City Hall, at (912) 826-5745, or at RinconCityMgr@cityofrincon.com.
Q: Why the City of Rincon is interested in extending the city limits?
A: Residents of the City of Rincon receive a higher level of service than most of the unincorporated areas of the county, and we are constantly working to improve the services as well as provide conveniences for a better quality of life to our local community. Funding for these higher services are largely affected by property and population within the limits of the city. Your person and or property are already a part of the local community; however, your local community is not receiving the full benefit of funding available for improving services and conveniences you enjoy, because you are not currently in the city limits.
If you were to annex, your local community could receive additional benefits from Local Option Sales Tax and Special Local Option Sales Tax, Insurance Premium Taxes and other revenues that are already being collected but are not staying in our local community. The direct benefits for your local community are road improvements, recreation improvement, park improvement, stormwater improvement, public service improvement in police and fire and on it goes if you were to annex into the city.
Q: Would your property taxes increase?
A: Property tax rates would not increase as a result of annexation. The city does not collect a property tax and has a long history of rolling back all property taxes of the City with its Local Option Sales tax receipts. In fact, annexation would protect you from being taxed by the county for services provided primarily to the unincorporated areas, for which you receive no benefit. Annexation would not increase your annual millege (tax rate) at all.
Q: How does the city’s service and utility fees compare to the county’s?
A: Residential Fees for fire, garbage pickup, water and sewer utilities within the City of Rincon are lower.
County Rincon Annual Savings
Fire fees (annual) $75 $48 $27
Garbage Pickup(monthly) $16.66 $15.50 $14
Water and Sewer (monthly) $61 $49 $144
Total annual savings $185
If you are currently on a private system you would not be required to change. If and when you decide to connect to the City’s utility systems, the city would waive the tap connection fees. If you choose to connect, you would enjoy the lowest water and sewer rates offered in Effingham or Chatham Counties.
Q: How would your police and fire protection improve?
A. Rincon residents enjoy more officers patrolling per square mile than any other part of the county, resulting in enhanced protection of property and person, and a faster response to emergency needs. With annexation, you too would enjoy the higher protection provided by the City without the loss of the base coverage provided by the county. And the Rincon fire department has the best insurance rating and response time of any in the county. In an emergency minutes count and annexation would
Q: How would annexation improve my control of the zoning with and around my property?
A: This may be the best part of annexation yet. We all fear what government may put next to our property or how it may restrict our enjoyment of our property. And, what makes that fear worse is when people who do not live in our community and are not elected by our community, make decisions about our area. When you annex, all zoning decisions are made only by people who live in your community and only by people elect in to office by your community. Never again will someone who lives in another part of the county, whom you did not elect and who is not connected to your interest make a decision about how you will use and enjoy your property.
The City of Rincon is committed to providing excellent service to its residents and would like to improve our service to the local community. Service and related improvements are directly related to city population numbers. When you annex into the city, you and your local community benefit greatly without increasing your property taxes or the fees you are presently paying.
It is a win-win for you and your community. Please consider supporting the local community by annexation into the city limits of Rincon. For more information please contact the City of Manager at 912-826-5745.