A proposed bill would prevent the state from redirecting fees collected for specific purposes to other budget areas. Lawmakers have drafted similar bills before. But this measure wouldn’t require a constitutional amendment, so it’s likelier to pass.
The Association County Commissioners of Georgia is busy preparing municipalities for changes to immigration law. Not complying puts them at risk for losing funding. Some small cities and counties may not have enough people to handle paperwork.
Controversy flared last week over a Governor Deal appointment to the state’s new immigration enforcement panel. And there are concerns over its potential cost to municipalities. A portion of Georgia’s new immigration law creates the Immigration Enforcement Review Board, a seven-member panel appointed by state elected officials.
Birmingham, Alabama's Jefferson County is considering defaulting on loans for water and sewer projects. No Georgia county faces a similar problem. But revenues and financing options for big water and sewer upgrades are both drying up
A number of counties statewide have made, or are considering, significant hikes in property taxes to make up budget deficits. It’s become a last ditch option for local governments that have already cut spending to the bone. Tuesday night, local commissioners in the metro Atlanta counties of Clayton and Cobb narrowly approved property tax hikes. Other counties are considering raising property taxes, including Crisp and Stewart counties in southwest Georgia.