Cities and counties are renegotiating the terms of a tax that almost every Georgian pays. All but a handful of Georgia counties have a penny sales tax called LOST. It goes into city and county budgets to offset property taxes. But every ten years, cities and counties have to renegotiate how the taxes are split up based on new Census data.
The election of Edna Jackson as Savannah mayor signifies continuity with the outgoing administration. She had the support of current mayor Otis Johnson, who couldn't run for re-election because of term limits. She also had the support of the chamber of commerce, major unions and the city's daily newspaper.
Polls will open Tuesday in a run-off election to determine who will lead the port city. Attorney Jeff Felser and retired university administrator Edna Jackson are the candidates. Lacking specifics and running in a non-partisan race, the campaigns have focused largely on the candidates reputations as they responded to a tumutuous period in city politics.
Savannah residents will go to the polls on December 6th to determine which of two sitting City Council members will lead the coastal city for the next four years. GPB's Savannah reporter Orlando Montoya spoke with both candidates and presents their interviews in two posts. In both interviews, candidates Jeff Felser and Edna Jackson take questions for about 20 minutes.
Two members of Savannah City Council will duke it out in a run off next month to determine the city's next mayor. Six candidates were on the ballot Tuesday but none received a majority of votes. City voters put retired college administrator Edna Jackson first and attorney Jeff Felser second.
Georgia's main port city will get a new mayor next year. Voters in Savannah will go to the polls on Tuesday to decide which of six candidates will replace Otis Johnson, barred from a third term in office. The city is a player in the state's logistics and tourism sectors, but candidates have focused on setting themselves apart from City Hall's recent past.
Savannah City Council got a lesson in open government from Georgia's top prosecutor. State Attorney General Sam Olens says, he doesn't want to take elected officials to court, but violations of Georgia's sunshine laws are occurring far too frequently. He was in Savannah because the council violated the law three times.
In a pair of 5-4 votes, Savannah City Council members showed that they remain bitterly divided over who should become the city's next chief executive. The split has exposed racial tensions in the city. The votes also present no clear path forward for resolving a long-simmering issue.