Savannah residents are gearing up for downtown disruptions but also a financial windfall because of a marathon in the city Saturday. The second ever Rock and Roll Marathon will bring about 17-thousand runners to the coast.
Officials in Chatham County are looking for clear answers on whether a proposed convention hotel would get state tax breaks. A law passed last year gives developers large breaks on tourism projects. But it left what qualifies up to the Governor. A policy aide to Governor Nathan Deal doubts Chatham County's project would make the cut because it could harm existing hotels.
A new survey shows, Metro Atlanta and Southeast Georgia voters favor a proposed new sales tax by a two-to-one margin. The state-wide poll by Survey USA for WXIA-TV Atlanta shows Northwest Georgia is evenly split on the tax idea, called T-SPLOST. Savannah's Chatham County Commission Chairman Pete Liakakis says, with an uncertain vote date, it's still too early for campaigning.
Recycling advocates in Savannah's Chatham County are hoping to take advantage of a rarely-used power in the state constitution. They want to force a vote to start a curbside recycling program. Georgia's Constitution allows citizen-initiated ballot questions in certain, local cases.
Chatham County leaders want state lawmakers to change a Georgia law they say is like taxation without representation. The law involves the franchise fees that cable and other utility customers pay. It requires some unincorporated residents to pay the fees, which then go to cities, not counties.
Halloween this year falls on a Sunday and that's not sitting well with some Georgians who keep the day as religious. They successfully have pushed some city leaders to urge residents to send their kids trick-or-treating on Saturday. And that's led to confusion in Savannah and Macon. Some neighborhood groups had planned for trick-or-treating on Sunday.