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Immigration Mandates on Municipalities Immigration Mandates on Municipalities
August 2014 - Third Edition

This edition contains information on and from Senate Bill 529, which passed in the 2006 Session of the Georgia General Assembly, House Bill 2, which passed in the 2009 Session, and House Bill 87, which passed in the 2011 Session.

Government in the Sunshine: A Guide to Georgia's Open Meetings and Open Records Laws for Municipal Officials Government in the Sunshine: A Guide to Georgia's Open Meetings and Open Records Laws for Municipal Officials
August 2014, eleventh edition

GMA is pleased to provide for municipal officials a review of the key features of the Georgia open meetings and open records laws. These laws were significantly revised in the 2012 session of the Georgia General Assembly.

Growing Cities, Growing Georgia: A Guide to Georgia's Annexation Law Growing Cities, Growing Georgia: A Guide to Georgia's Annexation Law
January 2014, sixth edition

The purpose of this publication is to provide a step-by-step guide to the present annexation laws contained in Title 36 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated for use by lay persons, city officials, city staff and particularly, local government attorneys.

Georgia Model Municipal Charter Georgia Model Municipal Charter
January 2014, fifth edition

GMA is pleased to provide this revised Georgia Model Municipal Charter as an aid to city officials who wish to modernize their existing city charter. While a complete revision of a city charter requires action by the General Assembly, many amendments can be accomplished by a mayor and council acting pursuant to the Home Rule Act of 1965.

Distilling the Basics of Municipal Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Distilling the Basics of Municipal Alcoholic Beverage Regulation
January 2014 - Third Edition

This publication is to familiarize city officials with some of the important basics in the area of alcoholic beverage regulation.

2014 Georgia Municipal Redistricting Guide 2014 Georgia Municipal Redistricting Guide
1/1/2014

Redistricting, or "reapportionment" is the redrawing of the boundaries of an elective political district. It may be the most difficult task that governing bodies in republican forms of government face. It involves making difficult decisions constricted by extremely complicated federal and state jurisprudence in the context of a political process.

SPLOST: Building for the Future SPLOST: Building for the Future
June 2012 - Third Edition

This publication has been prepared to provide municipal officials a discussion of legal and policy considerations relevant to the Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST). This publication is intended to assist municipal officials in identifying issues so that they can discuss them and appropriately consult with their city attorney.

Municipal Officials Guide to Tax Reform: HB 386 Municipal Officials Guide to Tax Reform: HB 386
April 2012

Passed during the 2012 Legislative Session, HB 386 had several provisions that did not pertain to local governments’ revenue, such as the personal income tax exemption for married filers, state jet fuel tax exemption expansion, changes to the state tax credit for conservation easements and capping the personal income tax retirement exclusion.

A Survival Guide for Newly Elected Municipal Officials A Survival Guide for Newly Elected Municipal Officials
February 2012, 4th Edition

This publication has been prepared to assist newly elected officials in becoming more acquainted with their roles and responsibilities as mayors and council members in Georgia. It contains numerous tips to help officials perform their duties and avoid unnecessary pitfalls.

Renegotiating Local Option Sales Tax (LOST) Renegotiating Local Option Sales Tax (LOST)
August 2011

State law requires periodic renegotiation of the LOST distribution certificate. This publication has been prepared to inform city officials who will be involved in the LOST renegotiation process about the requirements, processes, and timelines that are set forth in state law.

Public Works Construction Projects: A Guide to House Bill 1079 Public Works Construction Projects: A Guide to House Bill 1079
February 2011 - Third Edition

This guide has been prepared to explain the requirements of HB 1079 and to assist city officials in their efforts to procure contracts for public works construction projects in accordance with the new legislation.

Ethics in Government: Charting the Right Course Ethics in Government: Charting the Right Course
July 2010, revised

This publication is intended to be a guide assisting city officials in both considering the process of developing and enacting comprehensive codes of ethics and in facing ethical dilemmas on a day-to-day basis

Guidepost to Municipal Sign Regulation Guidepost to Municipal Sign Regulation
January 2009, third edition

The purpose of this publication is not to provide a comprehensive discussion of all aspects of sign regulation. The materials are intended to highlight several, but not all, areas where legal issues commonly arise concerning municipal sign regulation.

The Arbitration Handbook: For Annexation Land Use Disputes The Arbitration Handbook: For Annexation Land Use Disputes
January 2008

In the 2007 legislative session the Georgia General Assembly passed House Bill 2 placing into law a procedure for resolving annexation disputes between cities and counties when there is a proposed change in zoning or land use.

Parliamentary Procedure: A Guide for City Officials Parliamentary Procedure: A Guide for City Officials
June 2007

This publication is intended to serve as a guide to municipal governments for simplified procedures to follow in the course of a council meeting.

A Reporter's Guide to City Hall A Reporter's Guide to City Hall
November 2005, revised

This guide has been put together to assist reporters navigate their coverage of city government. While it is not all-inclusive, we hope it offers some insight and perspective on municipal government and helps reporters move beyond meeting coverage and onto in-depth coverage of municipal operations.

A Budget Guide for Georgia's Municipalities A Budget Guide for Georgia's Municipalities
December 2003

This publication has been prepared for municipal officials as a practical guide to the budget process. It includes definitions of budgeting terms, an explanation of the roles of stakeholders in the budget process, and a step by step guide to developing a municipal budget.

Occupation Taxes and Regulatory Fees: Make Them Work for Your City Occupation Taxes and Regulatory Fees: Make Them Work for Your City
July 2003

This guide is an overview of the current law governing occupation taxes and regulatory fees and should be helpful to municipal officials when implementing occupation tax and regulatory fee ordinances.

Gaining Ground on Infrastructure in Georgia's Cities Gaining Ground on Infrastructure in Georgia's Cities
July 2003

This guide is a discussion of sources for capital projects funding and is intended to assist municipal officials in identifying issues so that they can discuss them and appropriately consult with their city attorney.

A Road Map to Travel Policies for Municipal Officials A Road Map to Travel Policies for Municipal Officials
July 2003

This publication provides an overview of the legal and policy considerations in establishing travel policies.