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December, 2014

Immigration Reports Due by December 31

December 12, 2014

All cities are required to file their annual immigration reports with the Department of Audits and Accounts on or before December 31, 2014. The 2014 report will include activity from December 1, 2013 – November 30, 2014.

Potential cities fight for territory

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

December 4, 2014

Dreams of creating the cities of Tucker and LaVista Hills won’t come true unless supporters of the idea can compromise in their border war, said state lawmakers during a packed public hearing Wednesday.

November, 2014

Misdemeanor Private Probation Limited by Georgia Supreme Court

November 25, 2014

In a much anticipated decision arising out of multiple civil actions against Sentinel Offender Services, LLC, a private for-profit probation company, the Supreme Court of Georgia held on November 24, 2014, that private probation companies, such as Sentinel, are constitutionally allowed to supervise misdemeanor probationers. The court added, however, that lower courts cannot toll a probationer’s sentence after it has been imposed, saying that misdemeanor “sentences are fixed at one year and once a sentence has been served, jurisdiction over the defendant ceases.”

Campaign Contribution Disclosure Reports Due by January 8, 2015

November 24, 2014

Elected officials who raised or spent more than $5,000 and who are in a regular or special election year must file a campaign contribution disclosure report with their city clerk between December 31, 2014 and January 8, 2015 for the October 25 through December 31 disclosure period.

SPLOST Reports Due December 31

November 24, 2014

All local governments receiving proceeds from SPLOST must publish a SPLOST report in a newspaper of general circulation within that city or county and on the government website, if they have one, by December 31 of each year.

Georgia Sales Tax Exemptions: GMA Report on the Impact to Georgia's Counties and Cities

November 7, 2014

This GMA report highlights the impact of the passage of recent sales tax exemptions on Georgia's local governments.

October, 2014

Georgia Communities Receive Infrastructure Loans Totaling $13 Million

Georgia Environmental Finance Authority

October 31, 2014

Eight Georgia communities were recently awarded financing totaling $12,964,210 for water, sewer, solid waste and wastewater infrastructure improvements by the Georgia Environmental Finance Authority (GEFA) board of directors. The communities include the cities of Chatsworth, Dawsonville, Dublin, Glennville and Jefferson, Bartow and DeKalb Counties, and the Etowah Water & Sewer Authority (WSA).

Georgia can’t say if farmers abuse tax exemptions

Dan Chapman, Atlanta Journal-Constitution

October 31, 2014

In his third article on the impact of recent sales tax exemption legislation passed in recent years in Georgia, Atlanta Journal-Constitution reporter Dan Chapman looks at the abuse of Georgia Agricultural Tax Exemption (GATE) cards by individuals.

Out-of-staters reap tax savings in Georgia: Rural communities hit hardest

Dan Chapman, Atlanta Journal-Constitution

October 24, 2014

Atlanta Journal-Constitution reporter Dan Chapman continues his investigation on the impact of recent tax reform efforts in Georgia. In this story, he focuses on the use of Georgia Agricultural Tax Exemption (GATE) cards by out-of-state individuals and businesses.

Update on Disposal of Ebola-related Waste into Public Wastewater Systems

October 16, 2014

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends disposal of Ebola related waste to public wastewater systems.

Water Professionals Recognize City Leaders for Implementing State Water Plan

October 15, 2014

The Georgia Association of Water Professionals (GAWP) presented a resolution recognizing the leadership of city officials in developing and implementing the State Water Plan. The resolution was presented to the Georgia Municipal Association (GMA) Board of Directors at its meeting on Oct. 10.

Pundits Dissect Upcoming Elections

October 10, 2014

The key to victory for the gubernatorial and senate candidates will be women, said political strategists Tharon Johnson and Todd Rehm. At the GMA’s Legislative Policy Council (LPC) meeting this week, Johnson and Rehm discussed the upcoming elections for governor and Georgia’s next U.S. senator.

Cities Drive Georgia’s Tourism Industry

October 6, 2014

According to Kevin Langston, deputy commissioner of tourism for GDEcD, Georgia is the 8th most visited state in the nation and cities are the driving force behind Georgia’s tourism industry.

September, 2014

A boon for business, bust for rural cities and counties

Dan Chapman, Atlanta Journal-Constitution

September 17, 2014

In this Atlanta Journal-Constitution story, reporter Dan Chapman investigates the impact and unintended consequences of recent tax reform legislation on cities, counties and school systems in South Georgia.

Dublin Puts Young Gamechangers Ideas Into Action

September 5, 2014

GeorgiaForward’s 2014 Class of Young Gamechangers has completed their work in Dublin on how to make Dublin a 21st Century community and plans are underway to put some of the recommendations into action.

There is a lot Brewing in Georgia’s Cities

September 5, 2014

Craft beer is showing up in Georgia cities big and small. Craft beer — considered the equivalent to a farm-to-table restaurant — is locally brewed beer using superior, often local ingredients serving a small region and produced in small batches.

August, 2014

13 Georgia Cities Receive Awards for Outstanding Achievement

August 29, 2014

Gov. Nathan Deal recently announced that 13 Georgia cities received awards for outstanding achievement in urban design, economic development, organizational projects and downtown promotions at the annual Georgia Downtown Conference Awards of Excellence ceremony.

Members Appointed to Legislative Policy Council

August 29, 2014

In July, 40 city officials were appointed to GMA's Legislative Policy Council (LPC).

Dalton Links Early Education and Workforce Development

August 4, 2014

The future looks bright for the city of Dalton and its youngest residents thanks to several community stakeholders collaborating on one issue.

July, 2014

DOT Seeking Public Input on State’s Transportation Needs & Funding

July 31, 2014

As state and national leaders consider alternatives for funding future transportation needs, the Georgia Department of Transportation wants to know what Georgians would like in their 21st Century transportation system and how they recommend paying for it.

Local Option Sales Tax Task Force Underway

July 31, 2014

In the wake of the Georgia Supreme Court ruling last October that declared the Local Option Sales Tax (LOST) “baseball arbitration” process unconstitutional, GMA and the Association County Commissioners of Georgia (ACCG) formed a task force to examine whether or not the process in current law requiring negotiations needs legislative adjustments.

Scrap Tire Disposal Rules to be Discussed

July 15, 2014

This summer, the Environmental Proection Division (EPD) will draft proposed changes to Georgia’s Rule for Scrap Tire Management. EPD is inviting input on the proposed changes. The goal is to implement revisions to the Rule that will both encourage proper management of tires and ensure protection of Georgia’s natural resources.

EPD to Discuss Possible Flint River Drought Rule Changes

July 15, 2014

District 10 Cities in Southwest Georgia should take note that the Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD) Watershed Protection Branch will hold a stakeholder meeting to discuss possible changes in the Flint River Drought Protection Act Rule.

Possible Changes in Statewide Drought Rules

July 15, 2014

On July 3, 2014, the Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD) Watershed Protection Branch announced that it is conducting a stakeholder meeting to discuss possible development of a Drought Management Rule that would replace the current Rules for Outdoor Water Use and the 2003 Drought Management Plan.