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Renaissance Strategic Visioning & Planning Application Period Now Open
January 25, 2015
The 2015 application period for the Renaissance Strategic Visioning & Planning (RSVP) program is now open. 

Cell Towers, Backyards, and the Courts: A Talk with Roswell Mayor Jere Wood
January 23, 2015   |  WABE
Cell phone tower fights between companies and residents have broken out in many places around metro Atlanta. But in the city of Roswell, it went all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Sen. Johnny Isakson to Speak at Mayors' Day Sen. Johnny Isakson to Speak at Mayors' Day
January 14, 2015
GMA is pleased to announce that Georgia's senior United States Senator, Johnny Isakson, will share his perspective on important federal issues of interest to city leaders to be considered by the 114th Congress during this year's Mayors' Day Conference.

GMA Working on Bill to Increase Penalties for Failure to File Foreclosed Property Deeds GMA Working on Bill to Increase Penalties for Failure to File Foreclosed Property Deeds
January 8, 2015
As the number of foreclosures in Geor­gia remains high, a secondary impact on communities has become more apparent. Banks foreclose on property and then avoid maintaining the foreclosed property.

GMA Concerned about Possible Bill Allowing Heavier Trucks GMA Concerned about Possible Bill Allowing Heavier Trucks
January 8, 2015
Last fall, the city of Thomson hosted its Home­town Connection outside on Main Street in the heart of its downtown. As Mayor Kenneth Usry began to tell his legislators and fellow city offi­cials about the congestion and road damage that large trucks were causing to the city’s streets, his words were drowned out by one such truck, mut­ing his speech but illustrating his point perfect­ly.

GMA Calls for Ethics Commission to Provide Amnesty
January 8, 2015
When Danville Councilmember William Deason opened his mail and read that the Ethics Commission was imposing as much as $11,000 in fines for not filing ethics reports he was shocked. He had not raised any campaign funds nor spent any money on his election.

Funding Issues in Legislative Session Could Impact Cities Funding Issues in Legislative Session Could Impact Cities
January 8, 2015   |  Tom Crawford
Transportation funding will be one of the biggest—if not the biggest—issue that Georgia lawmakers will grapple with in 2015, and what legislators decide to do could have a major impact on city governments.

Transportation Funding Study Committee Issues Final Report
December 31, 2014
The Joint Study Committee on Critical Transportation Infrastructure Funding issues its final report on December 30, 2014.

Potential cities fight for territory
December 4, 2014   |  Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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.

Misdemeanor Private Probation Limited by Georgia Supreme Court
November 25, 2014
In a much anticipated decision, the Supreme Court of Georgia held on November 24, 2014, that private probation companies are constitutionally allowed to supervise misdemeanor probationers.

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.

Georgia Communities Receive Infrastructure Loans Totaling $13 Million
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
October 31, 2014   |  Dan Chapman, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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.

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