DCA Announces New Underwater Georgia Program
On September 28th the Georgia Department of Community Affairs announced the launch of Underwater Georgia, a new HomeSafe initiative specifically targeted to the approximately 150,000 Georgians who owe more than their homes are worth. Homeowners approved through Underwater Georgia can receive a one-time payment of up to $50,000 to reduce the principal balance on their home.
2017 Live, Work, Play Cities Award
At the Georgia Municipal Association we believe Georgia is home to some of the best cities in the nation. Cities that uphold strong and ethical values and practices that keep residents No. 1 and that make for the best places to Live, Work and Play
. We’ve partnered with Georgia Trend Magazine to highlight exceptional Georgia cities with the 2017 Live, Work, Play Cities Award.
Cities Recognized for Ethics Ordinance
Two cities were recognized for earning the “Cities of Ethics,” designation at the Georgia Municipal Association’s (GMA) Annual Convention in Savannah, June 28. The cities of Lenox and Pelham join more than 200 cities that have received the City of Ethics designation.
Municipal Hall of Fame Grows with Three New Inductees
GMA inducted Palmetto Mayor Clark Boddie, Perry Councilmember Phyllis Bynum-Grace, and former LaGrange City Manager Tom Hall into the Municipal Government Hall of Fame at the association’s annual convention in Savannah.
Austin Elected President of GMA
Dallas Mayor Boyd Austin was elected president of the Georgia Municipal Association (GMA) during the association’s annual meeting in Savannah on June 26. He is the first official from the city of Dallas to serve as president of the association.
Scrap Tire Abatement Funds Available
Scrap tire piles have presented local governments with management challenges for decades, but now that old problem could be breeding a new health threat.
New Fees for Local Governments
The Georgia Department of Revenue has begun notifying local governments about new fees they are responsible for as a result of the passage of House Bill 170
, the Georgia Transportation Funding Act, during the 2015 Georgia General Assembly
Mayor Hobby Stripling Finds His Way Back to Office
When Vienna Mayor Hobby Stripling took the oath of office in January this year, it was exactly 48 years to the day since he’d first sworn to uphold the laws and serve the residents of Vienna. He served 20 years after being sworn in in 1968, but returned to office this year after retiring and returning to the place he’d called home for more than 50 years.
GMA Named a Top Workplace
GMA has been named one of the Top Workplaces for 2016 in Atlanta by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution
. GMA was ranked 46 among 75 small workplaces in Atlanta, and was included in the newspaper’s March 27 coverage of top workplaces.
Truckers Lawsuit Hits Judicial Roadblock
The Georgia Motor Trucking Association’s (GMTA) lawsuit to limit use of local sales taxes on fuel to road and bridge projects came to an abrupt halt today when Fulton County Superior Court Judge Robert McBurney granted a motion to dismiss the case
TIA Penny Paves the Way to Progress in Central Georgia
The first of three Transportation Investment Act (TIA) project delivery bands has recently come to a close. As promised to the citizens of the three regions that passed the TIA referendum in 2012, River Valley, Heart of Georgia Altamaha (HOGA) and the Central Savannah River Area (CSRA), all 261 Band 1 projects are underway or have been completed.
Civil Asset Forfeiture Suspended
On Dec. 21, 2015, local law enforcement agencies received notification from the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) that the agency is temporarily suspending payouts under the federal Equitable Sharing Program.