Georgia Cities Newspaper
LOST ‘Baseball Arbitration’ Ruled Unconstitutional
The Georgia Supreme Court ruled last month that the “baseball arbitration” process added to the Local Option Sales Tax law in 2010 violates the separation of powers clause in the state constitution. In all, potentially 32 special districts, which included 114 cities and 32 counties, were affected by the court’s decision to rule the “baseball arbitration” clause in the LOST statute unconstitutional and any subsequent interpretations of that court decision.
Think About Fire Prevention Every Day
Most people have heard the story of Mrs. O’Leary’s cow and how by kicking over a lantern in a barn, started the great fire of Chicago in October of 1871. Some people say it is true, while others debate whether the fire actually started this way. Regardless, a large part of Chicago burned to the ground during those three days of October 8-10.
Community Policing Helps Engage Residents, Reduce Crime
Nearly every police department has a talker—that one person in particular who just can’t help but tell a 10 minute story at every available opportunity. I am the talker around here at the Fairburn Police Department, and at some point my chief needed to figure out how to put my big mouth to good use. In 2011 he found the solution: Community Policing.
Cities Have the Chance to Do it Right
The lyrics of a children's song speaks to the truth of what we as elected officials are called to do ... to do it right.
And Then You Got Sued – Ack!
We are cities. We are public officials. We are what is known in the legal world as target defendants. Odds are, if you are a council person, police officer, city manager or an HR director, at some point it is going to happen. If you are a city, it is most likely going to happen.
GMA Promotes Wellness with Health and Safety Fairs
Approximately 130 city of Kingsland employees attended a GMA wellness program Health and Safety Fair, while in Carrollton, more than 400 employees came out for a Health Fair. The health fairs included flu shots, health risk assessments and health and safety resource information for employees.
New Courses Added to Municipal Training Institute
Over the past year, GMA’s Municipal Training Board has approved three new courses -- Creating a Downtown Development Renaissance: Advanced DDA Training, Public Policy Development and Implementation and Water Management.
Video on ‘Elder Abuse’ Proves Effective Training Tool for Law Enforcement
Crimes committed against older adults are on the rise and law enforcement agencies are taking note and responding. In the newly released roll call training video “Elder Abuse, Hiding in Plain Sight,” police officers and detectives learn about key indicators of mistreatment and how to respond to crimes of neglect, physical and sexual abuse, financial exploitation, abandonment and trafficking.
Flovilla’s Junior Firefighter Program Offers Youth Early Career Start
Flovilla Mayor Scott Chewning wanted a safe place where youth in the city and Butts County could learn a trade. The city’s mostly volunteer fire department came to mind and in June, the city started its junior firefighter program aimed at training future fire fighters now.
Study Reveals Walkable Communities Connected to Economic Success
In Atlanta’s real estate market, a key selling point is very likely to be a neighborhood’s walk score. In other words, how many essential amenities are within easy walking distance from a residence? The more one can get to on foot easily, the higher the score and the more valuable the real estate.
Norcross Police Department Seeks to Build Trust with Hispanic Community
Norcross resident Augustine Mendoza used to be wary of the Norcross police—a sentiment shared by many of Mendoza’s fellow Norcross residents in the Hispanic community, which comprises 40 percent of the city’s population. “Sometimes we think that police are no real friend,” he said.
Mayors’ Day Features U.S. Senate Candidates Forum
City officials will have the opportunity to hear directly from candidates seeking to replace Saxby Chambliss in the U.S. Senate during GMA’s 2014 Mayors’ Day.