In a unanimous decision announced on Monday, June 5, the Supreme Court of Georgia held that local sales and use taxes imposed on the retail sale of motor fuel are not “motor fuel taxes.” The court's decision affirms the trial court’s dismissal of the action brought by the Georgia Motor Trucking Association (GMTA) and three trucking companies that contended that sales taxes imposed by local governments on motor fuel can only be expended for “providing and maintaining an adequate system of public roads and bridges” and “road and construction maintenance.”
On Tuesday, May 23, the Trump Administration released its proposed FY2018 budget. In all, the proposal would cut about $54 billion to programs that benefit cities, including elimination of CDBG grants, TIGER grants, EDA, NFIP Flood Hazard Mapping Program, CDFI grants, and elimination of the Appalachian Regional Commission; and significant cuts to Byrne Grants, funding for the Corps of Engineers, and water and wastewater loan and grant programs.
House Rural Development Council
met for the first time in Tifton May 22-23. The two-day meeting was hosted at the Georgia Museum of Agriculture on the Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College (ABAC) campus.
Cities across Georgia have started planning their Georgia Cities Week festivities and events to take place April 23-29. With the theme “Georgia Cities: In the Mix!” cities are incorporating block parties, concerts and fitness activities into their weeks.
“GMA is truly a family and these results only reflect what I see each day,” said GMA Executive Director Lamar Norton.
Brookhaven is known as one of the fastest growing cities in the metro area. Just shy of its fifth birthday, it’s also one of the youngest. With the city being in its infancy, Brookhaven leaders have the opportunity to ensure that its growth is not just fast but smart.
The members of the Metro Atlanta Mayors Association unanimously elected Chamblee Mayor Eric Clarkson as chairman of the Metro Atlanta Mayors Association (MAMA) during a meeting at the Georgia Municipal Association’s annual Mayors’ Day Conference on Jan. 22
This legislation would require that legally organized fire departments have insurance coverage to pay claims for cancer. HB 146 would require local fire departments to provide a lump sum payment to any firefighter diagnosed with certain types of cancers and up to three years of disability payments to firefighters who, because of injury or illness, cannot work as a firefighter.
The city of Summerville was recognized for earning the Cities of Ethics designation at GMA’s Mayors’ Day Conference in Atlanta.
Georgia’s Cities and shared more insight on the plans he has for his new position.
In between initial meetings, preparing for the Inauguration and settling into his new office in Washington, D.C., newly elected Congressman Drew Ferguson, and former mayor of West Point, spent some time with
For years, the phrase: “Remember, Mayors’ Day isn’t just for mayors and it isn’t just for one day!” has accompanied Mayors’ Day Conference announcements—and that rang especially true this year as GMA hosted the biggest group of youth delegates in Atlanta.
In December 2016, the city of Rome’s Downtown Development Authority Board presented a check on behalf of Rome BID (Business Improvement District) for $8,000 to The Greater Rome Convention & Visitors Bureau (GRCVB) to help support the new, free shuttle service in Downtown Rome.
Smartphones are a ubiquitous device across Georgia. Coupled with other technological advancements such as smart cars, driverless technology and the “Internet of Things” in which even regular household appliances will be connected to the Internet, telecoms have a lot of investments to make in the state to meet the growing technological demands. With the inevitability of a greater societal reliance on broadband Internet, telecom companies are stepping up advocacy activities in the state and pushing for legislative initiatives in 2017.
GMA’s government relations team anticipates that legislation will be introduced to adjust the T-SPLOST law to allow more than one T-SPLOST in each county as long as the amount levied does not exceed 1 percent.
GMA is supporting a change in the state’s alcohol beverage law that makes it all but impossible for craft brewers to sell their product at the retail level without working through a wholesale distributor.