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June 5, 2017
​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.”

 

May 26, 2017
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.

 

May 26, 2017
The 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.

 

March 14, 2017
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.

 

March 13, 2017
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

 

February 14, 2017
The city of Summerville was recognized for earning the Cities of Ethics des­ignation at GMA’s Mayors’ Day Conference in Atlanta.

 

February 14, 2017
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 Geor­gia’s Cities and shared more insight on the plans he has for his new position.

 

February 14, 2017
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.
 

 

January 25, 2017
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.

 

January 15, 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.

 

January 10, 2017   |  Tom Crawford
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. 

 

December 8, 2016
On Dec. 7, the Georgia Municipal Association (GMA) in partnership with the cities of College Park and East Point, hosted more than 100 elected city officials, municipal law enforcement officials and community members at the Georgia International Convention Center for GMA’s Regional Symposium on Community Policing.

 

November 10, 2016   |  Georgia Forestry Commission Fire Prevention Team
A special team from the Georgia Forestry Commission is reaching out to local residents, organizations and the media to share important information about fire prevention. As thousands of acres continue to burn across the region, GFC professionals are making personal connections to help keep people and property safe from wildfire.

 

October 24, 2016
The Georgia Department of Revenue needs all cities to designate a city official to receive information regarding a “refund claim of local significance”.  New legislation that became effective July 1, 2016, as a result of HB 960 requires the Department of Revenue to notify each local government affected by a “refund claim of local significance.”

 

October 3, 2016   |  The Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation
For more than 35 years the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation has recognized preservation projects and individuals in the state who have made significant contributions to the field of historic preservation. Each year, the Preservation Awards ceremony is held during the weekend of The Georgia Trust Spring Ramble. The poastmark deadline for nominations is Monday, November 7, 2016.

 

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