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IMPACT OF LEGISLATION/POLICY inadequate and often conflicting informaOver the years, the state of Georgia has new-city wave has shown every indication tion. Many feel that these disputes should be stressed the importance of appropriate local that it will continue as evidenced by seven ironed out as much as possible at the local government planning, preparedness, investincorporation bills being introduced during level, prior to the General Assembly involvement and cooperation with wisest and best the 2015-2016 legislative session alone. As ment. Others have argued that the House use of limited taxpayer dollars in mind. To the debate about the merits of new cities conrules have not always been applied consisbetter ensure this, the state has mandated tinues, state and local leaders, as well as the tently during the process. Many have called that cities and counties engage in periodic public, would be better served by adding statfor additional procedures be set in statute to service delivery, LOST and SPLOST negoutory provisions similar to those included in provide more structure and certainty. tiations. Additionally, local governments are SB 375. While the legislation did not address Following the 2015 legislative session, both mandated to formulate and update their comall of ACCG's recommendations, it would have the House and Senate established study comprehensive plans to effectively prepare for aided all parties involved in understanding the mittees to examine and make recommendafuture growth, planning infrastructure and broader implications involved as well as add more certainty, predictability and structure tions to address the above concerns and revise funding needs. While these processes are the state's city incorporation process. One not always easy and all parties involved can to the process. ■ result was the introduction of Senate Bill 375 cite recommended improvements, they are Footnotes by Sen. Steve Gooch (R-51) during the 2016 sesimportant and can be significantly impacted 1 O.C.G.A. 36-30-7.1(b)(1). when a new city is created. sion. Although SB 375 did not pass, it contained 2 O.C.G.A. 36-31-2. many helpful provisions. SB 375 would have: Creating additional government in Georgia 3 O.C.G.A. § 36-31-3. * Statutorily required new city bills to take is a significant and serious endeavor. The 4 O.C.G.A. § 36-31-4. two years from introduction until adoption by the General Assembly; * Statutorily required a fiscal impact study that examines: the amount of services and taxes necessary to sustain the proposed new city's services for its first and subsequent years; the financial impact on the county and existing municipalities; Chairman the amount of taxes and fees necessary Linda Gail Davis - County Clerk Commissioner Jimmy Roberts - 1st District for the county to sustain appropriate Nina Lott - Finance Officer Commissioner Gloria Farrell - 2nd District service levels to unincorporated areas; David Coffey - Road Superintendent Commissioner Charlton Gillis - 3rd District the financial impact of the new city on Mark Ausley - EMA & E-911 Commissioner Danny Spikes - 4th District the county in providing countywide Jerome Adams - County Attorney Commissioner Travis Ursrey - 5th District services; and the estimated financial impact of any 86 South Main Street, Pearson, GA 31642 county pension obligations left unfunded 912-422-3391 as a result of the incorporation; * Required a proposed service delivery strategy be prepared by a legislative Come Grow Your Future With Us advisory committee that: identifies all local government services proposed to be provided by the new city; identifies any changes in services pro750259_Atkinson.indd 1 5/29/15 3:47 PM vided by the county after incorporation; describes the source of the proposed funding for each service; and identifies how the service and funding responsibilities will be implemented; * Prohibited the creation of any unincorporated islands; * Required the voters to approve a new city in a general election; and No Job Too Big, No Job Too Small! * Required the new city, if successful, to www.electricalservicesatlanta.com reimburses the county for the election. Michael Craig Senate Bill SB 375 passed the Georgia 404-391-9364 Senate but failed to make it out of the House Governmental Affairs Committee. Atkinson County Board of Commissioners Lace Futch - www.atkinson-ga.org A+ A+ 802725_ESP.indd 1 FALL 2016 www.accg.org 3/31/16 55 3:30 AM http://www.atkinson-ga.org http://www.atkinson-ga.org http://www.electricalservicesatlanta.com http://www.electricalservicesatlanta.com http://www.accg.org

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Georgia County Government - Fall 2016

President’s Message
Director’s Message
Shaping the Future for Georgia’s Airports
First Responder Wireless Network Readies for Next Steps
GASB 77 Tax Abatement Disclosures Reporting Requirements
Reforming Sales & Use Taxes for the Digital Age
Drones Take Flight: Opportunities and Challenges for Counties
Examining the Rise in Georgia’s Foster Care Cases
ACCG 2016 Legislative Service Awards
New Cities and Incorporation in Georgia: County Implications
Newton County Partners with Action Ministries, Inc. to Provide Hunger Relief
2016 Summer Georgia County Internship Program Highlights
Transparency and Accountability: Being Held to a Higher Standard
Recycling: Still a Win-Win for County Governments and Communities
2016 Legislative Leadership Conference Preview
Successfully Negotiating Service Delivery Strategy Agreements
DeKalb County Recognized for Innovative Procurement Practices by U.S. Communities Government Purchasing Alliance
Reducing Risks: A Look at the Crisp County Sheriff’s Office
Independent Contractor or County Employee?
News & Notes
Index of Advertisers
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Georgia County Government - Fall 2016 - President’s Message
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Georgia County Government - Fall 2016 - Director’s Message
Georgia County Government - Fall 2016 - Shaping the Future for Georgia’s Airports
Georgia County Government - Fall 2016 - 13
Georgia County Government - Fall 2016 - First Responder Wireless Network Readies for Next Steps
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Georgia County Government - Fall 2016 - GASB 77 Tax Abatement Disclosures Reporting Requirements
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Georgia County Government - Fall 2016 - Reforming Sales & Use Taxes for the Digital Age
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Georgia County Government - Fall 2016 - Drones Take Flight: Opportunities and Challenges for Counties
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Georgia County Government - Fall 2016 - Examining the Rise in Georgia’s Foster Care Cases
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Georgia County Government - Fall 2016 - ACCG 2016 Legislative Service Awards
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Georgia County Government - Fall 2016 - New Cities and Incorporation in Georgia: County Implications
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Georgia County Government - Fall 2016 - Newton County Partners with Action Ministries, Inc. to Provide Hunger Relief
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Georgia County Government - Fall 2016 - 2016 Summer Georgia County Internship Program Highlights
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Georgia County Government - Fall 2016 - Transparency and Accountability: Being Held to a Higher Standard
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Georgia County Government - Fall 2016 - Recycling: Still a Win-Win for County Governments and Communities
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Georgia County Government - Fall 2016 - 2016 Legislative Leadership Conference Preview
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Georgia County Government - Fall 2016 - Successfully Negotiating Service Delivery Strategy Agreements
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Georgia County Government - Fall 2016 - DeKalb County Recognized for Innovative Procurement Practices by U.S. Communities Government Purchasing Alliance
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Georgia County Government - Fall 2016 - Reducing Risks: A Look at the Crisp County Sheriff’s Office
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Georgia County Government - Fall 2016 - Independent Contractor or County Employee?
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Georgia County Government - Fall 2016 - News & Notes
Georgia County Government - Fall 2016 - Index of Advertisers
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