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IMPACT OF LEGISLATION/POLICY yet the city will now collect a host of newand provide no guidelines on what is to be local referendum, despite the impact the city may have on the voters in the entire county. found revenue. For county taxpayers, there included or evaluated in the feasibility study. These studies vary but basically look only at is very little service reduction but signifiLegislators introducing new-city legislation are the revenues that the city would receive and cant revenue reduction. The new city will not required to represent the district, county determine whether or not those are sufficient or even the same area of the state where the secure its portion of LOST, SPLOST and to operate the city and its proposed services. proposed city will be created. TAVT revenue, as well as collect occupation tax, insurance premium tax, hotel-motel tax, Providing few services and acquiring subNew city bills, whether they are local alcohol taxes, the population amount of Local stantial revenue, it is hard to imagine a "city or general legislation, are voted on by the Maintenance and Improvement Grants, and lite" not being feasible. Furthermore, these entire General Assembly. Debate surroundcable franchise fees within its jurisdiction. If studies do not consider the fiscal or service ing these bills has, at times, become contenthe county imposes energy excise taxes and impact that the city will have on the county tious. Several legislators have expressed impact fees, it can no longer do so in the area or other municipalities. Additionally, only displeasure at having to serve as referees without an intergovernmental agreement. residents in the proposed new city vote in the and mediating local political disputes with This inequity should be resolved by ensuring that the revenues shifting from the county to the new city are commensurate to the amount of services the city provides. Also problematic under the "city lite" model is that the city will exercise its constitutional land use authority through planning EMERGENCY MEDICAL and zoning, yet will not have to pay for many of the service level changes resulting from SERVICE those land use decisions. The county's short and long term water, wastewater, stormwater, road, police, fire and other service costs will be impacted by the city's land use decisions (if the county provides these services). All county taxpayers will assume these costs; however, unless they live in the new city, that city government is not elected by or accountable to them. Separating those who make land use decisions from those Caring for our Community having to pay for them instills no incentive to t&NFSHFODZ%JBM tie land use with budgeting and, ultimately, the county will be forced to raise its taxes. Georgia statute has remarkably few requirements for city incorporation: an area813125_Gold.indd 1 11/06/16 3:22 AM must have at least 200 residents overall, and per square mile; 3 have 60 percent of the land developed for residential, commercial, industrial, institutional, recreational or governmental purposes; 4 the enabling legislation (either local or general law) must include the municipal charter; and the legislation is passed and signed into law. As discussed, in order to maintain its charter thereafter, a city must provide at least three minimal services. Just over a decade ago, the House Governmental Affairs Committee adopted additional rules requiring that legislation creating a new city be introduced in the first year of the legislature's biennial session; a fiscal feasibility study be completed between the first and second year (before the legislative vote); and incorporation be subject to local referendum. While the House rules added more predictability and study, they are non-binding EMS ACADEMY NOW ENROLLING FOR EMT-B and AEMT Classes www.goldcrossems.com 683148_THC.indd 1 FALL 2016 www.accg.org 2/27/14 53 2:15 AM http://www.goldcrossems.com/ http://www.goldcrossems.com http://www.thcinc.net http://www.thcinc.net 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
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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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