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President’sMessage Counties are Key to Moving Legislation Forward…Let’s Participate! For us all to succeed in drafting new legislation, or meeting the requirements of established legislation, county commissioners must be involved. Your best avenue for this is via any special training forums ACCG sponsors this summer, and the ACCG policy process. It is also important to talk to your legislators about the impacts of laws. Local government participation ensures that the public is adequately represented in making key decisions on these and other issues that impact Georgia communities. Get involved with these issues today, on behalf of your community. More opportunity comes this summer as ACCG policy staff works with state agencies and counties to implement the new transportation funding bill and property tax reform bill, both of which stand to dramatically change how everyone has traditionally viewed these issues. Regarding the implementation of the regional T-SPLOST, counties will need to be apprised that the new transportation sales tax calls for an unprecedented level of cooperation among counties across Georgia because the law binds counties together for taxation purposes for the first time by regional commission boundaries. If the new tax is to be successfully implemented, counties and cities will have to build consensus with each other and with the Georgia Department of Transportation’s director of planning on regional project lists — and educate the public to ensure a successful referendum in each region in 2012. If changes are sought to the law in 2011, counties will need to be PRESIDENT continued on page 8 Association County Commissioners of Georgia President Lamar Paris Union County Sole Commissioner First Vice President MELVIN DAVIS Oconee County Second Vice President CLINTON PERRY Taylor County Immediate Past President Third Vice President MIKE BERG TOM McMICHAEL Houston County Dawson County Executive Director ROSS KING Board of Managers 1st District MIKE COWAN, Whitfield County 2nd District JONESY HAYGOOD, Stephens County 3rd District KATHIE GANNON, DeKalb County 4th District EDDIE FREEMAN, Spalding County 5th District KEVIN LITTLE, Walton County 6th District JANIE REID, Putnam County 7th District RON CROSS, Columbia County 8th District TERRELL HUDSON, Dooly County 9th District JOE C. WEBB, Treutlen County 10th District LAMAR HUDGINS, Dougherty County 11th District JOYCE EVANS, Lowndes County 12th District JOHN McIVER, Liberty County Consolidated Government Representative HEIDI DAVISON, Athens-Clarke County At-Large Representatives BROOKS BAILEY, Pulaski County SAMUEL F. HART, Bibb County CARLOS NELSON, Ware County HELEN STONE, Chatham County Active Past Presidents CLARENCE BROWN, Bartow County JAMES HAM, Monroe County* BENJAMIN HAYWARD, Mitchell County O. D. NETTER, Ben Hill County* *also a NACo Board Members (ex-officio) Section Presidents (ex-offico) County Attorneys: DANIEL HAYGOOD, Oconee County County Managers/Administrators: RANDY DOWLING, Gordon County Clerks: CHRISTI DOCKERY, Lee County Service Program Representatives (ex-officio) GSIWCF Board of Trustees: W.L. “BUD” SANDERS, Greene County IRMA Board of Trustees: CHARLES NEWTON, McDuffie County ACCG Insurance Program Representatives (IRMA): CHARLES NEWTON, McDuffie County Pension Board of Trustees: H. JAY WALKER, Houston County GHBP Board of Directors: EARL BRICE, Coffee County By Lamar Paris President L andmark laws that are passed by the General Assembly from time to time are intended to move Georgia forward in a progressive way. Examples during the most recent legislative session are the passage of a regional Transportation Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (T-SPLOST) and a property tax reform law, SB 346. Another major example would be the Statewide Water Management Plan passed in 2008, where Governor Perdue appointed Regional Water Planning Councils in 2009. These three pieces of legislation are unusually comprehensive in nature, but county officials are integral players, alongside other regional leaders, when it comes to implementing many laws that are passed. We are often perceived as just another special interest, but key laws passed by the legislature are often carried out at the local level. This is why our intergovernmental partnership and ongoing involvement at the Capitol is so important. Without local involvement, we don’t have functional laws. Officers serving through April 2011 JULY 2010 7

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Georgia County Government - July 2010

Georgia County Government - July 2010
President’s Message
Paulding County Takes Off
Seatbelt Usage Remains a Key Safety Issue in Counties
Military and 4-H Partnerships Extend Services to Georgia Military Families
Counties & the Law: Primaries and Elections
ACCG Renews Partnership with The Conservation Fund
Index of Advertisers

Georgia County Government - July 2010