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As 300,000 Fulton property owners wait, state appeals in tax fight
 A legal dispute between the state’s top tax official and Fulton County that could hit thousands of county property owners in the wallet moved to a new phase as the case went to appeals court. At issue is whether the county had the authority to freeze residential property values in 2017 at a time when many property owners were...

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A legal dispute between the state’s top tax official and Fulton County that could hit thousands of county property owners in the wallet moved to a new phase as the case went to appeals court. At issue is whether the county had the authority to freeze residential property values in 2017 at a time when many property owners were...
Fulton’s legislative power flips to Democrats as new session starts
 With the new state legislature getting started this week, and Democrats in the majority in the Fulton County delegation for the first time in more than a decade, Rep. David Dreyer is hopeful certain local issues will get more attention at the Capitol this year. Last fall’s election saw a dramatic shift in the balance of power across...

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With the new state legislature getting started this week, and Democrats in the majority in the Fulton County delegation for the first time in more than a decade, Rep. David Dreyer is hopeful certain local issues will get more attention at the Capitol this year. Last fall’s election saw a dramatic shift in the balance of power across...
Johns Creek Fire Chief Jeff Hogan tapped for state fire marshal job
 The Johns Creek fire chief has stepped down to become the state fire marshal. Jeff Hogan, who has been chief since 2011, will start the job next month. Hogan joined the Johns Creek Fire Department in 2008, after decades with the Fulton County Fire Department. In Johns Creek, his work to improve fire protection in the city resulted in him...

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The Johns Creek fire chief has stepped down to become the state fire marshal. Jeff Hogan, who has been chief since 2011, will start the job next month. Hogan joined the Johns Creek Fire Department in 2008, after decades with the Fulton County Fire Department. In Johns Creek, his work to improve fire protection in the city resulted in him...
Fulton commissioners triple travel budget with little justification
 Fulton County commissioners voted to more than triple the amount of money they can spend for travel and training each year, an increase one dissenting board member described as “ridiculously excessive.” In addition to boosting the funds from $86,100 to $350,000, or $50,000 for each commissioner, the board also decided last...

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Fulton County commissioners voted to more than triple the amount of money they can spend for travel and training each year, an increase one dissenting board member described as “ridiculously excessive.” In addition to boosting the funds from $86,100 to $350,000, or $50,000 for each commissioner, the board also decided last...
Fulton feels snubbed by makeup of new ATL regional transit board
 For decades, Fulton County taxpayers have paid a penny sales tax to fund MARTA, nurturing an agency that is now seen as critical to the metro area’s regional transportation future. So Fulton officials were angered when the newly formed Atlanta-Region Transit Link Authority board came together late last year and none of the...

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For decades, Fulton County taxpayers have paid a penny sales tax to fund MARTA, nurturing an agency that is now seen as critical to the metro area’s regional transportation future. So Fulton officials were angered when the newly formed Atlanta-Region Transit Link Authority board came together late last year and none of the...
Fanplex proposed as diversion center for Atlanta homeless
 A strong police presence for the upcoming Super Bowl in Atlanta is likely to result in the arrest of more homeless people, say social service advocates who are pushing for officials to open a daytime diversion center for those with nowhere to go. The need for such a center transcends the Super Bowl, the advocates say, but that event...

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A strong police presence for the upcoming Super Bowl in Atlanta is likely to result in the arrest of more homeless people, say social service advocates who are pushing for officials to open a daytime diversion center for those with nowhere to go. The need for such a center transcends the Super Bowl, the advocates say, but that event...
Fulton County proposing sweeping expansion of mental health services
 A year after Fulton County outsourced its mental health and addiction services, local leaders say they want to further expand resources by securing more state support. They are working to get the state legislature on board, in the hopes that an influx of cash from government coffers could help them expand access to resources. Now...

Posted: 17 days ago

A year after Fulton County outsourced its mental health and addiction services, local leaders say they want to further expand resources by securing more state support. They are working to get the state legislature on board, in the hopes that an influx of cash from government coffers could help them expand access to resources. Now...
Some roads, trails closed in north Fulton due to flooding
 Heavy rains in metro Atlanta have closed some Fulton County roads and trails. In Roswell, Azalea Drive from Ga. 9 to Willeo Road is closed, as is Willeo Road from Azalea Road to Timber Ridge Road. Those closures also mean the only way to access the Avia Riverside apartments is via the entrance on Ga. 9, the city said. The parking lot...

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Heavy rains in metro Atlanta have closed some Fulton County roads and trails. In Roswell, Azalea Drive from Ga. 9 to Willeo Road is closed, as is Willeo Road from Azalea Road to Timber Ridge Road. Those closures also mean the only way to access the Avia Riverside apartments is via the entrance on Ga. 9, the city said. The parking lot...
Listening part of the job, but officials can limit how public comments
 Have an opinion about the way your elected officials are conducting local business? How and when you’re able to give them a piece of your mind can depend on where you live and what body represents you. A mish-mash of public comment rules for government bodies across metro Atlanta means residents will find little consistency across jurisdictions...

Posted: 19 days ago

Have an opinion about the way your elected officials are conducting local business? How and when you’re able to give them a piece of your mind can depend on where you live and what body represents you. A mish-mash of public comment rules for government bodies across metro Atlanta means residents will find little consistency across jurisdictions...
Fulton County adds chief information officer, other department heads
 Fulton County has named a chief information officer and two other department directors. All three were promoted internally. The new chief information officer, Nicole Keaton-Hart, has been the deputy to her predecessor since last year. Previously, she was the senior vice president for technology risk and compliance with SunTrust Bank. In a...

Posted: 21 days ago

Fulton County has named a chief information officer and two other department directors. All three were promoted internally. The new chief information officer, Nicole Keaton-Hart, has been the deputy to her predecessor since last year. Previously, she was the senior vice president for technology risk and compliance with SunTrust Bank. In a...
Public comment rules for metro Atlanta’s cities and counties
 We’ve all been there: Your city council or county commission is taking up a hot issue and you’re ready to speak your mind to your elected officials. The meeting is packed; plenty of folks are geared up to have their say. But do you know the rules governing public comment for your particular city? Your county? You should....

Posted: 22 days ago

We’ve all been there: Your city council or county commission is taking up a hot issue and you’re ready to speak your mind to your elected officials. The meeting is packed; plenty of folks are geared up to have their say. But do you know the rules governing public comment for your particular city? Your county? You should....
Public comment rules: DeKalb Co. and its cities
 We’ve all been there: Your city council or county commission is taking up a hot issue and you’re ready to speak your mind to your elected officials. The meeting is packed; plenty of folks are geared up to have their say. But do you know the rules governing public comment for your particular city? Your county? You should....

Posted: 22 days ago

We’ve all been there: Your city council or county commission is taking up a hot issue and you’re ready to speak your mind to your elected officials. The meeting is packed; plenty of folks are geared up to have their say. But do you know the rules governing public comment for your particular city? Your county? You should....
Public comment rules: Clayton Co. and its cities
 We’ve all been there: Your city council or county commission is taking up a hot issue and you’re ready to speak your mind to your elected officials. The meeting is packed; plenty of folks are geared up to have their say. But do you know the rules governing public comment for your particular city? Your county? You should....

Posted: 22 days ago

We’ve all been there: Your city council or county commission is taking up a hot issue and you’re ready to speak your mind to your elected officials. The meeting is packed; plenty of folks are geared up to have their say. But do you know the rules governing public comment for your particular city? Your county? You should....
Public comment rules: Gwinnett Co. and its cities
 We’ve all been there: Your city council or county commission is taking up a hot issue and you’re ready to speak your mind to your elected officials. The meeting is packed; plenty of folks are geared up to have their say. But do you know the rules governing public comment for your particular city? Your county? You should....

Posted: 22 days ago

We’ve all been there: Your city council or county commission is taking up a hot issue and you’re ready to speak your mind to your elected officials. The meeting is packed; plenty of folks are geared up to have their say. But do you know the rules governing public comment for your particular city? Your county? You should....
Public comment rules: Fulton Co. and its cities
 We’ve all been there: Your city council or county commission is taking up a hot issue and you’re ready to speak your mind to your elected officials. The meeting is packed; plenty of folks are geared up to have their say. But do you know the rules governing public comment for your particular city? Your county? You should....

Posted: 22 days ago

We’ve all been there: Your city council or county commission is taking up a hot issue and you’re ready to speak your mind to your elected officials. The meeting is packed; plenty of folks are geared up to have their say. But do you know the rules governing public comment for your particular city? Your county? You should....
Public comment rules: City of Atlanta
 We’ve all been there: Your city council or county commission is taking up a hot issue and you’re ready to speak your mind to your elected officials. The meeting is packed; plenty of folks are geared up to have their say. But do you know the rules governing public comment for your particular city? Your county? You should....

Posted: 22 days ago

We’ve all been there: Your city council or county commission is taking up a hot issue and you’re ready to speak your mind to your elected officials. The meeting is packed; plenty of folks are geared up to have their say. But do you know the rules governing public comment for your particular city? Your county? You should....
Public comment rules: Cobb Co. and its cities
 We’ve all been there: Your city council or county commission is taking up a hot issue and you’re ready to speak your mind to your elected officials. The meeting is packed; plenty of folks are geared up to have their say. But do you know the rules governing public comment for your particular city? Your county? You should....

Posted: 22 days ago

We’ve all been there: Your city council or county commission is taking up a hot issue and you’re ready to speak your mind to your elected officials. The meeting is packed; plenty of folks are geared up to have their say. But do you know the rules governing public comment for your particular city? Your county? You should....
DEEPER FINDINGS: With nude dancing shuttered in Sandy Springs, one club fights back
 Sandy Springs may have won the battle to shut down its strip clubs, but at least one venue is going down swinging. Flashers, one of the three clubs in the city forced out of business in September, filed a federal lawsuit against Sandy Springs late last week claiming a 2016 search that shut down the club for several days was...

Posted: 25 days ago

Sandy Springs may have won the battle to shut down its strip clubs, but at least one venue is going down swinging. Flashers, one of the three clubs in the city forced out of business in September, filed a federal lawsuit against Sandy Springs late last week claiming a 2016 search that shut down the club for several days was...
Residents file lawsuit to overturn South Fulton election, exit city
 Aggrieved Loch Lomond residents have filed suit against the city of South Fulton, asking that they remain part of unincorporated Fulton County after a state appeals court denied their request to be annexed into Atlanta. The residents also asked that a 2017 election for city council be overturned because the number of registered...

Posted: 28 days ago

Aggrieved Loch Lomond residents have filed suit against the city of South Fulton, asking that they remain part of unincorporated Fulton County after a state appeals court denied their request to be annexed into Atlanta. The residents also asked that a 2017 election for city council be overturned because the number of registered...
Fulton prevails on tax case, a win for property owners
 Fulton County property owners will not be billed a second time for 2017 property taxes, after a judge ruled the county was within its rights last year when it froze property values at 2016 levels. DeKalb County Judge Alan Harvey said Lynnette Riley, the state revenue commissioner, was “without legal authority” when she decided...

9:42 PM Friday, Dec. 14, 2018

Fulton County property owners will not be billed a second time for 2017 property taxes, after a judge ruled the county was within its rights last year when it froze property values at 2016 levels. DeKalb County Judge Alan Harvey said Lynnette Riley, the state revenue commissioner, was “without legal authority” when she decided...
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