Taxpayers have been congratulating the Cobb County School Board for successfully defending itself against the Development Authority of Cobb County’s attempts to give away millions of school tax dollars to a well-known developer. Taxpayers should also be thanking the CCSB for protecting the interests of taxpayers beyond this one misguided situation. Read More
State Sen. Lindsey Tippins wants to know if the Georgia Constitution allows a county agency to give tax breaks to developers without input from the school system when those special tax deals slash future school revenue. Read More
And now to a different story about the changing face of another historic community. Sapelo Island, just off the coast of Georgia, is home to one of the few remaining Gullah Geechee enclaves. These tight knit communities in the nation's South-East trace their roots back to slavery times and share a distinct culture and dialect. But now that's being threatened by a changing economy. Read More
This year, local governments with the county, city and school system are grappling with some of the biggest budget deficits they’ve seen in years due to one thing — the larger than expected drop in assessed property value. Read More
Avalon is a huge, multi-million dollar project. That much is beyond doubt. With thousands of jobs created both in the construction and operation of the mixed-use behemoth, millions of dollars in taxes – both sales and property – will flow into Alpharetta and the county. Read More
Your county property taxes may be going up nearly 30 percent if the Douglas County Board of Commissioners goes through with a nearly 3 mill increase tentatively adopted when the 2013 budget passed by a 3-2 vote last December.Read More
If a tree falls in the forest, and no one’s there to hear it, does it make a sound? In a similar vein, if the law requires government transparency, but no one is looking, does transparency matter? Read More
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