Thursday, January 3, 2013
The Georgia General Assembly will convene on Jan. 14, 2013, and Patch wants to know what you think lawmakers should discuss.
Lawmakers, lobbyists, activist groups, the media and concerned citizens are all set to converge on the state capitol on Jan. 14, when the Georgia General Assembly returns to downtown Atlanta. Already, lawmakers have been meeting with their constituents at town halls and public forums throughout metro Atlanta, talking about the issues that may come before the state House and Senate. Some issues have already started to surface. Some DeKalb lawmakers are advocating the formation of yet another city, this one carved out of the North Druid Hills and Briarcliff communities. There's also been talk of creating a new county composed just of Buckhead, with some lawmakers stressing the need to work within our current governments and not forming new …
Wednesday, June 6, 2012
The Georgia General Assembly passed a tax reform bill that will change how and when you pay your ad valorem tax on your vehicle.
Wednesday, June 6, 2012
The good news is the "birthday tax" we've all been paying when we renew our car tags has been eliminated - well, sort of. It only affects vehicles purchased after March 1, 2013. During this year's legislative session, the Georgia General Assembly passed a tax reform bill that removes the sales tax and ad valorem tax on newly-purchased vehicles. However, there are new taxes to pay - after March 1, 2013 a new title ad valorem tax fee of 6.5 percent in 2013 and 6.75 percent in 2014 will be added (for vehicles purchased after the first day of March next year). The new law affects both brand new vehicles and previously-owned vehicles because the tax isn't paid annually only when a vehicle is purchased. The Tax Commissioner's office offers some …
Tuesday, March 13, 2012
Sen. Curt Thompson (D-Tucker) says the Georgia GOP is passing the buck on jobs yet again.
Last week was Crossover Day in the Georgia General Assembly, which is the last day a bill is able to pass either the House or the Senate and still be signed into law this Session. It’s a long day, full of many bills to debate, and it’s easy to tell the general tenor of any given years Session by what types of bills are under consideration. Seeing as all the bills legislators were confronted with were social issues thinly disguised as ‘savings to Georgia citizens,’ it looks like the Georgia GOP is passing the buck on jobs yet again. The plain fact is that Georgia, while making tremendous strides over the last half of the 20th century, still has a long way to go in reducing the gap between the “two Georgias.” Our state cannot depend on only …
Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Several options for redistricting have been presented by the DeKalb delegation for redistricting the new reduced school board. Tell us your thoughts.
At his most recent town hall meeting, State Rep. Mike Jacobs called redistricting one of the most important issues facing the General Assembly this session. In 2011 the General Assembly passed a bill to shrink the DeKalb School Board board from nine to seven members. In addition to this process, the districts must also be reapportioned every ten years based on the most recent census information. The DeKalb House Delegation was expected to deliver new district maps for the Board of Education and the DeKalb Commission by mid-February, but has so far failed to come to a consensus. Jacobs said now Sen. Fran Millar was reviewing the maps and working with the commission to offer a recommendation. Keeping in mind that the majority of property …