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Fulton County Board of Commissioners Approves Resolution to Oppose Legislation Targeted to Change County Homestead Exemption, Millage Rate, Governance Structure and Employees’ Classification Status | Print |

Today, at its regular meeting, the Fulton County Board of Commissioners voted to oppose House Bills 170, 171, and 172 which propose changes to the County’s homestead exemption, millage rate, governance structure, and employees’ classification status.

House Bill 170 would have a significant economic impact on Fulton County Government, particularly in the area of revenue. This bill proposes a referendum to increase Fulton County's Homestead Exemption from the current amount of $30,000 to $60,000. HB170 also proposes to cap the Fulton County General Fund millage rate.

HB 171 seeks to change the current commission district lines for the Fulton County Board of Commissioners. This bill would increase the number of district commission seats and eliminate the second at-large seat that currently exists. This bill changes the distribution and layout of the current geographic commission districts. It also establishes staggered terms for Fulton County Commissioners. For a map of the County Commission districts, click here.

HB 172 seeks to make changes to Fulton County's civil service system for employees. Any employee who is hired after the adoption of this bill would be automatically placed in unclassified status. Any current employee who is in classified status but who accepts another position within Fulton County Government will be placed in unclassified status. Positions that are currently unclassified will remain unclassified.

The resolution, sponsored by Chairman John Eaves, Vice-Chair Emma I. Darnell, and Commissioners William “Bill” Edwards, Joan P. Garner and Robert “Robb” Pitts, states that the Board of Commissioners  “hereby states its opposition to House Bills 170, 171, and 172 and expresses its concern regarding the negative effects those House Bills would have on 1) the ability of Fulton County government to continue to provide essential services to its citizens; 2) the voting rights of Fulton County citizens; and 3) the right of Fulton County employees to be free from arbitrary treatment and disciplinary actions.”

The Board voted 5-2 to approve the item with Chairman Eaves, Vice Chairman Darnell, Commissioners Pitts, Garner and Edwards supporting the measure.  Commissioners Liz Hausmann and Tom Lowe voted against the resolution.

A joint meeting of the Fulton County House and Senate Delegations will meet on Thursday, February 7, 2013 at the State Capitol in Room 403 from Noon to1p.m. The meeting is to have a public hearing only on the three bills of local legislation affecting Fulton County.

A link to the Board of Commissioner’s resolution can be accessed here.


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