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Local Government. County Government Georgia has 159 counties, nearly 600 towns – each has a government county: subdivision of a state set up for certain.

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1 Local Government

2 County Government

3 Georgia has 159 counties, nearly 600 towns – each has a government county: subdivision of a state set up for certain governmental functions Most Georgia counties are run by an elected Board of Commissioners. Most counties are set up in a similar manner.

4 Sharing Services Some city and county governments share services. Fulton County is home to city of Atlanta. Fulton County and city of Atlanta share zoning duties and library system. Fulton and DeKalb counties share a hospital authority. Fulton County and the City of Atlanta have separate school systems.

5 Officials in County Government Most counties have the following elected officials: –commissioners, superior court clerk, probate court judge, sheriff, tax commissioner, coroner Many officials are appointed: –county clerk, fire chief, road supervisor, emergency management director, attorney, planning and building inspector, etc. Larger counties have more officials.

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7 City Government

8 municipality: a city with its own government City receives charter from state legislature. City charter explains what the city government can do... –police protection, maintain streets and sidewalks, license businesses, control traffic, provide water and sewerage Some city charters allow for a city-run school system.

9 Forms of City Government Mayor-Council: most common in Georgia –elected council, elected mayor –weak-mayor system: mayor has little power, figurehead –strong-mayor system: mayor has power to run the city, propose budget, can veto council Council-Manager –voters elect council members –mayor may be elected or appointed –council hires city manager for day-to-day operations of the city City Commission –voters elect commissioners –commissioners form department heads of the city –mayor chosen by the commissioners

10 City-County Government some city and county governments merge when the region becomes more urban can reduce the cost of government Examples: –Athens-Clarke County –Columbus-Muskogee County –Augusta-Richmond County

11 Special Purpose Districts Created for a specific job or task Within certain guidelines, these districts are self-governing Examples –school districts –MARTA (Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority) –Public Housing Authority –Georgia Ports Authority

12 Funding Local Government Sources of funding include state and federal grants and taxes on citizens ad valorem taxes: taxes paid based on the value of the property user fees: paid by the user of the service sales tax: added to purchases made in the city or county –general purpose local option sales tax: tax for general use –special purpose local option sales tax (SPLOST): approved by voters, adds sales tax to fund special projects such as parks or schools bond issues: a way for governments to borrow money; interest must be paid on the bonds

13 Where Do Georgia’s Citizens Live?

14 Georgia is one of fastest-growing states Hispanics are fastest-growing group Georgia’s has an increasing number of older citizens Most Georgians (2/3) live in metropolitan area (area in or around a city) Over 50% of Georgians live in metro Atlanta Just 50 years ago, most Georgians lived in rural areas – Georgians were mostly farmers

15 Urban Sprawl In 1960s, people began to move to suburbs – areas near edge of cities. Expansion of suburbs created declines in urban population. Large numbers of people in suburbs cause challenges to infrastructure – not enough roads, utilities, schools, sewerage, etc. Sprawl can cause traffic and pollution problems and an economic problem for the central city since the number of residents decline.

16 Urban Revitalization Effort to attract citizens to live in urban areas Cities need people to work and live there in order to grow and be healthy. Examples: –Atlanta: Sweet Auburn, Little Five Points, Virginia Highlands –Savannah: historic district, Bay Street, Factor’s Walk –Augusta: Riverwalk


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