It’s hard to believe that we are three days away from being half way done. Most of our week was spent on next year’s budget and passing the amended budget for this year. Instead of boring you with a bunch of numbers, I wanted to talk about local legislation.
When a city or county entity wants to change its charter or by-laws or those of an authority such as the Airport Authority or the Industrial Development Authority, it must go though the legislative process just like a bill. It starts with a resolution from the City Council or County Government requesting the change. I am working on three with a fourth one to come from the City of Collins.
The largest bill comes from the City of Glennville who is updating its entire Charter. They hired Jessica Szilagyi who has worked this past year on updating the entire charter. I asked her to give me a summary of the notable changes. Jessica wrote, “The City of Glennville recently updated their antiquated Charter after months of extensive research into other towns and cities in Georgia. The most notable change included addressing voting language to require citizens seeking council seats to live within their respective ward, not just in city limits. Additionally, language was updated to coincide with the city manager form of government as the council members are no longer over individual departmental operations. The Council focused heavily on limiting their own powers and those of the mayor and instead delegating powers to department heads on the job every day. Of interest, the city eliminated dated language for more humorous things like allowing women to serve in office …
For more on this column, subscribe today! Set up your online account at www.claxtonenterprise.com or give us a call at 912-739-2132.