Kemp signs amended budget with $100 million in emergency COVID-19 funding

STAFF REPORT ::: Governor Brian Kemp has signed an amended fiscal year 2020 budget that includes $100 million in emergency funding to address the spread of novel coronavirus and COVID-19. “Over several months, I have worked closely with lawmakers to develop an amended fiscal year 2020 budget that reflects our priorities, reduces red tape in […]

Sale of hospital will reduce tax digest

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The Griffin-Spalding County Hospital Authority has entered into a memorandum of understanding that will result in Spalding Regional Hospital being purchased by WellStar, a non-profit entity. As such, WellStar will not pay property taxes, resulting in a total local tax digest decrease of $750,241.47. Based on 2015 information from Spalding County […]

County manager’s budget proposal recommends no changes to refuse and recycling centers, denies Sheriff’s request for gang unit funding

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: A precursory evaluation of the Spalding County Fiscal Year 2016 budget released today by County Manager William Wilson indicates an overall decrease of 1.69 percent. Two hotly-discussed issues – the future of the county’s refuse and recycling centers and Spalding County Sheriff Wendell Beam’s request for increased funding for the formation […]

Griffin officials recommending half-mill tax decrease

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Griffin City Manager Kenny Smith during Tuesday evening’s Board of Commissioner’s meeting announced this year’s budget process has been completed and a proposed Fiscal Year 2015 budget has been presented to the Board of Commissioners. Included is the recommendation for a decrease in the property tax rate. “We’re recommending a decrease […]

Griffin, McDonough officials disagree on PD comparison

SHEILA MATHEWS ::: In determining the need of a Police Department restructuring plan that includes the elimination of several positions and the addition of one Code Enforcement officer, Griffin City Manager Kenny Smith said he has compared the law enforcement budgets of other municipalities with populations comparable to Griffin’s such as Newnan, LaGrange, Forest Park […]

County manager: Past due taxes not crux of budget woes

SHEILA MATHEWS ::: sheila@the-grip.net A number of local residents have publicly spoken out against the one-mill property tax increase approved Oct. 1 by the Spalding County Board of Commissioners, alleging that the hike would not be necessary if the collection of unpaid taxes – including those that remain outstanding due to several years’ backlog of Board […]