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Betty Price loses vote in recount; Mary Robichaux elected in Fulton
 A recount did not change the result of a race to represent part of north Fulton County in the Georgia legislature. Rep. Betty Price, R-Roswell, lost one vote in the recount, while Mary Robichaux gained 11. Richard Barron, the Fulton County director of registration and elections, said all the changes came from absentee ballots that were read...

Posted: a day ago

A recount did not change the result of a race to represent part of north Fulton County in the Georgia legislature. Rep. Betty Price, R-Roswell, lost one vote in the recount, while Mary Robichaux gained 11. Richard Barron, the Fulton County director of registration and elections, said all the changes came from absentee ballots that were read...
Johns Creek communications director pleads guilty in federal probe
 The former Johns Creek communications director has pleaded guilty as part of a federal probe into corruption in the U.S. Navy. Jeff Breslau, 52, was a Navy captain prior to working with the city. He pleaded guilty to criminal conflict of interest charges as part of a fraud and corruption investigation into a foreign defense contractor, Leonard...

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The former Johns Creek communications director has pleaded guilty as part of a federal probe into corruption in the U.S. Navy. Jeff Breslau, 52, was a Navy captain prior to working with the city. He pleaded guilty to criminal conflict of interest charges as part of a fraud and corruption investigation into a foreign defense contractor, Leonard...
Fulton legislators try to appoint Mary Norwood to election board
 Republican members of Fulton County’s legislative delegation tried unsuccessfully Thursday to appoint Mary Norwood, the twice-failed Atlanta mayoral candidate, as chair of the county elections board. After the Senate delegation voted in the morning to put Norwood’s name forward, the House delegation canceled its meeting...

Posted: 5 days ago

Republican members of Fulton County’s legislative delegation tried unsuccessfully Thursday to appoint Mary Norwood, the twice-failed Atlanta mayoral candidate, as chair of the county elections board. After the Senate delegation voted in the morning to put Norwood’s name forward, the House delegation canceled its meeting...
Fulton tax officials often undervalue Atlanta commercial properties
 Just a mile from Atlantic Station, Westside Provisions changed ownership in 2016, and the $128 million sales price reflected its value as one of the city’s premier shopping and dining destinations. Two years later, however, if you examined the Fulton County property appraisers’ determination about the property, known for restaurants...

Posted: 5 days ago

Just a mile from Atlantic Station, Westside Provisions changed ownership in 2016, and the $128 million sales price reflected its value as one of the city’s premier shopping and dining destinations. Two years later, however, if you examined the Fulton County property appraisers’ determination about the property, known for restaurants...
Fulton County tells judge rebilling property taxes is unnecessary
 In DeKalb County court Tuesday, an attorney for the state Department of Revenue argued that Fulton County residents — who already paid their 2017 property taxes — need to be billed a second time. Last year, Fulton leaders took illegal actions when they froze most residential property values at 2016 levels, attorney Alex...

Posted: 7 days ago

In DeKalb County court Tuesday, an attorney for the state Department of Revenue argued that Fulton County residents — who already paid their 2017 property taxes — need to be billed a second time. Last year, Fulton leaders took illegal actions when they froze most residential property values at 2016 levels, attorney Alex...
Fulton County will go to court Tuesday to defend property value freeze
 Fulton County will go to court Tuesday to justify a 2017 decision to freeze most residential property values at the previous year’s levels following an outcry from residents. The county has filed suit against the state revenue commissioner, who still hasn’t approved the county’s 2017 tax digest. The tax commissioner...

Posted: 11 days ago

Fulton County will go to court Tuesday to justify a 2017 decision to freeze most residential property values at the previous year’s levels following an outcry from residents. The county has filed suit against the state revenue commissioner, who still hasn’t approved the county’s 2017 tax digest. The tax commissioner...
At Fulton County election board, concern that every vote is counted
 More than 100 people attended the Fulton County election board’s meeting Thursday, armed with stories about Election Day snafus and concerns that thousands would be disenfranchised unless officials worked diligently to count every vote before certifying the election. Some spoke of submitting absentee ballots, but not being able to see...

Posted: 12 days ago

More than 100 people attended the Fulton County election board’s meeting Thursday, armed with stories about Election Day snafus and concerns that thousands would be disenfranchised unless officials worked diligently to count every vote before certifying the election. Some spoke of submitting absentee ballots, but not being able to see...
Thousands of provisional ballots remain uncounted in Fulton County
 Fulton County could have as many as 4,700 votes left to count as several hotly contested Georgia races remain too close to call. Richard Barron, the county’s director of registration and elections, said Wednesday that employees are researching about 3,700 provisional ballots that were cast on Tuesday. Additionally, there are about 1...

Posted: 13 days ago

Fulton County could have as many as 4,700 votes left to count as several hotly contested Georgia races remain too close to call. Richard Barron, the county’s director of registration and elections, said Wednesday that employees are researching about 3,700 provisional ballots that were cast on Tuesday. Additionally, there are about 1...
Fulton County reports 100 percent of votes at 2 a.m.
 At 2:01 a.m., the votes in Fulton County were counted. Vote tallies were delayed as the county waited for voting cards to come in from three precincts that were kept open past 7 p.m. following a court order, Jessica Corbitt, a county spokesperson, said. The Pittman Park Recreation Center closed at 9 p.m., while the Booker T...

Posted: 14 days ago

At 2:01 a.m., the votes in Fulton County were counted. Vote tallies were delayed as the county waited for voting cards to come in from three precincts that were kept open past 7 p.m. following a court order, Jessica Corbitt, a county spokesperson, said. The Pittman Park Recreation Center closed at 9 p.m., while the Booker T...
Fulton property tax measures are approved by voters
 Voters in Atlanta and across Fulton County approved a number of local property tax measures Tuesday that were intended to appease residents upset over rising tax bills. All the measures were approved overwhelmingly. They will go into effect in 2019, and will be reflected in property assessments and on residents’ tax bills...

Posted: 14 days ago

Voters in Atlanta and across Fulton County approved a number of local property tax measures Tuesday that were intended to appease residents upset over rising tax bills. All the measures were approved overwhelmingly. They will go into effect in 2019, and will be reflected in property assessments and on residents’ tax bills...
Voting hours extended at three Fulton County locations in Atlanta
 Three Fulton County polling precincts stayed open past 7 p.m. The Pittman Park Recreation Center location was open until 9 p.m. after voters encountered long lines on Election Day because of too few machines. Booker T. Washington High School and Archer Hall at Morehouse College both stayed open until 10 p.m. An attorney, Nora Benavidez, said...

Posted: 14 days ago

Three Fulton County polling precincts stayed open past 7 p.m. The Pittman Park Recreation Center location was open until 9 p.m. after voters encountered long lines on Election Day because of too few machines. Booker T. Washington High School and Archer Hall at Morehouse College both stayed open until 10 p.m. An attorney, Nora Benavidez, said...
More than 200,000 people voted early in Fulton County
 Nearly 225,000 Fulton County voters cast their ballots early ahead of Tuesday’s election, the highest number of early votes in the county for a gubernatorial contest. In 2014, about 88,000 people voted early for the governor’s race. In the 2016 presidential contest, more than 250,000 people voted early. Through...

Posted: 15 days ago

Nearly 225,000 Fulton County voters cast their ballots early ahead of Tuesday’s election, the highest number of early votes in the county for a gubernatorial contest. In 2014, about 88,000 people voted early for the governor’s race. In the 2016 presidential contest, more than 250,000 people voted early. Through...
ARC: More than half of Fulton residents would pay for more transit
 More than half of Fulton County residents are willing to pay more in taxes to fund transit expansion, a new survey by the Atlanta Regional Commission shows. The survey, released Friday, is a public opinion survey that covers the thoughts of metro Atlanta residents on everything from transportation to art and culture. Results show 28...

Posted: 18 days ago

More than half of Fulton County residents are willing to pay more in taxes to fund transit expansion, a new survey by the Atlanta Regional Commission shows. The survey, released Friday, is a public opinion survey that covers the thoughts of metro Atlanta residents on everything from transportation to art and culture. Results show 28...
Fulton County commissioner talks workforce training at White House
 Liz Hausmann, a Fulton County commissioner, went to the White House this week as part of a delegation that discussed workforce training. Hausmann, who represents north Fulton, was the only participant from Georgia in the program. In addition to the workforce program, Hausmann said she also met with officials about proposed transit expansion...

Posted: 18 days ago

Liz Hausmann, a Fulton County commissioner, went to the White House this week as part of a delegation that discussed workforce training. Hausmann, who represents north Fulton, was the only participant from Georgia in the program. In addition to the workforce program, Hausmann said she also met with officials about proposed transit expansion...
Georgia EPD sues over faulty Chattahoochee River floodplain maps
 The state Environmental Protection Division has filed a lawsuit against a company that created floodplain maps along the Chattahoochee River, saying AECOM Technical Services “acted in bad faith” in creating maps that overestimated areas where flooding was likely. The maps went into effect in April 2017, and the alleged errors...

Posted: 21 days ago

The state Environmental Protection Division has filed a lawsuit against a company that created floodplain maps along the Chattahoochee River, saying AECOM Technical Services “acted in bad faith” in creating maps that overestimated areas where flooding was likely. The maps went into effect in April 2017, and the alleged errors...
Once part of Atlanta, Loch Lomond is in South Fulton after ruling
 The Loch Lomond neighborhood in south Fulton County was improperly annexed into the city of Atlanta in 2016, the Georgia Court of Appeals has ruled. Loch Lomond, which has about 700 residents, is located in the southwest part of the county, between I-285 and Camp Creek Parkway. The three-judge panel on Wednesday invalidated its annexation...

Posted: 25 days ago

The Loch Lomond neighborhood in south Fulton County was improperly annexed into the city of Atlanta in 2016, the Georgia Court of Appeals has ruled. Loch Lomond, which has about 700 residents, is located in the southwest part of the county, between I-285 and Camp Creek Parkway. The three-judge panel on Wednesday invalidated its annexation...
Tale of a Taser, a City Council fight and South Fulton growing pains
 Tensions on the South Fulton City Council burst into public view at a meeting Tuesday night, when one city councilwoman called in police after she accused another of threatening her with a Taser. The incident inside the council chambers appears to have been triggered by a disagreement about the correct way to rename a football field at Old...

Posted: 26 days ago

Tensions on the South Fulton City Council burst into public view at a meeting Tuesday night, when one city councilwoman called in police after she accused another of threatening her with a Taser. The incident inside the council chambers appears to have been triggered by a disagreement about the correct way to rename a football field at Old...
Atlanta returns $1.3 million in unspent workforce development money
 The city of Atlanta has returned $1.3 million in federal grant money it failed to spend on job training programs over two years. The funds were meant to help unemployed and underemployed Atlanta residents get training so they could find new jobs. Such grants can be used for anything from subsidizing the cost of work-based training to paying...

Posted: 28 days ago

The city of Atlanta has returned $1.3 million in federal grant money it failed to spend on job training programs over two years. The funds were meant to help unemployed and underemployed Atlanta residents get training so they could find new jobs. Such grants can be used for anything from subsidizing the cost of work-based training to paying...
Many Fulton County residents can vote on earlier Sunday alcohol sales
 Residents in a number of Fulton County cities will have the chance to vote on the so-called brunch bill Nov. 6. If passed, the bills would let restaurants serve alcohol beginning at 11 a.m. on Sundays. Now, alcohol  cannot be served before 12:30 p.m. on Sunday. The proposal would not affect when stores could begin to sell alcohol; that would...

6:57 PM Friday, Oct. 19, 2018

Residents in a number of Fulton County cities will have the chance to vote on the so-called brunch bill Nov. 6. If passed, the bills would let restaurants serve alcohol beginning at 11 a.m. on Sundays. Now, alcohol cannot be served before 12:30 p.m. on Sunday. The proposal would not affect when stores could begin to sell alcohol; that would...
Fulton County, Atlanta tax proposals would bring relief, consequences
 A bevy of proposals on the ballot next month would bring tax relief to Atlanta and Fulton County residents, but could also exacerbate financial inequities and punch holes in city and school district budgets. If approved by voters on Nov. 6, the measures would create new tax breaks to make up for sharp increases in property...

8:29 PM Thursday, Oct. 18, 2018

A bevy of proposals on the ballot next month would bring tax relief to Atlanta and Fulton County residents, but could also exacerbate financial inequities and punch holes in city and school district budgets. If approved by voters on Nov. 6, the measures would create new tax breaks to make up for sharp increases in property...
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