Leon Stafford

Local government reporter

Local government reporter Leon Stafford, a Tennessee grad, has been at the AJC since 1997. He covers Atlanta city government.

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Stockbridge seeking injunction, files lawsuit in Eagle’s Landing battle
 Attorneys for Stockbridge filed a lawsuit on Thursday seeking an injunction to stop November’s referendum on Eagle’s Landing cityhood and calling efforts to de-annex Stockbridge unconstitutional. The lawsuit, which names the Henry County Commission and the county’s elections board as defendants, was not unexpected. Leaders...

Posted: 4 days ago

Attorneys for Stockbridge filed a lawsuit on Thursday seeking an injunction to stop November’s referendum on Eagle’s Landing cityhood and calling efforts to de-annex Stockbridge unconstitutional. The lawsuit, which names the Henry County Commission and the county’s elections board as defendants, was not unexpected. Leaders...
Stockbridge files lawsuit to stop Eagle’s Landing cityhood effort
 Attorneys for Stockbridge on Thursday filed a lawsuit in Henry Superior Court seeking an injunction on a November referendum to create a city of Eagle’s Landing and calling the de-annexation of Stockbridge unconstitutional. Gov. Nathan Deal earlier this month signed two bills that will allow Henry voters to decide this fall whether...

Posted: 4 days ago

Attorneys for Stockbridge on Thursday filed a lawsuit in Henry Superior Court seeking an injunction on a November referendum to create a city of Eagle’s Landing and calling the de-annexation of Stockbridge unconstitutional. Gov. Nathan Deal earlier this month signed two bills that will allow Henry voters to decide this fall whether...
South metro Atlanta working to rise from economic development shadows
 If Eagle’s Landing becomes a city this fall, it would be one of metro Atlanta’s wealthiest communities with a median household income of about $128,000, says Vikki Consiglio. To some that may sound like bragging, but Consiglio is not trying to impress the public — she wants to wow retailers. “We have Walmarts, we have...

Posted: 4 days ago

If Eagle’s Landing becomes a city this fall, it would be one of metro Atlanta’s wealthiest communities with a median household income of about $128,000, says Vikki Consiglio. To some that may sound like bragging, but Consiglio is not trying to impress the public — she wants to wow retailers. “We have Walmarts, we have...
Cityhood for Eagle’s Landing could mean bigger bills for Stockbridge
 If Eagle’s Landing becomes Henry County’s fifth city this fall by annexing part of Stockbridge, the remaining residents could be on the hook for $13 million in bond debt repayments. Stockbridge owes about $13 million in urban and development bonds and $1.5 million in water and sewer bonds, but Eagle’s Landing would...

Posted: 7 days ago

If Eagle’s Landing becomes Henry County’s fifth city this fall by annexing part of Stockbridge, the remaining residents could be on the hook for $13 million in bond debt repayments. Stockbridge owes about $13 million in urban and development bonds and $1.5 million in water and sewer bonds, but Eagle’s Landing would...
Jobs, schools, roads to play key roles in south metro Atlanta election
 As voters in Clayton, Henry and Fayette go to the polls later this month, top of mind will be selecting leaders who can address problems that have festered for years and some that are new. While the three counties differ greatly in demographics and personality, they share concerns, namely growing traffic congestion brought by the boom in...

Posted: 12 days ago

As voters in Clayton, Henry and Fayette go to the polls later this month, top of mind will be selecting leaders who can address problems that have festered for years and some that are new. While the three counties differ greatly in demographics and personality, they share concerns, namely growing traffic congestion brought by the boom in...
Despite backlash, Clayton Commission punts on public comment vote
 Legislation that would allow Clayton to air public comments during commission meetings on the county’s cable access channel and online was put on hold Tuesday, much to the chagrin of residents who have been pushing for more transparency. In a 3-2 vote, the board pulled the measure from the agenda, saying it wanted to wait until after...

Posted: 19 days ago

Legislation that would allow Clayton to air public comments during commission meetings on the county’s cable access channel and online was put on hold Tuesday, much to the chagrin of residents who have been pushing for more transparency. In a 3-2 vote, the board pulled the measure from the agenda, saying it wanted to wait until after...
Eagle’s Landing backers file open records complaint against Stockbridge
 Henry County residents hoping to create a city of Eagle’s Landing filed a complaint Tuesday with the Georgia Attorney General’s Office over the failure of Stockbridge to provide an accounting of its spending in opposition to the cityhood effort. An attorney for the Eagles Landing Educational Research Committee, which is leading...

Posted: 20 days ago

Henry County residents hoping to create a city of Eagle’s Landing filed a complaint Tuesday with the Georgia Attorney General’s Office over the failure of Stockbridge to provide an accounting of its spending in opposition to the cityhood effort. An attorney for the Eagles Landing Educational Research Committee, which is leading...
Georgia news: Henry Commission Chairwoman calls for civility over public comments flap
 Henry County Commission Chairwoman June Wood called for civility during public comments at Tuesday’s board meeting, two weeks after discourse during the group’s last meeting became animated. “In the last meeting that we had ... I allowed that meeting to get out of control,” Wood said, before apologizing to county...

Posted: 20 days ago

Henry County Commission Chairwoman June Wood called for civility during public comments at Tuesday’s board meeting, two weeks after discourse during the group’s last meeting became animated. “In the last meeting that we had ... I allowed that meeting to get out of control,” Wood said, before apologizing to county...
Henry Commish calls for civility
Henry County Commissioner June Wood, seen here at a distribution center groundbreaking, called for civility Tuesday  during public comment periods at commission meetings.

Posted: 20 days ago

Henry County Commissioner June Wood, seen here at a distribution center groundbreaking, called for civility Tuesday during public comment periods at commission meetings.
Appeals court dismisses Clayton lawsuit in airport fuel tax battle
 The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals has dismissed a lawsuit by Clayton County to uphold airport fuel tax collections that the Federal Aviation Administration says the south metro community is not entitled to. Clayton County and its school district split $18 million annually from fuel taxes levied on the Atlanta-owned Hartsfield-Jackson...

Posted: 25 days ago

The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals has dismissed a lawsuit by Clayton County to uphold airport fuel tax collections that the Federal Aviation Administration says the south metro community is not entitled to. Clayton County and its school district split $18 million annually from fuel taxes levied on the Atlanta-owned Hartsfield-Jackson...