Category Archives: Government

House Republican Sends Bibles to All Members of Congress

From Fox News: One House Republican decided his colleagues needed a little inspiration, so he sent every one of them a new Bible. Rep. Steven Palazzo (R-MS) sent a letter as well, telling each of his House and Senate colleagues that the “best advice comes through meditating on God’s Word” and that the Holy Bible could “help guide… Read More »

Bainbridge City Council approves millage rate increase after 3-3 tie vote broken by Mayor

The Bainbridge City Council narrowly approved a two-mill property tax increase on Tuesday night. The council was split in a 3-3 tie: Voting yes to approve the millage increase were Glennie Bench, Phil Long and Don Whaley. Voting against the millage increase were Roslyn Palmer, Luther Conyers and Joe Sweet. Mayor Edward Reynolds is allowed to vote to… Read More »

Where does all the trash go? Decatur County officials watch construction of new cell at landfill

This is the first of two articles about the operation of the Decatur County Solid Waste Facility off U.S. 27 South, near the Florida-Georgia border. Several “new” Decatur County commissioners toured the county’s massive landfill off U.S. Highway 27 South on Tuesday morning, and had the opportunity to watch workers putting down a plastic liner along the bottom… Read More »

Mayor: proposed millage rate increase will generate about $700,000 per year in revenue

If the Bainbridge City Council approves a proposed two-mill increase to the city’s millage rate, the resulting property tax collections will generate an additional $700,000 per year toward city revenue, according to Mayor Edward Reynolds. The Bainbridge City Council will hold public hearings on the proposed millage increase before taking a final vote. Reached by telephone Monday evening,… Read More »

City of Bainbridge plans to raise millage rate to 5.575

Bainbridge, GA Mayor Edward Reynolds released a statement on Monday, July 21 saying the City of Bainbridge plans to raise its millage rate. The proposed new millage rate is 5.575 mills. The city council will have to hold public hearings and a final vote before the millage rate becomes permanent. The millage rate affects the rate at which property… Read More »

Decatur County Board of Commissioners to meet Tuesday

The Decatur County Board of Commissioners will meet Tuesday, July 22 at 7 p.m. at the County Administration Building, 203 W. Broughton Street, Bainbridge, with the following agenda:   7:00 PM CALL TO ORDER Invocation and Pledge of Allegiance Approval of Agenda Special Presentations: ACCG- 100 Years Public Participation Approve Minutes of Commissioners Meeting held July 8, 2014.… Read More »

Loeffler denies county covering deputies’ legal expenses

I covered the Decatur County Board of Commissioners meeting on Tuesday, July 8. During the meeting, county commissioners held an approximately 20-minute long closed session to discuss litigation matters; they had also held long executive sessions to discuss litigation and personnel matters at both of their June meetings. After the July 8 meeting adjourned, I privately asked Decatur County Board of… Read More »

Interview with new Decatur County Commissioner George Anderson

Recently I had the change to interview Decatur County Commissioner-elect George Anderson, who will represent District 1 (Southeastern Decatur County including Attapulgus) starting in January 2015. Anderson is a 20-year employee of the Decatur County Prison and a veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces who has served in Germany and the First Gulf War. Please click below to… Read More »

Newly elected county commissioner would have waited on votes to reappoint officials

In this interview, conducted June 26 , Decatur County Commissioner-elect Pete Stephens comments on the current county commissioners’ decision to vote early on an 18-month extension of the county administrator’s and county attorney’s contracts. Some, including county commissioner Russell Smith, have said the votes were inappropriately timed, asit was done without the input of three new county commissioners who… Read More »

Decatur County 2014-2015 Proposed Budget Now Available for Viewing

As promised, here is an electronic copy of the Decatur County Commissioners’ 2014-2015 Fiscal Year Proposed Budget for your review. It’s 55 pages in length. Decatur County 2014-2015 Proposed Budget DRAFT (PDF, 3.79 MB)   For comparison, here is the current 2013-2014 Fiscal Year Budget: 2014+Decatur+County+Budget.compressed   At the beginning of the proposed budget, there is a series of… Read More »

Decatur County preparing for budget hearing

Some of our readers requested we obtain and publish Decatur County’s proposed 2014-2015 budget. When we inquired about it, county officials said the proposed budget is only available for in-person inspection at the County Administration Building, 203 W. Broughton Street. County commissioners will hold at least two public hearings on the proposed budget and will likely hold another… Read More »