Acts and resolutions of the first session of the 153rd General Assembly of the State of Georgia 2015: volume two [2015]

ACTS AND RESOLUTIONS OF THE
FIRST SESSION OF THE 153RD
GENERAL ASSEMBLY
OF THE STATE OF GEORGIA
2015
COMPILED AND PUBLISHED BY AUTHORITY OF THE STATE
Volume Two

COMPILER'S NOTE
General Acts and Resolutions of the 2015 Regular Session of the General Assembly of Georgia will be found in Volume One, Book One beginning at page 1. The Supplementary Appropriations Act for FY 2014-2015 and the Appropriations Act for FY 2015-2016 will be found in the Volume One Appendix. These two Acts have been separately placed in the Appendix in order to maintain the special formatting and unique characteristics of the underlying bills. Local and Special Acts and Resolutions will be found in Volume Two beginning at page 3501. Home rule actions by counties and consolidated governments and by municipalities filed in the Office of the Secretary of State between June 1, 2014, and May 1, 2015, are printed in Volume Two beginning at pages 4309 and 4583, respectively.
There are no numbered pages between page 1499, the last page of Volume One, and page 3501, the first page of Volume Two. This allows both volumes to be prepared simultaneously. Because of the number of pages in the volume, Volume One has been divided into two books plus an appendix. The only page numbers in the Volume One Appendix will be those appearing in the underlying bills.
Indexes; lists of Acts, Bills, and Resolutions and their Georgia Laws page numbers; material related to courts; population charts; lists of members of the General Assembly; referendum results; and the Governor's veto messages are printed in Volume Three. Indexes cover material in both Volumes One and Two. The tabular indexes list matter by broad categories. The general index is a detailed alphabetical index by subject matter. When possible, general Acts have been indexed by reference to the titles of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated which they amend and the tabular index contains a list of Code sections which have been amended, enacted, or repealed.
Each Act and Resolution is preceded by a caption written by the compilers of the Georgia Laws solely to assist the reader in quickly determining the subject matter of the Act or Resolution. This caption includes the Act number assigned by the Governor and the House or Senate Bill or Resolution number which it was given when it was introduced in the General Assembly. These captions are not part of the Act or Resolution when they are enacted or adopted by the General Assembly. Each Act or Resolution which was signed by the Governor is followed by the approval date on which it was signed by the Governor.

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TABLE OF CONTENTS
VOLUME ONE
Acts and Resolutions of General Application .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Supplementary Appropriations Act for FY. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Appendix General Appropriations Act for FY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Appendix
VOLUME TWO
Acts and Resolutions of Local Application. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3501 County and Consolidated Government Home Rule Actions. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4309 Municipal Home Rule Actions. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4583
VOLUME THREE
Acts by Numbers-Page References. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1A Bills and Resolutions-Act Number References. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4A Index-Tabular.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8A Index-General. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45A Population of Georgia Counties-Alphabetically. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 100A Population of Georgia Counties-Numerically. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 104A Population of Municipalities-Alphabetically. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 109A Population of Municipalities-Numerically.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 117A Population of Judicial Circuits.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 125A Georgia Senate Districts, Alphabetically by County. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 130A Georgia Senators, Numerically by District. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 132A Georgia House Districts, Alphabetically by County. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 136A Georgia Representatives, Numerically by District.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 138A Status of Referendum Elections.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 148A Vetoes by the Governor. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 385A Historical List of General Assemblies of the State of Georgia. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 393A Legislative Services Committee and Staff.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 394A

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DEKALB COUNTY STATE COURT; TRAFFIC DIVISION; ESTABLISH.

No. 3 (House Bill No. 300).

AN ACT

To amend an Act creating the State Court of DeKalb County, formerly known as the Civil and Criminal Court of DeKalb County, approved February 14, 1951 (Ga. L. 1951, p. 2401), as amended, so as to establish the traffic division of said court; to provide for judges; to provide for initial terms and elections; to provide for the assignment of cases; to provide for a solicitor and clerk; to provide for an effective date; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF GEORGIA:

SECTION 1. An Act creating the State Court of DeKalb County, formerly known as the Civil and Criminal Court of DeKalb County, approved February 14, 1951 (Ga. L. 1951, p. 2401), as amended, is amended by designating the existing text of such Act as Part 1 and by adding thereafter a new Part 2 to read as follows:

"Part 2

Section 2-1. There is created a division of the State Court of DeKalb County to be known as the 'traffic division.' The traffic division of the state court shall be governed by the provisions of general law contained in Chapter 7 of Title 15 of the O.C.G.A., relating to state courts, and by the additional provisions of this part.

Section 2-2. (a) In addition to all other judges of the state court, there shall be four judges of the traffic division who shall be known as associate judges of the state court. The qualifications and election of the associate judges shall be as provided by general law. (b) The initial associate judges shall be appointed by the Governor. Such initial associate judges shall serve until January 1, 2017, and until their successors are duly elected and qualified. Their successors shall be elected at the 2016 general election to serve terms of four years. All such elections shall be as provided by general law. (c) Except as specifically provided in this part, all provisions of this Act relating to the judges of the state court shall be applicable to the associate judges of the traffic division. (d) The four associate judges of the traffic division are designated as full-time judges and may not engage in the private practice of law.

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(e) Associate judges of the traffic division shall not be eligible to serve as senior judge of the state court.

Section 2-3. (a) The traffic division shall have a presiding associate judge who shall be one of the four associate judges provided in Section 2-2. The initial presiding associate judge shall be selected by the senior judge of the state court. (b) The term of the presiding associate judge shall be for two years, or until the person serving as presiding associate judge resigns the position or leaves the court, whichever time is shorter. At the end of each term of the presiding associate judge, the position shall pass for a term as provided in this subsection to the next associate judge as follows:
(1) The position of presiding associate judge shall pass to the next associate judge who has served as presiding associate judge the fewest number of terms; and (2) If more than one associate judge meet the criteria of paragraph (1) of this subsection, then among or between them the position shall pass to the next associate judge who has served as associate judge the longest time. For purposes of this paragraph, the order in which the associate judges were first sworn in shall govern. (c) No associate judge shall succeed himself or herself for an additional term as presiding associate judge. (d) The four associate judges, in performing their duties and responsibilities, shall share, divide, and allocate the work and duties to be performed by each of them. In the event of disagreement between the associate judges with respect to such matters, the decision of the presiding associate judge shall govern. (e) Notwithstanding any provision of this part to the contrary, the senior judge of the state court shall have ultimate authority over all matters concerning the administration of the traffic division.

Section 2-4. (a) All cases involving violations of the traffic laws of the State of Georgia shall be assigned to the state court. (b) The senior judge of the state court may order that cases involving violations of the traffic laws of the State of Georgia or any other matters within the jurisdiction of the state court be assigned to the traffic division. (c) The provisions of this section shall not limit the power of the associate judges to hear and decide any matter within the jurisdiction of the state court, but the associate judges shall hear and decide only such matters as are assigned to the traffic division by order of the senior judge of the state court. (d) This section shall not limit the power of the associate judges to punish contempts in the same manner as any other judge of the state court.

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Section 2-5. The associate judges shall take an oath to faithfully administer and discharge the duties of their offices in accordance with the Constitution and laws of the State of Georgia and the Constitution of the United States, which oath may be administered by any officer authorized under the laws of this state to administer oaths.

Section 2-6. The solicitor of the state court shall be the solicitor of the traffic division.

Section 2-7. The clerk of the state court shall be the clerk of the traffic division. All records of the Recorder's Court of DeKalb County shall be transferred to and maintained by the clerk of the state court."

SECTION 2. This Act shall become effective upon its approval by the Governor or upon its becoming law without such approval.

SECTION 3. All laws and parts of laws in conflict with this Act are repealed.

NOTICE OF INTENTION TO INTRODUCE LOCAL LEGISLATION
Notice is given that there will be introduced at the regular 2015 session of the General Assembly of Georgia a bill to amend an ++ Act creating the State Court of DeKalb County, formerly known as the Civil and Criminal Court++ of DeKalb County, approved February 14, 1951 (Ga. L. 1951, p. 2401), as amended, particularly by an Act approved April 25, 2002 (Ga. L. 2002, p. 4602), and for other purposes.
GEORGIA, FULTON COUNTY
Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths, Mary Margaret Oliver, who on oath deposes and says that she is the Representative from District 82 and further deposes and says that the attached Notice of Intention to Introduce Local Legislation was published in the Champion which is the official organ of DeKalb County on January 22, 2015, and that the notice requirements of Code Section 28-1-14 have been met.

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s/ MARY MARGARET OLIVER Mary Margaret Oliver Representative, District 82

Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 9th day of February, 2015.

s/ JENNIFER BURGESS Jennifer Burgess Notary Public, Fulton County, Georgia My Commission Expires December 29, 2018 (SEAL)

Approved March 3, 2015.

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DEKALB COUNTY RECORDER'S COURT; TRANSFER OF CASES; ABOLISH.

No. 4 (House Bill No. 301).

AN ACT

To repeal an Act creating and establishing the Recorder's Court of DeKalb County, approved March 17, 1959 (Ga. L. 1959, p. 3093), as amended; to provide for the transfer of certain pending cases and court records; to provide for a solicitor of the Magistrate Court of DeKalb County; to provide for an effective date; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF GEORGIA:

SECTION 1. An Act creating and establishing the Recorder's Court of DeKalb County, approved March 17, 1959 (Ga. L. 1959, p. 3093), and all amendatory Acts thereto, is repealed. All actions pending in said court relating to the violation of traffic offenses shall be immediately transferred to the traffic division of the State Court of DeKalb County. All other actions pending in said court shall be transferred to the Magistrate Court of DeKalb County. All records shall be transferred to the clerk of the State Court of DeKalb County. The Solicitor General of the State Court of DeKalb County shall be the solicitor in the Magistrate Court of DeKalb County for all cases involving violations of county ordinances and regulations.

SECTION 2. This Act shall become effective July 1, 2015.

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SECTION 3. All laws and parts of laws in conflict with this Act are repealed.

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Notice is given that there will be introduced at the regular 2015 session of the General Assembly of Georgia a bill to ++ repeal an Act creating and establishing the Recorder's Court ++ of DeKalb County, approved March 17, 1959 (Ga. L. 1959, p. 3093), as amended; to provide for the transfer of cases and records; and for other purposes.

GEORGIA, FULTON COUNTY

Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths, Mary Margaret Oliver, who on oath deposes and says that she is the Representative from District 82 and further deposes and says that the attached Notice of Intention to Introduce Local Legislation was published in the Champion which is the official organ of DeKalb County on January 22, 2015, and that the notice requirements of Code Section 28-1-14 have been met.

s/ MARY MARGARET OLIVER Mary Margaret Oliver Representative, District 82

Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 9th day of February, 2015.

s/ JENNIFER BURGESS Jennifer Burgess Notary Public, Fulton County, Georgia My Commission Expires December 29, 2018 (SEAL)

Approved March 3, 2015.

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DEKALB COUNTY CHIEF MAGISTRATE; ASSOCIATE JUDGES OF THE TRAFFIC DIVISION OF STATE COURT; CLERK OF STATE COURT; COMPENSATION.

No. 5 (House Bill No. 302).

AN ACT

To amend an Act providing for the compensation of certain county officers and officials of DeKalb County, approved March 31, 1976 (Ga. L. 1976, p. 3986), as amended, particularly by an Act approved March 30, 1995 (Ga. L. 1995, p. 4016), so as to increase the salary of the Chief Magistrate of DeKalb County; to establish salaries of the associate judges of the traffic division of the State Court of DeKalb County; to establish the salary of the Clerk of the State Court of DeKalb County; to provide an effective date; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF GEORGIA:

SECTION 1. An Act providing for the compensation of certain county officers and officials of DeKalb County, approved March 31, 1976 (Ga. L. 1976, p. 3986), as amended, particularly by an Act approved March 30, 1995 (Ga. L. 1995, p. 4016), is amended by revising Section 3 as follows:

"SECTION 3.

Notwithstanding any other provisions of law to the contrary, the annual salary of each of the officials listed below shall be the following percentage of the gross salary as defined in Section 1:
(1) State Court Judge except the presiding associate judge and associate judges of the Traffic Division. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 90% (2) State Court Solicitor. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 90% (3) State Court Traffic Division presiding associate judge and associate judges. . 80% (4) Chief Magistrate. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 85% (5) Associate Magistrate. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 67.5% (6) District Attorney. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 93.5%"

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SECTION 2. Said Act is further amended by adding a new section to read as follows:
"Section 3.1. The annual salary of the Clerk of the State Court of DeKalb County shall be 90 percent of the annual salary received by the Clerk of the Superior Court of DeKalb County."

SECTION 3. This Act shall become effective upon its approval by the Governor or upon its becoming law without such approval.

SECTION 4. All laws and parts of laws in conflict with this Act are repealed.

NOTICE OF INTENTION TO INTRODUCE LOCAL LEGISLATION
Notice is given that there will be introduced at the regular 2015 session of the General Assembly of Georgia a bill to amend an Act providing for The compensation of certain county officers and officials of DeKalb County, Approved March 31, 1976 (Ga. L. 1976, p. 3986), as amended, particularly by an Act approved March 30, 1995 (GA. L. 1995, p. 4016), so as to increase the salary of the Chief Magistrate of DeKalb County; to establish the salary of the of the State Court of DeKalb County; and for other purposes.
GEORGIA, FULTON COUNTY
Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths, Mary Margaret Oliver, who on oath deposes and says that she is the Representative from District 82 and further deposes and says that the attached Notice of Intention to Introduce Local Legislation was published in the Champion which is the official organ of DeKalb County on January 29, 2015, and that the notice requirements of Code Section 28-1-14 have been met.
s/ MARY MARGARET OLIVER Mary Margaret Oliver Representative, District 82
Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 9th day of February, 2015.
s/ JENNIFER BURGESS Jennifer Burgess

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Notary Public, Fulton County, Georgia My Commission Expires December 29, 2018 (SEAL)

Approved March 3, 2015.

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SANDERSVILLE SCHOOL BUILDING AUTHORITY CREATION.

No. 7 (House Bill No. 305).

AN ACT

To create the Sandersville School Building Authority; to provide for a short title; to confer powers and impose duties on the authority; to provide for the membership and the appointment of members of the authority and their terms of office, qualifications, duties, and powers; to provide for vacancies, organization, meetings, and expenses; to provide for definitions; to provide for the transfer of property; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF GEORGIA:

SECTION 1.

This Act shall be known and may be cited as the "Sandersville School Building Authority Act."

SECTION 2.

There is created a body corporate and politic to be known as the Sandersville School Building Authority. By that name, style, and title, such body may contract and be contracted with, sue and be sued, implead and be impleaded, and complain and defend in all courts of law and equity, except that the authority or the trustee acting under the trust indenture shall in no event be liable for any torts committed by any of the officers, agents, and employees. The authority shall not be a state institution nor a department or agency of the state but shall be an instrumentality of the state, a mere creation of the state, having a distinct corporate entity. The authority shall have its principal office in the Town of Sandersville, and its legal situs or residence for the purposes of this Act shall be Washington County. The authority is granted the same exemptions and exclusions from taxes as are now granted to cities and counties for the operation of facilities similar to facilities to be operated by the authority as provided under the provisions of this Act.

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SECTION 3. The authority is created for the purpose of acquiring, maintaining, developing, owning, and operating the building and grounds of the former Sandersville Elementary School in Sandersville, Georgia, in a manner that preserves this historic building, makes use of this space for cultural, artistic, and community endeavors, and generates revenues for the maintenance, improvement, and preservation of the facility and its grounds. The authority shall have perpetual existence. Any change in name or composition of the authority shall in no way affect the vested rights of any person under this part or impair the obligations of any contracts existing under this part.

SECTION 4.

(a)(1) The authority shall consist of nine members selected as provided in this subsection. The initial members shall be appointed by the Governor and shall be as provided in paragraph (2) of this subsection. The Governor shall designate four members to serve two-year terms and five members to serve four-year terms, and until their successors have been appointed. Thereafter, members shall be appointed by the authority from nominations made by the county commission, which shall nominate candidates for each vacancy. The terms of the members of the authority shall be for four years, beginning on July 1 of the year of their appointment, and until their successors have been appointed. Members of the authority may succeed themselves in office. (2) Membership of the authority shall be residents of Washington County and shall include the following:
(A) One representative of the Washington County Historical Society; (B) Two representatives of the arts community, one from visual arts and one from the local theater; (C) One representative of the kaolin industry; (D) One representative of the agricultural community, including agribusiness and the Cooperative Extension Service; (E) One representative of the Chamber of Commerce; and (F) Three members drawn from the community at large who have demonstrated a record of promoting Washington County and its welfare as well as having an interest in the welfare and promotion of the Sandersville school building. (b) Any vacancy on the authority shall be filled for the remainder of the vacant term by the authority by appointment from nominations made by the county commissioner. Three nominations shall be made for each vacancy. (c) Five members of the authority shall constitute a quorum, and the affirmative votes of four members shall be required for any action by the authority. No vacancy on the authority shall impair the right of the quorum to exercise all the rights and perform all the duties of the authority.

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(d) The authority shall make rules and regulations for its own government. It shall have perpetual existence. (e) The authority shall elect its own officers. (f) The members of the authority shall receive no compensation for their services on the authority but may receive reimbursement for expenses associated with their services pursuant to rules to be adopted by the authority. (g) The members of the authority shall be accountable in all respects as trustees. The authority shall keep suitable and proper books and records of all receipts, income, and expenditures of every kind and shall submit for inspection all the books, together with the proper statement of the authority's financial position, to the state auditor.

SECTION 5.

The authority shall meet at such times as may be necessary to transact the business coming before it, but not less than quarterly. All meetings shall be called, noticed, and conducted in accordance with Chapter 14 of Title 50 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated. Motions, resolutions, and all other proceedings of the authority and all documents and records shall be open to public inspection, except as authorized by provisions of the Georgia open records laws.

SECTION 6.

All funds deposited by the authority in any bank shall be placed in the name of the authority and shall be withdrawn or paid out only by check or draft on the bank, signed by the secretary-treasurer and countersigned by the chairperson a vice chairperson of the authority.

SECTION 7.

The authority shall have the power: (1) To adopt a seal and alter the same at its pleasure. The seal shall be impressed upon instruments of the authority, and any executed instrument bearing the seal of the authority shall be prima-facie evidence of its execution by the authority and that its execution was duly, regularly, and legally authorized by the authority; (2) To receive and administer gifts, grants, and donations; (3) To acquire in its own name by grant, purchase, gift, devise, or lease and to hold, use, sell, lease, or dispose of real and personal property of every kind and nature whatsoever, licenses, patents, rights, and interest necessary for the full, convenient, or useful exercise of carrying out any of its powers pursuant to this Act; (4) To acquire, develop, own, operate, and maintain the former buildings and grounds of Sandersville Elementary School, including power to acquire by purchase, lease, gift, or otherwise all or any part of any patents, licenses, rights, interest, engineering studies, data,

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or reports owned or held by any person, firm, or corporation and determined by the authority to be necessary, convenient, or useful to the authority in connection with the acquisition, construction, completion, development, operation, or maintenance of such building; (5) To appoint, select, and employ officers, agents, and employees and provide for their personnel services and benefits, including payroll, insurance, and retirement programs; (6) To enter into contracts with consultants and independent contractors, including engineering, architectural, and construction experts, fiscal agents, and attorneys, and to fix their respective compensation; (7) To make contracts, intergovernmental agreements, and leases and to execute all instruments necessary or convenient, including contracts for the acquisition of existing transportation facilities, acquisition of new facilities and property, managerial and operating services, and such other matters and things as may be needful and necessary to the proper and efficient operation of the business of the authority; (8) To accept loans and grants or to accept loans or grants of money or materials or property of any kind from the United States of America or any agency or instrumentality or political subdivision thereof or from any other source, upon such terms and conditions as the United States of America or such agency or instrumentality or other source may impose; (9) To accept loans and grants or to accept loans or grants of money or materials or property of any kind from the State of Georgia or any agency or instrumentality or political subdivision thereof or from any other source, upon such terms and conditions as the State of Georgia or such agency or instrumentality or political subdivision or any other source may impose; (10) To borrow money for any of its corporate purposes and to execute evidence of such indebtedness by promissory notes or otherwise, to secure the same, and to provide for the payment of the same and for the rights of the holders thereof; (11) To exercise any power usually possessed by private corporations performing similar functions which is not in conflict with the Constitution and laws of this state; (12) To do all things necessary or convenient to exercise and carry out the powers especially given in this Act; (13) To make rules and bylaws for the orderly operation of the authority; (14) To sue and to be sued in its corporate name in all courts of competent jurisdiction; (15) To accumulate its funds from year to year and to invest the same in any manner that instrumentalities of the State of Georgia or any of its political subdivisions may be invested; and (16) To procure and enter into contracts for any type of insurance and indemnity against loss or damage to its property from any cause, including loss or use and occupancy, against death or injury of any person, against employees' liability, against any act of any member, officer, or employee of the authority in the performance of the duties of his or her office, or against employment of any other insurance risk.

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SECTION 8.

All construction contracts and all contracts for the purchase of supplies, equipment, and services when the expense thereof exceeds $10,000.00 shall be awarded to the lowest, qualified, or best bidder, after advertising for bids therefor has been published twice in the legal organs of the counties within the jurisdiction of the authority. The authority shall have the right to reject any or all bids or parts of any or all bids when such rejection is deemed necessary by the authority.

SECTION 9.

The authority shall become active on July 1, 2015, or when all members of the authority have been appointed, whichever is later. If the authority is abolished or becomes inactive through the failure to appoint members, ownership of the Sandersville school building shall be transferred to Washington County.

SECTION 10.

All laws and parts of laws in conflict with this Act are repealed.

NOTICE OF INTENTION TO INTRODUCE LOCAL LEGISLATION
Notice is given that there will be introduced at the regular 2015 session of the General Assembly of Georgia a bill to create the Sandersville School Building Authority; to provide for the membership and the appointment of members of the authority and their terms of office, qualifications, duties, and powers; to provide for vacancies, organization, meetings, and expenses; to provide for definitions; to provide for the transfer of property; and for other purposes.
GEORGIA, FULTON COUNTY
Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths, Mack Jackson, who on oath deposes and says that he is the Representative from District 128 and further deposes and says that the attached Notice of Intention to Introduce Local Legislation was published in the Sandersville Progress which is the official organ of Washington County on February 4, 2015, and that the notice requirements of Code Section 28-1-14 have been met.

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s/ MACK JACKSON Mack Jackson Representative, District 128

Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 10th day of February, 2015.

s/ JENNIFER BURGESS Jennifer Burgess Notary Public, Fulton County, Georgia My Commission Expires December 29, 2018 (SEAL)

Approved March 6, 2015.

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CITY OF WAYCROSS CORPORATE LIMITS.

No. 11 (House Bill No. 523).

AN ACT

To amend an Act providing a new charter for the City of Waycross, approved August 17, 1909 (Ga. L. 1909, p. 1456), as amended, so as to change the corporate limits of such city; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF GEORGIA:

SECTION 1. An Act providing a new charter for the City of Waycross, approved August 17, 1909 (Ga. L. 1909, p. 1456), as amended, is amended by adding a new Section 3.1 as follows:

"SECTION 3.1.

On and after July 1, 2015, the corporate limits of the City of Waycross shall not include any territory within the boundaries of Pierce County."

SECTION 2. All laws and parts of laws in conflict with this Act are repealed.

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NOTICE OF INTENTION TO INTRODUCE LOCAL LEGISLATION

Notice is given that there will be introduced at the regular 2015 session of the General Assembly of Georgia a bill to amend an Act providing a new charter for the City of Waycross, approved August 17, 1909 (Ga. L. 1909, p. 1456), as amended; and for other purposes.

GEORGIA, FULTON COUNTY

Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths, Chad Nimmer, who on oath deposes and says that he is the Representative from District 178 and further deposes and says that the attached Notice of Intention to Introduce Local Legislation was published in the Waycross Journal Herald which is the official organ of Ware County on February 28, 2015, and that the notice requirements of Code Section 28-1-14 have been met.

s/ CHAD NIMMER Chad Nimmer Representative, District 178

Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 2nd day of March 2015.

s/ JENNIFER BURGESS Jennifer Burgess Notary Public, Fulton County, Georgia My Commission Expires December 29, 2018 (SEAL)

Approved March 23, 2015.

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HENRY COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS; CHAIRPERSON; MEMBERS; COUNTY MANAGER; AUTHORITY, ROLES, AND RESPONSIBILITIES.

No. 12 (House Bill No. 554).

AN ACT

To amend an Act entitled "An Act to amend an Act providing for a new Board of Commissioners of Henry County," approved March 24, 1974 (Ga. L. 1974, p. 3680), as amended, particularly by an Act approved April 4, 1990 (Ga. L. 1990, p. 5232), so as to further define the authority, roles, and responsibilities of the chairperson, the board of commissioners, and the county manager; to provide for compensation; to provide for related matters; to provide for effective dates; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF GEORGIA:

SECTION 1. An Act entitled "An Act to amend an Act providing for a new Board of Commissioners of Henry County," approved March 24, 1974 (Ga. L. 1974, p. 3680), as amended, particularly by an Act approved April 4, 1990 (Ga. L. 1990, p. 5232), is amended by revising Section 5 as follows:

"SECTION 5. The chairperson of the board of commissioners shall receive an annual salary in the amount of $45,000.00. Each district commissioner shall receive an annual salary in the amount of $35,000.00. Such salaries shall be paid in equal monthly installments out of the general funds of Henry County. The chairperson and each district commissioner shall also receive an expense allowance for in-county travel of $2,400.00 per annum, payable in equal monthly installments out of the funds of Henry County."

SECTION 2. Said Act is further amended by revising Section 8.2 as follows:

"SECTION 8.2. (a) The Board of Commissioners of Henry County, Georgia, in addition to such power and authority granted to it by local law, general statute, the Constitution of the State of Georgia, or by the now existing ordinances of Henry County, Georgia, shall have the exclusive power to:
(1) Appoint, from time to time, a non-elected individual to serve as county manager and individuals to serve as assistant county managers as necessary and appropriate;

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(2) Delegate to such county manager and assistant county managers such duties and responsibilities as are deemed necessary and appropriate; (3) Establish the qualifications, compensation, and job description of the county manager and assistant county managers; (4) Appoint, at least annually, an individual to serve as county clerk and individuals to serve as assistant county clerks; (5) Delegate to such county clerk such duties and responsibilities as are deemed necessary and appropriate; (6) Establish the qualifications, compensation, and job description of the county clerk; provided, however, that, in addition to any additional duties and responsibilities, the county clerk shall be the official custodian of records for Henry County and shall keep and maintain the minutes of meetings of the Board of Commissioners of Henry County, and after consultation with the board of commissioners, chairperson, county attorney, and county manager, the clerk shall establish the agenda for each meeting of the board of commissioners; (7) Appoint and retain, from time to time, an attorney or attorneys to serve as county attorney for Henry County; (8) Establish the qualifications and compensation of such attorney or attorneys designated to serve as county attorney who shall serve as legal counsel to the chairperson and the board of commissioners; provided, however, where there is a conflict between the chairperson and members of the board of commissioners, and unless otherwise provided by the board of commissioners, the Georgia Rules of Professional Conduct for attorneys in Georgia, or by order of court, the county attorney shall serve as legal counsel to the board of commissioners. Unless otherwise provided by the board of commissioners, the Georgia Rules of Professional Conduct for attorneys in Georgia, or by order of court, the county attorney in all legal proceedings shall serve as the attorney of record for Henry County, Georgia, and the chairperson and the board of commissioners in their official capacities; (9) Establish rules of order and procedure to govern meetings of the board of commissioners; (10) Establish personnel policies and organizational charts for the personnel of Henry County government; (11) Appoint, from time to time, one or more individuals to serve as executive assistant to the board of commissioners; (12) Establish the qualifications, compensation, and job description of such executive assistant or assistants; and (13) Hire, fire, discipline, suspend, or demote such executive assistant or assistants. The power and authority to hire, fire, discipline, suspend, or demote the county manager, county clerk, and county attorney shall rest exclusively with the Board of Commissioners of Henry County. In the absence of any such positions, the board of commissioners shall have the power to hire, fire, discipline, suspend, or demote any employee of Henry County

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or delegate such power to one or more non-elected employees. Any such action shall require the affirmative vote of a majority of the board of commissioners. Assistant county managers may be hired, fired, disciplined, suspended, or demoted by the county manager as well as the Board of Commissioners of Henry County. Assistant county clerks may be hired, fired, disciplined, suspended, or demoted by the county clerk as well as the Board of Commissioners of Henry County. (b) The chairperson shall:
(1) Serve as a voting member of the board of commissioners; (2) Serve as presiding officer over meetings of the board of commissioners; (3) Execute such documents and instruments as are approved by the board of commissioners; (4) After consultation with the county manager, submit to the board of commissioners an annual budget for consideration and adoption by the board of commissioners; (5) See that the ordinances, resolutions, and regulations of the board of commissioners and the laws of the state are faithfully executed and enforced; (6) Coordinate intergovernmental activity between the county and municipalities, other counties, other political subdivisions, and state and federal agencies; (7) With the other members of the board of commissioners, initiate the assessment of the needs of the county, evaluate county services, and develop the policies of the county; (8) Represent or designate an individual to represent Henry County at ceremonial functions; and (9) Have the power to delegate in writing to a member of the board of commissioners who accepts any of the powers of chairperson."

SECTION 3. Section 1 of this Act shall become effective on January 1, 2017. The remainder of this Act shall become effective upon its approval by the Governor or upon its becoming law without such approval.

SECTION 4. All laws and parts of laws in conflict with this Act are repealed.

NOTICE OF INTENTION TO INTRODUCE LOCAL LEGISLATION
Notice is given that there will be introduced at the regular 2015 session of the General Assembly of Georgia a bill to amend an Act entitled "An Act to amend an Act providing for a new Board of Commissioners of Henry County," approved March 24, 1974 (Ga. L. 1974, p. 3680), as amended, particularly by an Act approved April 4, 1990 (Ga. L. 1990, p. 5232), so as to further define the authority, roles, and responsibilities of the chairperson, the board

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of commissioners, and the county manager; to provide for compensation; to provide for related matters; to provide for effective dates; and for other purposes.

GEORGIA, FULTON COUNTY

Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths, Dale Rutledge, who on oath deposes and says that he is the Representative from District 109 and further deposes and says that the attached Notice of Intention to Introduce Local Legislation was published in the Henry Daily Herald which is the official organ of Henry County on February 21, 2015, and that the notice requirements of Code Section 28-1-14 have been met.

s/ DALE RUTLEDGE Dale Rutledge Representative, District 109

Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 4th day of March, 2015.

s/ JENNIFER BURGESS Jennifer Burgess Notary Public, Fulton County, Georgia My Commission Expires December 29, 2018 (SEAL)

Approved March 27, 2015.

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CITY OF PAYNE CITY ABOLISH.

No. 13 (House Bill No. 575).

AN ACT

To repeal an Act creating a new charter for Payne City, approved May 16, 2007 (Ga. L. 2007, p. 3555), as amended, so as to abolish Payne City; to provide for the disposition of the assets, property, and legal rights and obligations of the city and the winding up of city affairs; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF GEORGIA:

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SECTION 1. An Act creating a new charter for Payne City, approved May 16, 2007 (Ga. L. 2007, p. 3555), as amended, is repealed, and Payne City is abolished. The assets, property, and legal rights and obligations of the city shall devolve upon the governing authority of Macon-Bibb County, and the affairs of the city shall be wound up, all the same as provided for a terminated municipality under subsection (g) of Code Section 36-30-7.1 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated.

SECTION 2. All laws and parts of laws in conflict with this Act are repealed.

NOTICE OF INTENTION TO INTRODUCE LOCAL LEGISLATION
Notice is given that there will be introduced at the regular 2015 session of the General Assembly of Georgia a bill to repeal an Act entitled an Act tcreating a new charter for Payne City, approved May 16, 2007 (Ga. L. 2007, p. 3555), as amended; and for other purposes.
GEORGIA, FULTON COUNTY
Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths, James Beverly, who on oath deposes and says that he is the Representative from District 143 and further deposes and says that the attached Notice of Intention to Introduce Local Legislation was published in the Macon Telegraph which is the official organ of Bibb County on February 12, 2015, and that the notice requirements of Code Section 28-1-14 have been met.
s/ JAMES BEVERLY James Beverly Representative, District 143
Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 5th day of March, 2015.
s/ JENNIFER BURGESS Jennifer Burgess Notary Public, Fulton County, Georgia My Commission Expires December 29, 2018 (SEAL)
Approved March 27, 2015.

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MCDUFFIE COUNTY CORONER; COMPENSATION.

No. 28 (Senate Bill No. 211).

AN ACT

To amend an Act placing the county officers of McDuffie County on an annual salary, approved March 9, 1959 (Ga. L. 1959, p. 2568), as amended, particularly by an Act approved March 21, 1989 (Ga. L. 1989, p. 3899), so as to change the annual salary of the coroner of McDuffie County; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF GEORGIA:

SECTION 1. An Act placing the county officers of McDuffie County on an annual salary, approved March 9, 1959 (Ga. L. 1959, p. 2568), as amended, particularly by an Act approved March 21, 1989 (Ga. L. 1989, p. 3899), is amended by striking Section 5A in its entirety and inserting in its place a new Section 5A to read as follows:

"Section 5A. The coroner of McDuffie County shall be compensated as provided in O.C.G.A. Chapter 16 of Title 45."

SECTION 2. All laws and parts of laws in conflict with this Act are repealed.

NOTICE OF INTENTION TO INTRODUCE LOCAL LEGISLATION
Notice is given that there will be introduced at the regular 2015 session of the General Assembly of Georgia a bill to amend an Act placing the county officers of McDuffie County on an annual salary, approved March 9, 1959 (Ga. L. 1959, p. 2568), as amended, particularly by an Act approved March 21, 1989 (Ga. L. 1989, p. 3899), so as to change the annual salary of the coroner of McDuffie County; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes.
GEORGIA, FULTON COUNTY
Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths, Jesse Stone, who on oath deposes and says that he is the Senator from District 23 and further deposes and says that the attached Notice of Intention to Introduce Local Legislation

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was published in the McDuffie Progress which is the official organ of McDuffie County on March 5, 2015, and that the notice requirements of Code Section 28-1-14 have been met.

s/ JESSE STONE Jesse Stone Senator, District 23

Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 9th day of March, 2015.

s/ JENNIFER BURGESS Jennifer Burgess Notary Public, Fulton County, Georgia My Commission Expires December 29, 2018 (SEAL)

Approved April 29, 2015.

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CITY OF MARSHALLVILLE MAYOR AND COUNCIL; FILLING OF VACANCIES.

No. 30 (House Bill No. 181).

AN ACT

To amend an Act to reincorporate and provide a new charter for the City of Marshallville in Macon County, approved March 19, 1987 (Ga. L. 1987, p. 3993), so as to revise the manner of filling a vacancy in the office of mayor or councilmember; to provide for related matters; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF GEORGIA:

SECTION 1. An Act to reincorporate and provide a new charter for the City of Marshallville in Macon County, approved March 19, 1987 (Ga. L. 1987, p. 3993), is amended by revising Section 5.12 as follows:

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"SECTION 5.12. Vacancies.

In the event that the office of mayor or councilmember shall become vacant for any cause whatsoever, the city council or those remaining shall by majority vote appoint a successor for the remainder of the term of office."

SECTION 2. All laws and parts of laws in conflict with this Act are repealed.

NOTICE OF INTENTION TO INTRODUCE LOCAL LEGISLATION
Notice is given that there will be introduced at the regular 2015 session of the General Assembly of Georgia a bill to amend an Act to reincorporate and provide a new charter for the City of Marshallville in Macon County, approved March 19, 1987 (Ga.L.1987, p 3993), so as to revise the manner of filing a vacancy in the office of mayor or councilmember; to provide for related matters; and for other purposes.
GEORGIA, FULTON COUNTY
Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths, Patty Bentley, who on oath deposes and says that she is the Representative from District 139 and further deposes and says that the attached Notice of Intention to Introduce Local Legislation was published in the Citizen Georgian which is the official organ of Macon County on January 21, 2015, and that the notice requirements of Code Section 28-1-14 have been met.
s/ PATTY BENTLEY Patty Bentley Representative, District 139
Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 29th day of January, 2015.
s/ JENNIFER BURGESS Jennifer Burgess Notary Public, Fulton County, Georgia My Commission Expires December 29, 2018 (SEAL)

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Approved April 29, 2015.

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CITY OF LAFAYETTE HOTEL/MOTEL TAX.

No. 41 (House Bill No. 424).

AN ACT

To authorize the governing authority of the City of LaFayette to levy an excise tax pursuant to subsection (b) of Code Section 48-13-51 of the O.C.G.A.; to provide procedures, conditions, and limitations; to provide for related matters; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF GEORGIA:

SECTION 1. Pursuant to the authority of subsection (b) of Code Section 48-13-51 of the O.C.G.A., the governing authority of the City of LaFayette is authorized to levy an excise tax at a rate not to exceed 8 percent of the charge for the furnishing for value to the public of any room or rooms, lodgings, or accommodations furnished by any person or legal entity licensed by, or required to pay business or occupation taxes to, the municipality for operating a hotel, motel, inn, lodge, tourist camp, tourist cabin, campground, or any other place in which rooms, lodgings, or accommodations are regularly or periodically furnished for value.

SECTION 2. The enactment of this Act is subsequent to the adoption of Ordinance No. 15-01 and accompanying resolution by the governing authority of the City of LaFayette on February 9, 2015, which specifies the subsequent tax rate, identifies the projects or tourism product development purposes, and specifies the allocation of proceeds.

SECTION 3. In accordance with the terms of such resolution adopted by the mayor and council of the City of LaFayette:
(1) In each fiscal year during which a tax is collected pursuant to paragraph (2) of subsection (b) of Code Section 48-13-51 of the O.C.G.A., an amount equal to not less than 50 percent of the total amount of taxes collected that exceeds the amount of taxes that would be collected at the rate of 5 percent shall be expended for promoting tourism, conventions, and trade shows by the destination marketing organization designated by the City of LaFayette; and

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(2) The remaining amount of taxes collected that exceeds the amount of taxes that would be collected at the rate of 5 percent which is not otherwise expended under paragraph (1) of this section shall be expended for tourism product development.

SECTION 4. All laws and parts of laws in conflict with this Act are repealed.

NOTICE TO INTRODUCE LOCAL LEGISLATION

Notice is hereby given that there will be introduced at the regular 2015 Session of the General Assembly of Georgia a Bill to amend the City of LaFayette, Georgia Motel-Hotel Excise Tax Ordinance to increase the tax rate from 5.00% to 8.00%; to provide for all related matters: to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes.

GEORGIA, FULTON COUNTY

Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths, Steve Tarvin, who on oath deposes and says that he is the Representative from District 2 and further deposes and says that the attached Notice of Intention to Introduce Local Legislation was published in the Walker County Messenger which is the official organ of Walker County on February 11, 2015, and that the notice requirements of Code Section 28-1-14 have been met.

s/ STEVE TARVIN Steve Tarvin Representative, District 2

Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 19th day of February, 2015.

s/ JENNIFER BURGESS Jennifer Burgess Notary Public, Fulton County, Georgia My Commission Expires December 29, 2018 (SEAL)

Approved May 1, 2015.

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CITY OF CHICKAMAUGA CITY MANAGER; CHIEF OF POLICE; DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES.

No. 42 (House Bill No. 528).

AN ACT

To amend an Act to provide a new charter for the City of Chickamauga in Walker County, Georgia, approved April 10, 2014 (Ga. L. 2014, p. 4218), so as to revise the duties and responsibilities of the city manager and the chief of police; to provide for related matters; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF GEORGIA:

SECTION 1. An Act to provide a new charter for the City of Chickamauga in Walker County, Georgia, approved April 10, 2014 (Ga. L. 2014, p. 4218), is amended by revising subsections (e) and (k) of Section 4.10 as follows:
"(e) The city manager shall be the chief financial officer of the city and shall prepare draft budgets for the city and all its departments for submission to the mayor and council. The city manager shall keep the mayor and council fully advised as to the financial condition and future needs of the city, and make recommendations to the mayor and city council concerning the affairs of the city as the city manager deems desirable. The city manager shall submit to the mayor and council and make available to the public a complete report of finances and administrative activities of the city at the end of the year." "(k) The city manager shall be the chief personnel officer of the city. The city manager shall recommend for approval by the mayor and council appointments or removal of city personnel including department heads except as otherwise provided by law."

SECTION 2. Said Act is further amended by revising subsections (c) and (d) of Section 4.11 as follows:
"(c) The police chief shall report to the mayor and council. Under the general direction of the city manager, the police chief will direct the administration and operation of all services of the city police department and shall establish the directives, rules, and regulations for the department. The chief of police shall recommend for appointments or removal of police department personnel to the personnel manager. Police department personnel shall be appointed or removed as provided in paragraph (7) of subsection (b) of Section 3.19 of this charter. (d) The police chief may submit a draft budget to the city manager."

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SECTION 3. All laws and parts of laws in conflict with this Act are repealed.

NOTICE OF INTENTION TO INTRODUCE LOCAL LEGISLATION

Notice is given that there will be introduced at the regular 2015 session of the General Assembly of Georgia a bill to an Act to provide a new charter for the City of Chickamauga in Walker County, Georgia, approved April 10, 2014 (Ga. L. 2015 p. 4218), so as to revise the duties and responsibilities of the city manager and the chief of police; to proved for related matters; and for other pup roses.

GEORGIA, FULTON COUNTY

Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths, Steve Tarvin, who on oath deposes and says that he is the Representative from District 2 and further deposes and says that the attached Notice of Intention to Introduce Local Legislation was published in the Walker County Messenger which is the official organ of Walker County on February 25, 2015, and that the notice requirements of Code Section 28-1-14 have been met.

s/ STEVE TARVIN Steve Tarvin Representative, District 2

Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 2nd day of March, 2015.

s/ JENNIFER BURGESS Jennifer Burgess Notary Public, Fulton County, Georgia My Commission Expires December 29, 2018 (SEAL)

Approved May 1, 2015.

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CATOOSA COUNTY STATE COURT; CREATION.

No. 48 (House Bill No. 674).

AN ACT

To create the State Court of Catoosa County; to specify the location of the court and provide for facilities therefor; to provide for jurisdiction, powers, practice, and procedure; to provide for terms of court; to specify business hours of the court; to specify costs and fees; to provide for transfer of certain matters from the Superior Court of Catoosa County; to provide for institution of criminal cases; to provide for appeals; to provide for selection, number, and compensation of jurors; to provide for appointment, election, qualifications, and terms of office of a judge of the court; to provide for restrictions and discipline of such judge and powers and duties thereof; to provide for the appointment, election, qualifications, and terms of office of a solicitor-general of the court and the powers and duties thereof; to provide for a clerk and sheriff of the court and the duties thereof; to provide compensation for the judge, solicitor-general, and other officers and staff of the court; to provide for a judge pro hac vice and an official court stenographer; to provide for expenses for the court; to provide an effective date; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF GEORGIA:

SECTION 1. Effective July 1, 2016, there is created the State Court of Catoosa County which shall have the power, jurisdiction, and method of procedure as provided by Chapter 7 of Title 15 of the O.C.G.A.

SECTION 2. The State Court of Catoosa County shall be located in the county site of Catoosa County in facilities provided by the governing authority of Catoosa County.

SECTION 3. The State Court of Catoosa County shall have such rules of practice and procedure as provided by Chapter 7 of Title 15 of the O.C.G.A. or by rules promulgated by the Supreme Court of Georgia.

SECTION 4. The State Court of Catoosa County shall have quarterly terms beginning on the second Monday of January, April, July, and October in the county site of Catoosa County, and such terms shall remain open for the transaction of business until the next succeeding term. If the date fixed for the convening of any term is a legal holiday, then that term shall begin on the

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next day thereafter which is not a legal holiday. Such court shall at all times be open for the purpose of receiving pleas of guilty in criminal cases and passing sentence thereon and for the transaction of civil business before the court.

SECTION 5. The clerk of the state court shall be required to keep his or her office open the same hours for business as the clerk of the superior court.

SECTION 6. The clerk of the state court shall be entitled to charge and collect the same fees as the clerk of the superior court is entitled to charge and collect for the same or similar services. All such fees shall be paid into the county treasury, except those sums which are directed by law to be paid otherwise.

SECTION 7. All misdemeanor criminal cases pending in the Superior Court of Catoosa County, the Probate Court of Catoosa County, and the Magistrate Court of Catoosa County on July 1, 2016, shall be transferred to the State Court of Catoosa County on such date and shall thereafter stand for trial in such state court as though originally filed therein.

SECTION 8. All prosecutions in criminal cases instituted in the State Court of Catoosa County shall be by written accusation, uniform traffic citation, or summons as provided for by Code Section 17-7-71 of the O.C.G.A.

SECTION 9. Any cases tried in the State Court of Catoosa County shall be subject to review by the Court of Appeals or the Supreme Court of Georgia, whichever court has jurisdiction, in the same manner and under the same rules of appellate procedure as apply to cases in the superior court.

SECTION 10. (a) Traverse jurors shall be drawn, selected, chosen, and summoned for service in the State Court of Catoosa County from the same jury list and from the same jury box and in the same manner as is done in the superior court. Jurors in such state court shall receive the same per diem compensation for service therein as in the Superior Court of Catoosa County and shall be paid by Catoosa County in the same manner and out of like funds as jurors are paid in the superior court. (b) The jury for the trial of all civil cases tried in the State Court of Catoosa County shall be composed of the number of jurors set forth in Chapter 12 of Title 15 of the O.C.G.A.

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Peremptory strikes in civil cases shall be exercised in the manner prescribed in Chapter 12 of Title 15 of the O.C.G.A. (c) The jury for the trial of all criminal cases tried in the State Court of Catoosa County shall be composed of the number of jurors set forth in Chapter 12 of Title 15 of the O.C.G.A. Peremptory strikes in criminal cases shall be exercised in the manner prescribed in Chapter 12 of Title 15 of the O.C.G.A.

SECTION 11. (a) There shall be a judge of the State Court of Catoosa County who shall be elected by the qualified voters of Catoosa County at the state-wide nonpartisan general election in 2018, shall take office the first day of January immediately following such election, and shall serve for a term of office of four years and until the election and qualification of a successor, as provided by Chapter 7 of Title 15 and Title 21 of the O.C.G.A.; provided, however, that the first judge shall be appointed by the Governor for a term of office beginning July 1, 2016, and ending January 1, 2019, and until the election and qualification of a successor. (b) The judge of such court shall have such qualifications and shall be subject to such restrictions and discipline as provided in Chapter 7 of Title 15 of the O.C.G.A. He or she shall be vested with all the power and authority of the judges of the state courts by Chapter 7 of Title 15 of the O.C.G.A. (c) The judge shall be a full-time judge, shall be paid an annual salary in an amount equal to 90 percent of the state salary for judges of the superior court not including any local supplements, and shall receive all legally required benefits. Such salary shall be payable out of the funds of Catoosa County at the same intervals as installments are paid to other county employees. The governing authority of Catoosa County may supplement such judge's salary.

SECTION 12. (a) There shall be a solicitor-general of the State Court of Catoosa County who shall be elected by the qualified voters of Catoosa County at the state-wide general election in November, 2018, shall take office the first day of January immediately following such election, and shall serve for a term of office of four years and until the election and qualification of a successor, as provided by Article 3 of Chapter 18 of Title 15 and Title 21 of the O.C.G.A.; provided, however, that the first solicitor-general shall be appointed by the Governor for a term of office beginning July 1, 2016, and ending January 1, 2019, and until the election and qualification of a successor. (b) The solicitor-general of such court shall have such qualifications as provided in Article 3 of Chapter 18 of Title 15 of the O.C.G.A. and shall be a full-time solicitor-general of such court. (c) The solicitor-general shall be paid an annual salary equal to 85 percent of the salary of the state court judge, not including any local supplements, and shall receive all legally required benefits. Such salary shall be payable out of the funds of Catoosa County at the same intervals as installments are paid to other county employees.

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SECTION 13. (a) The clerk of the Superior Court of Catoosa County shall, by virtue of his or her office, be the clerk of the State Court of Catoosa County, and the sheriff of such county shall likewise be the sheriff of such state court. The clerk shall provide all the necessary dockets, writs, minute books, printed forms, and the like as will be necessary for such state court which shall be paid for by Catoosa County in like manner as such items in the superior court. (b) The number and salaries of any necessary additional support staff for the clerk of the superior court and the sheriff of Catoosa County required to serve the State Court of Catoosa County shall be set by the Catoosa County Board of Commissioners.

SECTION 14. The governing authority of Catoosa County is authorized to supplement the salary of the clerk of the superior court in the amount of $500.00 per month.

SECTION 15. In the event the judge of the State Court of Catoosa County is unable to preside in the court or is disqualified for any reason, then the judge may appoint a judge pro hac vice to serve in his or her absence. Such judge pro hac vice shall meet the same qualifications as the judge of the State Court of Catoosa County.

SECTION 16. The judge of the State Court of Catoosa County may appoint an official stenographer for such court who shall report such cases as the court may require. He or she shall receive the same fees as allowed for similar services in the superior court which shall be taxed and enforced as in the superior court.

SECTION 17. The judge and solicitor-general of the State Court of Catoosa County shall make application to the Catoosa County Board of Commissioners for the provision of necessary and reasonable expenses incurred by them in the operation of the court.

SECTION 18. All laws and parts of laws in conflict with this Act are repealed.

NOTICE OF INTENTION TO INTRODUCE LOCAL LEGISLATION
Notice is given that there will be introduced at the regular 2015 session of the General Assembly of Georgia a bill to create the State Court of Catoosa County; to specify the location of the court and provide for facilities therefor; to provide for jurisdiction, powers, practice, and procedure; to provide for terms of court; to specify business hours of the court;

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to specify costs and fees; to provide for transfer of certain matters from the Superior Court of Catoosa County; to provide for institution of criminal cases; to provide for appeals; to provide for selection, number, and compensation of jurors; to provide for appointment, election, qualifications, and terms of office of a judge and powers and duties thereof; to provide for the appointment, election, qualifications, and terms of office of a solicitor-general of the court and the powers and duties thereof; to provide for a clerk and sheriff of the court and duties thereof; to provide compensation for the judge, solicitor-general, and other officers and staff of the court; to provide for a judge por hac vice and an official court stenographer; to provide for expenses for the court; to provide an effective date; and for other purposes.

GEORGIA, FULTON COUNTY

Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths, Tom Weldon, who on oath deposes and says that he is the Representative from District 3 and further deposes and says that the attached Notice of Intention to Introduce Local Legislation was published in the Catoosa County News which is the official organ of Catoosa County on February 25, 2015, and that the notice requirements of Code Section 28-1-14 have been met.

s/ TOM WELDON Tom Weldon Representative, District 3

Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 25th day of March 2015.

s/ JENNIFER BURGESS Jennifer Burgess Notary Public, Fulton County, Georgia My Commission Expires December 29, 2018 (SEAL)

Approved May 5, 2015.

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METROPOLITAN ATLANTA RAPID TRANSIT AUTHORITY VOTING PRIVILEGES FOR EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF GEORGIA REGIONAL TRANSPORTATION AUTHORITY; STAGGERED TERMS FOR NEW
BOARD MEMBERS; PENALTIES FOR VIOLATIONS OF RULES AND REGULATIONS; AUDITS; CITATIONS; APPEALS; COLLECTION OF FINES; RATES OF SALES AND USE TAX; RESTRICTIONS ON USE OF SALES AND USE TAX PROCEEDS.

No. 62 (House Bill No. 213).

AN ACT
To amend an Act known as the "Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority Act of 1965," approved March 10, 1965 (Ga. L. 1965, p. 2243), as amended, so as to provide for the restoration of voting privileges to the Executive Director of the Georgia Regional Transportation Authority until 2017; to provide for the staggering of new board members when a county joins the Authority; to provide for suspensions from the system and property for violations of rules and regulations; to provide for the inclusion of certain items in an independent management audit; to provide for the issuance of citations; to provide for an appeals process; to provide for the appointment of hearing officers; to provide for a hearing; to provide for the appeal of decisions to superior court; to provide for the authority to pursue legal action for the collection of fines; to provide for the rate of a sales and use tax; to provide for the retail sales and use tax when a county joins the Authority; to provide for a permanent suspension of restrictions on the use of sales and use tax proceeds upon the submission of an independent management audit to certain officials; to provide for related matters; to provide for an effective date; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF GEORGIA:
SECTION 1. An Act known as the "Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority Act of 1965," approved March 10, 1965 (Ga. L. 1965, p. 2243), is amended by revising subsections (a) and (b) of Section 6 as follows:
"(a) On and after January 1, 2017, the Board of Directors of the Authority shall be reconstituted and composed of 11 voting members and two nonvoting members. Three members shall be residents of the City of Atlanta to be nominated by the Mayor and elected by the City Council; four members shall be residents of DeKalb County with three of the four appointees to be appointed by the governing authority of DeKalb County and at least one of such appointees shall be a resident of that portion of DeKalb County lying south of

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the southernmost corporate boundaries of the City of Decatur and at least one of such appointees shall be a resident of that portion of DeKalb County lying north of the northernmost corporate boundaries of the City of Decatur and the fourth appointee to be appointed by a majority vote of a caucus of mayors of the municipalities located wholly in DeKalb County; three members shall be residents of Fulton County and one of such members shall be a resident of that portion of Fulton County lying south of the corporate limits of the City of Atlanta to be appointed by a majority vote of the Fulton County Board of Commissioners, and two of such members shall be residents of that portion of Fulton County lying north of the corporate limits of the City of Atlanta to be appointed by a majority vote of a caucus of mayors of the municipalities of Fulton County lying north of the corporate limits of the City of Atlanta; one member shall be a resident of a participating jurisdiction to be appointed by the Governor; one nonvoting member shall be the Commissioner of the Department of Transportation; and one nonvoting member shall be the Executive Director of the Georgia Regional Transportation Authority. Those board members appointed by a local governing authority, caucus, or the Governor as described in this section in office as of January 1, 2017, shall serve initial terms of office as follows: two of the three appointees of the governing authority of DeKalb County, two of the three appointees of the Mayor and City Council of Atlanta, and one of the two appointees of the caucus of mayors from municipalities lying north of the corporate limits of the City of Atlanta shall serve a term of two years, and the remaining appointees shall serve for terms of four years. No later than December 1, 2016, all board members shall be appointed and each local governing authority or caucus shall designate which board members shall serve an initial term of two years. After the initial two-year terms of those five board members described in this subsection, that governing authority or caucus which appointed the member for that initial term to that office shall appoint successors thereto for terms of office of four years in the same manner that such governing authority or caucus makes its other appointments to the Board. Those board members in office on May 31, 2014, shall serve until December 31, 2016. The Executive Director of the Georgia Regional Transportation Authority and the Commissioner of the Department of Transportation shall be nonvoting members of the Board and shall serve while holding their State offices; provided, however, that notwithstanding any provisions of this Act to the contrary, the Executive Director of the Georgia Regional Transportation Authority shall be a voting member of the Board until December 31, 2016. Except as provided above, all appointments shall be for terms of four years except that a vacancy caused otherwise than by expiration shall be filled for the unexpired portion thereof by the appointing entity which made the original appointment to the vacant position, or its successor in office. A member of the Board may be appointed to succeed himself or herself for one four-year term; provided, however, that board membership prior to January 1, 2017, shall not be considered in calculating limits on length of service. Appointments to fill expiring terms shall be made by the appointing entity prior to the

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expiration of the term, but such appointments shall not be made more than thirty days prior to the expiration of the term. Members appointed to the Board shall serve for the terms of office specified in this section and until their respective successors are appointed and qualified. (b) The local governing bodies of Clayton, Cobb, and Gwinnett counties may, any other provision of this Act to the contrary notwithstanding, negotiate, enter into, and submit to the qualified voters of their respective counties the question of approval of a rapid transit contract between the county submitting the question and the Authority, all in accordance with the provisions of Section 24 of this Act. The local governing bodies of these counties shall be authorized to execute such rapid transit contract prior to the holding of the referendum provided for in said Section 24; provided, however, that such rapid transit contract shall not become valid and binding unless the same is approved by a majority of those voting in said referendum, which approval shall also be deemed approval of further participation in the Authority. Upon approval of such rapid transit contract, the county entering into such contract shall be a participant in the Authority, and its rights and responsibilities shall, insofar as possible, be the same as if it had participated in the Authority from its beginning, and the local governing body of the county may then appoint two residents of the county to the Board of Directors of the Authority. The local governing body shall designate one such resident to serve an initial term ending on the 31st day of December in the second full year after the year in which the referendum approving said rapid transit contract was held and one such resident to serve an initial term ending on the 31st day of December in the fourth full year after the year in which the referendum approving said rapid transit contract was held, in which event the Board of Directors of the Authority shall, subsection (a) of this Section 6 to the contrary notwithstanding, be composed of such additional members. Upon the conclusion of the initial terms provided for in this subsection, the local governing body which appointed the member for that initial term shall appoint a successor thereto for a term of office of four years."

SECTION 2. Said Act is further amended by revising subsection (e) of Section 17 as follows:
"(e) Not later than December 31, 2016, and every four years thereafter, the Authority shall cause to be performed an independent management audit on the condition of management of the Authority, to be supervised and approved by the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Overview Committee. Such management audit shall include the auditor's recommendations based thereon and the auditor's signed written verification that the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority fully cooperated with such audit and allowed access to all its books, records, and documents to the extent the auditor deemed necessary. The management audit shall be submitted to the Board of the Authority, the Governor, the State Auditor, and the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Overview Committee before December 31 of each year in which it is required. The management audit shall be performed at the expense of the Authority."

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SECTION 3. Said Act is further amended by revising subsection (a) of Section 20 as follows:
"(a)(1) The Board may promulgate reasonable rules and regulations, not inconsistent with law, for the control and management of its operations, properties, employees, and patrons. (2) Violations of such rules and regulations governing the conduct of the public in or upon the Authority's transportation system may be punished by a suspension from the use of Authority services and presence on Authority property for a period of time to be set by the Board or a civil fine or both, provided that such fine shall be no more than $300.00. (3) A citation shall be issued for violations of such rules and regulations which shall include notice of suspension from the use of Authority services and presence on Authority property or the civil fine amount or both, as applicable. Such citation shall also state at the top of the citation and in a print size no smaller than the largest print size used on the citation:
(A) That the suspension or civil fine or both may be appealed as provided for in paragraph (4) of this subsection; (B) The procedures by which such appeal shall be requested, including the mailing, overnight delivery, and hand delivery address to be used for such requests, specifying the required methods of delivery; (C) That such suspension or civil fine or both shall be deemed final if no appeal is made within 30 days; and (D) That if no appeal is made, use of Authority services or entry upon Authority property is forbidden and subsequent use of services or entry upon property during a period of suspension shall constitute criminal trespass under Code Section 16-7-21 of the O.C.G.A. (4) A citation may be appealed to the Authority by written request by registered or certified mail, statutory overnight delivery, or hand delivery within 30 days of the issuance of such citation. Within ten days of receipt of a request for a hearing, the Authority shall respond to the person requesting a hearing to schedule a hearing date, which shall be no later than 30 days from the receipt of the request. If no hearing is requested within 30 days of the issuance of a citation, the suspension or fine issued shall be deemed final and become effective immediately. (5) The Board shall hire a neutral licensed attorney to be known as the hearing officer to hear the appeal. Such attorney shall be a member in good standing with the State Bar of Georgia, have been in the practice of law for at least five years, and be appointed for one or more terms of two years subject to removal by majority vote of the Board only for good cause. The Board may appoint more than one neutral licensed attorney to serve as hearing officers subject to the requirements of this paragraph should the case load so require.

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(6) The hearing shall, with respect to rules of evidence and procedure, be conducted in accordance with Chapter 13 of Title 50 of the O.C.G.A, the 'Georgia Administrative Procedure Act.' (7) Within 30 days after the final decision from the hearing officer, a petition may be filed in superior court of the county where the alleged conduct occurred that resulted in a citation. A copy of the petition shall be served upon the Authority. The petition shall state that the petitioner is aggrieved by the decision and the grounds upon which the petitioner contends the decision should be reversed. The filing of a petition for judicial review in superior court does not itself stay enforcement of the citation. The court may reverse or modify the decision if substantial rights of the petitioner have been prejudiced because the decision was clearly erroneous in view of the reliable, probative, and substantial evidence on the whole record. (8) The Authority may pursue any and all legal remedies for the collection of outstanding fines. (9) All rules and regulations governing the conduct of the public in or upon the Authority's transportation system and the length of suspension or civil fine or penalty for infraction of such rules and regulations shall be posted in a prominent location on the Authority's website."

SECTION 4. Said Act is further amended by revising paragraph (1) of subsection (b), subparagraph (b)(2)(A), and subsection (i) of Section 25 as follows:
"(b)(1) Rate of Tax. The tax when levied shall be at the rate of one (1%) percent until and including June 30, 2057, and shall thereafter be reduced to one-half (1/2%) of one percent. Said tax shall be added to the State Sales and Use Tax imposed by Article 1 of Chapter 8 of Title 48 of the O.C.G.A., and the State Revenue Commissioner is hereby authorized and directed to establish a bracket system by appropriate rules and regulations to collect the tax herein imposed in the areas affected.
(2)(A) A local governing body which, on January 1, 1988, is not a party to the Rapid Transit Contract and Assistance Agreement specified in subsection (k) of this Section may enter into a rapid transit contract to provide public transportation services and facilities other than any extension of or addition to the Authority's existing rail rapid transit system and may levy a retail sales and use tax authorized under subsection (a) of this Section at the rate of one (1%) percent. Such contract shall require that the costs of the transportation services and facilities contracted for, as determined by the Board of Directors on the basis of reasonable estimates, allocation of costs and capital, and projections shall be borne by one or more of the following:
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(iv) Any subsidy provided, directly or indirectly, by or on behalf of that local governing body which is the party to the contract. Notwithstanding any limitation in subsection (i) of this Section or any other provision of this Act, the proceeds of the retail sales and use tax levied pursuant to this subparagraph may be used in their entirety to pay the operating costs of the system, as defined in that subsection (i)." "(i) Use of Proceeds. The proceeds of the tax levied pursuant to this Act shall be used solely by each local government to fulfill the obligations incurred in the contracts entered into with the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority as contemplated in the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority Act of 1965, as amended. If the Board of the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority shall fail to file with the Governor, the State Auditor, and the chairperson of the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Overview Committee every four years as provided in subsection (e) of Section 17 of this Act a report of the findings of a completed independent management audit of the Authority's current operations that was performed under contract with and at the expense of the Authority, along with any auditor's recommendations based thereon and the auditor's signed written verification that the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority fully cooperated with such audit and allowed access to all its books, records, and documents to the extent the auditor deemed necessary, then for the four years beginning January 1 of the year immediately following the year in which the completed independent management audit was due but not submitted, no more than fifty percent (50%) of the proceeds of the tax shall be used to subsidize the operating costs of the system, exclusive of depreciation, amortization, and other costs and charges as provided in this subsection. In adopting its annual budget, the Board of the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority shall be authorized to rely upon estimates of all revenues, operating costs, patronage, and other factors which may affect the amount of the fare required to limit the operating subsidy herein provided for. The words 'operating costs of the system' for purposes of this subsection 25(i) are defined to include all of the costs of that division of the Authority directly involved and that portion of the nonoperating administrative costs of those divisions of the Authority indirectly involved, through the provision of support services, in providing mass transportation services for the metropolitan area, but exclusive of the costs of the division or divisions directly involved and that portion of the nonoperating administrative costs of those divisions indirectly involved, in the planning, design, acquisition, construction, and improvement of the rapid transit system, according to accepted principles of accounting, and also exclusive of the following costs: (1) Nonrecurring costs and charges incurred in order to comply with any statute or regulation concerning either the protection or cleaning up of the environment, or accessibility by handicapped or disabled persons, or occupational health or safety, or compliance with any national or state emergencies, or with any judgment, decree, or order of any court or regulatory agency in implementation of any such statute or regulation; and

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(2) In the case of leases of equipment or facilities that, according to generally accepted principles of accounting, would not be classified as capital leases, payments of rent, and other payments for the property subject to such leases or for the use thereof; provided that any costs for regular maintenance or repair of such equipment or facilities shall not be excluded. If any proceeds of the tax levied pursuant to this Act are held for the purpose of planning, designing, acquiring, or constructing additional facilities or equipment for or improvements to the rapid transit system and are invested, then all interest earned from such investments shall be used only for such purposes or for paying the principal of or interest on bonds or certificates issued for such purposes."

SECTION 5. This Act shall become effective upon its approval by the Governor or upon its becoming law without such approval.

SECTION 6. All laws and parts of laws in conflict with this Act are repealed.

NOTICE OF INTENTION TO INTRODUCE LOCAL LEGISLATION
Notice is given that there will be introduced at the regular 2015 session of the General Assembly of Georgia a bill to amend an Act creating the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority, approved March 10, 1965 (Ga. L. 1965, p. 2243); and for other purposes.
GEORGIA, FULTON COUNTY
Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths, Mike Jacobs, who on oath deposes and says that he is the Representative from District 80 and further deposes and says that the attached Notice of Intention to Introduce Local Legislation was published in the Gwinnett Daily Post which is the official organ of Gwinnett County on December 19, 2014, and that the notice requirements of Code Section 28-1-14 have been met.
s/ MIKE JACOBS Mike Jacobs Representative, District 80

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Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 3rd day of February, 2015.

s/ JENNIFER BURGESS Jennifer Burgess Notary Public, Fulton County, Georgia My Commission Expires December 29, 2018 (SEAL)

NOTICE OF INTENTION TO INTRODUCE LOCAL LEGISLATION

Notice is hereby given that there will be introduced at the regular 2015 session of the General Assembly of Georgia a bill to amend an Act creating the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority, approved March 10, 1965 (Ga. L. 1965, p. 2243); and for other purposes.

GEORGIA, FULTON COUNTY

Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths, Mike Jacobs, who on oath deposes and says that he is the Representative from District 80 and further deposes and says that the attached Notice of Intention to Introduce Local Legislation was published in the Marietta Daily Journal which is the official organ of Cobb County on December 12, 2014, and that the notice requirements of Code Section 28-1-14 have been met.

s/ MIKE JACOBS Mike Jacobs Representative, District 80

Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 3rd day of February, 2015.

s/ JENNIFER BURGESS Jennifer Burgess Notary Public, Fulton County, Georgia My Commission Expires December 29, 2018 (SEAL)

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NOTICE OF INTENTION TO INTRODUCE LOCAL LEGISLATION

Notice is given that there will be introduced at the regular 2015 session of the General Assembly of Georgia a bill to amend an Act creating the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority, approved March 10, 1965 (Ga. L. 1965, p. 2243); and for other purposes.

Representative Mike Jacobs District 80

GEORGIA, FULTON COUNTY

Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths, Mike Jacobs, who on oath deposes and says that he is the Representative from District 80 and further deposes and says that the attached Notice of Intention to Introduce Local Legislation was published in the Daily Report which is the official organ of Fulton County on December 19th, 2014, and that the notice requirements of Code Section 28-1-14 have been met.

s/ MIKE JACOBS Mike Jacobs Representative, District 80

Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 3rd day of February, 2015.

s/ JENNIFER BURGESS Jennifer Burgess Notary Public, Fulton County, Georgia My Commission Expires December 29, 2018 (SEAL)

NOTICE OF INTENTION TO INTRODUCE LOCAL LEGISLATION

Notice is given that there will be introduced at the regular 2015 session of the General Assembly of Georgia a bill to amend an Act creating the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority, approved March 10, 1965 (Ga. L. 1965, p. 2243); and for other purposes.

GEORGIA, FULTON COUNTY

Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths, Mike Jacobs, who on oath deposes and says that he is the Representative from

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District 80 and further deposes and says that the attached Notice of Intention to Introduce Local Legislation was published in the News Daily which is the official organ of Clayton County on December 31, 2014, and that the notice requirements of Code Section 28-1-14 have been met.

s/ MIKE JACOBS Mike Jacobs Representative, District 80

Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 3rd day of February, 2015.

s/ JENNIFER BURGESS Jennifer Burgess Notary Public, Fulton County, Georgia My Commission Expires December 29, 2018 (SEAL)

NOTICE OF INTENTION TO INTRODUCE LOCAL LEGISLATION

Notice is given that there will be introduced at the regular 2015 session of the General Assembly of Georgia a bill to amend an Act creating the ++Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority++, approved March 10, 1965 (Ga. L. 1965, p. 2243); and for other purposes.

GEORGIA, FULTON COUNTY

Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths, Mike Jacobs, who on oath deposes and says that he is the Representative from District 80 and further deposes and says that the attached Notice of Intention to Introduce Local Legislation was published in the Champion which is the official organ of DeKalb County on December 25, 2014, and that the notice requirements of Code Section 28-1-14 have been met.

s/ MIKE JACOBS Mike Jacobs Representative, District 80

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Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 3rd day of February, 2015.

s/ JENNIFER BURGESS Jennifer Burgess Notary Public, Fulton County, Georgia My Commission Expires December 29, 2018 (SEAL)

Approved May 5, 2015.

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CITY OF FORSYTH NEW CHARTER.

No. 68 (House Bill No. 553).

AN ACT

To provide a new charter for the City of Forsyth; to provide for incorporation, boundaries, and property of the city; to provide for examples of powers and the exercise of powers; to provide for a governing authority of such city and the powers, duties, authority, election, terms, vacancies, compensation, expenses, qualifications, prohibitions, conflicts of interest, and suspension and removal from office relative to members of such governing authority; to provide for inquiries and investigations; to provide for eminent domain; to provide for oaths, organization, meetings, quorum, voting, rules, and procedures; to provide for ordinances and codes; to provide for a city manager, mayor, mayor pro tempore, and chief executive officer and certain duties, powers, and other matters relative thereto; to prohibit certain interference with administration by the city council; to provide for administrative affairs and responsibilities; to provide for boards, commissions, and authorities; to provide for a city attorney, a city clerk, a custodian of records, and other personnel and matters relating thereto; to provide for a municipal court and the judge or judges thereof and other matters relative to those judges; to provide for the court's jurisdiction, powers, practices, and procedures; to provide for the right of certiorari; to provide for elections and removal from office; to provide for taxation, licenses, and fees; to provide for franchises, service charges, and assessments; to provide for bonded and other indebtedness; to provide for auditing, accounting, budgeting, and appropriations; to provide for city contracts and purchasing; to provide for the conveyance of property and interests therein; to provide for bonds for officials; to provide for prior ordinances and rules, pending matters, and existing personnel; to provide for definitions and construction; to provide for severability; to provide for other matters relative to the foregoing; to provide an effective date; to provide a specific repealer; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes.

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BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF GEORGIA:

ARTICLE I INCORPORATION AND POWERS
SECTION 1.10. Incorporation.

This Act shall constitute the whole charter of the City of Forsyth, repealing and replacing the charter provided by an Act of the General Assembly approved March 23, 1977 (Ga. L. 1977, p. 3980), as amended. The City of Forsyth, Georgia, in the County of Monroe and the inhabitants thereof, are hereby constituted and declared a body politic and corporate under the same name and style of City of Forsyth, Georgia, and shall continue to be vested with all of the property and rights of property which now belong to the city, and by that name shall have perpetual succession. References in this charter to "the city" refer to the City of Forsyth. The city shall have perpetual existence. The legal situs of the city shall be Monroe County.

SECTION 1.11. City property.

Title to any property, real or personal, within or without the corporate limits of said city, heretofore acquired by the City of Forsyth, with or without proper charter authority, is vested in the City of Forsyth created by this Act, the acquisition thereof being ratified and made lawful. The City of Forsyth, created by this Act, is authorized and empowered to purchase, hold, rent, lease, and receive by gift or otherwise, and to enjoy, possess and retain, temporarily or permanently, any property, real or personal, of any kind whatsoever, either within or without the corporate limits of said city, for corporate purposes.

SECTION 1.12. Corporate boundaries.

(a) The boundaries of this city shall be those existing on the effective date of this charter with such alterations as may be made from time to time by local law or the manner provided by general state law. The boundaries of this city at all times shall be shown on a map, a written description, or any combination thereof, to be retained permanently in the office of the city clerk and to be designated, as the case may be: "the official map or description of the corporate limits of the City of Forsyth, Georgia." Photographic, typed, or other copies of such map or description certified by the city clerk shall be admitted as evidence in all courts and shall have the same force and effect as the original map or description. (b) The city council may provide for the redrawing of any such map by ordinance to reflect lawful changes in the corporate boundaries. A redrawn map shall supersede, for all purposes,

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the earlier map or maps which it is designated to replace but such earlier maps shall be retained in the office of the city clerk.

SECTION 1.13. Powers and construction.

(a) This city shall have all powers possible for a city to have under the present or future Constitution and laws of the State of Georgia as fully and completely as though they were specifically enumerated in this charter. This city shall have all the powers of self-government not otherwise prohibited by this charter or by general law. (b) The powers of this city shall be construed liberally in the favor of the city. The specific mention or failure to mention particular powers shall not be construed as limiting in any way the powers of this city.

SECTION 1.14. Examples of powers.

The powers of this city shall include, but not be limited to, the following powers: (1) Animal regulations. To regulate and license or to prohibit the keeping of running at-large of animals and fowl, and to provide for the impoundment of same if in violation of any ordinance or lawful order; to provide for the disposition by sale, gift or humane destruction of animals and fowl when not redeemed as provided by ordinance; and to provide punishment for violation of ordinances enacted hereunder; (2) Appropriations and expenditures. To make appropriations for the support of the government of the city; to authorize the expenditure of money for any purposes authorized by this charter and for any purpose for which a municipality is authorized by the laws of the State of Georgia; and to provide for the payment of expenses of the city; (3) Building regulation. To regulate and to license the erection and construction of buildings and all other structures; to adopt building, housing, plumbing, fire safety, electrical, gas, and heating and air conditioning codes; and to regulate all housing and building trades; (4) Business regulation and taxation. To levy and to provide for the collection of regulatory fees and taxes on privileges, occupations, trades, and professions as authorized by Title 48 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated, or other such applicable laws as are or may hereafter be enacted; to permit and regulate the same; to provide for the manner and method of payment of such regulatory fees and taxes; and to revoke such permits after due process for failure to pay any city taxes or fees; (5) Condemnation. To condemn property, inside or outside the corporate limits of the city, for present or future use and for any corporate purpose deemed necessary by the governing authority, utilizing procedures enumerated in Title 22 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated, or such other applicable laws as are or may hereafter be enacted;

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(6) Contracts. To enter into contracts and agreements with other governmental entities and with private persons, firms and corporations; (7) Emergencies. To establish procedures for determining and proclaiming that an emergency situation exists within or without the city, and to make and carry out all reasonable provisions deemed necessary to deal with or meet such an emergency for the protection, safety, health or well-being of the citizens of the city; (8) Environmental protection. To protect and preserve the natural resources, environment and vital areas of the city, the region, and the state through the preservation and improvement of air quality, the restoration and maintenance of water resources, the control of erosion and sedimentation, the management of stormwater and establishment of a stormwater utility, the management of solid and hazardous waste, and other necessary actions for the protection of the environment; (9) Fire regulations. To fix and establish fire limits and from time to time extend, enlarge or restrict the same; to prescribe fire safety regulations consistent with general law, relating to fire prevention and detection and firefighting; and to prescribe penalties and punishment for violations thereof; (10) Garbage fees. To levy, fix, assess, and collect a garbage, refuse and trash collection and disposal, and other sanitary service charge, tax, or fee for such services as may be necessary in the operation of the city from all individuals, firms, and corporations residing in or doing business therein benefiting from such services; to enforce the payment of such charges, taxes or fees; and to provide for the manner and method of collecting such service charges; (11) General health, safety and welfare. To define, regulate and prohibit any act, practice, conduct or use of property which is detrimental to health, sanitation, cleanliness, welfare, and safety of the inhabitants of the city, and to provide for the enforcement of such standards; (12) Gifts. To accept or refuse gifts, donations, bequests or grants from any source for any purpose related to powers and duties of the city and the general welfare of its citizens, on such terms and conditions as the donor or grantor may impose; (13) Health and sanitation. To prescribe standards of health and sanitation and to provide for the enforcement of such standards; (14) Jail sentences. To provide that persons given jail sentences in the city's court may work out such sentences in any public works or on the streets, roads, drains, and other public property in the city, to provide for commitment of such persons to any jail, to provide for the use of pretrial diversion and any alternative sentencing allowed by law, or to provide for commitment of such persons to any county work camp or county jail by agreement with the appropriate county officials; (15) Motor vehicles. To regulate the operation of motor vehicles and exercise control over all traffic, including parking upon or across the streets, roads, alleys and walkways of the city;

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(16) Municipal agencies and delegation of power. To create, alter or abolish departments, boards, offices, commissions and agencies of the city, and to confer upon such agencies the necessary and appropriate authority for carrying out all of the powers conferred upon or delegated to the same; (17) Municipal debts. To appropriate and borrow money for the payment of debts of the city and to issue bonds for the purpose of raising revenue to carry out any project, program or venture authorized by this charter or the laws of the State of Georgia; (18) Municipal property ownership. To acquire, dispose of, lease, and hold in trust or otherwise any real, personal or mixed property, in fee simple or lesser interest, inside or outside the property limits of the city; (19) Municipal property protection. To provide for the preservation and protection of property and equipment of the city, and the administration and use of the same by the public; and to prescribe penalties and punishment for violations thereof; (20) Municipal utilities. To acquire, lease, construct, operate, maintain, sell, and dispose of public utilities, including but not limited to a system of waterworks, sewers and drains, sewage disposal, stormwater management, gas works, electric light plants, cable television and other telecommunications, transportation facilities, public airports, and any other public utility; and to fix the taxes, charges, rates, fares, fees, assessments, regulations, and penalties, and to provide for the withdrawal of service for refusal or failure to pay the same; (21) Nuisance. To define a nuisance and provide for its abatement whether on public or private property; (22) Penalties. To provide penalties for violation of any ordinances adopted pursuant to the authority of this charter and the laws of the State of Georgia; (23) Planning and zoning. To provide comprehensive city planning for development by zoning; and to provide subdivision regulation and the like as the city council deems necessary and reasonable to insure a safe, healthy, and aesthetically pleasing community; (24) Police and fire protection. To exercise the power of arrest through duly appointed police officers, and to establish, operate, or contract for a police and firefighting agency; (25) Public hazards removal. To provide for the destruction and removal of any building or other structure, which is or may become dangerous or detrimental to the public; (26) Public improvements. To provide for the acquisition, construction, building, operation, and maintenance of public ways, parks and playgrounds, recreational facilities, cemeteries, markets and market houses, public buildings, libraries, public housing, airports, hospitals, terminals, docks, parking facilities, or charitable, cultural, educational, recreational, conservation, sport, curative, corrective, detention, penal and medical institutions, agencies and facilities; and to provide any other public improvements inside or outside the corporate limits of the city; to regulate the use of public improvements; and for such purposes, property may be acquired by condemnation under Title 22 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated, or such other applicable laws as are or may hereafter be enacted;

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(27) Public peace. To provide for the prevention and punishment of loitering, disorderly conduct, drunkenness, riots, and public disturbances; (28) Public transportation. To organize and operate such public transportation systems as are deemed beneficial; (29) Public utilities and services. To grant franchises or to make contracts for, or impose taxes on public utilities and public service companies; and to prescribe the rates, fares, regulations and standards, and conditions of service applicable to the service to be provided by the franchise grantee or contractor, insofar as not in conflict with valid regulations of the Public Service Commission; (30) Regulation and roadside areas. To prohibit or regulate and control the erection, removal, and maintenance of signs, billboards, trees, shrubs, fences, buildings, and any and all structures or obstructions upon or adjacent to the rights-of-way of streets and roads, or within view thereof, within or abutting the corporate limits of the city; and to prescribe penalties and punishment for violation of such ordinances; (31) Retirement. To provide and maintain a retirement plan and other employee benefit plans and programs for officers and employees of the city; (32) Roadways. To lay out, open, extend, widen, narrow, establish or change the grade of, abandon or close, construct, pave, curb, gutter, adorn with shade trees, or otherwise improve, maintain, repair, clean, prevent erosion of, and light the roads, alleys, and walkways within the corporate limits of the city; and to grant franchises and rights-of-way throughout the streets and roads, and over the bridges and viaducts for the use of public utilities; (33) Sewer fees. To levy a fee, charge, or sewer tax as necessary to assure the acquiring, constructing, equipping, operating, maintaining, and extending of a sewage disposal plant and sewerage system, and to levy on those to whom sewers and sewerage systems are made available a sewer service fee, charge, or sewer tax for the availability or use of the sewers; to provide for the manner and method of collecting such service charges and for enforcing payment of the same; and to charge, impose, and collect a sewer connection fee or fees to those connected with the system; (34) Solid waste disposal. To provide for the collection and disposal of garbage, rubbish, and refuse, and to regulate the collection and disposal of garbage, rubbish, and refuse by others; and to provide for the separate collection of glass, tin, aluminum, cardboard, paper, and other recyclable materials, and to provide for the sale of such items; (35) Special areas of public regulation. To regulate or prohibit junk dealers; to regulate the manufacture and sale of intoxicating liquors; to regulate the transportation, storage, and use of combustible, explosive, and inflammable materials, the use of lighting and heating equipment, and any other business or situation which may be dangerous to persons or property; to regulate and control the conduct of peddlers and itinerant traders, theatrical performances, exhibitions, and shows of any kind, by taxation or otherwise; to license and tax professional fortunetelling, palmistry, and massage parlors; to restrict adult bookstores and entertainment to certain areas; to regulate and license vehicles operated for hire in the

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city; to limit the number of vehicles operated for hire; to require the operators of vehicles operated for hire to be licensed; to require public liability insurance on vehicles operated for hire in the amounts to be prescribed by ordinance; and to regulate the parking of vehicles operated for hire; (36) Special assessments. To levy and provide for the collection of special assessments to cover the costs of any public improvements; (37) Taxes: ad valorem. To levy and provide for the assessment, valuation, revaluation, and collection of taxes on all property subject to taxation. (38) Taxes: other. To levy and collect such other taxes as may be allowed now or in the future by law; (39) Urban redevelopment. To organize and operate an urban redevelopment program; (40) Other powers. To exercise and enjoy all other powers, functions, rights, privileges, and immunities necessary or desirable to promote or protect the safety, health, peace, security, good order, comfort, convenience, or general welfare of the city and its inhabitants; and to exercise all implied powers necessary or desirable to carry into execution all powers granted in this charter as fully and completely as if such powers were fully stated herein; and to exercise all powers, now or in the future, authorized to be exercised by other municipal governments under other laws of the State of Georgia; and no listing of particular powers in this charter shall be held to be exclusive of others, nor restrictive of general words and phrases granting powers, but shall be held to be in addition to such powers unless expressly prohibited to municipalities under the Constitution or applicable laws of the State of Georgia.

SECTION 1.15. Exercise of powers.

All powers, functions, right, privileges, and immunities of the city, its officers, agencies, or employees shall be carried into execution as provided by this charter. If this charter makes no provision, such shall be carried into execution as provided by ordinance or as provided by pertinent laws of the State of Georgia.

ARTICLE II GOVERNMENT STRUCTURE, ELECTIONS, AND REMOVAL
SECTION 2.10. City council creation, number, election.

The legislative authority of the government of this city, except as otherwise specifically provided in this charter, shall be vested in a city council composed of a mayor and six council members. The city council established shall in all respects be a successor to and continuation of the governing authority under prior law. The mayor and council members shall be elected in the manner provided for by general law and this charter.

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SECTION 2.11. City council terms and qualifications for office.

The mayor and each council member shall serve for terms of four years and until their respective successors are elected and qualified. There shall be no limits on the number of terms a mayor or council member is eligible to serve. No person shall be eligible to serve as mayor or a council member unless that person shall be at least 21 years of age and has been a resident of the city for 12 months prior to the date of election for such position. Each elected official shall continue to reside in the city during that official's period of service and be registered and qualified to vote in municipal elections of the city.

SECTION 2.12. Vacancy; filling of vacancies.

(a) Vacancies. The office of mayor and each council member shall become vacant upon the incumbent's death, resignation, forfeiture of office, or occurrence of any event specified by the Constitution of the State of Georgia, Title 45 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated, or such other applicable laws as are or may hereafter be enacted. (b) Forfeiture of office. The mayor or any council member shall forfeit his office if he or she:
(1) Lacks at any time during his or her term of office any qualifications of the office as prescribed by this charter or the laws of the State of Georgia; (2) Willfully and knowingly violates any express prohibition of this charter; or (3) Is convicted of a crime involving moral turpitude. (c) Filling of vacancies. A vacancy in the office of mayor or any council member shall be filled for the remainder of the unexpired term, if any, by appointment by a majority vote of the remaining city council if less than 12 months remain in the unexpired term. If such vacancy occurs 12 months or more prior to the expiration of the term of that office, it shall be filled for the remainder of the unexpired term by a special election, as provided for in Section 5.14 of this charter and in accordance with Titles 21 and 45 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated, or other such laws as are or may hereafter be enacted.

SECTION 2.13. Compensation and expenses.

The mayor and each council member shall receive as compensation for their services and reasonable and necessary expenses such amounts as may be established by ordinance either heretofore or hereafter provided; however, any change in compensation for the mayor and any council member shall not take place prior to the start of the calendar year following the date on which the change was made.

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SECTION 2.14. Conflicts of interest; holding other offices.

(a) Elected and appointed officers of the city are trustees and servants of the residents of the city and shall act in a fiduciary capacity for the benefit of such residents. (b) Conflicts of interest. No elected official, appointed officer, or employee of the city or any agency or political entity to which this charter applies shall knowingly:
(1) Engage in any business or transaction, or have a financial or other personal interest, direct or indirect, which is incompatible with the proper discharge of that person's official duties or which would tend to impair the independence of the official's judgment or action in the performance of those official duties; (2) Engage in or accept private employment, or render services for private interests when such employment or service is incompatible with the proper discharge of that person's official duties or would tend to impair the independence of that person's judgment or action in the performance of official duties; (3) Disclose confidential information, including information obtained at meetings which are closed pursuant to Chapter 14 of Title 50 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated, concerning the property, government, or affairs of the governmental body by which that person is engaged without proper legal authorization; or use such information to advance the financial or other private interest of that person or others; (4) Accept any valuable gift, whether in the form of service, loan, item, or promise, from any person, firm or corporation which, to the official's knowledge, is interested, directly or indirectly, in any manner whatsoever, in business dealings with the governmental body by which that person is engaged; provided, however, that an elected official who is a candidate for public office may accept campaign contributions and services in connection with any such campaign; (5) Represent other private interests in any action or proceeding against this city or any portion of its government; or (6) Vote or otherwise participate in the negotiation or in the making of any contract with any business or entity in which the official has a financial interest. (c) Disclosure. Any elected official, appointed officer, or employee who shall have any financial interest, directly or indirectly, in any contract or matter pending before or within any department of the city shall disclose such interest to the city council. The mayor or any council members who have a financial interest in any matter pending before the city council shall disclose such interest and such disclosure shall be entered on the records of the city council, and that official shall disqualify himself or herself from participating in any decision or vote relating thereto. Any elected official, appointed officer, or employee of any agency or political entity to which this charter applies who shall have any financial interest, directly or indirectly, in any contract or matter pending before or within such entity shall disclose such interest to the governing body of such agency or entity.

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(d) Use of public property. No elected official, appointed officer, or employee of the city or any agency or entity to which this charter applies shall use property owned by such governmental entity for personal benefit or profit, but shall use such property only in their capacity as an officer or employee of the city. (e) Contracts voidable and rescindable. Any violation of this section which occurs with the knowledge, express or implied, of a party to a contract or sale shall render said contract or sale voidable at the option of the city council. (f) Ineligibility of elected official. Except where authorized by law, neither the mayor nor any council members shall hold any other elective or appointive office in the city or otherwise be employed by said government or any agency thereof during the term for which that official was elected. No former mayor and no former council member shall hold any appointive office in the city until one year after the expiration of the term for which that official was elected. This section shall not be construed as to prohibit the mayor or any council member from being appointed to represent the City of Forsyth on any board or authority upon which the City of Forsyth is entitled to representation under the bylaws of said authority. (g) Political activities of certain officers and employees. No appointed officer of the city shall continue in such employment upon qualifying as a candidate for nomination or election to any public office. No employee of the city shall continue in such employment upon qualifying for an election to any public office in this city or any other public office which is inconsistent, incompatible or in conflict with the duties of the city employee. Such determination shall be made by the city council either immediately upon qualification for an election or at any time such conflict may arise. (h) Penalties for violation.
(1) Any city officer or employee who knowingly conceals such financial interest or knowingly violates any of the requirements of this section shall be guilty of malfeasance in office or position and shall be deemed to have forfeited that person's office or position. (2) Any officer or employee of the city who shall forfeit an office or position, as described in paragraph (1) above, shall be ineligible for appointment or election to or employment in a position in the city government for a period of three years thereafter.

SECTION 2.15. Inquiries and investigations.

Following the adoption of an authorizing resolution, the city council may make inquiries and investigations into the affairs of the city and the conduct of any department office, or agency thereof, and for this purpose may subpoena witnesses, administer oaths, take testimony, and require the production of evidence. Any person who fails or refuses to obey a lawful order issued in the exercise of these powers by the city council shall be punished as provided by ordinance.

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SECTION 2.16. General power and authority of the city council.

(a) Except as otherwise provided by law or this charter, the city council shall be vested with all the powers of government of this city. (b) In addition to all other powers conferred upon it by the law, the city council shall have the authority to adopt and provide for the execution of such ordinances, resolutions, rules, and regulations, consistent with this charter and the Constitution and the laws of the State of Georgia, which it shall deem necessary, expedient, or helpful for the peace, good order, protection of life and property, health, welfare, sanitation, comfort, convenience, prosperity, or well-being of the inhabitants of the City of Forsyth and may enforce such ordinances by imposing penalties for violation thereof.

SECTION 2.17. Eminent domain.

The city council is hereby empowered to acquire, construct, operate and maintain public ways, parks, public grounds, cemeteries, markets, market houses, public buildings, libraries, sewers, drains, sewage treatment, waterworks, electrical systems, gas systems, airports, hospitals, and charitable, educational, recreational, sport, curative, corrective, detention, penal and medical institutions, agencies and facilities, and any other public improvements inside or outside the city, and to regulate the use thereof, and for such purposes, property may be condemned under procedures established under general law applicable now or as provided in the future.

SECTION 2.18. Organizational meetings.

The city council shall meet for organization on the first Tuesday of each January. The meeting shall be called to order by the city clerk and the oath of office shall be administered to the newly elected members as follows:
"I do solemnly swear that I will faithfully perform the duties of (mayor)(council members) of this city and that I will support and defend the charter thereof as well as the Constitution and laws of the State of Georgia and of the United States of America. I am not the holder of any unaccounted for public money due this state or any political subdivision or authority thereof. I am not the holder of any office of trust under the government of the United States, any other state, or any foreign state which I, by the laws of the State of Georgia, am prohibited from holding. I am otherwise qualified to hold said office according to the Constitution and laws of Georgia. I have been a resident of the City of Forsyth for the time required by the Constitution and laws of this state and by the municipal charter. I will at all times act ethically and professionally when in the conduct of city business, and I will

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not become delinquent in any financial or personal obligations to the City of Forsyth. I will perform the duties of my office in the best interest of the City of Forsyth and to the best of my ability without fear, favor, affecting, reward, or expectation thereof."

SECTION 2.19. Regular and special meetings.

(a) The city council shall hold regular meetings at such times and places as shall be prescribed by ordinance. (b) Special meetings of the city council may be held on call of the mayor or by four council members. Notice of such special meetings shall be served on all other members personally, by telephone, or shall be left at their residence at least 48 hours in advance of the meeting. Such notice shall not be required if the mayor and all council members are present when the special meeting is called. Notice of any special meeting may be waived in writing before or after such a meeting, and attendance at the meeting shall also constitute a waiver of notice of any special meeting. Only the business stated in the notice shall be transacted at the special meeting except by unanimous consent of all members of the city council. With such consent, any business that may be transacted at a regular meeting may be conducted at the special meeting. (c) All meetings of the city council shall be public to the extent required by law and notice to the public of special meetings shall be made fully as is reasonably possible as provided by Code Section 50-14-1 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated, or other such applicable laws as are or may hereafter be enacted.

SECTION 2.20. Rules of procedure.

(a) The city council shall adopt its rules or procedures and order of business consistent with the provisions of this charter and shall provide for keeping a journal of its proceedings, which shall be a public record. (b) The mayor shall have the power to appoint ad hoc advisory committees as is deemed necessary. All ad hoc committee members and committee chairs shall be appointed by the mayor and shall serve at the pleasure of the mayor. (c) The city council shall have the power to appoint the city's representative to any board, council, or committee upon which the City of Forsyth is entitled to membership.

SECTION 2.21. Quorum; voting.

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shall be by voice vote and the vote shall be recorded in the journal, but any member of the city council shall have the right to request a roll call vote and such vote shall be recorded in the journal. Except as otherwise provided in this charter, the affirmative vote of four council members shall be required for the adoption of any ordinance, resolution, or motion. The mayor shall vote only in the case of a tie or in the case where his or her vote would provide the fourth affirmative vote required for approval of a matter. (b) An abstention noted on the record shall be counted as a negative vote.

SECTION 2.22. Action requiring an ordinance; definition.

An ordinance shall be defined as any act of the city council which shall have the force and effect of law. All such acts shall be enacted by ordinance and not by resolution. An ordinance shall be adopted in accordance with the requirements in Section 2.23.

SECTION 2.23. Ordinance form; procedures.

(a) Every proposed ordinance, as defined by Section 2.22, shall be introduced in writing and in the form required for final adoption. No ordinance shall contain a subject which is not expressed in its title. Every ordinance shall begin with the enacting clause as follows: "It is hereby ordained by the governing authority of the City of Forsyth." (b) Following the first reading of any proposed ordinance, except emergency ordinances, the city clerk shall distribute a copy to the mayor and to each of the council members, shall file a reasonable number of copies in the office of the city clerk, and shall provide for publication of a notice of proposed ordinance in a local newspaper for two consecutive weeks. The notice shall describe the ordinance in brief and general terms and state that it is available for public inspection at the office of the city clerk. (c) Proposed ordinances, except emergency ordinances, shall be given a second reading at the next meeting of the city council, following the second publication of the notice of a proposed ordinance in the local newspaper and, after such reading, all persons interested shall be given an opportunity to be heard. A vote of the city council may be taken at that time and the proposed ordinance adopted. (d) The city council may then pass such ordinance with or without amendment, except that if the city council makes a substantive amendment, the ordinance shall not pass until a notice of amendment has been published twice in a local newspaper. (e) Every ordinance adopted by the city council shall be presented promptly to the mayor. (f) The mayor, within ten calendar days of receipt of an ordinance, shall return it to the clerk with or without his approval, or with his disapproval. If the ordinance has been approved by the mayor, it shall become law upon its return to the clerk; if the ordinance is neither approved nor disapproved, it shall become law at 12:00 Noon on the eleventh calendar day

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after its adoption; if the ordinance is disapproved, the mayor shall submit to the city council, through the clerk, a written statement of his reasons for his veto. The clerk shall record upon the ordinance the date of its delivery to and receipt from the mayor. (g) Any ordinance vetoed by the mayor shall be presented by the clerk to the city council at its next regular meeting. Should the city council then or at its next regular meeting adopt the ordinance by an affirmative vote of five members, it shall become law. If such action is not taken by the city council, the ordinance shall not become law.

SECTION 2.24. Emergencies.

(a) To meet a public emergency affecting life, health, property or public peace, the city council may convene on call of the mayor or of four council members and promptly adopt an emergency ordinance, but such ordinance may not levy taxes; grant, renew or extend a franchise; regulate the rate charged by any public utility for its services; or authorize the borrowing of money, except for loans to be repaid within 30 days. An emergency ordinance shall be introduced in the form prescribed for ordinances generally, except that it shall be plainly designated as an emergency ordinance and shall contain, after the enacting clause, a declaration stating that an emergency exists and describing the emergency in clear and specific terms. An emergency ordinance may be adopted, with or without amendment, or rejected at the meeting at which it is introduced, but the affirmative vote of at least three council members shall be required for adoption. It shall become effective upon adoption or at such later time as it may specify. Every emergency ordinance shall automatically stand repealed 30 days following the date upon which it was adopted, but this shall not prevent reenactment of the ordinance in the manner specified in this section if the emergency still exists. An emergency ordinance may also be repealed by adoption of a repealing ordinance in the same manner specified in this section for adoption of emergency ordinances. (b) Such meetings shall be open to the public to the extent required by law and notice to the public of emergency meetings shall be made as fully as is reasonably possible in accordance with Code Section 50-14-1 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated, or such other applicable laws as are or may hereafter be enacted.

SECTION 2.25. Codes of technical regulations.

(a) The city council may adopt any standard code of technical regulations by reference thereto in an adopting ordinance. The procedure and requirements governing such adopting ordinance shall be as prescribed for ordinances in general except that: (1) the requirements of Section 2.23(b) for distribution and filing of copies of the ordinance shall be construed to include copies of any code of technical regulations, as well as the adopting ordinance;

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and (2) a copy of each adopted code of technical regulations, as well as the adopting ordinance, shall be authenticated and recorded by the city clerk pursuant to Section 2.26. (b) Copies of any adopted code of technical regulations shall be made available by the clerk for inspection by the public.

SECTION 2.26. Signing, authenticating, recording codification, printing.

(a) The clerk shall authenticate by the clerk's signature and record, in full, in a properly indexed book kept for that purpose, all ordinances adopted by the city council. (b) The city council shall provide for the preparation of a general codification of all the ordinances of the city having the force and effect of law. The general codification shall be adopted by the city council by ordinance and shall be published promptly, together with all amendments thereto and such codes, technical regulations, other rules, and regulations as the city council may specify. This compilation shall be known and cited officially as "The Code of the City of Forsyth, Georgia." Copies of the code shall be furnished to all officers, departments and agencies of the city, and made available for purchase by the public at a reasonable price as fixed by the city council. (c) The city council shall cause each ordinance and each amendment to this charter to be printed promptly following its adoption, and the printed ordinances and charter amendments shall be made available for purchase by the public at reasonable prices to be fixed by the city council. Following publication of the first code under this charter and at all times thereafter, the ordinances and charter amendments shall be printed in substantially the same style as the code currently in effect and shall be suitable in form for incorporation therein. The city council shall make such further arrangements as deemed desirable with reproduction and distribution of any current changes in or additions to codes of technical regulations and other rules and regulations included in the code.

SECTION 2.27. Election of mayor; forfeiture; compensation.

The mayor shall be elected and serve a term of four years and until a successor is elected and qualified. The mayor shall be a qualified elector of this city and shall have been a resident of the city for 12 months preceding the election. The mayor shall continue to reside in the city during this period of service. The mayor shall forfeit the office on the same grounds and under the same procedure as for council members. The compensation of the mayor shall be established in the same manner as for council members.

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SECTION 2.28. Chief executive officer.

The city manager shall be the chief executive officer of the city.

SECTION 2.29. Powers and duties of mayor.

As the chief elected official of the city, the mayor shall: (1) Preside at all meetings of the city council; (2) Be the head of the city for the purpose of service of process and for ceremonial purposes, and be the official spokesperson of the city and the chief advocate of policy; (3) Have the power to administer oaths and to take affidavits; (4) Sign as a matter of course on behalf of the city all written and approved contracts, ordinances, and other instruments executed by the city; (5) Recommend to the city council such measures relative to the affairs of the city, improvement of the government, and promotion of the welfare of its inhabitants as the mayor may deem expedient; (6) Call for special meetings of the city council as provided in Section 2.19(b); (7) Approve or disapprove ordinances as provided in Section 2.23 of this charter; (8) Disapprove or reduce any item or items in the budget. The approved or reduced parts of any budget shall become effective, and the part or parts disapproved shall not become effective unless subsequently passed by the affirmative vote of five council members. (9) Require any department or agency of the city to submit written reports whenever the mayor deems it expedient; and (10) Perform such other duties as may be required by law, this charter, or by ordinance.

SECTION 2.30. Submission of ordinances to the mayor; veto power.

The mayor shall have veto power as prescribed in Section 2.23 in this charter.

SECTION 2.31. Mayor pro tempore; selections; duties.

By a majority vote, the city council shall elect a council member to serve as mayor pro tempore. The mayor pro tempore shall preside at all meetings of the city council and shall assume the duties and powers of the mayor upon the mayor's physical or mental disability, suspension from office or absence. The city council, by a majority vote, shall elect a new presiding officer from among its members for any period in which the mayor pro tempore is disabled, absent, or acting as the mayor. Any such absence or disability shall be declared

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by a majority vote of all council members. When serving as a mayor, the mayor pro tempore shall vote only in the case of a tie or in the case where his or her vote would provide the fourth affirmative vote required for approval of a matter.

SECTION 2.32. City manager; appointment.

The city council shall appoint a city manager for an indefinite term and shall fix the manager's compensation. The manager shall be appointed solely on the basis of executive and administrative qualifications.

SECTION 2.33. City manager; removal.

The city manager is employed at will and may be summarily removed from office at any time by the city council.

SECTION 2.34. Acting city manager.

By letter filed with the city clerk, the manager shall designate, subject to approval of the city council, a qualified city administrative officer to exercise the powers and perform the duties of manager during the manager's temporary absence or physical or mental disability. During such absence or disability, the city council may revoke such designation at any time and appoint another officer of the city to serve until the manager shall return or the manager's disability shall cease.

SECTION 2.35. Powers and duties of the city manager.

The city manager shall be the chief executive officer of the city. The manager shall be responsible to the city council for the administration of all city affairs placed in the manager's charge by or under this charter. As the chief executive officer, the manager shall:
(1) Appoint and, when the manager deems it necessary for the good of the city, suspend or remove all city employees and administrative officers the manager appoints, except as otherwise provided by law or ordinances adopted pursuant to this charter. The manager may authorize any administrative officer who is subject to the manager's direction and supervision to exercise these powers with respect to subordinates in that officer's department, office, or agency; (2) Direct and supervise the administration of all departments, offices, and agencies of the city, except as otherwise prescribed in this charter;

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(3) Attend all city council meetings and have the right to take part in discussion, but not vote except for closed meetings held for the purposes of deliberating on the appointment, discipline, or removal of the city manager; (4) See that all laws, provisions of this charter, and acts of the city council, subject to enforcement by the manager or by officers subject to the manager's direction and supervision, are fully executed; (5) Prepare and submit the annual operating budget and capital budget to the city council; (6) Submit to the city council and make available to the public a complete report on the finances and administrative activities of the city as of the end of each fiscal year; (7) Make such reports as the city council may require concerning the operations of city departments, offices, and agencies subject to the managers direct supervision; (8) Keep the city council fully advised as to the financial condition and future needs of the city, and make such recommendations to the city council concerning the affairs of the city as the manager deems desirable; and (9) Perform other such duties as are specified in this charter or as may be required by the city council.

SECTION 2.36. Council interference with administration.

Except for the purposes of inquiries and investigations, the city council or its members shall deal with city officers and employees who are subject to the direction and supervision of the city manager solely through the city manager, and the city council shall not give orders to any such officer or employee, either publicly or privately.

ARTICLE III ADMINISTRATIVE AFFAIRS
SECTION 3.10. Administrative and service departments.

(a) Except as otherwise provided in this charter, the city council shall prescribe the functions or duties of and establish, abolish, alter, consolidate, or leave vacant all nonelective offices, positions of employment, departments, and agencies of the city, as necessary for the proper administration of the affairs and government of this city. (b) There may be a director of each department or agency who shall be its principal officer. Each director shall, subject to the direction and supervision of the city manager, be responsible for the administration and direction of the affairs and operations of that director's department or agency. (c) The city clerk and all directors of departments shall receive such compensation as prescribed by ordinance or resolution, at the recommendation of the city manager.

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(d) The city clerk, department directors, and all city employees are employed at-will and are subject to removal or suspension at any time at the discretion of the city manager.

SECTION 3.11. Boards, commissions, and authorities.

(a) The city council may create by ordinance such boards, commissions, and authorities to fulfill any investigative, quasi-judicial or quasi-legislative function the city council deems necessary and shall by ordinance establish the composition, period of existence, duties, and powers thereof. (b) All members of boards, commissions, and authorities of the city shall be appointed by the city council for such terms of office and in such manner as shall be provided by ordinance, except where other appointing authority, terms of office, or manner of appointment is prescribed by this charter or by law. (c) The city council, by ordinance, may provide for the compensation and reimbursement for actual and necessary expenses of the members of any board, commission, or authority. (d) Except as otherwise provided by charter or by law, no member of any board, commission, or authority created by the city shall hold an elective office in the city. (e) Any vacancy on a board, commission, or authority of the city shall be filled for the unexpired term in the manner prescribed herein for original appointment, except as otherwise provided by this charter or by law. (f) No member of a board, commission, or authority shall assume office until that person has executed and filed with the clerk of the city an oath obligating himself to faithfully and impartially perform the duties of that member's office, such oath to be prescribed by ordinance and administered by the mayor. (g) All board members serve at-will and may be removed at any time by a vote of three members of the city council unless otherwise provided by law. (h) Except as otherwise provided by this charter or by law, each board, commission, or authority of the city shall elect one of its members as chair and one member as vice-chair, and may elect as its secretary one of its own members or may appoint as secretary an employee of the city. Each board, commission, or authority of the city government may establish such bylaws, rules and regulations, not inconsistent with this charter, ordinances of the city, or law, as it deems appropriate and necessary for the fulfillment of its duties or the conduct of its affairs. Copies of such bylaws, rules, and regulations shall be filed with the clerk of the city.

SECTION 3.12. City attorney.

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services rendered to the city. The city attorney shall be responsible for providing for the representation and defense of the city in all litigation in which the city is a party; may be the prosecuting officer in the municipal court; shall attend the meetings of the council as directed; shall advise the city council, mayor, and other officers and employees of the city concerning legal aspects of the city's affairs; and shall perform such other duties as may be required by virtue of the person's position as city attorney. The city attorney is not a public official of the city and does not take an oath of office. The city attorney shall at all times be an independent contractor. A law firm, rather than an individual, may be designated as the city attorney.

SECTION 3.13. Custodian of records.

The city council shall designate annually, at its organization meeting, a custodian of records who shall not be a council member, but may be the city clerk or another regular employee of the city. This individual shall be custodian of the official city seal and city records, and shall maintain city council records required by this charter.

SECTION 3.14. Position classification and pay plans.

The city manager shall be responsible for the preparation of a position classification and pay plan which shall be submitted to the mayor and city council for approval. Such plan may apply to all employees of the city and any of its agencies, departments, boards, commissions or authorities. When a pay plan has been adopted, the city council shall not increase or decrease the salary range applicable to any position except by amendment of such pay plan.

SECTION 3.15. Personnel policies.

All employees serve at-will and may be removed from office at any time, unless otherwise provided by ordinance.

ARTICLE IV JUDICIAL BRANCH
SECTION 4.10. Creation, name.

There shall be a court to be known as the Municipal Court of the City of Forsyth.

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SECTION 4.11. Chief judge, associate judges.

(a) The municipal court shall be presided over by a chief judge and such part-time, full-time, or stand-by judges as shall be provided by ordinance. (b) No person shall be qualified or eligible to serve as a judge on the municipal court unless that person shall have attained the age of 21 years, shall be a member of the State Bar of Georgia and shall possess all qualifications required by law. All judges shall be appointed by the city council and shall serve until a successor is appointed and qualified. (c) Compensation of the judges shall be fixed by ordinance. (d) Judges serve at-will and may be removed from office at any time by the city council unless otherwise provided by ordinance. (e) Before assuming office, each judge shall take an oath, given by the mayor, that the judge will honestly and faithfully discharge the duties of the office to the best of that person's ability and without fear, favor or partiality. The oath shall be entered upon the minutes of the city council journal required in Section 2.20.

SECTION 4.12. Convening.

The municipal court shall be convened at regular intervals as provided by ordinance.

SECTION 4.13. Jurisdiction, powers.

(a) The municipal court shall have jurisdiction and authority to try and punish violations of this charter, all city ordinances, and such other violations as provided by law. (b) The municipal court shall have authority to punish those in its presence for contempt, provided that such punishment shall not exceed $200.00 or ten days in jail. (c) The municipal court may fix punishment for offenses within its jurisdiction not exceeding a fine of $1,000.00 or imprisonment for 180 days or both such fine and imprisonment or may fix punishment by fine, imprisonment or alternative sentencing as now or hereafter provided by law. (d) The municipal court shall have authority to establish a schedule of fees to defray the cost of operation, and shall be entitled to reimbursement of the cost of meals, transportation, and caretaking of prisoners bound over to superior courts for violations of state law. (e) The municipal court shall have authority to establish bail and recognizance to ensure the presence of those charged with violations before said court, and shall have discretionary authority to accept cash or personal or real property as surety for the appearance of persons charged with violations. Whenever any person shall give bail for that person's appearance and shall fail to appear at that time fixed for trial, the bond shall be forfeited by the judge

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presiding at such time, and an execution issued thereon by serving the defendant and the defendant's sureties with a rule nisi, at least two days before a hearing on the rule nisi. In the event that cash or property is accepted in lieu of bond for security for the appearance of a defendant at trial, and if such defendant fails to appear at the time and place fixed for trial, the cash so deposited shall be on order of the judge declared forfeited to the city, or the property so deposited shall have a lien against it for the value forfeited which lien shall be enforceable in the same manner and to the same extent as a lien for city property taxes. (f) The municipal court shall have the same authority as superior courts to compel the production of evidence in the possession of any party; to enforce obedience to its orders, judgments and sentences; and to administer such oaths as are necessary. (g) The municipal court may compel the presence of all parties necessary to a proper disposal of each case by the issuance of summonses, subpoenas, and warrants which may be served as executed by any officer as authorized by this charter or by law. (h) Each judge of the municipal court shall be authorized to issue warrants for the arrest of persons charged with offenses against any ordinance of the city, and each judge of the municipal court shall have the same authority as a magistrate of the state to issue warrants for offenses against state laws committed within the city.

SECTION 4.14. Certiorari.

The right of certiorari from the decision and judgment of the municipal court shall exist in all criminal cases and ordinance violation cases, and such certiorari shall be obtained under the sanction of a judge of the Superior Court of Monroe County under the laws of the State of Georgia regulating the granting and issuance of writs of certiorari.

SECTION 4.15. Rules for court.

With the approval of the city council, the judge shall have full power and authority to make reasonable rules and regulations necessary and proper to secure the efficient and successful administration of the municipal court; provided, however, that the city council may adopt in part or in toto the rules and regulations applicable to municipal courts. The rules and regulations made or adopted shall be filed with the city clerk and clerk of municipal court, shall be available for public inspection, and, upon request, a copy shall be furnished to all defendants in municipal court proceedings at least 48 hours prior to said proceedings.

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ARTICLE V ELECTIONS SECTION 5.10. Applicability of general law.

All primaries and elections shall be held and conducted in accordance with the Georgia Election Code, Chapter 2 of Title 21 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated, as now or hereafter amended.

SECTION 5.11. Election of the city council and mayor.

(a) There shall be a municipal general election biennially in the odd-numbered years on the Tuesday next following first Monday in November. (b) Each council position shall be designated as a post for the purposes of conducting elections. There shall be elected the mayor and three city council members posts at one election and at every other regular election thereafter. The remaining council posts shall be filled at the election alternating with the first election so that a continuing body is created. Terms shall be for four years.

SECTION 5.12. Nonpartisan elections.

Political parties shall not conduct primaries for city offices and all names of candidates for city offices shall be listed without party designations.

SECTION 5.13. Election by majority.

The person receiving a majority (50 percent plus one) of the votes cast for any city office shall be elected. If no person receives a majority, the two candidates receiving the most votes will advance to a runoff election, to be held in a manner consistent with the Georgia Election Code, Chapter 2 of Title 21 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated.

SECTION 5.14. Special elections, vacancies.

In the event that the office of mayor or council member shall become vacant as provided in Section 2.12 of this charter, the city council or those remaining shall order a special election to fill the balance of the unexpired term of such official; provided, however, that if such vacancy occurs within 12 months of the expiration of the term of that office, the city council

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or those remaining shall appoint a successor for the remainder of the term. In all other respects, the special election shall be held and conducted in accordance with the Georgia Election Code, Chapter 2 of Title 21 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated, as now or hereafter amended.

SECTION 5.15. Other provisions.

Except as otherwise provided by this charter, the city council shall, by ordinance, prescribe such rules and regulations it deems appropriate to fulfill any options and duties under the Georgia Election Code, Chapter 2 of Title 21 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated.

SECTION 5.16. Removal of officers.

(a) The mayor, council members, and other appointed officers provided for in this charter shall be removed from office for any one or more of the causes provided in Title 45 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated, or such other applicable laws as are or may hereafter be enacted. (b) Removal of an officer pursuant to subsection (a) of this section shall be accomplished one of the following methods:
(1) Following a hearing at which an impartial panel shall render a decision. In the event an elected officer is sought to be removed by the action of the city council, such officer shall be entitled to a written notice specifying the ground or grounds for removal and to a public hearing which shall be held not less than ten days after the service of such written notice. The city council shall provide by ordinance for the manner in which such hearings shall be held. Any elected officer sought to be removed from office as herein provided shall have the right of appeal from the decision of the city council to the Superior Court of Monroe County. Such appeal shall be governed by the same rules as govern appeals to the superior court from the probate court. (2) By an order of the Superior Court of Monroe County following a hearing on a complaint seeking such removal brought by any resident of the City of Forsyth.

ARTICLE VI FINANCE
SECTION 6.10. Ad valorem (property) tax.

The city council may assess, levy and collect an ad valorem tax on all real and personal property within the corporate limits of the city that is subject to such taxation by the state and county. This tax is for the purpose of raising revenues to defray the costs of operating the

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city government, of providing governmental services, for the repayment of principal and interest on general obligations, and for any other public purpose as determined by the city council in its discretion. All property subject to taxation for state or county purposes, assessed as of January 1 in each year, shall be subject to the ad valorem tax levied by the City of Forsyth. The city council by ordinance shall elect to use the county assessment for the year in which the city taxes are to be levied and shall request the county to furnish appropriate information for such purpose.

SECTION 6.11. Millage rate, due dates, payment methods.

The city council, by resolution, shall annually establish a millage rate for the city property tax, a due date, and the time period within which these taxes must be paid. The city council, by said resolution, may also provide for the payment of these taxes by installments or in one lump sum, as well as authorize the voluntary payment of taxes prior to the time when due.

SECTION 6.12. Occupation and business taxes.

The city council by ordinance shall have the power to levy such corporation or business taxes as are not denied by law. The city council may classify businesses, occupations or professions for the purpose of such taxation in any way which may be lawful and may compel the payment of such taxes as provided in Section 6.17.

SECTION 6.13. Regulatory fees, permits.

The city council by ordinance shall have the power to require businesses or practitioners doing business within this city to obtain a permit for such activity from the city and pay a reasonable regulatory fee for such permit as provided by general law. Such fees shall reflect the total cost to the city of regulating the activity, and if unpaid, shall be collected as provided in Section 6.17.

SECTION 6.14. Franchises.

(a) The city council shall have the power to grant franchises for the use of this city's streets and alleys for the purposes of railroads, street railways, telephone companies, electric companies, electric membership corporations, cable television and other telecommunications companies, gas companies, transportation companies, and other similar organizations. The city council shall determine the duration, terms, whether the same shall be exclusive or

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nonexclusive, and the consideration for such franchises; provided, however, that no franchise shall be granted for a period in excess of 35 years and no franchise shall be granted unless the city receives just and adequate compensation therefor. The city council shall provide for the registration of all franchises with the city clerk in a registration book kept by the clerk. The city council may provide by ordinance for the registration within a reasonable time of all franchises previously granted. (b) If no franchise agreement is in effect, the city council has the authority to impose a tax on gross receipts for the use of this city's streets and alleys for the purposes of railroads, street railways, telephone companies, electric companies, electric membership corporations, cable television and other telecommunications companies, gas companies, transportation companies and other similar organizations.

SECTION 6.15. Service charges.

The city council by ordinance shall have the power to assess and collect fees, charges, assessments, and tolls for sewers, sanitary and health services, or any other services provided or made available within and without the corporate limits of the city. If unpaid, such charges shall be collected as provided in Section 6.17.

SECTION 6.16. Construction, other taxes and fees.

This city shall be empowered to levy any other tax or fee allowed now or hereafter by law, and the specific mention of any right, power or authority in this article shall not be construed as limiting in any way the general powers of this city to govern its local affairs.

SECTION 6.17. Collection of delinquent taxes and fees.

The city council, by ordinance, may provide generally for the collection of delinquent taxes, fees, or other revenue due the city under Sections 6.10 through 6.16 by whatever reasonable means as are not precluded by law. This shall include providing for the dates when the taxes or fees are due; late penalties or interest; issuance and execution of fi.fas.; creation and priority of liens; making delinquent taxes and fees personal debts of the persons required to pay the taxes or fees imposed; revoking city permits for failure to pay any city taxes or fees; and providing for the assignment or transfer of tax executions.

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SECTION 6.18. General obligation bonds.

The city council shall have the power to issue bonds for the purpose of raising revenue to carry out any project, program or venture authorized under this charter or the laws of the state. Such bonding authority shall be exercised in accordance with the laws governing bond issuance by municipalities in effect at the time said issue is undertaken.

SECTION 6.19. Revenue bonds.

Revenue bonds may be issued by the city council as state law now or hereafter provides. Such bonds are to be paid out of any revenue produced by the project, program or venture for which they were issued.

SECTION 6.20. Short-term loans.

The city may obtain short-term loans and must repay such loans not later than December 31 of each year, unless otherwise provided by law.

SECTION 6.21. Lease-purchase contracts.

The city may enter into multi-year lease, purchase or lease-purchase contracts for the acquisition of goods, materials, real and personal property, services, and supplies provided the contract terminates without further obligation on the part of the municipality at the close of the calendar year in which it was executed and at the close of each succeeding calendar year for which it may be renewed. Contracts must be executed in accordance with the requirements of Code Section 36-60-13 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated, or other such applicable laws as are or may hereafter be enacted.

SECTION 6.22. Fiscal year.

The City of Forsyth's fiscal year shall run from January 1 to December 31. This fiscal year shall constitute the budget year and the year for financial accounting and reporting of each and every office, department, agency and activity of the city government unless otherwise provided by state or federal law.

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SECTION 6.23. Preparation of budgets.

The city council shall provide an ordinance on the procedures and requirements for the preparation and execution of an annual operating budget, a capital improvement plan, and a capital budget, including requirements as to the scope, content and form of such budgets and plans.

SECTION 6.24. Submission of operating budget to city council.

On or before a date fixed by the city council but not later than 30 days prior to the beginning of each fiscal year, the city manager shall submit to the city council a proposed operating budget for the ensuing fiscal year. The budget shall be accompanied by a message from the city manager containing a statement of the general fiscal policies of the city, the important features of the budget, explanations of all changes recommended for the next fiscal year, a general summary of the budget, and such other pertinent comments and information. The operating budget and the capital budget hereinafter provided for, the budget message, and all supporting documents shall be filed in the office of the city clerk and shall be open to public inspection.

SECTION 6.25. Action by city council on budget.

(a) The city council may amend the operating budget proposed by the city manager; except, that the budget as finally amended and adopted must provide for all expenditures required by state law or by other provisions of this charter and for all debt service requirements for the ensuing fiscal year, and the total appropriations from any fund shall not exceed the estimated fund balance, reserves, and revenues. (b) The city council by resolution shall adopt the final operating budget by a time each fiscal year as enumerated in the budget preparation ordinance. If the city council fails to adopt the budget by this date, the amounts appropriated for operation for the current fiscal year shall be deemed adopted by the ensuing fiscal year on a month-to-month basis, with all items prorated accordingly until such time as the city council adopts a budget for the ensuing fiscal year. Adoption of the budget shall take the form of an appropriations resolution setting out the estimated revenues in detail by sources and making appropriations according to fund and by organizational unit, purpose, or activity as set out in the budget preparation ordinance adopted pursuant to Section 6.23. (c) The amount set out in the adopted operating budget for each organizational unit shall constitute the annual appropriation for such, and no expenditure shall be made or

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encumbrance created in excess of the otherwise unencumbered balance of the appropriations or allotment thereof, to which it is chargeable.

SECTION 6.26. Tax levies.

The city council shall levy by ordinance or resolution such taxes as are necessary. The taxes and tax rates set by such ordinances shall be such that reasonable estimates of revenues from such levy shall at least be sufficient, together with other anticipated revenues, fund balances and applicable reserves, to equal the total amount appropriated for each of the several funds set forth in the annual operating budget for defraying the expenses of the general government of this city.

SECTION 6.27. Changes in appropriations.

The city council by resolution may make changes in the appropriations contained in the current operating budget, at any regular meeting, special or emergency meeting called for such purpose, but any additional appropriations may be made only from an existing unexpended surplus.

SECTION 6.28. Capital budget.

(a) On or before the date fixed by the city council but no later than 30 days prior to the beginning of each fiscal year, the city manager shall submit to the city council a proposed capital improvements plan with a recommended capital budget containing the means of financing the improvements proposed for the ensuing fiscal year. The city council shall have power to accept, with or without amendments, or reject the proposed plan and proposed budget. The city council shall not authorize an expenditure for the construction of any building, structure, work or improvement, unless the appropriations for such project are included in the capital budget, except to meet a public emergency as provided in Section 2.24. (b) The city council shall adopt by resolution the final capital budget for the ensuing fiscal year not later than a time set by city council by ordinance. No appropriations provided for in a prior capital budget shall lapse until the purpose for which the appropriation was made shall have been accomplished or abandoned; provided, however, that the city council may submit amendments to the capital budget at any time during the fiscal year, accompanied by recommendations. Any such amendments to the capital budget shall become effective only upon adoption by resolution of the city council.

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SECTION 6.29. Independent audit.

There shall be an annual independent audit of all city accounts, funds and financial transactions by a certified public accountant selected by the city council. The audit shall be conducted according to generally accepted auditing principles. Any audit of any funds by the state or federal governments may be accepted as satisfying the requirements of this charter. Copies of annual audit reports shall be made available to the public at the cost of printing such reports.

SECTION 6.30. Contracting procedures.

No contract with the city shall be binding on the city unless: (1) It is in writing; (2) It is drawn by or submitted to and reviewed by the city attorney, and as a matter of course, is signed by the city attorney to indicate such drafting or review; and (3) It is made or authorized by the city council and such approval is entered in the city council journal of proceedings pursuant to Section 2.20.

SECTION 6.31. Centralized purchasing.

The city council shall by ordinance prescribe procedures for a system of centralized purchasing for the city.

SECTION 6.32. Sale and lease of city property.

(a) The city council may sell and convey, or lease any real or personal property owned or held by the city for governmental or other purposes as now or hereafter provided by law. (b) The city council may quitclaim any rights it may have in property not needed for public purposes upon report by the city council and adoption of a resolution, both finding that the property is not needed for public or other purposes and that the interest of the city has no readily ascertainable monetary value. (c) Whenever in opening, extending or widening any street, avenue, alley, or public place of the city, a small parcel or tract of land is cut off or separated by such work from a larger tract or boundary of land owned by the city, the city council may authorize the mayor to sell and convey said cut-off or separated parcel or tract of land to an abutting or adjoining property owner or owners where such sale and conveyance facilitates the enjoyment of the highest and best use of the abutting owner's property. Included in the sales contract shall be

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a provision for the rights-of-way of said street, avenue, alley or public place. Each abutting property owner shall be notified of the availability of the property and given the opportunity to purchase said property under such terms and conditions as set out by ordinance. All deeds and conveyances heretofore and hereafter so executed and delivered shall convey all title and interest the city has in such property, notwithstanding the fact that no public sale after advertisement was or is hereafter made.

ARTICLE VII GENERAL PROVISIONS
SECTION 7.10. Bonds for officials.

The officers and employees of this city, both elected and appointed, shall execute such surety or fidelity bonds in such amounts and upon such terms and conditions as the city council shall from time to time require by ordinance or as may be provided by law.

SECTION 7.11. Prior ordinances.

All ordinances, resolutions, rules and regulations now in force in the city not inconsistent with this charter are hereby declared valid and of full effect and force until amended or repealed by the city council.

SECTION 7.12. Existing personnel and officers.

Except as specifically provided otherwise by this charter, all personnel and officers of the city and their rights, privileges and powers shall continue beyond the time this charter takes effect.

SECTION 7.13. Pending matters.

Except as specifically provided otherwise by this charter, all rights, claims, actions, orders, contracts and legal or administrative proceedings shall continue and any such ongoing work or cases shall be completed by such city agencies, personnel, or offices as may be provided by the city council.

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SECTION 7.14. Construction.

(a) Section captions in this charter are informative only and are not to be considered as part thereof. (b) The word "shall" is mandatory, and the word "may" is permissive. (c) The singular shall include the plural, the masculine shall include the feminine, and vice versa.

SECTION 7.15. Severability.

If any article, section, subsection, paragraph, sentence, or part thereof of this charter shall be held to be invalid or unconstitutional, such invalidity or unconstitutionality shall not affect or impair other parts of this charter unless it clearly appears that such other parts are wholly and necessarily dependent upon the part held to be invalid or unconstitutional, it being the legislative intent in enacting this charter that each article, section, subsection, paragraph, sentence or part thereof be enacted separately and independent of each other.

SECTION 7.16. Effective date.

This Act shall become effective upon its approval by the Governor or upon its becoming law without such approval.

SECTION 7.17. Specific repealer.

An Act approved March 23, 1977 (Ga. L. 1977, p. 3980), and all amendatory Acts thereto, are hereby repealed.

SECTION 7.18. General repealer.

All laws and parts of laws in conflict with this Act are repealed.

NOTICE OF INTENTION TO INTRODUCE LOCAL LEGISLATION
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supersede all previous charters for the City of Forsyth; to provide for incorporation, boundaries, and powers of the city; to provide for a governing authority of such city and the powers, duties, authority, election, terms, vacancies, compensation, expenses, qualifications, prohibitions, conflicts of interest, and suspension and removal from office relative to members of such governing authority; to provide for inquiries and investigations; to provide for oaths, organization, meetings, quorum, voting, rules, and procedures; to provide for ordinances and codes; to provide for a mayor and certain duties, powers, and other matters relative thereto; to provide for administrative affairs and responsibilities; to provide for boards, commissions, and authorities; to provide for a city manager, a city attorney, a custodian of records, and other personnel and matters relating thereto; to provide for rules and regulations; to provide for a municipal court and the judge or judges thereof and other matters relative to those judges; to provide for the court's jurisdiction, powers, practices, and procedures; to provide for the right of certiorari; to provide for elections; to provide for taxation, licenses, and fees; to provide for franchises, service charges, and assessments; to provide for bonded and other indebtedness; to provide for auditing, accounting, budgeting, and appropriations; to provide for city contracts and purchasing; to provide for the conveyance of property and interests therein; to provide for bonds for officials; to provide for prior ordinances and rules, pending matters, and existing personnel; to provide for penalties; to provide for definitions and construction; to provide for related matters; to repeal specific Acts; to provide for an effective date; and for other purposes.

GEORGIA, FULTON COUNTY

Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths, Robert Dickey, who on oath deposes and says that he is the Representative from District 140 and further deposes and says that the attached Notice of Intention to Introduce Local Legislation was published in the Monroe County Reporter which is the official organ of Monroe County on February 11, 2015, and that the notice requirements of Code Section 28-1-14 have been met.

s/ ROBERT DICKEY Robert Dickey Representative, District 140

Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 4th day of March, 2015.

s/ JENNIFER BURGESS Jennifer Burgess Notary Public, Fulton County, Georgia

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My Commission Expires December 29, 2018 (SEAL)

Approved May 5, 2015.

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CITY OF FORSYTH CITY OF FORSYTH CONVENTION AND VISITORS BUREAU AUTHORITY; CREATION.

No. 69 (House Bill No. 479).

AN ACT

To create the City of Forsyth Convention and Visitors Bureau Authority as a public body corporate and politic, a political subdivision of the state, and a public corporation, to have the responsibility and authority to promote tourism, trade, and conventions in the City of Forsyth, Georgia; to provide for creation and organization of the authority; to provide for a purpose; to provide for powers, duties, and authority; to provide for a board of directors, membership, terms of office, and removal from office; to provide for an executive director and his or her duties and powers; to provide for meetings; to limit liability; to provide for a budget and finances; to provide for oversight; to provide that the city not be bound; to provide definitions; to provide a short title; to provide for related matters; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF GEORGIA:

SECTION 1. Short title.

This Act shall be known and may be cited as "The City of Forsyth Convention and Visitors Bureau Authority Act."

SECTION 2. Definitions and references.

As used in this Act, the term: (1) "Authority" means the City of Forsyth Convention and Visitors Bureau Authority. (2) "Board" means the board of directors of the authority. (3) "City council" means the city council of the City of Forsyth. (4) "Director" means a member of the board of directors of the authority. (5) "Mayor" means the mayor of the City of Forsyth.

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SECTION 3. Creation of authority, status, tax exemption, and sovereign immunity.

(a) There is created a body public and politic to be known as the City of Forsyth Convention and Visitors Bureau Authority. The authority shall be deemed to be a political subdivision of the state and a public corporation and by that name may contract and be contracted with, sue and be sued, implead and be impleaded, and bring and defend actions. The authority shall be a convention and visitors bureau authority created by an Act of the General Assembly to serve certain purposes described in O.C.G.A. Section 48-13-51. The authority is intended to be an agency and instrumentality of the city and a governmental unit. The authority shall not be a state institution nor department or agency of the state but shall be a creation of the state. (b) The authority shall maintain its principal office in the City of Forsyth, and its legal situs or residence for the purposes of this Act shall be in the City of Forsyth. (c) The exercise of the powers conferred upon the authority in this Act shall constitute an essential government function for a public purpose. The properties of the authority, both real and personal, and the income of the authority are declared to be public properties and income used for the benefit and welfare of the people of the city and not for the purpose of private or corporate benefit, and such properties, to the extent of the authority's ownership thereof or other interest therein, and all income and obligations of the authority shall be exempt from all taxes and special assessments of the state or any city, county, or other political subdivision thereof. The authority shall have all of the exemptions and exclusions from taxes as are now granted to cities and counties for the operation of properties or facilities similar to the properties and facilities to be owned or operated or both by the authority. (d) The authority shall have the same immunity and exemption from liability for torts and negligence as the state, and the officers, agents, and employees of the authority, when in performance of work of the authority, shall have the same immunity and exemptions from liability for torts and negligence as officers, agents, and employees of the State of Georgia. The authority may be sued the same as private corporations on any contractual obligation of the authority. Any action to protect or enforce any rights pursuant to the provisions of this Act or any suit or action against the authority shall be brought in the Superior Court of Monroe County, which shall have exclusive, original jurisdiction of such actions. The property of the authority shall not be subject to levy or sale under legal process. The records of the authority shall be public records which are subject to O.C.G.A. Section 50-18-70, et seq. Nothing in this Act shall be construed to abridge or change the powers and duties of other authorities, departments, boards, and like agencies of the city.

SECTION 4. Purpose.

The duties and purposes of the authority shall be to:

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(1) Promote tourism, trade, and conventions for the City of Forsyth; (2) Study, investigate, and develop plans for improving tourism in the City of Forsyth and doing such things as tend to bring visitors and conventions into the city; (3) Advise and recommend plans to the city council and departments of the city for the development of tourism in the city; and (4) Otherwise promote public interest in the general improvement of tourism in the City of Forsyth.

SECTION 5. Powers.

(a) The authority shall have all powers necessary or convenient to carry out and effectuate the purpose and provisions of this Act, including, but without limiting the generality of the foregoing, the power:
(1) To sue and be sued in contract or tort and to file complaints and defend in all courts; (2) To adopt and alter a corporate seal; (3) To acquire in its own name real property or rights and easements therein and franchises and personal property necessary or convenient for its corporate purposes by purchase on such terms and conditions and in such manner as it may deem proper, or by gift, grant, lease, or otherwise; to insure the same against any and all risks as such insurance may, from time to time, be available, and to use such property, rent or lease the same to or from others, make contracts with respect to the use thereof, or sell, lease, or otherwise dispose of any such property in any manner it deems to the best advantage of the authority and the purpose thereof. Title to any such property of the authority shall be held by the authority exclusively for the benefit of the public; (4) To exercise any one or more of the powers, rights, and privileges conferred by this Act either alone or jointly or in common with one or more other parties, whether public or private. In any such exercise of such powers, rights, and privileges jointly or in common with respect to the construction, operation, and maintenance of projects, the authority may own an undivided interest in such projects with any other parties, whether public or private. The authority may enter into agreements with respect to any project with the other parties participating therein, and any such agreement may contain such terms, conditions, and provisions consistent with this Act as the parties thereto may deem to be in their best interest; (5) To make and exercise contracts, agreements, and other instruments necessary or convenient to exercise the powers of the authority or to further the public purpose for which the authority is created; (6) To borrow money to further or carry out its public purpose and to execute notes, other obligations, leases, loan agreements, mortgages, deeds to secure debt, trust deeds, security agreements, assignments, and such other agreements or instruments as may be necessary

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or desirable in the judgment of the authority to evidence and to provide security for such borrowing; (7) To make application directly or indirectly to any federal, state, county, or municipal government or agency or to any other source, whether public or private, for loans, grants, guarantees, or other financial assistance in furtherance of the authority's public purposes and to accept and use the same upon such terms and conditions as are prescribed by such federal, state, county, or municipal government or agency or other source; (8) To enter into agreements with the federal government, state government, or any agency thereof to use the facilities or services of the federal government, state government, or any agency thereof in order to further or carry out the public purposes of the authority; (9) Subject to proper appropriation to the authority, to receive and use the proceeds of any tax, including but not limited to a hotel-motel tax, levied by the city or any other political subdivision or taxing district of the state; (10) To accept donations and appropriations of money, services, products, property, and facilities for expenditure and use by the authority for the accomplishment of its purpose; (11) To adopt bylaws governing the conduct of business by the authority, the election and duties of officers of the authority, and other matters which the authority determines to include in its bylaws; (12) To invest any accumulation of its funds in any manner that public funds of the state or its political subdivisions may be invested; and (13) To do any and all things necessary or proper for the accomplishment of the objectives of this Act and to exercise any power usually possessed by private corporations performing similar functions which is not in conflict with the public purpose of the authority or the Constitution and laws of this state. (b) The powers enumerated in each paragraph of subsection (a) of this section are cumulative of and in addition to those powers enumerated in other paragraphs of subsection (a) of this section and elsewhere in this Act and no such power limits or restricts any other power of the authority.

SECTION 6. Board of directors.

(a) The property and business of the authority and the direction and execution of its activities shall be vested in and managed by the board of directors. The board shall have full control for setting policies, day-to-day operations, and approving annual budgets. (b) The board shall consist of nine directors, who shall be natural persons at least 21 years of age and who shall be residents of the city, or owners or employees of a business within the city. The city council shall appoint eight directors to the board by majority-vote; two of such directors shall be selected from the hotel-motel sector, two directors shall be selected from the restaurant sector, two directors shall be selected from the retail sector, and two directors shall be selected as members-at-large. The mayor shall appoint the ninth director

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who shall be an incumbent member of the city council and whose appointment shall be approved by a majority-vote of the city council. An appointee may also be a member of other boards and authorities of the city; however, no other city council member shall be appointed as a director except for the director appointed by the mayor. (c) The initial appointees to the board shall serve for staggered terms; the city council shall designate two of its initial appointments to serve terms of one year, two to serve terms of two years, and two to serve terms of three years. All other terms shall last for four years. Directors may succeed themselves. Terms shall expire on December 31 of the year in which the term is scheduled to end, and the appointment for the succeeding term shall be effective January 1 of the year in which the term is scheduled to begin. Any director may resign at any time by filing a written notice of resignation with the city clerk. Directors shall serve at the pleasure of the mayor and city council and may be removed, with or without cause, by a two-thirds' vote of the mayor and entire city council with the mayor having the right to vote on the question of such removal. (d) At the first meeting of the board, the directors shall elect, from among the directors, a chairperson, a vice-chairperson, and a secretary-treasurer as officers. Officers shall be elected on a calendar year basis and may be re-elected for succeeding terms. The chairperson shall preside at meetings of the board. The vice-chairperson shall preside at meetings in the absence of the chairperson. In the absence of both the chairperson and vice-chairperson, the members present at a meeting shall elect a temporary chairperson to preside at that meeting so long as the chairperson and vice-chairperson both remain absent from the meeting. Four directors shall constitute a quorum. Official action may be taken by majority vote of those directors voting on a matter if a quorum is present and voting on such matter, except that the bylaws of the board may only be initially adopted or subsequently amended by majority vote of all members. All directors present at a meeting shall be entitled to vote on all matters that come before the meeting except as otherwise provided in this Act. No vacancy on the board shall impair the right of the quorum to exercise all the rights and perform all the duties of the board. (e) Members shall receive no compensation for their services as directors of the authority but may be reimbursed for their proper and reasonable expenses incurred in the performance of their duties for the authority and as directors.

SECTION 7. Executive director.

The board shall have the power to employ an executive director as may be necessary to the operation of the board's activities, to whom in turn shall be delegated the authority and responsibility necessary to administer properly the business of the board, within polices set by the board and subject to the board's review. The executive director shall have full charge of the offices and the employees of the authority, including authority to hire and terminate

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employees. The board shall have the authority to establish salaries and compensation for said executive director and all of its employees.

SECTION 8. Meetings of the board of directors.

The board shall meet at such times as necessary to transact the business coming before it, and shall have an organizational meeting annually in January and shall have monthly meetings throughout the remainder of each year. Meetings of the board shall be open to the public in accordance with the laws of the state. Written minutes of all meetings shall be kept and a copy thereof furnished to the mayor and city council. Meetings shall be conducted in accordance with Robert's Rules of Order.

SECTION 9. Liability limited.

Neither the directors nor any person executing notes or obligations on behalf of the authority shall be personally liable thereon by reason of said execution.

SECTION 10. Budget and finances.

The board shall prepare and submit an annual budget to the mayor and city council seeking appropriations to the authority by the city council. Such appropriations shall be funded from the revenue received from the city's hotel-motel tax. The authority shall comply with all provisions related to the expenditure of hotel-motel tax revenue. As of January 1, 2015, said provisions are contained in Article 3 of Chapter 13 of Title 48 of the O.C.G.A. The authority shall also abide by any other spending restrictions or criteria set forth by the mayor and city council.

SECTION 11. Oversight.

The mayor and city council shall be authorized to, by and through a committee or by any person they select, inspect the books, accounts, and property of the authority. The authority shall furnish reasonable facility and assistance to aid such inspections.

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SECTION 12. City not bound.

The authority shall not have the power or authority to bind the city either by contract, agreement, financial obligations, indebtedness, or otherwise. No such contract, agreement, financial obligation, or indebtedness incurred by the authority shall ever provide a claim or charge against the city.

SECTION 13. Repealer.

All laws and parts of laws in conflict with this Act are repealed.

NOTICE OF INTENTION TO INTRODUCE LOCAL LEGISLATION
Notice is given that there will be introduced at the regular 2015 session of the General Assembly of Georgia a bill to create the City of Forsyth Convention and Visitors Bureau Authority as a public body corporate and politic, a political subdivision of the state, and a public corporation, to have the responsibility and authority to promote tourism, trade, and conventions in the City of Forsyth, Georgia; to provide for creation and organization of the authority; to provide for a purpose; to provide for powers, duties, and authority; to provide for a board of directors, membership, terms of office, and removal from office; to provide for an executive director and his or her duties and powers; to provide for meetings; to limit liability; to provide for a budget and finances; to provide for oversight; to provide that the city not be bound; to provide definitions; to provide a short title; to provide for related matters; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes.
GEORGIA, FULTON COUNTY
Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths, Robert Dickey, who on oath deposes and says that he is the Representative from District 140 and further deposes and says that the attached Notice of Intention to Introduce Local Legislation was published in the Monroe County Reporter which is the official organ of Monroe County on February 11, 2015, and that the notice requirements of Code Section 28-1-14 have been met.
s/ ROBERT DICKEY Robert Dickey Representative, District 140

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Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 17th day of February, 2015.

s/ JENNIFER BURGESS Jennifer Burgess Notary Public, Fulton County, Georgia My Commission Expires December 29, 2018 (SEAL)

Approved May 5, 2015.

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MILLEDGEVILLE-BALDWIN COUNTY CONSOLIDATED GOVERNMENT; CREATION; REFERENDUM.

No. 83 (House Bill No. 67).

AN ACT

To provide for the unified government of Milledgeville-Baldwin County; to provide for boundaries and districts; to provide for powers and duties; to provide for organization, qualifications, election, terms, and filling of vacancies; to provide for associated offices, departments, and agencies; to provide for budgets and financial matters; to provide for a transition period; to provide for the repeal of certain Acts; to provide for a referendum; to provide for related matters; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF GEORGIA:

ARTICLE I Power of Unified Government UNIFICATION, CREATION, BOUNDARIES, STATUS, AND POWERS OF UNIFIED GOVERNMENT
SECTION 1-101. Unification of county and city; creation of unified government.

(a) The new government shall be known as the Milledgeville-Baldwin County Unified Government. This unification shall result in the creation and establishment of a single government with powers and jurisdiction throughout the territorial limits of Baldwin County, which single government shall supersede and replace the governments of the City of Milledgeville and Baldwin County. Such county-wide government shall be a new political entity, a body politic and corporate, and a political subdivision of the state, to be known as

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"Milledgeville-Baldwin County, Georgia," having all the governmental and corporate powers, duties, and functions heretofore held by and vested in the City of Milledgeville and Baldwin County, and also the powers, duties, and functions provided in this charter. The unified government shall be a public corporation; shall have perpetual existence; shall adopt a common seal; shall, without the necessity or formality of a deed, bill of sale, or other instrument of transfer, own, possess, and hold all the properties of whatsoever kind or nature, assets, contracts, franchises, things, rights, privileges, immunities, and real and personal property theretofore owned, possessed, enjoyed, or held by the City of Milledgeville or Baldwin County; and by the name of Milledgeville-Baldwin County, Georgia, shall be capable of suing and being sued when authorized by this charter and by the Constitution and laws of the State of Georgia. From and after the effective date of this charter, the political subdivision known as Baldwin County, Georgia, and the municipal corporation known as the City of Milledgeville, Georgia, shall be unified into the said new political entity created in this charter. (b) Milledgeville-Baldwin County, Georgia, shall encourage the meaningful involvement in its operations of all citizens of Milledgeville-Baldwin County. This government shall comply with the United States Civil Rights Act of 1964 and 1972 as well as federal and state employment law where applicable. State of Georgia home rule statutes shall also apply where applicable. (c) The unification of the governments of the City of Milledgeville and Baldwin County is authorized pursuant to the provisions of Article IX, Section III, Paragraph II(a) of the Constitution of Georgia of 1983, as amended. (d) When the term "Milledgeville-Baldwin County Commission" or "commission" is used in this charter, unless a contrary meaning is clearly apparent from the context, such term shall include the mayor, vice mayor, and commissioners.

SECTION 1-102. Boundaries.

Milledgeville-Baldwin County, Georgia, shall embrace the total area included within the existing territorial limits of Baldwin County as such limits are fixed and established on the effective date of this charter. However, such limits may be altered and changed from time to time as provided by the Constitution and laws of the State of Georgia pertaining to counties.

SECTION 1-103. Status as municipal corporation and county.

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this section to declare as a city and as a part of the unified government all of the area of Baldwin County.

SECTION 1-104. Powers.

(a) Milledgeville-Baldwin County, Georgia, shall have all powers of self-government authorized by the Constitution and not otherwise prohibited by the laws of Georgia. (b) In addition to the foregoing, the unified government shall have and be vested with, to the same extent as if herein repeated, all rights, powers, duties, privileges, and authority that the mayor and council of the City of Milledgeville or the Commission of Baldwin County, or both, have under the Constitution and general and local laws of the State of Georgia at the time of adoption of this charter. This authority shall include, but shall not be limited to, the authority to adopt home rule ordinances and resolutions as provided in Article IX, Section II of the Constitution of the State of Georgia. (c) In addition to the foregoing, the unified government shall have all rights, powers, duties, privileges, and authority herein conferred or herein enlarged, and such other rights, powers, duties, privileges, and authority as may be necessary and proper for carrying the same into execution, and also all rights, powers, duties, privileges, and authority, whether express or implied, that may be now vested in or hereafter granted to counties or municipal corporations, or both, by the Constitution and laws of the State of Georgia, including the powers vested in the unified government by this charter. (d) The unified government, in addition to the rights, duties, powers, privileges, and authority expressly conferred upon it by this charter, shall have the right, duty, power, privilege, and authority to exercise and enjoy all other powers, duties, functions, rights, privileges, and immunities necessary and proper to promote or protect the safety, health, peace, security, and general welfare of said government and its inhabitants and to exercise all implied powers necessary to carry into execution all powers granted in this charter as fully and completely as if such powers were fully enumerated herein and to do and perform all of the acts pertaining to its property, affairs, and local government which are necessary or proper in the legitimate exercise of its corporate powers and governmental duties and functions. (e) No enumeration of any right, power, privilege, or authority provided in other sections of this charter shall be construed as limiting or abolishing any right, power, and privilege or authority set forth in this section. (f) In addition to and supplementary to all other powers which it may possess, and by way of illustration and not of limitation, the unified government shall have the powers specifically enumerated in Section 8-114 of this charter.

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SECTION 1-105. Taxing districts.

(a) The unified government shall divide the county into two or more taxing districts which shall be known as "services districts"; provided, however, that at least one of such districts shall be known as the general services district. The general services district shall embrace the total geographic area of Milledgeville-Baldwin County. In addition, the board of commissioners shall initially establish at least one urban services district which shall embrace such territory for which provision is made by the commission for additional or higher levels of services than are provided uniformly throughout the territory of the unified government. (b) Taxes shall be assessed, levied, and collected in accordance with the kind, character, type, degree, and level of services provided by the government within such services districts; and the rate and manner of taxation may vary in any one district from that in another or other districts. (c) The unified government may also establish special services districts which shall embrace such territory or territories for which provision is made by the commission for additional or higher levels of services provided by the unified government. (d) In the establishment of future services district or districts, the commission shall hold one or more public hearings thereon at which all interested persons affected thereby shall have an opportunity to be heard. Notice of the time, place, and date of such hearings shall be published in the official legal organ of Milledgeville-Baldwin County at least once a week during the two weeks immediately preceding the date of the hearing. (e) The unified government shall be empowered to exercise and provide within the general services district and within any urban and special services district established by this charter or by ordinance of the commission those powers, functions, and services which have previously been exercised and provided by Baldwin County or the City of Milledgeville, or both; all powers, functions, and services authorized by this charter and any amendments thereto; and all powers, functions, and services which counties or municipal corporations, or both, are now or are hereafter authorized to exercise under the Constitution and laws of the State of Georgia. (f) The unified government shall perform within the general services district those governmental duties, functions, and services which are generally available and accessible to all residents throughout the total area of said government. (g) The unified government shall perform within its urban services districts those additional, more comprehensive and intensive, and higher levels of governmental duties, functions, and services which benefit primarily the residents of such urban services districts. (h) The unified government shall perform within its special services districts those additionally selected, more comprehensive, intensive, and higher levels of governmental duties, functions, and services which benefit primarily the residents of such special services districts.

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(i) Except as otherwise provided by this charter, urban and special services districts of the unified government shall be created, expanded, merged, consolidated, or reduced only by an ordinance duly adopted by the commission under such general rules, procedures, regulations, requirements, and specifications as established by the commission; provided, however, that no new urban or special services district shall be created or existing urban or special services district expanded, abolished, merged, consolidated, or reduced without providing an opportunity for interested persons to be heard by publishing a notice of a public hearing on the proposed expansion, abolishment, merger, consolidation, reduction, or creation of an urban or special services district in the official legal organ of Milledgeville-Baldwin County, Georgia, at least once a week during the two weeks immediately preceding the date of hearing. Such rules and regulations shall set forth the manner and method for the creation of new urban and special services districts; the expansion, abolishment, consolidation, reduction, or merger of existing urban or special services districts; requirements for defining functions and policies for rendering services; changes in levels of services within existing services districts; the transfer of territory from one services district to another; requirements for defining boundaries of services districts; procedures for the expansion, abolishment, reduction, or consolidation of existing services districts; and requirements for defining boundaries of services districts. (j) The unified government is empowered to create new services and eliminate existing services by the same procedures and methods stated in this section. (k) Citizens of any area in the county may request additional services by petitioning the unified government according to the rules, procedures, and guidelines established by the unified government. The unified government shall hold public hearings as outlined in the services district modification procedure stated in this section and shall consider all comments received prior to reaching a final decision.

SECTION 1-106. Construction.

The powers of the unified government shall be construed liberally in favor of the unified government. The specific mention or failure to mention particular powers in this charter shall not be construed as limiting in any way the general powers of the unified government as provided in this article. It is the intention hereof to grant to the unified government full power and right to exercise all governmental authority authorized by the Constitution and laws of Georgia which is necessary for the effective operation and conduct of the unified government within its territory and for the conduct of all of its affairs.

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ARTICLE II Legislative Make-up UNIFICATION, CREATION, BOUNDARIES, STATUS, AND POWERS OF UNIFIED GOVERNMENT. SECTION 2-101. Organization, oath, rules, quorum, records; vice chair.

(a)(1) The unified government provides for the creation of the Milledgeville-Baldwin County Commission as its governing body.
(2)(A) The commission shall be composed of five commissioners elected from districts and a mayor and vice mayor who shall be elected at large. For the purpose of electing members of the commission, Milledgeville-Baldwin County shall be divided into five commissioner districts. One member of the commission shall be elected from each such district. The five commissioner districts shall be and correspond to those five numbered districts described in and attached to and made a part of this Act and further identified as "Plan: MillBaldCC-2015 Plan Type: Local Administrator: H145 User: Gina".
(B)(i) For the purposes of such plan: (I) The term "VTD" shall mean and describe the same geographical boundaries as provided in the report of the Bureau of the Census for the United States decennial census of 2010 for the State of Georgia. The separate numeric designations in a district description which are underneath a VTD heading shall mean and describe individual Blocks within a VTD as provided in the report of the Bureau of the Census for the United States decennial census of 2010 for the State of Georgia; and (II) Except as otherwise provided in the description of any district, whenever the description of any district refers to a named city, it shall mean the geographical boundaries of that city as shown on the census maps for the United States decennial census of 2010 for the State of Georgia.
(ii) Any part of Milledgeville-Baldwin County which is not included in any district described in subparagraph (a)(2)(A) of this section shall be included within that district contiguous to such part which contains the least population according to the United States decennial census of 2010 for the State of Georgia. (iii) Any part of Milledgeville-Baldwin County which is described in subparagraph (a)(2)(A) of this section as being included in a particular district shall nevertheless not be included within such district if such part is not contiguous to such district. Such noncontiguous part shall instead be included within that district contiguous to such part which contains the least population according to the United States decennial census of 2010 for the State of Georgia. (3) After the initial election of the mayor, vice mayor, and commission members as provided in Section 6-301 of this charter, the mayor, vice mayor, and commission members shall be elected to four-year terms of office and until their respective successors are elected and qualified. The Milledgeville-Baldwin County Commission (also referred

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to as "commission", "board of commissioners", or "board") shall meet for organization and swearing in purposes on the first Tuesday after January 1 following its election or as soon thereafter practicable. At this meeting, the newly elected commissioners shall each take the following oath of office, to be administered by the judge of the probate court:
"I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will well and truly perform the duties of commissioner of the unified government of Milledgeville-Baldwin County, Georgia, and that I will support and defend the charter thereof, as well as the Constitution and laws of the State of Georgia and of the United States of America, so help me God." (b) The commission, by majority vote, shall adopt rules of procedure governing the transaction of its business consistent with the provisions of this charter; shall set by ordinance the time, date, and place for regular meetings, which will be held at least once each month; and shall provide for keeping minutes of its proceedings by the clerk as provided for by the charter. The commission may opt to hold more than one regular monthly meeting or may choose to hold a regular monthly work session. In either case, the number and type of meeting shall be established annually by majority vote. (c) At its first organizational meeting, the commission shall select the date when it will hold its regular monthly meetings. (d) Four of the seven members of the commission shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business; however, a smaller number may adjourn from time to time. (e) Special meetings of the commission may be called by the mayor or by a quorum of commissioners upon no less than 24 hour notice. Written notice of such meeting shall be served personally on each member or left at the usual place of business or residence of such member. Such notice of a special meeting may be waived in writing either before or after such meeting. Subject to subsection (d) of Code Section 50-14-l of the O.C.G.A., special meetings may be held at any time without notice to all commissioners, upon attendance at such meeting by all members of the commission, or by waiver of notice of those not in attendance. (f) All meetings of the commission, except for those exceptions provided for in general law, shall be public; and any citizen shall have access to the minutes and records thereof at reasonable times. (g) In the absence of the mayor for any reason, the vice mayor shall preside over meetings and discharge the duties of mayor until either the return of the mayor or the election of a new mayor. While serving as the mayor, the vice mayor shall have the same powers as the mayor.

SECTION 2-102. Powers of the commission.

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government, shall be vested exclusively in the mayor and the commission in accordance with the provisions of this charter. (b) The unified government, in addition to the rights, duties and powers, privileges, and authority expressly conferred upon it by this charter, shall have the right, duty, power, privilege, and authority to exercise and enjoy all other powers, duties, functions, rights, privileges, and immunities necessary and proper to promote or protect the safety, health, peace, security, and general welfare of said government and its inhabitants and to exercise all implied powers necessary to carry into execution all powers granted in this charter as fully and completely as if such powers were fully enumerated in this charter to do and perform all the acts pertaining to its local affairs, property, and government that are necessary or proper in the legitimate exercise of its corporate powers and governmental duties and functions. (c) No repeal of any law under which the unified government derives any right, power, privilege, or authority, except by amendment of this charter as provided in this charter, shall be construed as limiting or abolishing any such right, power, privilege, or authority set forth in this charter. (d) The general laws of the State of Georgia of a criminal nature shall be applicable to and within the limits of the unified government. General laws of local application through classification by population not in conflict with this charter which, on the effective date of this charter, apply to the City of Milledgeville or Baldwin County which are applicable to the unified government and which apply to the unified government as either a city or a county at the time of their enactment or thereafter shall be effective, but those which did not apply to the City of Milledgeville or Baldwin County or the unified government at the time of their enactment shall not become applicable to the unified government except through the adoption of a resolution to that effect by the commission. (e) Local Acts of the State of Georgia which apply specifically to Baldwin County, or the City of Milledgeville, or both collectively, shall be applicable to the unified government. (f) In construing the applicability of provisions of the Constitution and the general laws of Georgia which apply in general terms to either counties or municipalities, or both, and local Acts of the General Assembly that apply specifically to Baldwin County, the City of Milledgeville, or all collectively, the following terms as used in such laws shall be construed to include the unified government as follows:
(1) "Board of commissioners" shall be construed to include the commission of Milledgeville-Baldwin County, Georgia; (2) "City," "town," "municipal corporation," or "municipality" shall be construed to include Milledgeville-Baldwin County, Georgia; (3) "Council," "mayor," "mayor and council," and "county commissioners" shall be construed to include the commission of Milledgeville-Baldwin County, Georgia; and (4) "County" means Milledgeville-Baldwin County, Georgia. Any other terms and provisions as used in such Acts to refer specifically to Baldwin County or the City of Milledgeville or both collectively shall include employees, departments, and agencies of such entities.

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(g) In construing the applicability of laws in force to the unified government, the following order shall prevail:
(1) The Constitution of the State of Georgia; (2) The general laws of uniform application now in force or hereafter enacted by the General Assembly, as distinguished from general laws of local application through classification by population, applicable to municipal corporations or counties or both; (3) The general laws of local application through classification by population as and to the extent provided in subsection (b) of this section; (4) Special laws applicable to Baldwin County, not in conflict with this charter; (5) Special laws applicable to the City of Milledgeville, not in conflict with this charter; (6) This charter and all ordinances and resolutions passed pursuant thereto; and (7) Existing ordinances and resolutions of the former City of Milledgeville and existing ordinances and resolutions of the former County of Baldwin not in conflict with this charter. (h) The tort and nuisance liability of the unified government shall follow the law and rules of tort liability applicable to counties in Georgia. (i) For purposes of applicable laws, the unified government shall constitute a municipality and a county, or both. Except as otherwise provided by this charter, if a law applicable to municipalities and the same or another law applicable to counties are in conflict, the law applicable to counties shall prevail. (j) The unified government shall have the power and authority to participate in, cooperate in, and take all necessary action with respect to any and all projects, programs, and undertakings of any nature authorized by any statute, rule, or regulation of the United States, the State of Georgia, or any federal or state agency or instrumentality, including, but not limited to, community development, highways, aviation, aviation terminals, airports, airport facilities, municipal area or regional development, water and sewage disposal, public housing, housing for the aged, and transportation or mass transit or any phase thereof; to borrow money and issue promissory notes, general obligation bonds, or revenue bonds, or any combination thereof, for any such purposes in accordance with the provisions of this charter; and to execute mortgages or deeds of trust in favor of any federal agency, secured by property of which the restructured government is the legal or beneficial or equitable owner, or in favor of any private agency where the loan is guaranteed by a federal agency. (k) In addition to its legislative powers, the commission shall specifically have the power to: (1) Adopt and, as needed, amend the annual balanced budget by a majority vote; (2) Approve or reject recommendations concerning the appointments of the manager and attorney by a majority vote; (3) Remove from office the manager, attorney, or auditor by majority vote; and (4) Suspend the rules by a majority vote. (l) In the exercise of its powers, the commission shall adopt and provide for the execution of such ordinances, resolutions, rules, and regulations, not inconsistent with the charter, as

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may be necessary or proper for the purpose of carrying into effect the powers conferred by this charter and for the promotion and protection of the safety, health, peace, security, and general welfare of the inhabitants of the unified government and may enforce such ordinances, resolutions, rules, and regulations by imposing penalties for violations thereof, as prescribed by ordinance, by a fine that shall not to exceed $1,000.00, or by imprisonment for a period not to exceed six months. (m) Except as otherwise provided by the Constitution, general or local law, or this charter, the commission may by ordinance create, change, alter, combine, abolish, consolidate, and redefine the manner of appointment, membership, powers, and duties of bureaus, boards, commissions, departments, divisions, authorities, offices, and agencies of the unified government, including positions of public office, and may transfer and delete functions and assign additional functions to any bureaus, offices, agencies, departments, divisions, boards, authorities, commissions, and positions of public employment existing under this charter. The commission may by ordinance transfer all the assets, liabilities, and obligations thereof to a department, a division, or other unit of a department of the unified government which shall have the power and duty to perform and exercise all the functions and powers previously performed and exercised by such previous board, commission, authority, division, agency, bureau, office, department, or position of public employment. This subsection shall not apply to any authorities or boards which were created by either a local constitutional amendment or by a local Act of the General Assembly. (n) The commission shall have the power to conduct or cause to be conducted inquiries and investigations of the operations of any office, department, or agency or the conduct of any officer or employee thereof administering the affairs of the unified government. In conducting inquiries and investigations, the commission shall have the right to administer oaths; subpoena witnesses, documents, records or other evidence; take testimony; and require the production of evidence. The conduct of proceedings at commission inquiries and investigations shall be subject to such rules and regulations as the commission may prescribe by general ordinance. (o) The commission shall provide for the form of oaths and the amount and condition of surety bonds as may be required of any officer or employee of the unified government. (p) The commission shall have and exercise such other powers as conferred upon it by this charter and the laws of Georgia.

SECTION 2-103. Filling of vacancies.

(a) In the event that the office of a member of the commission becomes vacant by reason of death, resignation, or any other cause, and the term will expire in less than 180 days, the vacant position shall be filled by appointment by the remaining members of the commission. Any individual so appointed shall have the same qualifications required for election to the office.

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(b) If the term of the vacant commission position will continue for more than 180 days, a special election shall be held as provided in this charter and general state law to elect a new member of the commission to serve for the remainder of the term.

SECTION 2-201. Legislation by ordinance.

Every official act of the commission which is to have the force and effect of law shall be by ordinance and shall begin with the words: "The Commission of Milledgeville-Baldwin County, Georgia, hereby ordains". All other acts of the commission shall be by resolution or shall take such other form as prescribed by its rules.

SECTION 2-202. Introduction, consideration, and passage of ordinances and resolutions.

(a) Every proposed ordinance and every amendment shall contain not more than one subject which shall be expressed clearly in its title. (b) It shall be the duty of the attorney to review all ordinances prior to introduction to the commission in order to discern the draftsmanship and impact of the proposed ordinance. After such review, copies of such ordinance shall be prepared by the clerk of the commission and distributed to each member of the commission. (c) Every proposed ordinance shall be in writing, and each commissioner shall receive a copy. Such proposed ordinance shall be introduced by reading the title thereof at a regular monthly meeting or a properly called special meeting of the commission. Any new ordinances or amended ordinances shall be introduced at one meeting and acted on at the next or a later meeting. Rules may be suspended for exigent circumstances by majority vote. Exigent circumstances shall be defined as natural disasters or any event affecting the public order. (d) The adoption of any ordinance shall require a majority vote. (e) The passage of all ordinances shall be contingent upon the recording of the "ayes" and "nays" of each person voting and the names of each person voting for and against each proposed ordinance or amendment. The names of those abstaining and those absent shall be entered upon the minutes of the proceedings of the commission.

SECTION 2-203. Submission of ordinances to mayor; effective date.

Every ordinance or resolution adopted by the commission shall be certified by the clerk of the commission and presented to the Milledgeville-Baldwin County mayor within two business days following its adoption.

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SECTION 2-204. Authentication; recording.

The clerk of the commission shall authenticate by signature and record in full in a properly indexed book kept for that purpose all ordinances and resolutions adopted by the commission.

SECTION 2-205. Codes of technical regulations.

(a) The commission may adopt any standard code of technical regulations by reference thereto in an adopting ordinance. The procedure and requirements governing such adopting ordinance shall be prescribed for ordinances generally, except that the requirements of subsection (c) of Section 2-202 of this charter for distribution of copies of the ordinance to each commission member shall be construed to include copies of the code of technical regulations. Copies of the code of technical regulations shall be maintained in the clerk's office, as well as the adopting ordinance, and shall be authenticated by the clerk as provided in Section 2-204 of this charter. (b) Copies of any adopted code of technical regulations shall be made available by the clerk for public inspection and for purchase at a reasonable price as fixed by the commission.

SECTION 2-206. Codification and printing of ordinances.

(a) The commission shall, within two years of the effective date of this charter, provide for the preparation of general codification of all ordinances of a general or permanent nature. Such code shall be adopted by the commission by ordinance and shall be published promptly in loose-leaf form, together with all amendments thereto, this charter, and amendments hereto, and such codes of technical regulations and other rules and regulations as the commission may specify. This compilation shall be known and cited officially as the "Code of Milledgeville-Baldwin County, Georgia." As determined by the commission, copies of the code shall be furnished to officers, departments, and agencies of the unified government; placed in libraries and public offices for public reference; and made available for purchase by the public at a reasonable price. (b) Following publication of the first Code of Milledgeville-Baldwin County, Georgia, from time to time thereafter, the ordinances and charter amendments shall be printed in substantially the same style as the code then in effect and shall be in a suitable form for integration therein.

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SECTION 2-207. Prima facie evidence.

A record or entry made by the clerk of commission of a copy of such record or entry, duly certified by the clerk of commission, shall be prima facie evidence of the terms of every ordinance and its due adoption.

SECTION 2-301. Conflict of interest.

No elected official, appointed officer, or employee of Milledgeville-Baldwin County, Georgia, or any agency or political entity to which this charter applies shall knowingly:
(1) Engage in any business or transaction in which the person has a financial interest which is incompatible with the proper discharge of official duties; (2) Disclose confidential information concerning the property, government, or affairs of the governmental body by which such person is engaged or is a member of without proper legal authorization or use that information to advance the financial or other private interest of such person or others; (3) Accept any gift that has a value of $100.00 or more from any person, firm, or corporation which to his or her knowledge is interested, directly or indirectly, in business dealings with the governmental body of which he or she is a member or by which such person is engaged; provided, however, that an elected official who is a candidate for public office may accept campaign contributions and services in connection with a campaign; (4) Represent private interests other than his or her own in any action or proceeding against Milledgeville-Baldwin County, Georgia, or any portion of its government; or (5) Vote or otherwise actively participate in the negotiation or the making of any contract between Milledgeville-Baldwin County, Georgia, and any business or entity in which he or she has a financial interest.

SECTION 2-302. Disclosure.

Any elected official, appointed officer, or employee of the unified government or of any board, commission, authority, or agency thereof who has any private financial interest, direct or indirect, in any contract or matter pending before or within any department of the unified government shall disclose such private interest to the commission. Any commissioner who has a private interest in any matter pending before the commission shall disclose such private interest, and such disclosure shall be entered on the records of the commission; and he or she shall disqualify himself or herself from participating in any decision or vote relating thereto. Any elected official, appointed officer, or employee of any board, commission, authority, or agency of the unified government who has any private financial interest, direct or indirect,

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in any contract or matter pending before or within such entity shall disclose such private interest to the commission.

SECTION 2-303. Testimony of public officials relating to public affairs.

Any officer or employee of the unified government or of any board, commission, authority, or agency thereof who is duly and properly called a witness before any unified government, state, or federal judicial or administrative tribunal, who before such tribunal fails to answer any proper question concerning his or her performance, shall be guilty of a violation of this charter; provided, however, that Garrity rights and fifth amendment constitutional protections are honored.

SECTION 2-304. Contracts voidable and rescindable.

Any contract between the unified government or any board, commission, authority, agency, or entity thereof made in violation of the provisions of this charter shall be voidable or rescindable at the option of the commission at any time if any elected official, appointed officer, or employee of such unified government or board, commission, authority, or agency thereof has any interest in such contract and does not disclose such interest in accordance with Section 2-302 of this charter.

SECTION 2-305. Hearings and determinations; penalties for violation.

(a) Upon the sworn complaint of any person alleging facts which, if true, would constitute a violation of this charter, the commission shall appoint an ethics committee consisting of three persons to consider such complaint. Such committee shall be selected by the commission from the following public officers of Milledgeville-Baldwin County: the clerk of superior court, the judge of the probate court, the tax commissioner, the district attorney, and the solicitor of the state court. The ethics committee may conduct a public hearing at which the accused shall be given an opportunity to be heard, either personally or through counsel. At the conclusion, based thereon, the committee shall make a determination concerning the propriety of the conduct of the official or employee in question and shall report such determination to the commission. If the ethics committee finds a violation, then the commission may impose such sanctions as if deems appropriate under this charter. (b) Any officer or employee of the unified government or of any board, commission, authority, or agency thereof who is found to have knowingly concealed his or her personal financial interest, or who is found to have knowingly violated any of the requirements of this charter, shall be deemed guilty of malfeasance in office or position. If such decision is

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upheld after all reviews and appeals provided by the unified government have been exhausted, the officer or employee shall be subject to such punishment as may be deemed appropriate by the commission and which may include forfeiture of office or position. (c) Any officer or employee of the unified government or of any board, commission, authority, or agency thereof who forfeits his or her office or position as described in subsection (b) of this section shall be ineligible for appointment or election to or employment in a position in the unified government or of any board, commission, authority, or agency thereof for a period of three years thereafter.

SECTION 2-306. Recall of elected officials.

Upon adoption of this charter, a process for recall of elected officials shall be established in accordance with state law.

SECTION 2-307. Code of ethics.

Within three months after taking office, the initial Milledgeville-Baldwin County Commission shall adopt a code of ethics for elected officials.

ARTICLE III UNIFIED GOVERNMENT HEAD
SECTION 3-101. Head of government; election; term of office; qualification; disqualification.

(a) There is hereby created the office of Milledgeville-Baldwin County Commission chairperson who shall be known as the mayor. Except as otherwise provided for an initial term of office, this position shall be elected at large by the voters of the unified government and shall serve for a term of four years and until a successor is qualified and elected. (b) Except as otherwise provided for initial terms of office, the term of office of all members of the Milledgeville-Baldwin County Commission shall be four years and until their successors are elected and qualified, except that a person appointed to fill a vacancy on the commission shall serve only for the balance of the unexpired term as provided in Section 2-103 of this charter. All terms of office shall commence at the first regular meeting in January following the election.

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SECTION 3-102. Salary and expenses.

(a) The salary of each commissioner, other than the mayor and vice mayor, shall be $15,000.00 per year, payable in equal monthly installments. The vice mayor's salary shall be $20,000.00 per year, payable in equal monthly installments. (b) In addition to their salaries, commissioners shall be reimbursed for all direct expenses incurred in carrying out the duties and responsibilities of the unified government. (c) The salary and expenses of members of the commission may be changed by ordinance, subject to the following conditions:
(1) No action to increase the salary or expenses of commissioners shall be taken until notice of intent to take the action has been published in the official legal organ of Milledgeville-Baldwin County, Georgia, at least once a week for three successive weeks immediately preceding the week during which the action is taken; (2) Salary increases shall not take effect until after the next commission is elected and seated; and (3) Increases in expense reimbursements shall take effect upon the affirmative action of the commission.

SECTION 3-103. Qualifications of office.

(a) To be eligible for election to the office of mayor or vice mayor, a person, on the date of his or her election, shall:
(1) Have attained the age of 25 years; (2) Have resided in the territory of Milledgeville-Baldwin County, Georgia, for at least one year immediately preceding the date of election and shall continue such residence therein during the term of office; (3) Be a registered voter of Milledgeville-Baldwin County, Georgia; and (4) Meet any other requirements as established by law. (b) To be eligible for election to the Milledgeville-Baldwin County Commission, a person, on the date of his or her election, shall: (1) Have attained the age of 21 years; (2) Have resided in the territory of Milledgeville-Baldwin County, Georgia, for at least one year immediately preceding the date of election and shall continue such residence therein during the term of office and shall have resided in their election district for at least one year; (3) Be a registered voter of Milledgeville-Baldwin County, Georgia; and (4) Meet any other requirements as established by law.

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(c) No person elected to the Milledgeville-Baldwin County Commission or as mayor or vice mayor shall, during that person's term of office, hold any other federal, state, or local elective government office.

SECTION 3-104. Compensation for mayor.

(a) The mayor shall receive as compensation for the services of the office an annual salary of $35,000.00, payable in equal monthly installments. (b) In addition to such salary, the mayor shall be reimbursed for all direct expenses incurred in carrying out the duties and responsibilities of the unified government. (c) The salary and expenses of the mayor may be changed by ordinance, subject to the following conditions:
(1) No action to increase the salary shall be taken until notice of intent to take the action has been published in the official legal organ of Milledgeville-Baldwin County, Georgia, at least once a week for three successive weeks immediately preceding the week during which the action is taken; (2) Salary increases shall not take effect until after the next commission is elected and seated; and (3) Increases in expense reimbursement shall take effect upon the affirmative action of the commission.

SECTION 3-105. Powers and duties of mayor.

The mayor shall: (1) Serve as the official representative of Milledgeville-Baldwin County, Georgia, including serving as the unified government's representative to federal, state, and local governmental bodies and officials; (2) Appoint a county manager, who shall be subject to confirmation by a majority of the commission; (3) Initiate the process, with the involvement of commissioners and appropriate staff, to search and screen candidates for the positions of attorney, auditor, and commission clerk and appoint candidates for such positions subject to confirmation by a majority vote of the entire commission; (4) Remove the county manager, attorney, commission clerk, and auditor for cause subject to the concurrence by a majority of the entire commission; (5) Set the agenda, after receiving input from members of the commission, the county manager, and the public, for meetings of the commission;

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(6) Make committee appointments; provided, however, that all standing and appointed committees shall be recommending bodies with the ability to recommend actions to the commission with the full commission retaining the authority to act; (7) Present the annual budget and the capital improvements budget, which shall be prepared by the county manager with the assistance of all department and agency heads and all others who supervise the implementation of a budget that uses funds of Milledgeville-Baldwin County, Georgia, for approval by the commission; (8) Be authorized to vote on any issue before the commission and shall vote in the event of a tie vote by the commission; (9) Call special meetings of the commission as provided by this charter and by rules of the commission; (10) Execute all deeds, contracts, and obligations of the unified government, provided such execution shall be attested to by the county manager; (11) Recommend to the commission the adoption of such measures as deemed necessary or expedient; (12) Perform any other duties and exercise any other powers required by state or federal law or authorized by a duly adopted ordinance that is not in conflict with this charter; and (13) Preside over meetings of the commission.

SECTION 3-106. Vacancy in office of mayor.

(a) In the event that the office of mayor becomes vacant by reason of death, resignation, or any other means, the vice mayor shall serve as the mayor with all the powers of the mayor for the unexpired term of office of the mayor if there are 180 days or less remaining in such term of office. (b) If there are more than 180 days remaining in the mayor's term of office, a special election shall be held as soon as practicable as provided by general law to elect a new mayor for the remainder of the vacant term. The vice mayor shall serve as the mayor until such special election is held and a successor for the mayor is elected and qualified.

ARTICLE IV ADMINISTRATION SECTION
SECTION 4-101. Milledgeville-Baldwin county manager; appointment;
qualifications; compensation.

(a) There may be a professional manager who shall be known as the county manager of Milledgeville-Baldwin County, Georgia. If appointed, the county manager shall be the full-time administrative officer of the unified government. A county manager may be appointed by the mayor recommending a candidate to the commission for the office of

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county manager and the commission confirming such recommendation. No person holding an elective office on the Milledgeville-Baldwin County Commission shall be eligible for this appointment until two years after leaving elective office. Such recommendation shall become effective when confirmed by a majority vote of the total membership of the commission. The county manager shall be prohibited from engaging in any political activity and shall not be eligible to qualify as a candidate for an elective office in the Milledgeville-Baldwin County Commission for one year after leaving office. The county manager at any time may be removed from office by a majority vote of the entire commission. (b) Whenever the office of the manager is vacant, the mayor may recommend a person to serve as acting manager until a new manager is appointed, subject to approval by a majority vote of the entire commission and subject to reappointment thereafter. The acting manager at any time may be removed by a majority vote of the entire commission. (c) The county manager need not be a resident of the county at the time of his or her appointment but shall establish residence therein within six months of such appointment and continue to reside therein throughout such appointment. The qualifications and compensation of the county manager shall be fixed by the commission.

SECTION 4-102. County manager; powers and duties.

(a) If appointed, the county manager shall be responsible for: (1) The management and coordination of the operations and activities of the various departments and agencies of the unified government; (2) The appointment and removal of all department heads with the exception of the city attorney, auditor, and clerk of commissioners; (3) The preparation of the proposed annual budget with the assistance of all department heads for approval by the commission and the mayor; (4) Keeping the commission at all times fully advised as to the financial condition and needs of the unified government; (5) Conducting studies and investigations and making reports thereon to the commission concerning the operation of the departments, offices, and agencies of the unified government; (6) Requiring any department, board, commission, or agency under the county manager's jurisdiction to submit written reports and to provide other information as deemed necessary; (7) Prescribing, requiring, publishing, and implementing standards of administrative, management, and operating practices and procedures to be followed and adhered to by all offices, departments, boards, commissions, authorities, and other agencies of the unified government which are subject to the county manager's supervision and jurisdiction;

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(8) Acting as the purchasing agent of the Milledgeville-Baldwin County Commission as provided for in Section 8-105 of this charter; (9) Maintaining all required records of the operations and activities of the Milledgeville-Baldwin County Commission; and (10) Developing and implementing an ongoing strategic plan for Milledgeville-Baldwin County, Georgia, and providing annual progress updates to the commission. (b) Except for the purpose of inquiry and investigation, the mayor and commission shall deal with employees of the unified government who are subject to appointment and removal by the county manager solely through the county manager and shall not give orders or directions to any such employee, either publicly or privately, directly or indirectly. (c) The county manager shall obtain the approval and authorization of the commission for all expenditures in excess of $25,000.00 and all transfers of investments in excess of $100,000.00.

SECTION 4-103. County finance manager; appointment; qualifications; duties; compensation.

(a) There shall be a professional finance manager who shall be known as the county finance manager of Milledgeville-Baldwin County, Georgia. The mayor shall recommend a candidate to the commission for the office of county finance manager. No person holding an elective office on the Milledgeville-Baldwin County Commission shall be eligible for this appointment until two years after leaving elective office. Such recommendation shall become effective when confirmed by a majority vote of the total membership of the commission. The county finance manager shall be prohibited from engaging in any political activity and shall not be eligible to qualify as a candidate for an elective office in the Milledgeville-Baldwin County Commission for one year after leaving office. The county finance manager at any time may be removed from office by a majority vote of the total membership of the commission. (b) Whenever the office of the county finance manager is vacant, the mayor may recommend a person to serve as acting county finance manager until a new county finance manager is appointed, subject to approval by a majority vote of the total membership of the commission and subject to reappointment thereafter. The acting county finance manager at any time may be removed by a majority vote of the total membership of the commission. (c) The county finance manager need not be a resident of the county at the time of his or her appointment but shall establish residence therein within six months of such appointment and continue to reside therein throughout such appointment. The qualifications and compensation of the county finance manager shall be fixed by the commission.

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SECTION 4-104. Attorney; appointment; qualifications; duties; compensation.

(a) The mayor shall make nonbinding recommendations to the commission for the attorney of the unified government (referred to at times in this charter as the "attorney"). The recommendations shall become effective when confirmed by a majority vote of the total membership of the commission. The attorney shall serve at the pleasure of the mayor and may be removed from office by the mayor for cause with confirmation of the majority vote of the commission. (b) The attorney shall be an active member of the State Bar of Georgia in good standing and shall satisfy any other qualifications established by ordinance. (c) The attorney shall be the legal counsel to the unified government and shall perform such other duties as may be required by this charter or by ordinance. (d) The compensation of the attorney shall be as prescribed by a duly adopted ordinance.

SECTION 4-105. Auditor; appointment; qualifications; duties; compensation.

(a) There shall be an auditor who shall be known as the county auditor of Milledgeville-Baldwin County, Georgia. The mayor shall recommend a candidate to the commission for the office of county auditor. No person holding an elective office on the Milledgeville-Baldwin County Commission shall be eligible for this appointment until two years after leaving elective office. Such recommendation shall become effective when confirmed by a majority vote of the total membership of the commission. The county auditor shall be prohibited from engaging in any political activity and shall not be eligible to qualify as a candidate for an elective office in the Milledgeville-Baldwin County Commission for one year after leaving office. The county auditor at any time may be removed from office by a majority vote of the total membership of the commission. (b) Whenever the office of the county auditor is vacant, the mayor may recommend a person to serve as acting county auditor until a new county auditor is appointed, subject to approval by a majority vote of the total membership of the commission and subject to reappointment thereafter. The acting county auditor at any time may be removed by a majority vote of the total membership of the commission. (c) The qualifications and compensation of the county finance manager shall be fixed by the commission.

SECTION 4-106. Sheriff.

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officer for the unified government. The sheriff shall serve for the same term as provided by law, and the compensation shall be fixed as provided by law. Subsequent elections for sheriff shall be on the same basis as provided by law for the election of sheriffs generally. The sheriff shall have such other or different powers and duties as provided by the Constitution and laws of Georgia. The sheriff shall be authorized to shift funds within the categories budgeted for his or her office to meet the needs of the office. The sheriff shall meet with the mayor, vice mayor, county manager, and finance committee chairperson of the commission every six months to review the budget of the office of the sheriff.

SECTION 4-107. Judge of the probate court.

The judge of the Probate Court of Baldwin County in office on the effective date of this charter shall be the judge of the Probate Court of Milledgeville-Baldwin County, Georgia. The judge of the probate court shall serve for the same term as provided by law, and the compensation shall be fixed as provided by law. Subsequent elections for the judge of the probate court shall be on the same basis as provided by law for the election of probate judges generally and shall be conducted nonpartisan. The judge of the probate court shall perform the same duties and exercise the same powers as conferred on probate judges generally by the Constitution and laws of Georgia.

SECTION 4-108. Clerk of superior court.

The clerk of the Superior Court of Baldwin County in office on the effective date of this charter shall be the clerk of the Superior Court of Milledgeville-Baldwin County, Georgia. The clerk of superior court shall serve for the same term as provided by law, and the compensation shall be fixed as provided by law. Subsequent elections for the clerk of superior court shall be on the same basis as provided by law for the election of clerks of superior court generally. The clerk of superior court shall perform the same duties and exercise the same powers as conferred on clerks of superior court generally by the Constitution and laws of Georgia.

SECTION 4-109. Tax commissioner.

The tax commissioner of Baldwin County in office on the effective date of this charter shall be the tax commissioner of Milledgeville-Baldwin County, Georgia. The tax commissioner shall serve for the same term as provided by law, and the compensation shall be fixed as provided by law. Subsequent elections for tax commissioner shall be on the same basis as provided by law for the election of tax commissioners generally. The tax commissioner shall

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perform the same duties and exercise the same powers as conferred on tax commissioners generally by the Constitution and laws of Georgia.

SECTION 4-110. Coroner.

The coroner of Baldwin County in office on the effective date of this charter shall be the coroner of Milledgeville-Baldwin County, Georgia. The coroner shall serve for the same term as provided by law, and compensation shall be fixed as provided by law. Subsequent elections for coroner shall be on the same basis as provided by law for the election of coroners generally. The coroner shall perform the same duties and exercise the same powers as conferred on coroners generally by the Constitution and laws of Georgia.

SECTION 4-111. Clerk.

The clerk of the commission shall be responsible for: (1) Maintaining all required records of the operations and activities of the Milledgeville-Baldwin County Commission, including the minutes of all meetings of the Milledgeville-Baldwin County Commission; (2) Certifying ordinances upon adoption for presentation to the mayor for approval or veto and certifying as to the authenticity of ordinances which have become law; (3) Attesting the mayor's signature on deeds, contracts, agreements, and any other obligations on the part of government and the signature of any other officer pursuant to Section 7-501 of this charter on any such document; (4) Keeping and affixing the seal; (5) Providing administrative support to the commission, the mayor, and the county manager of Milledgeville-Baldwin County, Georgia; and (6) Carrying out such other duties as may be directed by the commission.

ADMINISTRATIVE AND SERVICE DEPARTMENTS SECTION 4-201.
Creation and functions; generally.

Except as otherwise provided by this charter or by law, the administrative and service departments of the unified government shall be created and established by ordinance and shall perform such functions, duties, services, and responsibilities as enumerated in such ordinances and as prescribed by administrative regulations.

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SECTION 4-202. Administrative reorganization.

The commission may, by ordinance, reorganize, combine, consolidate, or discontinue any department or agency of the unified government subject to the jurisdiction of the commission and may, by ordinance, prescribe the functions and duties thereof and may establish, abolish, or alter any nonelective offices and positions of employment as necessary for the proper administration of the unified government.

SECTION 4-203. Appointment of directors of departments.

All directors of departments under the supervision and direction of the Milledgeville-Baldwin county manager shall be appointed by the Milledgeville-Baldwin county manager. The directors of all such departments shall serve at the pleasure of the Milledgeville-Baldwin county manager.

SECTION 4-204. Departments under state law.

(a) All departments which are created pursuant to state or federal law and which administer various state and federal programs and services shall continue their operations without interruption resulting from the adoption of this charter. (b) For employees hired by the City of Milledgeville or Baldwin County after the approval of this charter by the electors voting in the referendum pursuant to Section 9-112 of this charter, whether to continue to offer a program of health care benefits, the nature and structure of such a program, the benefits provided in such a program, and the premiums to be paid by employees for their participation or the participation of their families or dependents, if offered, shall be subject to change from time to time in the sound discretion of the mayor and commission.

SECTION 4-301. Certain commissions, boards, and authorities continued.

(a) All existing commissions, boards, and authorities are continued without interruption on the effective date of this charter. As used in the Acts and amendments creating the existing commissions, boards, and authorities, the terms "Milledgeville City Council" and "Baldwin County Board of Commissioners" shall mean the Board of Commissioners of Milledgeville-Baldwin County, Georgia, and the terms "mayor of the City of Milledgeville" and "Chairperson of the Baldwin County Board of Commissioners" shall mean the mayor of Milledgeville-Baldwin County, Georgia.

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(b) The Board of Commissioners of Milledgeville-Baldwin County, Georgia, shall have the authority to examine all existing boards, commissions, and authorities of the former City of Milledgeville and Baldwin County for the purpose of determining whether any such boards, commissions, and authorities should be reorganized or reconstituted for the purpose of increasing their efficient operation; provided, however, that this authority shall not be construed to authorize the commission to affect any board, commission, and authority created by general law or by local constitutional amendment. (c) The Georgia Military College Board of Trustees shall consist of the mayor and six members who shall be elected from the former City of Milledgeville city commission districts as such districts exist on the effective date of this charter within the urban services district (commonly referred to as the City of Milledgeville) and shall serve four-year terms as provided in Article 9 of Chapter 3 of Title 20 of the O.C.G.A. The qualifications for these positions shall be the same as those in place upon adoption of this charter.

SECTION 4-401. Employees.

Employees who are terminated from their employment shall have the right to appeal such termination to the commission. Such appeal process shall be initiated by filing a written appeal with the mayor within seven days of termination. The mayor shall present the appeal to the commission for review, and the commission shall act upon such appeal within 30 days following the receipt of the written appeal by the mayor. Failure by the commission to act within 30 days shall result in the reinstatement of such employee.

ARTICLE V JUDICIARY SECTION 5-101. Superior court and district attorney; unaffected by charter; redesignation.

The Superior Court of Baldwin County, including the office of the district attorney, shall continue its operations without interruption resulting from the adoption of this charter, and nothing herein shall be construed as affecting the status of such court. The court shall be known as the Superior Court of Milledgeville-Baldwin County, Georgia.

SECTION 5-102. State court and solicitor-general; unaffected by charter; redesignation.

The State Court of Baldwin County, including the office of the solicitor-general, shall continue its operations without interruption resulting from the adoption of this charter, and nothing herein shall be construed as affecting the status of such court. The court shall be known as the State Court of Milledgeville-Baldwin County, Georgia.

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SECTION 5-103. Juvenile court; unaffected by charter; redesignation.

The Juvenile Court of Baldwin County shall continue its operations without interruption resulting from the adoption of this charter, and nothing herein shall be construed as affecting the status of such court. The court shall be known as the Juvenile Court of Milledgeville-Baldwin County, Georgia.

SECTION 5-104. Probate court; unaffected by charter; redesignation.

The Probate Court of Baldwin County shall continue its operations without interruption resulting from the adoption of this charter, and nothing herein shall be construed as affecting the status of such court. The court shall be known as the Probate Court of Milledgeville-Baldwin County, Georgia.

SECTION 5-105. Magistrate court; unaffected by charter; redesignation.

The Magistrate Court of Baldwin County shall continue its operations without interruption resulting from the adoption of this charter, and nothing herein shall be construed as affecting the status of such court. The court shall be known as the Magistrate Court of Milledgeville-Baldwin County, Georgia.

SECTION 5-106. Municipal Court of the City of Milledgeville; abolishment of
operations in the unified government:

Six months after the effective date of this charter, the Municipal Court of the City of Milledgeville shall stand abolished. Any cases pending before the municipal court on that date shall be transferred to the State Court of Milledgeville-Baldwin County, Georgia. Thereafter, all jurisdiction of the former Municipal Court of the City of Milledgeville shall be transferred to either the Magistrate Court or the State Court of Milledgeville-Baldwin County, Georgia.

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ARTICLE VI ELECTIONS SECTION 6-101. Applicability of general laws.

Except as otherwise provided by this charter, general and special primaries and elections shall be conducted in accordance with provisions of Chapter 2 of Title 21 of the O.C.G.A., the "Georgia Election Code."

SECTION 6-102. Regular election, time of holding; voting.

(a) Except for the initial elections under this charter, regular elections for the unified government of Milledgeville-Baldwin County, Georgia, shall be held on the Tuesday after the first Monday in November in each even-numbered year. (b) Only the electors of each of the election districts defined in Section 6-201 of this charter shall be entitled to vote in the election for the commissioner to be elected from such district.

SECTION 6-103. Special elections.

All special elections shall be held and conducted in accordance with applicable provisions of Chapter 2 of Title 21 of the O.C.G.A., the "Georgia Election Code."

SECTION 6-201. Number of districts; boundaries.

The territory of Milledgeville-Baldwin County, Georgia, shall consist of five single member election districts to be designated respectively as Commissioner Districts 1 through 5 as provided in Section 2-101 of this charter. The mayor and vice mayor of Milledgeville-Baldwin County shall be elected at large.

SECTION 6-202. Reapportionment of election districts.

(a) The election district boundaries of Milledgeville-Baldwin County, Georgia, shall be reapportioned following the publication of each official federal decennial census of the population of Milledgeville-Baldwin County, Georgia. (b) The reapportionment of election districts shall comply with the following specifications:
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(2) The Milledgeville-Baldwin County Unified Government shall rely upon the Legislative and Congressional Reapportionment Office of the General Assembly of the State of Georgia to draw those districts that reflect the goal of the unified government. (c) Any reapportionment of election districts shall apply to officials of the unified government elected at the next regular election following such reapportionment; provided, however, any reapportionment ordinance shall not apply.

SECTION 6-301. Special election of first officials.

(a) If the referendum for the approval of the unification of the governments of the City of Milledgeville and Baldwin County is held in July, 2015, then the initial election for members of the Milledgeville-Baldwin County governing authority shall be held on the Tuesday immediately following the first Monday in November, 2015. Otherwise, the initial election for members of the Milledgeville-Baldwin County governing authority shall be held on the date of the 2016 presidential preference primary. The superintendent of elections for Baldwin County shall publish notice of the initial election of members of the unified government in the legal organ of Milledgeville-Baldwin County once a week for four weeks immediately preceding the election. (b) In all other respects, the election shall be held in accordance with the provisions of Chapter 2 of Title 21 of the O.C.G.A., the "Georgia Election Code." (c) The qualifications for office for such initial election shall be as prescribed by applicable provisions of this charter. (d) Any elected official of Milledgeville-Baldwin County or of any municipality who is otherwise qualified under this charter shall be entitled to qualify and run for an office of the unified government.

SECTION 6-302. Initial terms of office.

If elected in November, 2015, the initial terms of the mayor, vice mayor, and commissioners of the unified government shall be from July 1, 2016, until December 31, 2018, and until their respective successors are elected and qualified. If elected in 2016, the initial terms of the mayor, vice mayor, and commissioners of the unified government shall be from January 1, 2017, until December 31, 2020, and until their respective successors are elected and qualified. After the initial elections, all commissioners shall be elected for four-year terms and until their respective successors are elected and qualified.

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ARTICLE VII REVENUE AND FINANCE
SECTION 7-101. Taxation and other revenues; levies and collection of taxes, fees, charges, and assessments; appropriations.

(a) For the purpose of raising revenue for the support and maintenance of the government of Milledgeville-Baldwin County, Georgia, the commission shall have full power and authority to levy and collect taxes to the extent hereinafter provided and to appropriate funds and expend money:
(1) For the purposes authorized by this charter; (2) For the discharge of the powers, duties, obligations, liabilities, and functions specified in this charter; (3) For any and all purposes and any and all subjects of taxation for which the City of Milledgeville or Baldwin County may have been authorized and in accordance with those authorizations to levy and collect taxes and to appropriate and expend funds under the Constitution or any general or special law of Georgia applicable to the City of Milledgeville or Baldwin County on the effective date of this charter; and (4) For any purpose authorized by the Constitution or any general or special law of Georgia applicable to municipal corporations and counties generally now in force or hereafter enacted. (b) The commission shall have full power and authority to levy and collect the following taxes, charges, and assessments: (1) Ad valorem taxes on all real and personal property situated within Milledgeville-Baldwin County, Georgia, which is subject to taxation for state, county, and municipal purposes, or for any other public purpose, to the full extent permitted by the Constitution and laws of Georgia, whether local (of the City of Milledgeville or Baldwin County) or general; (2) Occupation and business license taxes that are not prohibited by the Constitution and general laws of Georgia which may be levied upon any person, firm, partnership, company, or corporation which has a location or office within Milledgeville-Baldwin County, Georgia, at which a business, profession, or occupation is conducted; (3) Subject to the restrictions imposed by general law, the commission may also impose a regulatory fee, whether designated as a license fee or permit fee or other name, on those businesses, professions, or occupations that the unified government of Milledgeville-Baldwin County, Georgia regulates; (4) An excise tax on rooms, lodgings, or accommodations as now or hereafter provided by law for counties and municipalities; (5) License fees and taxes on insurance companies as authorized by Code Sections 33-8-8 through 33-8-8.6 of the O.C.G.A.;

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(6) A public utility franchise tax, fee, or both on each electric light and power company, gas company, telephone and telegraph company, and other public utility making use of the roads, streets, alleys, or other public ways of Milledgeville-Baldwin County, Georgia; (7) Franchise fees on cable television systems as now or hereafter provided by law; provided, however, that, upon the completion of transition activities funded by the franchise fees collected from the unincorporated area of Milledgeville-Baldwin County, these franchise fees may be used to reasonably reduce taxes in the services districts; (8) Fees, assessments, and charges for the cost of constructing, reconstructing, widening, or improving any public way, street, sidewalk, curbing, gutters, storm sewers, drainage structures, or other utility mains and appurtenances from the abutting property owners under any terms and conditions as provided by ordinance; (9) Fees, assessments, charges, and tolls for sanitary and health services or any other services rendered within and without the limits of the unified government under such terms and conditions as provided by ordinance; (10) All other such taxes, charges, or assessments as the City of Milledgeville or Baldwin County were authorized and empowered to make and collect upon the effective date of this charter, which powers may be exercised throughout the area of the unified government, or appropriate portions thereof, including any tax now or hereafter authorized by state law, and the specific mention of any right, power, or authority in this charter shall not be construed as limiting in any way the general powers of the commission to govern its local affairs. When authorized by this charter or a statute or the Constitution of the State of Georgia, the commission shall have full power and authority to assess, levy, charge, and collect taxes, rentals, interest, fees, penalties, fines, and costs; to receive income on investments; to accept funds, services, or property from other political subdivisions and public agencies, either local, state, or national, and from private persons, firms, or corporations; and to contract with them for any public purpose; (11) An excise tax upon the sale of distilled spirits or alcoholic beverages for beverage purposes by the drink as now or hereafter provided by law for counties and municipalities; (12) An excise tax upon the sale, transfer, or dispensing of malt beverages and alcoholic beverages within Milledgeville-Baldwin County, Georgia, by wholesale or retail dealers as now or hereafter provided by law for counties and municipalities. In addition, the Commission shall have the authority to impose, assess, levy, and collect an excise tax upon the sale, transfer, or dispensing of wine by wholesale or retail dealers within Milledgeville-Baldwin County, Georgia, as now or hereafter provided by law for counties and municipalities; (13) One mill of taxes shall be collected from the urban services district for Georgia Military College as is presently provided by law; and (14) Such other taxes and charges as provided by law. (c) Not later than the beginning of its eighth year of operation, the commission shall create and fully fund and maintain an emergency fund in an amount equal to one mill of taxes for the immediately preceding fiscal year. Funds in such account may only be used in the event

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of a fiscal emergency, as determined to exist by an affirmative vote of five or more members of the commission. In such event, the funds may be used to deal with such fiscal emergency, but such fund shall be replenished as soon as practicable and reasonable. (d) The commission shall create and maintain an unassigned fund balance equal to one-sixth of the preceding audited fiscal year's total general fund operating expenses. This minimum balance shall be established not later than the beginning of the eighth year of operation of the unified government. The adopted budget for each fiscal year shall not appropriate unassigned general funds which would cause this minimum balance to fall below an amount equal to one-sixth of the preceding audited fiscal year's total general fund operating expenses. In the event of a fiscal emergency, as determined by an affirmative vote of five or more members of the commission, the budget may be amended to temporarily utilize such unassigned general fund balance.

SECTION 7-102. Collection of delinquent taxes and fees.

The collection of delinquent taxes and fees shall be as provided by state law for the collection of delinquent property taxes by counties.

SECTION 7-103. Homestead exemptions.

The homestead exemptions provided under the Constitution and laws of Georgia presently in force or as hereafter amended shall be applicable to all such property subject to ad valorem taxes within Milledgeville-Baldwin County, Georgia.

SECTION 7-104. Tax and services districts; taxation therein.

(a) The general services district as defined and authorized in paragraph (1) of subsection (a) of Section 7-301 of this charter shall constitute a general services tax district wherein the commission shall levy and collect taxes and shall appropriate money to perform and discharge those powers, functions, and services provided therein by the unified government of Milledgeville-Baldwin County, Georgia. (b) The urban services district as authorized in paragraph (2) of subsection (a) of Section 7-301 of this charter, together with any enlargement or modification thereof pursuant to the provisions of this charter, shall constitute an urban tax district, as the case may be, wherein the commission may levy and collect additional taxes and may appropriate additional money therefrom to perform and discharge those additional powers, functions, and additional services provided therein by the unified government of Milledgeville-Baldwin County, Georgia.

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(c) The assessment of real and personal property for ad valorem tax purposes shall be upon a uniform basis throughout the entire area of the unified government; provided, however, that the rate and manner of additional taxation of services districts may vary in any services tax district from that in another or other services tax districts in such a way as to reflect reasonably the kind, character, type, degree, and level of services afforded to such services tax district or districts.

BORROWING AND INDEBTEDNESS SECTION 7-201.
Issuance of general obligation bonds.

(a) The commission shall be authorized to issue and sell general obligation bonds, after approval of the qualified voters, under the provisions of the Constitution and general laws of Georgia for any public purpose for the benefit of the unified government or any tax area or services district thereof; provided, however, that for the purpose of issuing and selling such general obligation bonds, the unified government of Milledgeville-Baldwin County, Georgia, shall be deemed a county, and the provisions of the Constitution and laws of Georgia governing the limitations, terms, and procedures for the issuance and sale of bonds by counties shall apply to the unified government unless otherwise provided by this charter. (b) All general obligation bonds shall be issued in the name of Milledgeville-Baldwin County, Georgia, and shall be an obligation thereof, and the full faith and credit of the unified government of Milledgeville-Baldwin County, Georgia, shall be pledged for all general obligation bonds issued thereunder which are payable from ad valorem taxes, and, for such purpose, the commission shall have the authority to levy and collect ad valorem taxes without limit as to rate or amount on all taxable property within the territorial limits of the unified government.

SECTION 7-202. Debt limitation; general obligation bonds.

The total general obligation bond indebtedness of the unified government of Milledgeville-Baldwin County, Georgia, payable from ad valorem taxes, including all outstanding general obligation bonds of the former City of Milledgeville and Baldwin County on the effective date of this charter, shall not exceed 10 percent of the assessed value of all taxable property within the territorial limits of the unified government.

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SECTION 7-203. Revenue bonds.

The commission shall be empowered and authorized to issue revenue bonds for the purposes and in the manner as now or hereafter provided by Article 3 of Chapter 82 of Title 36 of the O.C.G.A., the "Revenue Bond Law."

SECTION 7-204. Use of bond proceeds.

All revenue derived by Milledgeville-Baldwin County, Georgia, from the issuance and sale of bonds shall be used exclusively for the purposes for which such bonds were issued, and all ad valorem taxes collected for the purpose of servicing or retiring such bonds shall be used exclusively for the payment of principal and interest thereof.

SECTION 7-205. Allocation of indebtedness.

(a) All general indebtedness of Baldwin County, whether represented by general obligation bonds or otherwise, which may be outstanding upon the effective date of this charter, shall be allocated to the general services area as defined in paragraph (1) of subsection (a) of Section 7-301 of this charter, and is hereby recognized as the obligation of the general services district of Milledgeville-Baldwin County, Georgia. All general indebtedness of the City of Milledgeville, whether represented by general obligation bonds or otherwise which may be outstanding upon the effective date of this charter, shall be allocated to the urban services area as defined in paragraph (2) of subsection (a) of Section 7-301 of this charter. The commission is hereby authorized to levy taxes and otherwise provide for the retirement thereof, subject to the terms of this charter. Any funds in the control of the previously existing City of Milledgeville and Baldwin County, now consolidated into Milledgeville-Baldwin County, Georgia, by this charter, which had been allocated to the retirement of any bonded indebtedness of such municipality and county shall be so applied by the commission. (b) All general obligation bonds issued prior to the effective date of this charter by Baldwin County and all bonds authorized but unissued by Baldwin County on the effective date of this charter and thereafter issued by Milledgeville-Baldwin County, Georgia, shall be allocated to the general services district, and the principal of and interest on such bonds shall be paid from ad valorem taxes or other revenues collected in the general services district. All general obligation bonds issued prior to the effective date of this charter by the City of Milledgeville and all bonds authorized but unissued by the City of Milledgeville on the effective date of this charter and thereafter issued by Milledgeville-Baldwin County, Georgia, shall be allocated to the urban services district, and the principal and interest on

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such bonds shall be paid from ad valorem taxes or other revenues collected in the urban services district. (c) Any revenue bonds issued prior to the effective date of this charter by the City of Milledgeville or Baldwin County under Article 3 of Chapter 82 of Title 36 of the O.C.G.A., the "Revenue Bond Law," and any such revenue bonds authorized but unissued by the said city or county on the effective date of this charter and thereafter issued by Milledgeville-Baldwin County, Georgia, shall be payable as to principal and interest from the revenues or sources and in the manner provided in the proceedings which authorized the issuance of such revenue bonds. (d) Neither the allocation of bonds to the general services district nor any of the other provisions of this charter shall impair or diminish any of the rights, revenues, or security and source for payment of any of such bonds or revenue bonds issued by the City of Milledgeville or by Baldwin County prior to the effective date of this charter, or authorized but unissued by the City of Milledgeville or by Baldwin County on the effective date of this charter and thereafter issued by Milledgeville-Baldwin County, Georgia; and such holders of such bonds or revenue bonds shall have and be entitled to enforce any and all rights, remedies, and security and sources for payment granted such holders by the proceedings which authorized the issuance of such bonds or revenue bonds as fully and to the same extent as if this charter had not been adopted.

SECTION 7-301. Financing of services; general and urban services districts.

(a) In Milledgeville-Baldwin County, Georgia, there shall be: (1) A general services district which shall consist of the total area of Baldwin County as fixed and established upon the effective date of this charter or as hereafter modified according to law; (2) An urban services district which shall consist of the area embraced within the corporate limits of the City of Milledgeville as the same exists upon the day immediately preceding the effective date of this charter or as such area may be hereafter expanded as herein provided; and (3) Such special services districts as the commission may hereafter establish.
(b) All other tax districts existing in the City of Milledgeville or Baldwin County immediately prior to the effective date of this charter shall be continued in effect by this charter. (c) Such services districts shall be tax districts wherein taxes and other assessments shall be assessed, levied, and collected by the unified government in accordance with the kind, character, type, and degree of services actually provided therein and may vary in any one services district from that of another or other areas in accordance with the provisions of this charter. The powers, authority, duties, liabilities, services, and functions of

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Milledgeville-Baldwin County, Georgia, may vary in any services district from that in another or other services district. (d) The unified government is hereby empowered to exercise and provide within the general services district and within any urban services district established by this charter or by ordinance of the commission those powers, functions, and services which have theretofore been exercised and provided by Baldwin County or the City of Milledgeville, or both; all powers, functions, and services authorized by this charter, and any amendments thereto; and all powers, functions, and services which counties and municipal corporations, or both, are now or hereafter authorized to exercise under the Constitution and laws of Georgia. (e) The unified government shall perform or procure the performance within the general services district of those governmental duties, functions, and services which are generally available and accessible to all residents throughout the total territory of Milledgeville-Baldwin County, Georgia. (f) The unified government shall perform within its urban services districts those additional, more comprehensive and intensive, and higher levels of governmental duties, functions, and services which benefit primarily the residents of such urban services districts.

SECTION 7-302. Creation of services districts by ordinance.

Except as otherwise provided by this charter, services districts of the unified government shall be created, expanded, merged, unified, or reduced only by ordinance duly adopted by the commission under such general rules, procedures, regulations, requirements, and specifications as are established by the commission and this charter. Such rules and regulations shall set forth the manner and method for the creation of new services districts and the expansion, unification, reduction, or merger of existing services districts; set forth requirements for defining functions and policies for rendering services, for changing levels of services within existing services districts, and for transferring territory from one services district to another; and set forth requirements for defining boundaries of services districts.

SECTION 7-303. Requirements for defining boundaries.

Whenever in this charter it is required that the boundaries of a services district be set out, it shall suffice if the boundaries are described in such a way as to convey an intelligent understanding of the location of the land. In the discretion of the commission, the boundaries may be described:
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(4) By any combination of the above methods.

SECTION 7-304. Notice of hearing prior to adoption of ordinance.

Before adopting any ordinance authorized or described in Sections 7-301 through 7-303 of this charter, the commission shall give notice of its intention to consider the ordinance and shall provide an opportunity for interested persons to be heard as is provided for in subsection (d) of Section 1-105 of this charter.

SECTION 7-401. Financial administration; fiscal year.

If the initial members of the governing authority are elected in November, 2015, the initial fiscal year of Milledgeville-Baldwin County, Georgia, shall begin on July 1, 2016, and shall end on June 30, 2017. If the initial members of the governing authority are elected in 2016, the initial fiscal year of Milledgeville-Baldwin County, Georgia, shall begin on January 1, 2017, and shall end on June 30, 2017. Subsequent fiscal years shall begin on July 1 and end on the following June 30. The fiscal year shall constitute the budget year and the year for financial accounting and reporting of each and every office, department, institution, agency, and activity of the unified government, unless otherwise provided by state or federal law. The commission may adopt a different fiscal year by ordinance, which shall not be effective until at least six months after the date of adoption thereof.

SECTION 7-402. Preparation of budgets.

The preparation of an annual budget shall be as prescribed by ordinance and provisions of this charter. In addition, the unified government of Milledgeville-Baldwin County, Georgia, may adopt budgets as are permitted by general law, including, but not limited to, project budgets for major capital projects and fund budgets.

SECTION 7-403. Scope of budgets.

(a) The annual budget shall apply to the operating and capital improvement expenses of the unified government. (b) The annual operating budget shall contain funds of the government of Milledgeville-Baldwin County, Georgia, to which they are applicable:
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(2) Proposed expenditures detailed by each department, commission, board, office, agency, and activity in accordance with an established classification of accounts, including those capital outlays which are to be financed from the revenues of the ensuing year and including all debt service requirements in full for such fiscal year; and (3) Such other information as may be considered necessary or desirable by the mayor or the commission. (c) In no event shall the total proposed expenditures from any fund exceed the total anticipated revenues plus the estimated unappropriated surplus or fund balance and applicable reserves less any estimated deficit at the end of the current fiscal year.

SECTION 7-404. Submission of budgets to the commissioners.

(a) In advance of initiating preparations of the annual budget, the mayor, with participation of the commission, shall develop a statement of the general fiscal policies of Milledgeville-Baldwin County, Georgia; the important features of the budget; explanations of major changes recommended for the next fiscal year; a general summary of the budget; and such other comments and information as may be deemed pertinent. (b) On or before a date fixed by the commission but not later than 60 days prior to the beginning of each fiscal year, the Milledgeville-Baldwin County, Georgia, county manager in consultation with the department heads shall prepare an operating budget to submit to the mayor. (c) The mayor shall submit to the commission a proposed operating budget for the ensuing fiscal year. The budget shall be accompanied by a message from the mayor containing a statement of the general fiscal policies of Milledgeville-Baldwin County, Georgia; the important features of the budget; explanations of major changes recommended for the next fiscal year; a general summary of the budget; and such other comments and information as may be deemed pertinent. A summary of the budget and the mayor's message shall be published in a newspaper of general circulation designated as the legal organ of the unified government. The operating budget, the budget message, and all supporting schedules shall be filed in the Milledgeville-Baldwin County, Georgia, county manager's office and shall be open to public inspection.

SECTION 7-405. Adoption of budgets.

(a) The commission shall approve, reject, or amend the proposed balanced operating budget. The budget as finally adopted shall provide for all expenditures required by law or by other provisions of this charter and for all debt service requirements for the ensuing fiscal year. The total appropriations from any fund shall not exceed the estimated fund balance, reserves, and revenues constituting the resources available of such fund.

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(b) The commission shall adopt the final annual operating budget for the ensuing fiscal year not later than the 30th day of June of each year, and such budget shall be effective for the fiscal year beginning on the first day of July. In the event the commission fails to adopt the budget by such date, the amounts appropriated for current operation for the current fiscal year shall be deemed adopted for the ensuing fiscal year, with appropriate items prorated accordingly, until such time as the commission shall adopt a budget for the ensuing fiscal year. Adoption of the annual operating budget shall take the form of an appropriation ordinance setting out estimated revenues in detail by source and making appropriations accordingly to fund organizational units, purposes, or activities as set forth in the budget document. (c) The amount set out in the adopted operating budget for each organizational unit, purpose, or activity shall constitute the annual appropriation for such item, and no expenditure shall be made or encumbrance created in excess of the otherwise unencumbered balance of the appropriation, or allotment thereof, to which it is chargeable. (d) The commission shall adopt by ordinance the capital improvements program and capital budget for the ensuing fiscal year not later than the 30th day of June of each year. The capital budget ordinance shall show in detail the capital expenditures intended to be made or incurred in the ensuing fiscal year that are to be financed from funds subject to control or appropriation by the commission and shall be in full conformity with that part of the capital program applicable to the year which it covers. Amounts specified as intended to be spent out of new appropriations shall, upon enactment of the capital budget ordinance, constitute appropriations of such amounts.

SECTION 7-406. Property tax levies.

Following the adoption of the operating and capital improvements budgets for each fiscal year, the commission shall levy by ordinance a general services district tax on all real and personal property within the general services tax district as provided by this charter. The tax rate set by such ordinance shall be such that a reasonable estimate of cash revenues from such levy shall be at least sufficient, together with other anticipated revenues, fund balances, and applicable reserves, to equal the total amount appropriated for each of the several funds set forth in the annual operating budget for defraying the expenses of the general services district for services to be rendered throughout the entire area of Milledgeville-Baldwin County, Georgia. Such services shall include those functions set forth in subsections (c) and (d) of Section 7-301 of this charter, and such other purposes, functions, and services as may be authorized by the laws of Georgia, by this charter, or by ordinance of the commission. The commission shall levy by ordinance a special services district tax on all real and personal property within any special services tax district as authorized by this charter. The tax rates set by such ordinance for each district shall be such that a reasonable estimate of cash revenues from such levy shall be at least sufficient, together with other anticipated revenues,

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fund balances, and applicable reserves, to equal the total amount appropriated for each of the several funds set forth in the annual operating budget for defraying the expenses of a higher level of services to be rendered in a special services district.

SECTION 7-407. Limitation of funds.

Upon certification by the Milledgeville-Baldwin County, Georgia, county manager that the revenues or other resources actually realized with respect to any fund will be less than was anticipated and will be insufficient to meet the amounts appropriated from such fund, it shall be the duty of the Milledgeville-Baldwin County, Georgia, county manager upon the instruction of the mayor of the unified government to limit such appropriations or to transfer other available funds between departments as may be necessary to prevent deficit operation.

SECTION 7-408. Transfer of funds.

Upon recommendation of the Milledgeville-Baldwin County, Georgia, county manager and approval of a majority vote of the commission, the commission may make interfund or interdepartmental transfers in the current operating budget or capital improvements budget at any regular or special meeting called for such purpose, provided funds are also available.

SECTION 7-409. Lapse of appropriations.

All unencumbered balances of appropriations in the current operating budget at the end of the fiscal year shall lapse into the unappropriated surplus or reserves of the fund or funds from which such appropriations were made.

SECTION 7-410. Continuing audit.

The auditor shall conduct a continuing internal audit of the fiscal affairs and operations of every department, office, and agency of the unified government.

SECTION 7-411. Post-audit.

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agency. The audit shall be made by a certified public accountant who shall have no personal interest, direct or indirect, in the fiscal affairs of Milledgeville-Baldwin County, Georgia, or of any of its departments, boards, offices, commissions, authorities, or agencies. The commission shall by competitive bids, taking into consideration the most responsive and reasonable bid, designate such accountant or firm annually or for a period not exceeding three years. (b) The audit may be conducted on a quarterly or continuing basis, and the final report of the annual audit shall be completed as soon as practicable after the close of the fiscal year, and in no event later than six months after the close of the fiscal year. The audit report shall be filed with the Milledgeville-Baldwin County, Georgia, county manager and made available to the public. (c) The commission may at any time order an examination or special audit of any office, department, board, commission, or other agency of Milledgeville-Baldwin County, Georgia.

PROCUREMENT AND DISPOSITION OF PROPERTY SECTION 7-501.
Contracting procedures.

The commission shall prescribe by ordinance rules and regulations which shall be followed in the making of contracts in order to bind the government of Milledgeville-Baldwin County, Georgia. Except where otherwise provided by law or by ordinance, all contracts of the government of Milledgeville-Baldwin County, Georgia, shall be signed by the mayor and authenticated by the Milledgeville-Baldwin County, Georgia, county manager.

SECTION 7-502. Sale and disposition of property.

(a) The commission is authorized to sell any real or personal property owned or held by Milledgeville-Baldwin County, Georgia, and not needed for governmental or other public purposes in such manner as is required in state law for counties, as provided for in Code Sections 36-9-2 and 36-9-3 of the O.C.G.A. (b) Whenever in opening, extending, or widening any street, avenue, alley, or public place of Milledgeville-Baldwin County, Georgia, a small parcel or tract of land is cut off or separated by such work from a larger tract of land owned by Milledgeville-Baldwin County, Georgia, the commission may authorize the execution and deliverance in the name of the government of Milledgeville-Baldwin County, Georgia, of a deed conveying said cut-off or separated parcel or tract of land to an abutting or adjoining property owner or owners in exchange for rights of way in said street, avenue, alley, or public place, or in settlement of any alleged damages sustained by said abutting or adjoining property owner. All deeds and conveyances so executed and delivered shall convey all title and interest the unified government of Milledgeville-Baldwin County, Georgia, has in such property.

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ARTICLE VIII GENERAL PROVISIONS
SECTION 8-101. Application of laws; laws in force.

(a) The general laws of the State of Georgia of a criminal nature shall be applicable to and within the limits of the unified government. General laws of local application through classification by population, not in conflict with this charter, which, on the effective date of this charter, apply to the City of Milledgeville or Baldwin County, Georgia, shall be applicable to the unified government, and which apply to Milledgeville-Baldwin County, Georgia, as either a city or a county at the time of their enactment or thereafter shall be effective; provided, however, that those laws which did not apply to the City of Milledgeville or Baldwin County or the unified government at the time of their enactment shall not become applicable to the unified government except through the adoption of a resolution to that effect by the commission. (b) Local Acts of the State of Georgia which apply specifically to either Baldwin County or the City of Milledgeville, or both, shall be applicable to the unified government. (c) In construing the applicability of provisions of the Constitution and the general laws of Georgia which apply in general terms to either counties or municipalities, or both, and local Acts of the General Assembly that apply specifically to Baldwin County or the City of Milledgeville, or both, the following terms as used in such laws shall be construed to include the unified government as follows:
(1) "City," "town," "municipal corporation," or "municipality" shall be construed to include Milledgeville-Baldwin County, Georgia; (2) "Council," "mayor," "mayor and council," "aldermen," and "commission of aldermen" shall be construed to include the Board of Commissioners of Milledgeville-Baldwin County, Georgia; (3) "County" shall be construed to include Milledgeville-Baldwin County, Georgia; (4) "Mayor" shall be construed to include the mayor of Milledgeville-Baldwin County, Georgia; and (5) Any other terms and provisions as used in such Acts to refer specifically to Baldwin County or the City of Milledgeville, or both, and the officers, employees, departments, and agencies thereof shall be construed to mean Milledgeville-Baldwin County, Georgia, and its officers, employees, departments, and agencies.

SECTION 8-102. Limitation on claims and service.

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minors or other persons laboring under disabilities, who are allowed 12 months after the removal of such disability. (b) Service on the unified government of any suit, process, or order of court shall be served upon the mayor.

SECTION 8-103. Competitive bidding.

(a) All departments and agencies of the unified government shall utilize competitive bidding procedures, as specified in an ordinance of the commission, for all purchases in excess of an amount provided for in an ordinance of the commission, unless such purchase shall be otherwise approved by four of the seven commissioners. (b) A vendor located in Milledgeville-Baldwin County whose bid is within 20 percent of the lowest bidder on a purchase shall be given the opportunity to rebid and match the lowest bidder for such purchase if such bid meets all other stated criteria for such bid.

SECTION 8-104. Execution of assessments.

Whenever any tax or special assessment is authorized or empowered to be levied or imposed by this charter which is required to be collected by the unified government and such is not paid within the time period specified by the commission and no specific provision is elsewhere provided in this charter for its collection, then the county manager shall issue execution in the name of Milledgeville-Baldwin County, Georgia, against such person, firm, or entity liable therefore or property subject thereto for such sums as may be due with interest at the legal rate from the due date, and penalties and costs. The unified government shall have the right to enforce payment of such execution by levy and sale as in the case of county taxes, and the purchaser at such sale shall acquire the same title and rights as a purchaser at a sale for county taxes. Executions issued by the county manager of Milledgeville-Baldwin County, Georgia, and the levy and sale thereunder shall be governed by general law.

SECTION 8-105. Authority to deal with federal and state agencies.

The unified government of Milledgeville-Baldwin County, Georgia, shall have the power and authority to participate in, cooperate in, and take all necessary action with respect to any and all projects, programs, and undertakings of any nature authorized by any statute, rule, or regulation of the United States, the State of Georgia, or any federal or state agency or instrumentality, including, but not limited to, community development, highways, aviation, aviation terminals, airports, airport facilities, municipal area or regional development, sewer and sewage disposal, public housing, housing for the aged, and transportation or mass transit

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or any phase thereof; to borrow money and issue promissory notes, general obligation bonds, or revenue bonds or a combination thereof for any such purposes in accordance with provisions of this charter; and to execute mortgages or deeds of trust in favor of any federal agency, secured by property of which the unified government is the legal or beneficial or equitable owner, or in favor of any private agency where the loan is guaranteed by a federal agency.

SECTION 8-106. Federal and state aid.

The unified government of Milledgeville-Baldwin County, Georgia, shall be deemed a county but shall also be deemed an incorporated city or municipality for the purpose of determining its right to receive and for the purpose of receiving state aid or grant-in-aid from the State of Georgia or from the United States or from any agency or instrumentality thereof or from any other source, public or private. The unified government shall be entitled to receive as state aid or as grant-in-aid from the State of Georgia or from the United States or from any agency or instrumentality thereof or from any other source, public or private, all funds to which a county is, or may hereafter be, entitled, and also all funds to which an incorporated city or municipality is or may be hereafter entitled, and to receive the same without diminution or loss by reason of unification.

SECTION 8-107. Budgets of county officers and agencies.

All elected officers and all agencies not under the direct control and jurisdiction of the county manager, such as the Board of Health and the Board of Family and Children Services, which receive appropriations from the commission, shall, on the same date as is applicable to budgets submitted by department heads, submit to the Milledgeville-Baldwin County, Georgia, county manager annual operating and capital budget requests for the ensuing fiscal year. Such budget requests, after any revisions therein by the Milledgeville-Baldwin County, Georgia, county manager and the Milledgeville-Baldwin County mayor, shall be incorporated into the overall unified government budget for submission by the Milledgeville-Baldwin County mayor to the commission, which shall grant a hearing to any such officer or agency on such proposed budgets.

SECTION 8-108. Existing pension rights protected.

(a) Persons who, at the time this charter takes effect, are employed by any office, department, board, commission, or agency of the former City of Milledgeville shall retain all pension rights which have accrued to them under any existing pension system.

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Milledgeville-Baldwin County, Georgia, shall continue in force and effect any existing pension system for city employees covered thereby who are employed by the unified government, and the services of such employees shall not be deemed to have been interrupted by the adoption of this charter. (b) Persons who, at the time this charter takes effect, are employed by any office, department, board, commission, or agency of the former Baldwin County shall retain all rights which have accrued to them under any existing pension system. Milledgeville-Baldwin County, Georgia, shall continue in force and effect any existing pension system for county employees covered thereby who are employed by the unified government, and the services of such employees shall not be deemed to have been interrupted by the adoption of this charter. (c) No employee seniority, salary, or benefit shall be diminished or eliminated as a result of unification.

SECTION 8-109. Establishment of new pension systems; merging of existing systems.

The commission is hereby authorized and empowered to establish and maintain a new pension system or pension systems or retirement plan or plans affecting new employees and such other employees as desire to be covered thereby and to revise, combine, and consolidate any pension system in effect on the effective date of this charter; provided, however, that in no event shall any revision, combination, or unification of any existing pension system in effect when this charter is adopted result in the curtailment or diminishment of any right accrued under any existing pension system to any person heretofore employed by the City of Milledgeville, Baldwin County, or of any agency of such former governments.

SECTION 8-110. Amending charter.

This charter may be modified, rescinded, changed, or amended by only the following methods:
(1) An Act of the General Assembly of Georgia; or (2) An ordinance adopted by the Board of Commissioners of Milledgeville-Baldwin County, Georgia, as provided for in Article IX, Section II, Paragraph I of the Constitution of the State of Georgia.

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SECTION 8-111. Fidelity bonds.

All officers of Milledgeville-Baldwin County, Georgia, both elected and appointed, shall execute such official bonds in such amounts and upon such terms and conditions as the law or the commission may require.

SECTION 8-112. Examples of powers.

The powers of Milledgeville-Baldwin County, Georgia, shall include, but shall not be limited to, the following powers:
(1) Ad valorem taxation: to levy, assess, and collect ad valorem taxes on all taxable property; (2) Other taxes: to levy, assess, and collect other taxes allowed by general law and in accordance therewith; (3) Business regulation and taxation: to levy, assess, and collect occupation taxes and to license and regulate occupations and businesses; (4) Appropriations: to make appropriations and expend funds for support of the unified government and any other lawful purpose; (5) Debts: to borrow money and issue bonds as authorized by general law; (6) Property: to own property and interests in property; (7) Gifts: to accept gifts and grants for any purpose related to the powers and duties of the unified government on such terms as the donor may impose; (8) Condemnation: to condemn property inside the unified government for present or future use; (9) Public utilities: to acquire, lease, operate, and dispose of public utilities; (10) Franchises: to grant franchises or make contracts for public utilities and to prescribe the conditions of such franchises and contracts; (11) Roadways: to open, maintain, improve, and close streets and roads and to grant franchises and rights of way thereon; (12) Public facilities: to acquire, operate, and dispose of public buildings, public projects, parks, cemeteries, recreational facilities, and other public improvements inside the unified government; (13) Building regulation: to regulate the building trades and the construction of buildings and to adopt and enforce building, housing, plumbing, electrical, gas, heating, and air conditioning codes; (14) Planning and zoning: to adopt land, use plans, and exercise the power of zoning, subdivision regulation, and the like; (15) Police power: to exercise the police power for the public safety and well-being of the citizens of the unified government;

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(16) Roadside regulation: to prohibit or regulate signs, billboards, and other items upon or adjacent to streets and roads; (17) Health: to prescribe and enforce health and sanitation standards; (18) Pollution: to regulate emissions which pollute the air and water; (19) Fire safety: to fix fire limits and to prescribe and enforce fire safety regulations; (20) Public hazards: to provide for the destruction or removal of public hazards; (21) Waste disposal: to provide for and regulate the collection, disposal, and recycling of garbage and wastes; (22) Water and sewer fees: to fix and collect water and sewer fees; (23) Garbage fees: to fix and collect garbage fees; (24) Nuisances: to define and provide for the abatement of nuisances; (25) Property protection: to preserve and protect the property of the unified government; (26) Prisoners: to provide for public work by prisoners and for their confinement; (27) Animal control: to regulate or prohibit the keeping of animals; (28) Motor vehicles: to regulate the operation and parking of motor vehicles; (29) Taxicabs: to regulate vehicles operated for hire in the unified government; (30) Pensions: to provide and maintain a system of pensions and retirement for employees and officers of the unified government; (31) Special assessments: to levy, assess, and collect special assessments to cover the cost of public improvements; (32) Contracts: to enter into lawful contracts and agreements; (33) Agencies: to create, alter, or abolish departments, boards, offices, commissions, authorities, and agencies of the unified government and to confer appropriate authority upon them; (34) Penalties: to provide penalties for violations of ordinances of the unified government; (35) Law enforcement and fire protection: to exercise the power of arrest through appointed deputies and to operate a fire department; (36) Emergencies: to provide for the determination, proclamation, and combating of emergencies; (37) Urban redevelopment: to organize and operate an urban redevelopment program; (38) Public transportation: to organize and operate public transportation programs; and (39) General health, safety, and welfare: to define, regulate, and prohibit any act, practice, conduct, or use of property which is detrimental to the health, sanitation, cleanliness, welfare, and safety of the inhabitants of the unified government.

SECTION 8-113. Provision of services.

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(1) To efficiently allocate resources to increase the quality of life for all citizens of Milledgeville-Baldwin County, Georgia; (2) To provide the highest quality services to all citizens of Milledgeville-Baldwin County, Georgia; (3) To ensure efficient utilization of community resources; (4) To promote equity for all citizens in the delivery of governmental services throughout Milledgeville-Baldwin County, Georgia; and (5) To recognize and consider the advantages of the provision of services through contractual arrangements with other governments and private enterprises.

SECTION 8-114. Historic items.

It shall be the responsibility of the unified government to collect, preserve, and display documents and other items of historical significance to the City of Milledgeville, Baldwin County, and Milledgeville-Baldwin County, Georgia.

SECTION 8-115. Section captions.

The captions to the several sections of this charter are informative only and are not to be construed as a part thereof.

SECTION 8-116. Effect of repeals.

No law heretofore repealed, expressly or by implication, shall be revived by the repeal herein of the repealing Act or by any provision of this charter that disclaims an intention to repeal or affect enumerated laws.

SECTION 8-117. Severability clause.

If any provision of this charter or the application thereof to any person or circumstance is held invalid, such invalidity shall not affect other provisions or applications of this charter which can be given effect without the invalid provision or application; and to this end, the provisions of this charter are declared to be severable.

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ARTICLE IX TRANSITION PROVISION
SECTION 9-101. Provision of services during transition.

In order to unify the two governments and to assure the common and continued administration of services currently provided by both the City of Milledgeville and Baldwin County, the following procedures shall apply:
(1) On the effective date of the new unified government, all services currently provided by the county shall be provided through the general services district to all residents of the county, and all services provided by the city shall be provided through the urban services district to the current residents of the City of Milledgeville. Assuming the continued availability of state and federal funds, these services arrangements shall apply until modified as provided under the provisions cited below; (2) Within two years of the effective date of this charter, the unified government shall adopt a services delivery plan that includes, but is not limited to, the following:
(A) An administrative mechanism with appropriate status and adequate budget to develop and implement a comprehensive program of human and economic development which shall be responsible for identifying problems and needs that exist in the community and for identifying and securing resources needed to effectively address these problems and needs; and (B) An administrative mechanism with appropriate status and adequate budget to develop and implement adequate parks and recreation programs that will be available to all citizens of Milledgeville-Baldwin County, Georgia; and (3) The unified government shall work with due speed to equalize the charges for all services throughout the county.

SECTION 9-102. Protection and compensation of existing employees.

(a) All full-time employees of the City of Milledgeville and Baldwin County, Georgia, and all full-time employees of any department, office, or agency thereof shall, upon the termination of said city and county governments and the inception of the unified government, shall become employees of the unified government or of a department, office, or agency thereof and shall be assigned to duties as similar in nature as may be practicable within said unified government. (b) No permanent full-time employee of the City of Milledgeville or Baldwin County shall lose employment or suffer any diminution of compensation resulting from the adoption of this charter. The definition of compensation includes, but is not limited to, salary, retirement benefits, and annual and sick leave. This provision shall not apply to any position which

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requires appointment by the mayor and confirmation by a majority of the commission under paragraph (2) of Section 3-105 of this charter. (c) Within 12 months of the effective date of this charter, the unified government shall have begun implementation of a plan that ensures that all employees performing the same functions and having the same responsibilities receive uniform compensation by the end of the second year of operation of the unified government. This requirement that there be a uniform level of compensation throughout Milledgeville-Baldwin County, Georgia, by the end of the fourth year shall not require that there be any freeze on employee compensation. (d) Elimination of the duplication of functions shall be addressed through attrition and reassignment. Therefore, no permanent full-time employee of the City of Milledgeville or Baldwin County, Georgia, at the time of unification shall suffer any diminution of compensation resulting from the adoption of this charter. This provision shall not apply to any position which requires appointment by the mayor and confirmation by a majority of the commission under paragraph (2) of Section 3-105 of this charter. (e) All new employees hired by the governing authorities of Baldwin County and the City of Milledgeville following the ratification of this charter by the voters shall be deemed temporary employees until such employment is ratified by the unified government of Milledgeville-Baldwin County, Georgia.

SECTION 9-103. Effective date of charter.

This charter shall become fully effective in accordance with Section 9-112 of this charter upon the election of a mayor, vice mayor, and board of commissioners for Milledgeville-Baldwin County, Georgia, and their taking office as the governing authority of the unified government.

SECTION 9-104. Initial budget.

The first full 12 month budget of the unified government shall not exceed an amount equal to the combined fiscal year general operating budgets of the City of Milledgeville and Baldwin County from the immediately preceding fiscal year of the City of Milledgeville and Baldwin County, plus increases due to inflation as specified in the Consumer Price Index from the United States government, if approved, but not including capital road improvements and other special revenue funds under special purpose local option sales taxes or additional transfer tax fees.

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SECTION 9-105. Number of employees.

For a period of 24 months from the effective date of this charter, the total number of employees of Milledgeville-Baldwin County, Georgia, shall not exceed the combined number of employees authorized for the governments of the former City of Milledgeville and Baldwin County on the effective date of this charter except as otherwise mandated by law.

SECTION 9-106. Cooperation of former governments.

(a) All officers, officials, and employees of the former City of Milledgeville and Baldwin County shall cooperate with and assist the mayor; the board of commissioners; the Milledgeville-Baldwin County, Georgia, county manager; and other officers of Milledgeville-Baldwin County, Georgia:
(1) In planning the unification of departments, boards, commissions, authorities, and agencies of such former governments and in transferring the functions, duties, and responsibilities of such departments, boards, commissions, authorities, and agencies to the appropriate agencies of the unified government of Milledgeville-Baldwin County, Georgia; and (2) In all other respects in order that the merger of the governments be accomplished in the most orderly manner possible. The officers of the unified government shall be entitled to examine all records, files, and other data in the possession of the former governments and of all officers, officials, employees, and departments thereof. The former governments shall, to the extent possible, provide working areas and facilities for the officers of the unified government. (b) During the time period beginning upon the ratification of this charter by the voters and extending until this charter becomes fully effective, it shall be illegal for any member of the governing authority of Baldwin County or the governing authority of the City of Milledgeville to violate the terms of this charter. (c) During the time period beginning upon the ratification of this charter by the voters and extending until this charter becomes fully effective, the governing authority of the City of Milledgeville and the governing authority of Baldwin County shall not be authorized to increase their respective budgets by more than 10 percent above the budget level existing on the date of the ratification of this charter by the voters.

SECTION 9-107. Existing ordinances and resolutions continued in effect.

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departments or agencies, not inconsistent with the provisions of this charter, shall continue in effect as ordinances, resolutions, rules, or regulations of Milledgeville-Baldwin County, Georgia, or the appropriate department or agency thereof until they have been repealed, modified, or amended. (b) Subject to subsection (d) of this section, existing ordinances and resolutions of the City of Milledgeville, not inconsistent with the provisions of this charter, shall continue in effect as ordinances and resolutions of Milledgeville-Baldwin County, Georgia, and shall apply only to the area included within the urban services district until they have been repealed, modified, or amended. (c) Subject to subsection (d) of this section, in the event of a conflict between any of the ordinances or resolutions continued by this section, the provisions thereof shall apply only to the territory of the unified government that such ordinance or resolution applied prior to the effective date of this charter and until such ordinance or resolution is repealed, changed, or amended to eliminate the conflict. (d) Twenty-four months after the effective date of this charter, all ordinances and resolutions shall apply uniformly throughout the area of the unified government. Prior to this date, the commission shall review all ordinances and resolutions and take whatever action is needed to remove any conflicts between ordinances and resolutions continued by this section in order to produce a uniform body of ordinances and resolutions, free of any conflicts or contradictions between such provisions.

SECTION 9-108. Contracts and obligations.

(a) Except as otherwise provided by this charter, all contracts, orders, leases, bonds, and other obligations or instruments entered into by Baldwin County or for its benefit prior to the effective date of this charter shall continue in effect according to the terms thereof as obligations and rights of the unified government; provided, however, that any obligation created by Baldwin County to become effective after the date of approval of this charter and prior to the effective date of this charter shall be subject to ratification and approval by the Board of Commissioners of Milledgeville-Baldwin County, Georgia, within six months following the effective date of this charter. (b) Except as otherwise provided by this charter, contracts, orders, leases, bonds, and other obligations or instruments entered into by the City of Milledgeville or for its benefit prior to the effective date of this charter shall continue in effect according to the terms thereof as obligations and rights of the unified government; provided, however, that any obligation created by the City of Milledgeville to become effective after the date of approval of this charter and prior to the effective date of this charter shall be subject to ratification and approval by the Board of Commissioners of Milledgeville-Baldwin County, Georgia, within six months following the effective date of this charter.

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(c) No pending action or proceeding of any nature, whether civil, criminal, judicial, administrative, or other, by or against the City of Milledgeville or Baldwin County or an agency or department thereof, shall be abated or otherwise affected by the adoption of this charter, and Milledgeville-Baldwin County, Georgia, shall stand substituted as a party in lieu thereof.

SECTION 9-109. Dissolution of existing governments.

On the effective date of this charter, the Board of Commissioners of Baldwin County and the mayor and council of the City of Milledgeville and all the officers thereof and the offices thereof not continued under this charter shall be repealed and abolished, and all emoluments appertaining thereto shall cease. Thereupon, the governments of Baldwin County and the City of Milledgeville shall terminate as separate political entities, and all powers, functions, duties, and obligations thereof shall be transferred to and vested in the unified government created by this charter.

SECTION 9-110. Transfer of records and equipment.

When an agency of the City of Milledgeville or of Baldwin County is abolished or unified by this charter, all books, papers, maps, charts, plans, records, other equipment, and personal property in possession of such agency shall be delivered to the agency to which its rights, powers, duties, and obligations are transferred.

SECTION 9-111. Officers serve until successors qualify.

Notwithstanding any other provision of this charter, any officer performing duties under the government of the City of Milledgeville or Baldwin County may continue to perform the duties thereof until a successor, whether under the same title or office of another, shall be elected or appointed and qualified to perform the duties, it being the intention hereof that no duty or service shall lapse or be abandoned because of lack of an officer to perform such duty or service.

SECTION 9-112. Referendum on the charter.

(a) If it is permissible under Code Section 21-2-540 of the O.C.G.A. to conduct a special election to submit a referendum to the voters on the third Tuesday in July, 2015, it shall be the duty of the Baldwin County Board of Elections to call an election for approval or

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rejection of the proposed charter to be held on such date; otherwise, it shall be the duty of the Baldwin County Board of Elections to call an election for approval or rejection of the proposed charter to be held on the Tuesday immediately following the first Monday in November, 2015. The board shall cause the date and purpose of the election to be published once a week for two calendar weeks immediately preceding the date thereof in the official legal organ of Baldwin County. The ballot shall have written or printed thereon the following:
"( ) YES Shall the charter unifying the governments of the City of Milledgeville and ( ) NO Baldwin County and creating a single county-wide government to supersede
and replace those governments be approved?"
(b) All persons desiring to vote for approval of the charter shall vote "Yes," and those persons desiring to vote for rejection of the charter shall vote "No." If more than one-half of the votes cast by the qualified voters of Baldwin County residing within the corporate limits of the City of Milledgeville are for approval of the charter and if more than one-half of the total votes cast by all the qualified voters of Baldwin County are for approval of the charter, then the charter shall become effective for the purposes of electing the mayor and commission and for transition activities immediately and for all purposes on July 1, 2016, if the election is held in July, 2015, or on January 1, 2017, if the election is held on the Tuesday immediately following the first Monday in November, 2015. Otherwise, it shall be void and of no force and effect and shall stand repealed by operation of law. The expense of such election shall be borne equally by the City of Milledgeville and Baldwin County. (c) The special election shall be conducted pursuant to Chapter 2 of Title 21 of the O.C.G.A., the "Georgia Election Code," except to the extent specifically provided otherwise by this charter. (d) A qualified voter, as used herein, shall mean a voter of Baldwin County qualified to vote for members of the General Assembly of Georgia. The board shall certify the returns to the Secretary of State. The board shall also furnish a certified copy of the charter to the Secretary of State. The Secretary of State shall issue a proclamation showing and declaring the result of the election on the approval or rejection of the charter. One copy of the proclamation shall be attached to the copy of the charter certified to the Secretary of State. One copy of the proclamation shall be delivered to the clerk of the governing authority of the City of Milledgeville who shall attach the same to the copy of the charter previously certified to him or her. One copy of the proclamation shall be delivered to the clerk of the governing authority of Baldwin County who shall attach the same to the copy of the charter previously certified to him or her. (e) Whenever a charter for the unification of the governments of the City of Milledgeville and Baldwin County has been accepted, the certified copies thereof as provided for in this section, with the proclamation of the Secretary of State of Georgia attached thereto, shall be deemed duplicate original copies of the charter of the unified government for all purposes. The certified copy of the charter and proclamation deposited with the clerk of the governing

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authority of the City of Milledgeville and the certified copy of the charter and proclamation deposited with the clerk of the governing authority of Baldwin County shall subsequently be delivered by them to the successor government. The successor government may issue certified copies of the charter, and any copy so certified shall be deemed a duplicate original copy of the charter of the unified government for all purposes. The Secretary of State is authorized to issue certified copies of the charter on file, and copies so certified shall be deemed duplicate original copies of the charter of the unified government for all purposes. (f) Upon the approval of this charter, a transition team shall be established and initially composed of two members appointed by the member of the Senate who represents Baldwin County, two members appointed by the member of the House of Representatives who represents Baldwin County, the mayor of the City of Milledgeville, and the chairperson of the Board of Commissioners of Baldwin County. Upon their election, the members of the Milledgeville-Baldwin County unified government shall become members of the transition team. In the event that one or more newly elected members are already serving on the transition team, no additional member shall be added to replace such person. (g) Funding for transition activities shall come from the additional franchise fees that will become available from the unincorporated areas of Baldwin County upon adoption of the unified charter. (h) The transition team may make recommendations for revisions of the charter through the state legislative process prior to the actual implementation of the charter. (i) The following shall be the transition operational timeline:
2015 The charter shall be submitted to the General Assembly requesting that local legislation allowing a vote on the Milledgeville-Baldwin County Unified Government Charter take place in July, 2015, if permissible under Code Section 21-2-540, or in conjunction with the November, 2015, municipal general election. If the referendum is approved in July, 2015, elect commissioners for the Milledgeville-Baldwin County Unified Government in November, 2015.
2016 Merge all city and county departments and request the General Assembly to enact local legislation authorizing the formation of a Milledgeville-Baldwin County Water and Sewer Authority. If the referendum on the approval of the charter is held in conjunction with the 2015 November municipal general election, elect mayor, vice mayor, and commissioners for the Milledgeville-Baldwin County Unified Government at the 2016 presidential preference primary. If the mayor, vice mayor, and commissioners were elected in November, 2015, the unified government shall begin on July 1, 2016.
2017 If the mayor, vice mayor, and commissioners are elected at the 2016 presidential preference primary, then the unified government shall begin on January 1, 2017. All remaining departments and offices of the Baldwin County government and the City of Milledgeville government shall be merged as soon as practicable following the initiation of the new unified government.

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ARTICLE X REPEALS SECTION 10-101. Specific repeals.

(a) Upon this charter becoming fully effective, an Act providing for a new charter for the City of Milledgeville, approved December 15, 1900 (Ga. L. 1900, p. 345), and all amendatory Acts thereto, is repealed. (b) Upon this charter becoming fully effective, an Act creating the Board of Commissioners of Baldwin County, approved December 26, 1888 (Ga. L. 1888, p. 286), and all amendatory Acts thereto, is repealed.

SECTION 10-102. Repeal of conflicting laws.

All laws and parts of laws in conflict with this charter are hereby repealed.

Plan: MillBaldCC-2015 Plan Type: Local Administrator: H145 User: Gina

District 001 Baldwin County VTD: 009319 - WEST BALDWIN 970500: 3000 3001 3002 3003 3004 3005 3006 3007 3008 3009 3010 3011 3012 3013 3014 3015 3016 3017 3018 3019 3020 3021 3022 3023 3024 3025 3026 3027 3040 3042 3050 3051 3052 3053 3054 3055 3056 3057 3058 3059 3060 3061 3062 3063 3064 3065 3066 3067 3068 3069 3070 3071 3072 3073 3074 970800: 2000 2002 2003 4000 4001 4002 4003 4004 4005 4006 4008 4009 4010 4011 4012 4013 VTD: 009CTY1 - SOUTH MILLEDGEVILLE 970300: 2004 2006 2007 2009 2010 2012 2013 2014 2016 2017 2021 2027 2028 2029 2046 2071 2072 2073 2077 2079 2081 2086 2089 970400: 2003 2009 2011 2012 2013 2014 2021 2022 2024 3017 3021 3024 3025 3033 3034

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970500: 3028 3034 3036 3041 3043 VTD: 009CTY3 - BODDIE 970400: 3000 3001 3002 3004 3035 3036 VTD: 009CTY5 - FIRE DEPT 970400: 1012 1013 1014 1016 1017 1018 1019 1020 1021 2000 2001 2002 2005 2006 2007 2008 2010 2015 2016 2017 VTD: 009CTY6 - NORTH MILLEDGEVILLE 970400: 1006 1010 1011 2004 2018 VTD: 009MERI - MERIWEATHER 970300: 1000 1001 1002 1003 1004 1005 1006 1007 1008 1009 1010 1011 1012 1013 1014 1015 1016 1017 1018 1019 1020 1021 1022 1023 1024 1025 1026 1027 1028 1029 1030 1031 1032 1033 1034 1035 1036 1037 1038 1039 1040 1041 1042 1043 1044 1045 1046 1047 1048 1049 1050 1051 1052 1053 1054 1055 1056 1057 1058 1059 1060 1061 1062 1063 2000 2001 2002 2003 2005 2008 2011 2015 2018 2019 2020 2022 2023 2024 2025 2026 2074 2075 2078 2080 2082 2083 2084 970400: 2019 2020 2023 2025 2026 3018 3019 3020 3022 3023 3026 3027 3028
District 002 Baldwin County VTD: 009318 - NORTH BALDWIN 970200: 1000 1001 1002 1003 1004 1005 1006 1007 1008 1009 1010 1011 1012 1013 1014 1015 1016 1017 1018 1019 1020 1021 1022 1023 1024 1025 1026 1027 1028 1029 1030 1031 1032 1033 1034 1035 1036 2000 2001 2002 2003 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 2023 2024 3000 3001 3002 3003 3004 3005 3006 3007 3009 3010 3014 3015 3022 3024 3028 3029 3032 3033 3034 3043 3044 3045 3051 3052 3053 3054 3055 3071 4002 970300: 2032 2035 2036 2037 2038 2039 2040 2041 2044 2048 2056 2057 2062 2064 2067 2068 2087

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970400: 1002 1005 VTD: 009CTY1 - SOUTH MILLEDGEVILLE 970200: 2004 2005 2022 970300: 2031 2042 2043 2045 2047 2049 2050 VTD: 009CTY3 - BODDIE 970200: 3040 3041 3042 3056 3057 3058 3059 3060 3069 3070 4003 VTD: 009CTY5 - FIRE DEPT 970200: 3061 3062 3063 VTD: 009CTY6 - NORTH MILLEDGEVILLE 970100: 1047 1049 1050 1056 1072 1075 1076 1077 970200: 3008 3011 3012 3013 3016 3017 3018 3019 3020 3021 3023 3025 3026 3030 3031 3035 3036 3037 3038 3039 3046 3047 3048 3049 3050 3064 3065 3066 970300: 2030 2033 2034 2051 2052 2053 2054 2055 2058 2059 2060 2061 2063 2065 2066 2069 2070 2076 2085 2088 970400: 1000 1001 1003 1004 1007 1008 1009 1015 1022 VTD: 009MONT - EAST BALDWIN 970100: 1000 1002 1003 1004 1005 1006 1007 1008 1009 1010 1011 1012 1013 1014 1015 1016 1017 1018 1019 1020 1021 1022 1023 1024 1025 1026 1027 1028 1029 1030 1031 1032 1033 1034 1035 1036 1037 1038 1039 1040 1041 1042 1043 1044 1045 1046 1048 1051 1052 1053 1054 1055 1057 1058 1059 1060 1061 1062 1073 1074 1078 1081 1082 1083 1084 970200: 3027

District 003 Baldwin County VTD: 009318 - NORTH BALDWIN 970200: 3067

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VTD: 009MONT - EAST BALDWIN 970100: 1001 1063 1064 1065 1066 1067 1068 1069 1070 1071 1079 1080 1085 1086 1087 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023 2024 2025 2026 2027 2028 2029 3006 3008 3010 3011 3019 3020 3021 3022 970200: 3068 5016 5017

District 004 Baldwin County VTD: 0091714 - SCOTTSBORO VTD: 009321E - EAST HARDWICK 970701: 1038 2011 2012 2014 2015 2016 2025 3015 3016 3017 3018 3019 3020 3028 3029 3030 3032 3039 3041 3042 3043 3044 3045 970702:

1019 1020 1021 2003 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2016 2017 2018 2051 VTD: 009321W - WEST HARDWICK 970600: 1002 1003 1004 1005 1006 1007 1010 1011 1013 1014 1015 1024 1025 1026 3000 3001 3002 3003 3004 3005 3006 3007 3008 3009 3010 3011 3012 3013 3014 3015 3016 3017 3018 4000 4001 4002 4003 4004 4005 4006 4007 4008 4009 4010 4011 4012 4013 4014 4015 4016 4020 4021 4022 4023 4024 4025 4026 VTD: 009CTY2 - CITY HALL ANNEX 970702: 2015 2019 2020 2021 2022 2029 2030 2031 2032 2033 2034 2035 2036 2037 2038 2039 2040 2041 2042 2043 2044 2045 2046 2047 2048 2049 2050 2054 970800: 1001 1002 1003 1004 1005 1015 1016 1017 1020 1021 1022 1023 VTD: 009CTY4 - COURTHOUSE 970701: 1037 2010 2013 2023 2024 3010 3011 3012 3013 3014 3021 3022 3023 3024 3025 3026 3027 3031 3033 3034 3035 3036 3037 3038 3040

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District 005 Baldwin County VTD: 009319 - WEST BALDWIN 970500: 3029 3046 3047 3048 3049 3075 3081 3082 3085 3086 VTD: 009321W - WEST HARDWICK 970600: 1016 1017 1018 1019 1020 1021 1022 1023 1027 1028 1029 1030 1031 1032 1033 1034 1035 2001 2002 2005 2009 2010 2011 2013 2015 2016 2018 2021 2022 2023 2024 2025 2026 2027 2028 2029 4017 4018 970800: 2001 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2016 2017 2018 VTD: 009322 - COOPERS VTD: 009CTY1 - SOUTH MILLEDGEVILLE 970500: 1023 1024 2000 2001 2002 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023 2024 2025 2026 2027 2028 2029 2030 2033 2034 2035 2036 2037 2038 2039 2040 2046 2047 2048 3030 3031 3032 3033 3035 3037 3038 3039 3044 3045 3076 3077 3078 3079 3080 3083 3084 3087 970600: 2003 2004 2006 2007 2008 2012 2014 2017 2019 2020 2030 2031 2032 2033 2034

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VTD: 009CTY2 - CITY HALL ANNEX 970500: 1047 1048 1049 1050 970600: 1000 970701: 1015 1016 1019 1020 1021 VTD: 009CTY3 - BODDIE 970701: 1007 1008 1009 VTD: 009CTY4 - COURTHOUSE 970500: 1000 1001 1002 1003 1004 1005 1006 1017 1018 1019 1020 1021 1022 1025 1026 1027 1028 1029 1030 1031 1032 1033 1034 1035 1036 1037 1038 1039 1040 1041 1042 1043 1044 1045 1046 1051 1052 1053 970600: 1001 2000 VTD: 009MERI - MERIWEATHER 970500: 2003

NOTICE OF INTENTION TO INTRODUCE LOCAL LEGISLATION
Notice is given that there will be introduced at the regular 2015 session of the General Assembly of Georgia a bill to provide for the unified government of Milledgeville-Baldwin County; to provide for boundaries and districts; to provide for powers and duties; to provide for organization, qualifications, election, terms, and filling of vacancies; to provide for associated offices, departments, and agencies; to provide for budgets and financial matters; to provide for a transition period; to provide for the repeal of certain Acts; to provide for a referendum; to provide for related matters; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes.
Representative E. Culver "Rusty" Kidd District 145
GEORGIA, FULTON COUNTY
Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths, Rusty Kidd, who on oath deposes and says that he is the Representative from District 145 and further deposes and says that the attached Notice of Intention to Introduce

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Local Legislation was published in the The Union-Recorder which is the official organ of Baldwin County on 01/09/2015, and that the notice requirements of Code Section 28-1-14 have been met.

s/ RUSTY KIDD Rusty Kidd Representative, District 145

Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 14th day of January 2015.

s/ DIANA GRAVER Diana Graver Notary Public, Fulton County, Georgia My Commission Expires December 17, 2016 [SEAL]

Approved May 5, 2015.

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TOWN OF BISHOP NEW CHARTER.

No. 96 (House Bill No. 203).

AN ACT

To provide a new charter for the Town of Bishop; to provide for incorporation, boundaries, and powers of the town; to provide for a governing authority of such town or the powers, duties, authority, election, terms, vacancies, compensation, expenses, qualifications, prohibitions, conflicts of interest, and suspension and removal from office relative to members of such governing authority; to provide for inquiries and investigations; to provide for oaths, organization, meetings, quorum, voting, rules, and procedures; to provide for ordinances and codes; to provide for a mayor, mayor pro tempore, and town council and certain duties, powers, and other matters relative thereto; to provide for administrative affairs and responsibilities; to provide for boards, commissions, and authorities; to provide for a town attorney, town clerk, town manager, and other personnel and matters relating thereto; to provide for rules and regulations; to provide for elections; to provide for taxation, licenses, and fees; to provide for franchises, service charges, and assessments; to provide for bonded and other indebtedness; to provide for auditing, accounting, budgeting, and appropriations; to provide for town contracts and purchasing; to provide for the conveyance of property and interests therein; to provide for bonds for officials; to provide for prior ordinances and rules

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and pending matters; to provide for penalties; to provide for definitions and construction; to provide for related matters; to provide for severability; to repeal a specific Act; to provide for an effective date; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF GEORGIA:

ARTICLE I INCORPORATION AND POWERS
SECTION 1.10. Name.

This town and the inhabitants thereof are constituted and declared a body politic and corporate under the name and style Town of Bishop, Georgia, and by that name shall have perpetual succession.

SECTION 1.11. Corporate boundaries.

The boundaries of this town shall be those existing on the effective date of the adoption of this charter with such alterations as may be made from time to time in the manner provided by law. The boundaries of this town at all times shall be shown on a map, a written description, or any combination thereof, to be retained permanently in the town hall and to be designated, as the case may be, "Official Map (or Description) of the corporate limits of the Town of Bishop, Georgia." Photographic, typed, or other copies of such map or description certified by the town clerk shall be admitted as evidence in all courts and shall have the same force and effect as with the original map or description. The mayor and council may provide for the redrawing of any such map by ordinance to reflect lawful changes in the corporate boundaries. A redrawn map shall supersede for all purposes the entire map or maps which it is designated to replace. The specific boundaries of the town shall be those existing on the effective date of this charter and as now or hereafter provided by law, with such future alterations as are made in the manner provided by law.

SECTION 1.12. Municipal powers and construction.

(a) This town shall have all powers possible for a town to have under the present or future Constitution and laws of this state as fully and completely as though they were specifically enumerated in this charter. This town shall have all the powers of self-government not otherwise prohibited by this charter or by general law. This town shall have the right to enter into agreements with other governments or private entities for assistance. The powers of this town shall be construed liberally in favor of the town. The specific mention or failure to

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mention a particular power shall not be construed as limiting in any way the powers of this town. (b) The powers of this town shall include, but not be limited to, the following:
(1) Air and water pollution. To regulate the emission of smoke or other individual or corporate exhaust which pollutes the air and to prevent the pollution of natural streams which flow within the corporate limits of the town; (2) Alcoholic beverages. The keeping for sale, selling, or offering for sale of any spirituous, vinous, malt, or fermented wines or liquors within the corporate limits of the town shall be prohibited or regulated by the Town of Bishop as provided by law. The mayor and council of the town shall have power or authority to license the sale thereof, consistent with the laws of the State of Georgia, and it shall be their duty to enforce same by the enactment of necessary ordinances with suitable penalties for violation; (3) Animal regulations. To regulate and license or to prohibit the keeping or running at large of animals and fowl and to provide for the impoundment of same if in violation of any ordinance or lawful order; to provide for the disposition by sale, gift, or humane destruction of animals and fowl when not redeemed as provided by ordinance; and to provide punishment for violation of ordinances enacted under this charter; (4) Appropriations and expenditures. To make appropriations for the support of the government of the town; to authorize the expenditure of money for any purposes authorized by this charter and for any purpose for which a municipality is authorized by the laws of the State of Georgia; and to provide for the payment of expenses of the town; (5) Building regulation. To regulate and to license the erection and construction, alterations, or demolition of buildings and all other structures; to adopt building, housing, plumbing, electrical, gas, and heating and air conditioning codes; to regulate all building and housing trades; and to contract with county, state, or private qualified firms or individuals for inspection or other assistance; (6) Business regulation and taxation. To levy and to provide for the collection of license fees and taxes on privileges, occupations, trades, and professions; to license and regulate the same; to provide for the manner and method of payment of such licenses and taxes; and to revoke such licenses after due process for failure to pay any town fees or taxes or by failure to abide by town and zoning regulations; (7) Cemetery. The mayor and council shall have jurisdiction over the cemetery belonging to or located in the town and may provide by ordinance for the public cemetery. They may appoint such employees to superintend the care thereof as they deem proper. They may enact ordinances to prevent trespass therein and to prevent any person from defacing any work therein. They may regulate the charges for the sale and care of lots, grave digging, hearse fees, and any and everything pertaining to the care and operation of such cemetery; (8) Condemnation. To condemn property, both inside and outside the corporate limits of the town, for present or future use and for any corporate purpose deemed necessary by the governing authority, utilizing procedures enumerated in Title 22 of the O.C.G.A. or such other applicable laws as are or may hereafter be enacted; the mayor and council are

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empowered to acquire, construct, operate, and maintain public ways, parks, public grounds, cemeteries, markets, market houses, public buildings, libraries, sewers, drains, and charitable, educational, recreational, sport, and any curative agencies and facilities, and any other public improvements inside and outside the corporate limits of the town and to regulate the use thereof, and for such purposes, property may be condemned under procedures established under general law applicable now or as provided in the future; (9) Contracts. To enter into contracts and agreements with other governmental entities and with private persons, firms, and corporations providing for services to be furnished and payments to be made; (10) Emergencies. To establish procedures for determining and proclaiming that an emergency situation exists inside or outside the town and to make and carry out all reasonable provisions deemed necessary to deal with or meet such an emergency for the protection, safety, health, or well-being of the citizens of the town; (11) Environmental protection. To protect and preserve the natural resources, environment, and vital areas of the town through the preservation and improvement of air quality, the restoration and maintenance of water resources, the control of erosion and sedimentation, the management of solid and hazardous waste, and other necessary actions for the protection of the environment; (12) Fire regulations. To fix and establish fire limits inside and outside the town and, from time to time, to extend, enlarge, or restrict the same; to prescribe fire safety regulations not inconsistent with general law, relating to both fire prevention and detection and to fire fighting; and to prescribe penalties and punishment for violations thereof; (13) Garbage fees. To levy, fix, assess, and collect a garbage, refuse, and trash collection and disposal and other sanitary service charge, tax, or fee for such services as may be necessary in the operation of the town from all individuals, firms, and corporations residing in such town or doing business therein and benefiting from such services; to enforce the payment of such charges, taxes, or fees; and to provide for the manner and method of collecting such service charges; (14) General health, safety, sanitation, and welfare. To prescribe standards of health and sanitation and to provide for the enforcement of such standards; to define, regulate, and prohibit any act, practice, conduct, or use of property which is detrimental to health, sanitation, cleanliness, welfare, and safety of the inhabitants of the town and to provide for the enforcement of such standards, etc.; (15) Gifts. To accept or refuse gifts, donations, bequests, or grants from any source for any purpose related to the powers and duties of the town and the general welfare of its citizens, on such terms and conditions as the donor or grantor may impose; (16) Motor vehicles. To regulate the parking upon or across the streets, roads, alleys, and walkways of the town; (17) Municipal agencies and delegation of power. To create, alter, or abolish departments, boards, offices, commissions, and agencies of the town and to confer upon such agencies

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the necessary and appropriate authority for carrying out all the powers conferred upon or delegated to the same; (18) Municipal debts. To appropriate and borrow money for the payment of debts of the town and to issue bonds for the purpose of raising revenue to carry out any project, program, or venture authorized by council, this charter, or the laws of the State of Georgia; (19) Municipal property ownership. To acquire, dispose of, and hold in trust or otherwise any real, personal, or mixed property, in fee simple or lesser interest, inside and outside the property limits of the town; (20) Municipal property protection. To provide for the preservation and protection of property and equipment of the town and the administration and use of same by the public; to prescribe penalties and punishment for violations thereof; and to provide for the dissolution of same; (21) Municipal utilities. To acquire, lease, construct, operate, maintain, sell, and dispose of public utilities; to fix the taxes, charges, rates, fares, fees, assessments, regulations, and penalties; to provide for the withdrawal of service for refusal or failure to pay the same; and to authorize the extension of utility systems, etc.; (22) Nuisances. To define a public nuisance, or nuisance property, and provide for its abatement whether on public or private property; (23) Penalties. To provide penalties for violation of any ordinances or council decisions adopted pursuant to the authority of this charter and the laws of the State of Georgia; (24) Planning and zoning. To provide comprehensive town planning for development by zoning and to provide subdivision regulation, land use, and housing and development regulations as the mayor and council deem necessary and reasonable to ensure a safe, healthy, and esthetically pleasing community; (25) Police and fire protection. To exercise the power of arrest through duly appointed police officers and to establish, operate, or contract for a police and a fire-fighting agency, including an agreement with other governments or qualified private entities; (26) Public hazards; removal. To provide for the destruction and removal of any building or other structure which is or may become dangerous or detrimental to the public and to require this removal, repair work, or reimbursement from landowners; (27) Public improvements. To provide for the acquisition, construction, building, operation, and maintenance of public ways, parks and playgrounds, recreational facilities, cemeteries, markets and market houses, public buildings, libraries, parking facilities, and charitable, cultural, educational, recreational, conservation, sport, and curative institutions, agencies, and facilities; to provide any other public improvements, inside and outside the corporate limits of the town; to regulate the use of public improvements; and, for such purposes, property may be acquired by condemnation under Title 22 of the O.C.G.A. or such other applicable laws as are or may hereafter be enacted; (28) Public peace. To provide for the prevention and punishment of intoxication, riots, and public disturbances, such as excessive noise, shooting, etc.;

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(29) Public utilities and services. To grant franchises or make contracts for public utilities and public services and to prescribe the rates, fares, regulations, standards, and conditions of service applicable to the service to be provided by the franchise grantee or contractor, insofar as not in conflict with valid regulations of the Public Service Commission; (30) Regulation of roadside areas. To prohibit or regulate and control the erection, removal, and maintenance of signs, billboards, trees, shrubs, fences, buildings, and any and all other structures or obstructions upon or adjacent to the rights of way of streets and roads or within view thereof, within or abutting the corporate limits of the town, and to prescribe penalties and punishment for violation of such ordinances; (31) Roadways. To lay out, open, extend, widen, narrow, establish or change the grade of, abandon or close, construct, pave, maintain, repair, clean, prevent erosion of, and light the roads, alleys, and walkways within the corporate limits of the town; to negotiate and execute leases over, through, under, or across any town property or the right of way of any street, road, alley, and walkway or portion thereof within the corporate limits of the town for passageways, or any other purpose or use between buildings on opposite sides of the street and for other similar transportation items for private use at such location and to charge a rental therefore in such manner as may be provided by ordinance; to authorize and control the construction of streets within the corporate limits of the town; to grant franchises and rights of way throughout the streets and roads for the use of public utilities and for private use; and to require new real estate owners to construct a sidewalk and repair and maintain in a safe condition the sidewalks adjoining their lots or lands and to impose penalties for failure to do so; (32) Sewer, water, and solid waste fees. To contract with other government or private entities for these services and to levy a fee, charge, or tax as necessary to assure the acquiring, constructing, equipping, operating, maintaining, and extending of such entities; (33) Special areas of public regulation. To regulate or prohibit junk dealers, pawn shops, the manufacture, sale, or transportation of intoxicating liquors and drugs, the use of firearms, the transportation, storage, and use of combustible, explosive, and flammable materials, the use of lighting, sound, and heating equipment, peddlers and itinerant traders, theatrical performances, exhibitions, professional fortune telling, palmistry, adult entertainment or bookstores, massage parlors, shows of any kind, etc., by license taxation, zoning or otherwise. (34) Special assessments. To levy and provide for the collection of special assessments to cover the costs for any public improvements; (35) Taxes: ad valorem. To levy and provide for the assessment, valuation, revaluation, and collection of taxes on all property subject to taxation; (36) Taxes: other. To levy and collect such other taxes as may be allowed now or in the future by law; (37) Trees. To adopt and enforce ordinances for the protection and preservation of trees on the streets, public places, cemeteries, and parks in the town and to prevent the cutting, impairing, or mutilations thereof by telephone, electric, or gas company employees or any

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other person unless the same is done under and with the formal consent of the mayor and council or some officer appointed by them to direct the same and then only when absolutely necessary for the public service or safety; (38) Business vehicles: vehicles for hire or for commercial use. To regulate and license vehicles operated for hire in the town; to limit the number of such vehicles; to require the operators thereof to be properly licensed; to require public liability insurance on such vehicles; and to regulate the parking and visibility of such vehicles; (39) Prohibited activities. To prohibit or regulate loitering, disorderly conduct, and disturbing the peace in the corporate limits of the town; to prohibit or regulate the playing of lotteries therein; and to prohibit or regulate such other conduct and activities within the town which, while not constituting offenses against the laws of this state, are, nevertheless, deemed by the governing authority to be detrimental and offensive to the peace and good order of the town or to the welfare of the citizens thereof; (40) Public health, sanitation, cleanliness, welfare, and safety. To define, regulate, and prohibit any act, conduct, practice, or use of property which is detrimental or likely to be detrimental to the health, sanitation, cleanliness, welfare, and safety of the inhabitants of the town and to provide for the enforcement of such standards; (41) Preservation of property. To provide for the preservation and protection of property and equipment of the town and the administration and use of same by the public and to prescribe penalties and punishment for violations thereof; (42) Rules and regulations. To make, ordain, and establish such bylaws, zoning, ordinances, rules, and regulations as shall appear necessary for the security, welfare, convenience, and interest of the town and the inhabitants thereof and for preserving the health, peace, order, and good government of the town; (43) Ordinances, resolutions, rules, and regulations. In addition to all other powers conferred upon it by law, the council shall have the authority to adopt and provide for the execution of such ordinances, resolutions, rules, and regulations not inconsistent with this charter, the Constitution, and the laws of the State of Georgia, which it shall deem necessary, expedient, or helpful for the peace, good order, protection of life and property, health, welfare, sanitation, comfort, convenience, prosperity, or well-being of the inhabitants of the Town of Bishop and may enforce such ordinances by imposing penalties for violations thereof; and (44) Other powers. To exercise and enjoy all other powers, functions, rights, privileges, and immunities necessary or desirable to promote or protect the safety, health, peace, security, good order, comfort, convenience, or general welfare of the town and its inhabitants; to exercise all implied powers necessary to carry into execution all powers granted in this charter as fully and completely as if such powers were fully stated herein; to exercise all powers now or in the future authorized to be exercised by other municipal governments under other laws of the State of Georgia; and no listing of particular powers in this charter shall be held to be exclusive of others, nor restrictive of general words and phrases granting powers, but shall be held to be in addition to such powers unless expressly

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prohibited to municipalities under the Constitution or applicable laws of the State of Georgia.

SECTION 1.13. Exercise of powers.

All powers, functions, rights, privileges, and immunities of the town, its officers, agencies, or employees shall be carried into execution as provided by this charter. If this charter makes no provision, such shall be carried into execution as provided by ordinance or pertinent laws of the State of Georgia.

ARTICLE II GOVERNMENT STRUCTURE
SECTION 2.10. Mayor and council creation; number.

The legislative authority of the government of this town, except as otherwise specifically provided in this charter, shall be vested in the mayor and town council to be composed of a mayor and four councilmembers.

SECTION 2.11. Terms and qualifications for office.

The mayor and councilmembers shall serve for terms of four years and until their respective successors are elected and sworn in. No person shall be eligible to serve as mayor or councilmember unless he or she shall have been a resident of the town for 12 months prior to the date of qualification for the election of mayor or councilmember, as the case may be, and shall continue to reside in the town during his or her term of office. Each such official shall continue to reside in the town during his or her period of service and continue to be registered and qualified to vote in municipal elections of the town, be current on all taxes, be 21 years of age, and meet any other requirements of Chapter 2 of Title 21 of the O.C.G.A., the "Georgia Election Code."

SECTION 2.12. Vacancy; suspensions; filling of vacancies.

(a) The office of mayor or councilmember shall become vacant upon the incumbent's death, resignation, forfeiture of office, or removal from office in any manner authorized by this charter or the general laws of the State of Georgia. A vacancy in the office of mayor or councilmember may be filled for the remainder of the unexpired term, if any, by appointment of the mayor and council as set forth in subsection (c) of this section.

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(b) Upon the suspension from office of the mayor or councilmember in any manner authorized by the general laws of the State of Georgia, the mayor and council, or those remaining, shall appoint a successor for the duration of the suspension. If the suspension becomes permanent, then the office shall become vacant and shall be filled for the remainder of the unexpired term, if any, as provided for in this charter. (c) In the event of a vacancy in the office of mayor or councilmember prior to the expiration of a regular term of office, such vacancy may be filled for the remainder of the unexpired term, if any, by appointment by the mayor and council if less than 24 months remain in the unexpired term, otherwise by an election, as provided for in Article V of this charter and in accordance with Titles 21 and 45 of the O.C.G.A., or such other laws as are or may hereafter be enacted.

SECTION 2.13. Compensation and expenses.

The mayor and councilmembers may receive compensation and expenses for their services as provided by council vote or resolution.

SECTION 2.14. Conflicts of interest; holding other offices.

(a) Elected and appointed officers of the town are trustees and servants of the residents of the town and shall act in a fiduciary capacity for the benefit of such residents. (b) No elected official, appointed officer, or employee of the town or any agency or political entity to which this charter applies shall knowingly:
(1) Engage in any business or transaction or have a financial or other personal interest, direct or indirect, which is incompatible with the proper discharge of his or her official duties or which would tend to impair the independence of his or her judgment or action in the performance of his or her official duties; (2) Engage in or accept private employment or render services for private interests when such employment or service is incompatible with the proper discharge of his or her official duties or would tend to impair the independence of his or her judgment or action in the performance of his or her official duties; (3) Disclose confidential information concerning the property, government, or affairs of the governmental body by which he or she is engaged without proper legal authorization or use such information to advance the financial or other private interest of himself or herself or others; (4) Accept any valuable gift, whether in the form of service, loan, thing, or promise, from any person, firm, or corporation which to his or her knowledge is interested, directly or indirectly, in any manner whatsoever, in business dealings with the governmental body by which he or she is engaged; provided, however, that an elected official who is a candidate

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for public office may accept campaign contributions and services in connection with any such campaign; (5) Represent private interests in any legal action or proceeding against this town or any portion of its government; or (6) Vote or otherwise participate in the negotiation or in the making of any contract with any business or entity in which he or she has a financial interest. (c) Any elected official, appointed officer, or employee who shall have any private financial interest, directly or indirectly, in any contract or matter pending before or within any department of the town shall disclose such private interest to the mayor and council. The mayor or any councilmember who has a private interest in the matter pending before mayor and council shall disclose such private interest and such disclosure shall be entered on the records of the mayor and council, and he or she shall disqualify himself or herself from participating in any decision or vote relating thereto and may be asked to depart from that section of the meeting. Any elected official, appointed officer, or employee of any agency or political entity to which this charter applies who shall have any private financial interest, directly or indirectly, in any contract or matter pending before or within such entity shall disclose such private interest to the governing body of such agency or entity. (d) No elected official, appointed officer, or employee of the town or any agency or entity to which this charter applies shall use property owned by such governmental entity for personal benefit, convenience, or profit except in accordance with policies promulgated by mayor and council or the governing body of such agency or entity. Use of public property shall be approved by council and used to promote the town or other approved cause. (e) Any violation of this section which occurs with the knowledge, express or implied, of a party to a contract or sale shall render such contract or sale voidable at the option of the mayor and council. (f) Except where authorized by law, neither the mayor nor any councilmember shall hold any other elective or compensated appointive office in town government during the term for which he or she was elected. (g)(1) Any town officer or employee who knowingly conceals such financial interest or knowingly violates any of the requirements of this section shall be guilty of malfeasance in office or position and shall be deemed to have forfeited his or her office or position. (2) Any officer or employee of the town who shall forfeit his or her office or position as described in paragraph (1) of this subsection shall be ineligible for appointment or election to or employment in a position in the town government for a period of three years thereafter, and such forfeiture shall be reported to the appropriate agencies.

SECTION 2.15. Inquiries and investigations.

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subpoena witnesses, administer oaths, take testimony, and require the production of evidence.

SECTION 2.16. General power and authority of the mayor and council.

Except as otherwise provided by law or this charter, the mayor and council shall be vested with all the powers of government of this town as provided by Article I of this charter.

SECTION 2.17. Organizational meetings; oaths.

Preferably in December, the meeting shall be called to order by a legal officer, and the oath of office shall be administered to the newly elected mayor and councilmembers as follows:
"I do solemnly (swear) (affirm) that I will faithfully perform the duties of (mayor) (councilmember) of this town and that I will support and defend the charter thereof as well as the Constitution and laws of the State of Georgia and of the United States of America." If this is not accomplished in December, the oath shall be administered at the January meeting of the regular term of office.

SECTION 2.18. Regular and special meetings.

(a) The mayor and council shall hold regular meetings at such times and places as prescribed by ordinance, resolution, or council agreement. Currently, the regular meetings are the second Monday evenings of each month. (b) Special meetings of the mayor and council may be held on call of the mayor or a minimum of two members of the town council. Notice of such special meetings shall be served on all other members personally, or by telephone personally, at least 48 hours in advance of the meeting. Such notice to councilmembers shall not be required if the mayor and all councilmembers are present when the special meeting is called. Such notice of any special meeting may be waived by a councilmember in writing before or after such a meeting, and attendance at the meeting shall also constitute a waiver of notice on any business transacted in such councilmember's presence. Only the business stated in the call may be transacted at the special meeting. (c) All meetings of the mayor and council shall be public to the extent required by law, and notice to the public of special meetings shall be made as fully as is reasonably possible prior to such meetings, which includes placing a notice on the public bulletin board, notifying the legal newspaper, and recording proper minutes.

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SECTION 2.19. Rules of procedure.

(a) The mayor and council may adopt rules of procedure and order of business consistent with the provisions of this charter and shall provide for keeping a journal of proceedings, which shall be a public record. (b) All committees, boards, and commissions of citizens shall be appointed by the mayor and council and shall serve at their pleasure. The mayor and council shall have the power to appoint new members to any committee at any time; each committee may appoint its own chairperson, if such chairperson has not been specially appointed by the mayor and council.

SECTION 2.20. Quorum; voting.

Three councilmembers, one of whom may be the mayor, shall constitute a quorum and shall be authorized to transact business of the mayor and council. Voting on the adoption of ordinances shall be by voice vote or raising of right hand and the vote shall be recorded in the official minutes, but the mayor and any councilmember shall have the right to request a roll-call vote and such vote shall be recorded in the official minutes. Except as otherwise provided in this charter, the affirmative vote of the majority of the quorum in attendance and official signatures shall be required for the adoption of any ordinance, resolution, or motion. An abstention shall not be counted as a negative or affirmative vote.

SECTION 2.21. Ordinance form; procedure.

(a) Every proposed ordinance should be introduced for public inspection in writing and in the form required for final adoption. (b) An ordinance may be introduced by the mayor or any councilmember and be read at a regular or special meeting of the mayor and council. Ordinances shall be considered and adopted or rejected by mayor and council in accordance with the rules which they shall establish. Upon introduction of any ordinance, the clerk shall as soon as possible distribute a copy to the mayor and to each councilmember and shall file a reasonable number of copies in the office of the clerk and at such other public places as mayor and council may designate for public inspection. Unless in an emergency, the official vote will occur at the meeting following the meeting of the public reading.

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SECTION 2.22. Action requiring an ordinance or resolution.

Acts of the mayor and council that have the force and effect of law shall be enacted by ordinance or resolution.

SECTION 2.23. Emergencies.
To meet a public emergency affecting life, health, property, or public peace, the mayor and council may convene on call of the mayor or a councilmember and may promptly adopt an emergency ordinance, but such ordinance may not levy taxes; grant, renew, or extend a franchise; regulate the rate charged by any public utility for its services; or authorize the borrowing of money except for loans to be repaid within 30 days. An emergency ordinance shall be introduced in the form prescribed for ordinances generally, except that it shall be plainly designated as an emergency ordinance and shall contain, after the enacting clause, a declaration stating that an emergency exists and describing such emergency in clear and specific terms. An emergency ordinance may be adopted, with or without amendment, or rejected at the meeting at which it is introduced, but the affirmative vote of a majority of a quorum shall be required for adoption. It shall become effective upon adoption or at such later time as it may specify. Every emergency ordinance shall automatically stand repealed 30 days following the date upon which it was adopted, but this shall not prevent reenactment of the ordinance in the manner specified in this section if the emergency still exists. An emergency ordinance may also be repealed by adoption of a repealing ordinance in the same manner specified in this section for adoption of emergency ordinances.
SECTION 2.24. Code of technical regulations.
(a) The mayor and council may adopt any standard code of technical regulations by reference thereto in an adopting ordinance. The procedure and requirements governing such adopting ordinance shall be as prescribed for ordinances generally except that:
(1) The requirements of subsection (b) of Section 2.21 of this charter for distribution and filing of copies of the ordinance shall be construed to include copies of any code of technical regulations as well as the adopting ordinance; and (2) A copy of each adopted code of technical regulations, as well as the adopting ordinance, shall be authenticated and recorded by the clerk pursuant to this charter. (b) Copies of any adopted code of technical regulations shall be made available by the clerk for distribution or for purchase at a reasonable price.

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SECTION 2.25. Signing; authenticating; recording; codification; printing.

(a) The clerk shall authenticate by his or her signature and record in full in a properly indexed book kept for that purpose all ordinances, resolutions, minutes, etc., adopted by the council. (b) The mayor and council will provide for the preparation of a general compilation or codification of ordinances, as required under Georgia law, of all the ordinances of the town having the force and effect of law. The general compilation or codification shall be adopted by the mayor and council and shall be published promptly, together with all amendments thereto and such codes of technical regulations and other rules and regulations as the mayor and council may specify. (c) The mayor and council will cause each ordinance and each amendment to this charter to be printed promptly following its adoption, and the printed ordinances and charter amendments shall be made available for inspection or for purchase by the public at reasonable prices to be fixed by the mayor and council. Following publication of the first compilation or codification under this charter and at all times thereafter, the ordinances and charter amendments shall be printed in substantially the same style as such first compilation and shall be suitable for incorporation therein. The mayor and council shall make such further arrangements as deemed desirable with the reproduction and distribution of any current changes in or additions to codes of technical regulations and other rules and regulations included in the code.

SECTION 2.26. Election of mayor; forfeiture; compensation.

The mayor shall be elected at large and shall serve for a term of four years and until his or her successor is qualified and elected. The mayor shall be a qualified elector of the town, shall be current on taxes, shall have been a resident of the town for at least 12 months prior to his or her qualification for his or her election, and abide by the laws of the State of Georgia and Chapter 2 of Title 21 of the O.C.G.A., the "Georgia Election Code." The mayor shall continue to reside in this town during the period of his or her service. He or she shall forfeit his or her office on the same grounds and under the same procedure as for councilmembers. The compensation of the mayor shall be established in the same manner as for councilmembers.

SECTION 2.27. Powers and duties of mayor.

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(2) Solicit council input in preparing for agendas and meetings of the mayor and council; (3) Be the head of the town for the purpose of service of process and for ceremonial purposes and be the official spokesperson for the town and the chief advocate of policy; (4) Have the power to administer oaths and to take affidavits; (5) Sign as a matter of course on behalf of the town all written and approved contracts, ordinances, and other instruments executed by the town which by law are required to be in writing; (6) Vote in the event of a tie on matters before mayor and council and be counted toward a quorum as any other councilmember; (7) Assign councilmembers to their committees of responsibilities; (8) Each January, review with council the town appointments and reappoint, suspend, or abolish same (clerk, attorney, planning commission representative, committees, etc.); (9) Exercise supervision over all executive and administrative work of the town and provide for the coordination of administrative activities; (10) See that all laws and ordinances of the town are faithfully executed; (11) Recommend to the council such measures relative to the affairs of the town, improvement of the government, and promotion of the welfare of its inhabitants as he or she may deem expedient; (12) Call special meetings of the council as needed and as provided for in this charter; (13) Update town attorney and solicit legal guidance for town when needed; (14) Present to the council and citizens a recommended annual operating budget; (15) See that the peace and good order of the town are preserved and all persons and property therein are protected; and (16) Serve as the chief executive officer and fulfill such other executive and administrative duties as the mayor and council shall establish by council agreement or ordinance.

SECTION 2.28. Mayor pro tempore; selection; duties.

Each January, by a majority vote, the mayor and council shall elect a councilmember to serve as mayor pro tempore. Upon the mayor's disability or absence, the mayor pro tempore shall preside at all meetings of the mayor and council and shall assume the duties and powers of the mayor. The mayor and council by a majority vote shall elect a new presiding officer from among the councilmembers for any period in which the mayor pro tempore is disabled, absent, or acting as mayor. Any such absence or disability shall be declared by majority vote of all councilmembers.

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SECTION 2.29. Town manager/town clerk; appointment;
qualifications; compensation; powers.

(a) The mayor and council shall appoint a town manager or town clerk for an indefinite term and shall fix the compensation. The manager or clerk shall be appointed solely on the basis of executive and administrative qualifications. The manager or clerk is employed at will and may be summarily removed from office at any time by a majority vote of the mayor and council. During extreme absence or disability, the mayor and council may revoke such designation at any time and appoint another officer to serve. The position shall be reviewed each January. (b) The manager or clerk shall be responsible to the mayor and council for the administration of all town affairs placed in their charge by or under this charter. He or she will:
(1) Work with council and citizens on agenda and post in a timely manner; (2) Prepare for and attend all mayor and council meetings except for closed meetings held for the purposes of deliberating on the appointment, discipline, or removal of the town manager or clerk; (3) See that all laws, provisions of this charter, and acts of the mayor and council are faithfully executed; (4) Maintain financial records for council and assist in the preparation and submittal of the annual operating budget, capital budget, and annual audit material; (5) Submit to the mayor and council and make available to the public a complete report on the finances and administrative activities of the town monthly and at the end of each fiscal year; (6) Make such other reports as the mayor and council may require concerning the operations of town departments, offices, and agencies subject to the manager's or clerk's direction and supervision; (7) Keep the mayor and council fully advised as to the financial condition and current and future needs of the town and make such recommendations to the mayor and council concerning the affairs of the town as the manager or clerk deems desirable; (8) Ensure that all government and other agency reports are submitted in a timely fashion; (9) Advise mayor and council of upcoming state deadlines and maintain the official records for the town; (10) Direct and supervise the administration of the office; (11) Serve as qualifying officer and notary public; (12) Follow all guidelines regarding open records, open meetings, advertising, public hearings, e-verify, rezone requests, etc.; and (13) Perform such other duties as are specified in this charter or as may be required by the mayor and council.

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ARTICLE III ADMINISTRATIVE AFFAIRS
SECTION 3.10. Department heads.

(a) The mayor and council may by resolution or ordinance establish town departments, officers, or agencies in addition to those created by this charter and may prescribe the functions and duties of all departments, officers, and agencies. (b) Except as otherwise provided in this charter, the mayor and council by resolution or ordinance shall prescribe the functions or duties of and establish, abolish, or alter all nonelective offices, positions of employment, departments, and agencies of the town and establish professional qualifications as necessary for the proper administration of the affairs and government of the town. (c) Except as otherwise provided by this charter or by law, all appointed officers of the town shall be appointed solely on the basis of their respective administrative and professional qualifications. (d) All appointed officers shall receive such compensation as prescribed by mayor and council. (e) The department head shall ensure that all meetings and records are open and adhere to the state guidelines on such meetings and records.

SECTION 3.11. Boards; commissions; authorities.

(a) The mayor and council shall create by ordinance or resolution such boards, commissions, and authorities to fulfill any functions that the mayor and council deem necessary and shall by ordinance or resolution establish the composition, period of existence, duties, and powers thereof. (b) All members of boards, commissions, and authorities of the town shall be appointed by the mayor and council for such terms of office and in such manner as shall be provided by ordinance or resolution, except where other appointing authority, terms of office, or manner of appointment is prescribed by this charter or by law. (c) The mayor and council by ordinance or resolution may provide for the compensation and reimbursement of actual and necessary expenses of the members of any board, commission, or authority. (d) Except as otherwise provided by this charter or by law, no member of any board, commission, or authority shall hold any elective office in the town; provided, however, that elected town officials may serve on such boards, commissions, or authorities as an uncompensated nonvoting member.

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(e) Any vacancy on a board, commission, or authority of the town shall be filled for the unexpired term in the manner prescribed in this section for original appointment, except as otherwise provided by this charter or by law. (f) No member of a board, commission, or authority shall assume office until he or she has executed and filed with the clerk of the town an oath obligating himself or herself to faithfully and impartially perform the duties of his or her office, such oath to be administered by the mayor. (g) Any member of a board, commission, or authority may be removed from office for cause by a vote of the mayor and council. (h) Except as otherwise provided by this charter or by law, each board, commission, or authority of the town may elect one of its members as chairperson and one member as vice chairperson and may elect as its secretary one of its own members or may appoint as secretary an employee of the town, provided that the mayor and council did not specially appoint a chairperson at the time of appointment. Each board may pass rules and regulations, not inconsistent with this charter, ordinances of the town, or law, as it deems appropriate and necessary for the fulfillment of its duties or the conduct of its affairs. Copies of such rules and regulations, as they exist, shall be filed with the town manager or town clerk. (i) Each committee shall adhere to the guidelines pertaining to open meetings.

SECTION 3.12. Town attorney.

The mayor and council shall appoint a town attorney at the first scheduled meeting of the calendar year and shall provide for the payment of such attorney or attorneys for services rendered to the town. The town attorney shall be responsible for representing and defending the town in all litigation in which the town is a party; may be solicitor in the municipal court; shall attend the meetings of the council as requested; shall advise the council, mayor, and other officers and employees of the town concerning legal aspects of the town's affairs; and shall perform such other duties as may be required of him or her by virtue of his or her position as town attorney. This appointment will be reviewed in January and is terminable at will by the mayor and council.

SECTION 3.13. Personnel policies.

The mayor and council, upon the vote of a majority thereof, may adopt rules and regulations consistent with this charter concerning the nondiscriminatory method of employee selection and probationary periods of employment, administration of the position classification and pay plan, hours of work, duties, and such other personnel notices as may be necessary to provide for adequate and systematic handling of personnel affairs.

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ARTICLE IV JUDICIAL BRANCH
SECTION 4.10. Municipal court.

The mayor and council may make agreement with other governments for assistance with a municipal court system, judges, jurisdiction and powers, and related matters.

ARTICLE V ELECTIONS AND REMOVAL
SECTION 5.10. Applicability of general law.

All primaries and elections shall be held and conducted in accordance with Chapter 2 of Title 21 of the O.C.G.A., the "Georgia Election Code."

SECTION 5.11. Election of mayor and councilmembers.

(a) There shall be a municipal general election on the Tuesday following the first Monday in November, 2015, and every four years thereafter. (b) The mayor and those members of the city council who are serving as such on July 1, 2015, and any person selected to fill a vacancy in any such office shall continue to serve as such members until the regular expiration of their respective terms of office. (c) For purposes of electing members of the city council, the Town of Bishop is divided into four posts to be designated Post No. 1, Post No. 2, Post No. 3, and Post No. 4. Any person seeking election to the city council shall designate the city council post to which he or she seeks election and shall seek election only to the post so designated. The provisions of this section shall not be construed as requiring the division of the territory of the city into council districts or the establishment of council districts. The person receiving a majority of votes cast in the entire city for that office shall be elected.

SECTION 5.12. Nonpartisan elections.

Political parties shall not conduct primaries for town offices, and all names of candidates for town offices shall be listed without party designations.

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SECTION 5.13. Election by majority.

The person receiving a majority of the qualified votes cast by town residents for any town office shall be elected and shall assume his or her office in January, except in the case of a special election.

SECTION 5.14. Other provisions.

Except as otherwise provided by this charter, the mayor and council shall by resolution prescribe such rules and regulations as they deem appropriate to fulfill any provisions under Chapter 2 of Title 21 of the O.C.G.A., the "Georgia Election Code."

SECTION 5.15. Removal of officers.

(a) The mayor, councilmembers, or appointed officers provided for in this charter shall be removed from office for any one or more of the causes provided in Title 45 of the O.C.G.A., or such other applicable laws as are or may hereafter be enacted. This mandatory removal due to a cause listed under Title 45 of the O.C.G.A. does not limit the language in this charter that establishes that appointed officer appointments are terminable at will by the mayor and council. (b) Removal of a mayor or councilmember pursuant to subsection (a) of this section shall be accomplished by an order of the Superior Court of Oconee County following a hearing on a complaint seeking such removal brought by any resident of the Town of Bishop.

ARTICLE VI FINANCE
SECTION 6.10. Property tax.

The mayor and council may assess, levy, and collect an ad valorem tax on all real and personal property within the corporate limits of the town that is subject to such taxation by the state and county. All property subject to taxation for state or county purposes assessed as of January 1 in each year shall be subject to the property tax levied by the Town of Bishop. The council shall use the county assessment for the year in which the town taxes are to be levied and may request the county to furnish appropriate information for such purpose and to assist with property tax digest and collection. This tax is for the purpose of raising revenues to defray the costs of operating the town government, of providing governmental

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services, for the repayment of principal and interest on general obligations, and for any other public purpose as determined by the mayor and council in their discretion.

SECTION 6.11. Millage rate; due date; payment methods.

The council shall provide, through Oconee County, when the taxes of the town shall fall due, when and where such taxes shall be paid, whether they may be paid in installments or in one lump sum, and upon what terms such taxes shall be due and payable. The mayor and council, while considering the budget, as well as the recommendation of the Oconee County Tax Commissioner, shall establish a millage rate for the town property tax.

SECTION 6.12. Occupation taxes and business taxes.

The mayor and council shall have the power to levy such occupation or business taxes allowed by law. Such taxes may be levied on both individuals and corporations who transact business in this town or who practice or offer to practice any profession or calling therein to the extent such persons have a constitutionally sufficient nexus to this town to be so taxed. The mayor and council should check applicable zoning classification and may classify businesses, occupations, professions, or callings for the purpose of such taxation in any way which may be lawful and may compel the payment of such taxes as provided in Section 6.18 of this charter.

SECTION 6.13. Regulatory licenses, fees, permits.

The mayor and council shall have the power to require any individuals or corporations who transact business in this town or who practice or offer to practice any profession or calling therein to obtain a license or permit for such activity from the town and pay a reasonable fee for such license or permit where such activities are not now regulated by general law in such a way as to preclude town regulation. Such fees may reflect the total cost to the town of regulating the activity and, if unpaid, shall be collected as provided in Section 6.18 of this charter. The mayor and council by resolution may establish reasonable requirements for obtaining or keeping such licenses as the public health, safety, and welfare necessitate.

SECTION 6.14. Franchises.

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companies, cable television, gas companies, transportation companies, and other similar organizations. The mayor and council shall determine the duration, terms, whether the same shall be exclusive or nonexclusive, and the consideration for such franchises; provided, however, that no franchise shall be granted unless the town receives just and adequate compensation therefor. The mayor and council shall provide for the registration of all franchises with the town clerk in a registration book kept by the clerk. The mayor and council may provide by resolution for the registration within a reasonable time of all franchises previously granted. If no franchise agreement is in effect, the mayor and council have the authority to impose a tax on gross receipts for the use of this town's streets and alleys for the purposes of railroads, street railways, telephone companies, electric companies, electric membership corporations, cable television and other telecommunications companies, gas companies, transportation companies, and other similar organizations.

SECTION 6.15. Services charges.

The mayor and council by resolution shall have the power to assess and collect fees, charges, and tolls for sewer, water, sanitary, health, and fire services or any other services provided or made available inside and outside the corporate limits of the town. If unpaid, such fees, charges, and tolls shall be collected as provided in Section 6.18 of this charter.

SECTION 6.16. Special assessments.

The mayor and council, by resolution, shall have the power to assess and collect the cost of constructing, reconstructing, widening, or improving any public way, street, sidewalk, curbing, gutters, sewers, or other utility mains and appurtenances from the abutting property owners under such terms and conditions as are reasonable. If unpaid, such charges shall be collected as provided in Section 6.18 of this charter.

SECTION 6.17. Construction; other taxes and fees.

The town shall be empowered to levy any other tax allowed now or hereafter by law and the specific mention of any right, power, or authority in this article shall not be construed as limiting in any way the general powers of this town to govern its local affairs.

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SECTION 6.18. Collection of delinquent taxes and fees.

The mayor and council by resolution may provide generally for the collection of delinquent taxes, fees, or other revenue due the town under Sections 6.10 through 6.17 of this charter by whatever reasonable means as are not precluded by law. This shall include providing for the dates when the taxes or fees are due, late penalties or interest, issuance and execution of fi. fas., creation and priority of liens, making delinquent taxes and fees personal debts of the persons required to pay the taxes or fees imposed, revoking town licenses for failure to pay any town taxes or fees, and providing for the assignment or transfer of tax executions.

SECTION 6.19. General obligation bonds.

The mayor and council shall have the power to issue bonds for the purpose of raising revenue to carry out any project, program, or venture authorized under this charter or the laws of this state. Such bonding authority shall be exercised in accordance with the laws governing bond issuance by municipalities in effect at the time such issue is undertaken.

SECTION 6.20. Revenue bonds.

The mayor and council may issue revenue bonds as state law now or hereafter provides. Such bonds are to be paid out of any revenue produced by the project, program, or venture for which they were issued.

SECTION 6.21. Short-term loans.

The town may obtain short-term loans and must repay such loans not later than December 31 of each year, unless otherwise provided by law or by council vote.

SECTION 6.22. Lease-purchase contracts.

The town may enter into multiyear lease, purchase, or lease-purchase contracts for the acquisition of goods, materials, real and personal property, services, and supplies. Contracts must be executed in accordance with the requirements of Code Section 36-60-13 of the O.C.G.A. or such other applicable laws as are or may hereafter be enacted. The town may further enter into lease, purchase, and lease-purchase contracts for its property as is permitted by law.

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SECTION 6.23. Fiscal year.

The mayor and council shall set the fiscal year, which shall constitute the budget year and the year for financial accounting and reporting of each and every office, department, agency, and activity of the town government.

SECTION 6.24. Preparation of budget.

The mayor and council shall provide the procedures and requirements for the preparation and execution of an annual operating budget, and, if needed, a capital improvements program and a capital budget, including requirements as to the scope, content, and form of such budgets and programs.

SECTION 6.25. Submission of budget to mayor and council.

On or before a date fixed by the mayor and council, normally May 1, the mayor and town manager or town clerk, after soliciting council and citizen input and reviewing financial records, shall submit to the council a proposed operating budget for the ensuing fiscal year. The mayor shall present a statement of the general fiscal policies of the town, the important features of the budget, explanations of major changes recommended for the next fiscal year, a general summary of the budget, and such other comments and information as he or she may deem pertinent. The operating budget and a possible capital improvements budget provided for in Section 6.24 of this charter and all supporting documents shall be filed in the office of the town clerk and shall be open to public inspection. Public hearings will be advertised and conducted according to council direction and state law, as well as publication of the recommended and approved budget.

SECTION 6.26. Action by mayor and council on budget.

(a) The mayor and council may amend the operating budget proposed by the mayor, except that the budget as finally amended and adopted must provide for all expenditures required by state law or by other provisions of this charter and for all debt service requirements for the ensuing fiscal year, and the total appropriations from any fund shall not exceed the estimated fund balance, reserves, and revenues. (b) The mayor and council shall make every effort to adopt the final operating budget for the ensuing fiscal year by June 30. State law will be followed if council fails to adopt the budget.

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(c) The amount set out in the adopted operating budget for each organizational unit shall constitute the annual appropriation for such unit, and no expenditure shall be made or encumbrance created in excess of the otherwise unencumbered balance of the appropriation or allotment thereof to which it is chargeable without a specific budget amendment resolution approved by majority vote of mayor and council.

SECTION 6.27. Tax levies.

Following adoption of the operating budget, the mayor and council shall levy by resolution such taxes as are necessary. The taxes and tax rates set by such resolution shall be such that reasonable estimates of revenues from such levy shall at least be sufficient, together with other anticipated revenues, fund balances, and applicable reserves, to equal the total amount appropriated for each of the several funds set forth in the annual operating budget for defraying the expenses of the general government of the town.

SECTION 6.28. Changes in appropriations.

The mayor and council may, by agreement or resolution, make changes in the appropriations contained in the current operating budget at any regular meeting or any special or emergency meeting called for such purpose, but any additional appropriations may be made only from an existing unexpended surplus.

SECTION 6.29. Independent audit.

There shall be an annual independent audit of all town accounts, funds, and financial transactions by a certified public accountant selected by the mayor and council. The audit shall be conducted according to generally accepted accounting principles. Any audit of any funds by the state or federal government may be accepted as satisfying the requirements of this charter. The report shall be submitted to the state, and copies of all audit reports shall be given to councilmembers and made available at printing costs to the public.

SECTION 6.30. Contracting procedures.

No contract with the town shall be binding on the town unless it is made pursuant to procedures established by mayor and council and it is:
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(3) Made or authorized by the mayor and council and such approval is entered in the town journal of proceedings pursuant to this charter.

SECTION 6.31. Centralized purchasing.

The mayor and council shall prescribe procedures for a system of centralized purchasing for the town. However, the mayor is permitted to spend up to $500.00 without council approval for town projects or needs.

SECTION 6.32. Sale and lease of town property.

(a) The mayor and council may sell and convey any real or personal property owned or held by the town for governmental or other purposes as now or hereafter provided by law. (b) The mayor and council may quitclaim any rights the town may have in property not needed for public purposes upon report by the mayor and adoption of a resolution, both finding that the property is not needed for public or other purposes and that the interest of the town has no readily ascertainable monetary value. (c) Whenever in opening, extending, or widening any street, avenue, alley, or public place of the town a small parcel or tract of land is cut off or separated by such work from a larger tract or boundary of land owned by the town, the mayor and council may authorize the mayor to execute and deliver in the name of the town a deed conveying such cut-off or separated parcel or tract of land to an abutting or adjoining property owner or owners in exchange for rights of way of such street, avenue, alley, or public place when such exchange is deemed to be in the best interest of the town. All deeds and conveyances heretofore and hereafter so executed and delivered shall convey all title and interest the town has in such property, notwithstanding the fact that no public sale after advertisement was or is hereafter made.

ARTICLE VII GENERAL PROVISIONS
SECTION 7.10. Bonds for officials.

The officers and employees of this town, both elected and appointed, shall execute such surety or fidelity bonds in such amounts and upon such terms and conditions as the mayor and council may, from time to time, require by ordinance or as may be provided by law.

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SECTION 7.11. Prior ordinances.

All ordinances, resolutions, rules, and regulations that are now in force in the town and are not inconsistent with this charter are declared valid and of full effect and force until amended or repealed by the mayor and council.

SECTION 7.12. Definitions and construction.

Section captions in this charter are informative only and are not to be considered as a part thereof. The word "shall" is mandatory, and the word "may" is permissive. The singular shall include the plural, the masculine shall include the feminine, and vice versa. The words "city" and "town" are interchangeable.

SECTION 7.13. Severability.

If any article, section, subsection, paragraph, sentence, or part thereof of this charter shall be held to be invalid or unconstitutional, such invalidity or unconstitutionality shall not affect or impair other parts of this charter unless it clearly appears that such other parts are wholly and necessarily dependent upon the part held to be invalid or unconstitutional, it being the legislative intent in enacting this charter that each article, section, subsection, paragraph, or part thereof be enacted separately and independent of each other.

SECTION 7.14. Specific repealer.

An Act to incorporate the Town of Bishop in the County of Oconee, approved December 26, 1890 (Ga. L. 1890, p. 621), is repealed.

SECTION 7.15. Effective date.

This Act shall become effective upon approval by the Governor or upon its becoming law without such approval.

SECTION 7.16. Repealer.

All laws and parts of laws in conflict with this Act are repealed.

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NOTICE OF INTENTION TO INTRODUCE LOCAL LEGISLATION

Notice is given that there will be introduced at the regular 2015 session of the General Assembly of Georgia a bill to provide a new charter for the Town of Bishop; to provide for incorporation, boundaries, and powers of the town; to provide for a governing authority of such town or the powers, duties, authority, election, terms, vacancies, compensation, expenses, qualifications, prohibitions, conflicts of interest, and suspension and removal from office relative to members of such governing authority; to provide for inquiries and investigations; to provide for oaths, organization, meetings, quorum, voting, rules, and procedures; to provide for ordinances and codes; to provide for a mayor, mayor pro tempore, and town council and certain duties, powers, and other matters relative thereto; to provide for administrative affairs and responsibilities; to provide for boards, commissions, and authorities; to provide for a town attorney, town clerk, town manager, and other personnel and matters relating thereto; to provide for rules and regulations; to provide for elections; to provide for taxation, licenses, and fees; to provide for franchises, service charges, and assessments; to provide for bonded and other indebtedness; to provide for auditing, accounting, budgeting, and appropriations; to provide for town contracts and purchasing; to provide for the conveyance of property and interests therein; to provide for bonds for officials; to provide for prior ordinances and rules and pending matters; to provide for penalties; to provide for definitions and construction; to provide for related matters; to provide for severability; to repeal a specific Act; to provide for an effective date; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes.

GEORGIA, FULTON COUNTY

Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths, Chuck Williams, who on oath deposes and says that he is the Representative from District 119 and further deposes and says that the attached Notice of Intention to Introduce Local Legislation was published in the Oconee Enterprise which is the official organ of Oconee County on January 29, 2015, and that the notice requirements of Code Section 28-1-14 have been met.

s/ CHUCK WILLIAMS Chuck Williams Representative, District 119

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Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 3rd day of February, 2015.

s/ JENNIFER BURGESS Jennifer Burgess Notary Public, Fulton County, Georgia My Commission Expires December 29, 2018 (SEAL)

Approved May 5, 2015.

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MACON WATER COMMISSIONERS-PENSION PLAN ASSIGNMENT OF PENSION RIGHTS; REPEAL.

No. 102 (House Bill No. 36).

AN ACT

To amend an Act entitled "Macon Water Commissioners-Pension Plan," approved December 30, 1953 (Ga. L. 1953, p. 2831), as amended, particularly by an Act approved May 1, 2012 (Ga. L. 2012, p. 5637), so as to repeal a provision permitting the assignment of pension rights; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF GEORGIA:

SECTION 1. An Act entitled "Macon Water Commissioners-Pension Plan," approved December 30, 1953 (Ga. L. 1953, p. 2831), as amended, particularly by an Act approved May 1, 2012 (Ga. L. 2012, p. 5637), is amended by revising Section 5.14 as follows:

"5.14 ASSIGNMENT OF BENEFITS; QUALIFIED DOMESTIC RELATIONS ORDER. (a) No benefit payment or portion of the pension fund contributed by member employees or officers shall be subject to assignment or used as collateral for any claim or debt of any kind or character by any person, firm, or corporation whatsoever.
(b)(1) Neither a member nor any beneficiary shall have any right to alienate, commute, anticipate, or assign any of the benefits, payments, proceeds, or distributions of the plan. (2) If a member or any beneficiary attempts to dispose of any benefits or the right to dispose of such benefits provided under the plan, or if there is an effort to seize such benefits or the right to receive such benefits by attachment, execution, or other legal or equitable process by any entity other than the authority, then the pension committee, in

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its discretion, may pass and transfer the benefit or right in such shares as the pension committee determines to one or more persons from among the beneficiaries, if any, designated by the member or to the spouse, children, or other dependents of the member. The pension committee may revoke any such appointment at any time and make further appointments to other persons, including to the member."

SECTION 2. All laws and parts of laws in conflict with this Act are repealed.

GEORGIA, BIBB COUNTY NOTICE OF INTENTION TO INTRODUCE LOCAL LEGISLATION
Notice is given that there will be introduced at the regular 2015 session of the General Assembly of Georgia a bill to amend an Act entitled "Macon Water Commissioners-Pension Plan," approved December 30, 1 953 (Ga. L. 1953, p. 2831), as amended, particularly by an Act approved May1. 2012 (Ga. L. 2012.p.5637); andforotherpurposes.
Representative, Nikki Randall District 142
GEORGIA, FULTON COUNTY
Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths, Nikki Randall, who on oath deposes and says that she is the Representative from District 142 and further deposes and says that the attached Notice of Intention to Introduce Local Legislation was published in the Macon Telegraph which is the official organ of Bibb County on December 27, 2014, and that the notice requirements of Code Section 28-1-14 have been met.
s/ NIKKI RANDALL Nikki Randall Representative, District 142
Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 28th day of January, 2015.
s/ JENNIFER BURGESS Jennifer Burgess Notary Public, Fulton County, Georgia

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Approved May 6, 2015.

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GRADY COUNTY MAGISTRATE COURT; COUNTY LAW LIBRARY FEES.

No. 103 (House Bill No. 38).

AN ACT

To authorize the Magistrate Court of Grady County to impose and collect county law library fees as part of the court costs in the magistrate court; to provide for practices and procedures connected therewith; to provide for related matters; to provide an effective date; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF GEORGIA:

SECTION 1. For the purposes of providing funds for those uses specified in Code Section 36-15-7 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated, the chief magistrate of the Magistrate Court of Grady County is authorized to impose a county law library fee upon all cases in such court as authorized and defined in Code Section 36-15-9 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated, in addition to all other legal costs.

SECTION 2. The amount of the fee to be imposed shall be no greater than the sum authorized in Code Section 36-15-9 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated and shall be in the same sum as that set by the chief judge of the Superior Court of Grady County.

SECTION 3. All of the provisions of Chapter 15 of Title 36 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated shall apply to and govern the Magistrate Court of Grady County.

SECTION 4. This Act shall become effective on the first day of the month following the month in which it is approved by the Governor or in which it becomes law without such approval.

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SECTION 5. All laws and parts of laws in conflict with this Act are repealed.

NOTICE OF INTENTION TO INTRODUCE LOCAL LEGISLATION

Notice is given that there will be introduced at the regular 2015 session of the General Assembly of Georgia a bill to authorize the imposition, collection, and disposition of the county law library fees as part of the court costs in the Magistrate Court of Grady County; to provide for practices and procedures connected therewith; to provide for related matters; to provide an effective date; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes.

GEORGIA, FULTON COUNTY

Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths, Darlene Taylor, who on oath deposes and says that she is the Representative from District 173 and further deposes and says that the attached Notice of Intention to Introduce Local Legislation was published in the Cairo Messenger which is the official organ of Grady County on February 4, 2015, and that the notice requirements of Code Section 28-1-14 have been met.

s/ DARLENE K. TAYLOR Darlene Taylor Representative, District 173

Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 9th day of February, 2015.

s/ JENNIFER BURGESS Jennifer Burgess Notary Public, Fulton County, Georgia My Commission Expires December 29, 2018 (SEAL)

Approved May 6, 2015.

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CITY OF STAPLETON MAYOR AND COUNCIL; TERMS OF OFFICE; AT-LARGE ELECTIONS.

No. 106 (House Bill No. 88).

AN ACT

To amend an Act creating a new charter for the City of Stapleton, approved March 30, 2000 (Ga. L. 2000, p. 3543), as amended, particularly by an Act approved October 25, 2001 (Ga. L. 2001, Ex. Sess., p. 743), so as to change the terms of office of the mayor and councilmembers; to provide for at-large elections; to provide for related matters; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF GEORGIA:

SECTION 1. An Act creating a new charter for the City of Stapleton, approved March 30, 2000 (Ga. L. 2000, p. 3543), as amended, particularly by an Act approved October 25, 2001 (Ga. L. 2001, Ex. Sess., p. 743), is amended by striking Section 2.05 in its entirety and inserting in lieu thereof a new Section 2.05 to read as follows:

"SECTION 2.05. Election of the city council and mayor.

(a) On the Tuesday following the first Monday in November, 2016, an election shall be conducted by the municipal election superintendent at the same hours and places for general elections to elect three councilmembers. The three candidates for city council elected at that time to the councilmember positions held on January 1, 2015, by Kevin E. Prescott (Seat No. 1), Willie A. Moss (Seat No. 2), and Lisa M. Cranford (Seat No. 3) shall take office on January 1, 2017, and serve for terms expiring December 31, 2017, and until such city councilmembers' successors are elected and qualified as provided in subsection (c) of this section. (b) On the Tuesday following the first Monday in November, 2015, an election shall be conducted by the municipal election superintendent at the same hours and places for general elections to elect a mayor and two councilmembers. The mayor elected at that time shall take office on January 1, 2016, at the expiration of the term of office of the person serving as mayor on January 1, 2014, Paul Frank Parrish. The two candidates for city council elected at that time to the councilmember positions held on January 1, 2014, by Tara L. Parrish (Seat No. 4) and Jason V. Irby (Seat No. 5) shall take office on January 1, 2016. The mayor and city councilmembers elected in November, 2015, shall serve for terms expiring December 31, 2019, and until such mayor's and city

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councilmembers' successors are elected and qualified as provided in subsection (c) of this section. (c) Thereafter, the successors to the positions held by Prescott (Seat No. 1), Moss (Seat No. 2), and Cranford (Seat No. 3) shall be elected on the Tuesday following the first Monday in November 2017 and continuing every fourth year in odd-numbered years thereafter. Such successors shall take office on January 1 of the following year at the expiration of the then current terms of office. The successors to the positions held by Parrish (Mayor), Parrish (Seat No. 4), and Irby (Seat No. 5) shall be elected on the Tuesday following the first Monday in November 2019 and continuing every fourth year in odd-numbered years thereafter. Such successors shall take office on January 1 of the following year at the expiration of the then current terms of office. The mayor and all councilmembers elected as provided in this subsection shall serve for terms of office of four years each so that a continuing body is created. (d) Each councilmember and mayor shall be elected at large by the voters of the entire municipality."

SECTION 2. All laws and parts of laws in conflict with this Act are repealed.

INTENTION TO INTRODUCE LOCAL LEGISLATION
Notice is given that there will be introduced at the regular 2015 session of the General Assembly of Georgia a bill to amend the City Charter (Ga. L. 2000, p. 3543) for the City of Stapleton, as amended, so as to amend Section 2.05 of the Charter concerning the election of the City Council and Mayor and to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes.
This 12th day of December, 2014.
GEORGIA, FULTON COUNTY
Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths, Brian Prince, who on oath deposes and says that he is the Representative from District 127 and further deposes and says that the attached Notice of Intention to Introduce Local Legislation was published in the The News and Farmer/The Jefferson Reporter which is the official organ of Jefferson County on December 18, 2014, and that the notice requirements of Code Section 28-1-14 have been met.
s/ BRIAN PRINCE Brian Prince Representative, District 127

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Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 26th day of January 2015.

s/ DIANA GRAVER Diana Graver Notary Public, Fulton County, Georgia My Commission Expires December 17, 2016 [SEAL]

Approved May 6, 2015.

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SCHLEY COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION; REDISTRICTING.

No. 110 (House Bill No. 101).

AN ACT

To amend an Act providing for the Board of Education of Schley County, approved March 4, 1977 (Ga. L. 1977, p. 2955), as amended, particularly by an Act approved April 8, 2002 (Ga. L. 2002, p. 3822), so as to change the description of education districts; to provide for definitions and inclusions; to provide for continuation in office of current members; to provide for an effective date; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF GEORGIA:

SECTION 1. An Act providing for the Board of Education of Schley County, approved March 4, 1977 (Ga. L. 1977, p. 2955), as amended, particularly by an Act approved April 8, 2002 (Ga. L. 2002, p. 3822), is amended by revising subsection (a) of Section 1 as follows:
"(a)(1) For purposes of electing members of the board of education other than the at-large member, the Schley County School District is divided into four education districts. One member of the board shall be elected from each such district. The four education districts shall be and correspond to those four numbered districts described in and attached to and made a part of this Act and further identified as 'Plan Name: schleyccsb-2013 Plan Type: Local Administrator: Schley User: Gina'. The fifth member of the board shall be elected at large from the entire Schley County School District and such position shall be designated as Education District 5. (2) For the purposes of such plan:
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census of 2010 for the State of Georgia. The separate numeric designations in a district description which are underneath a VTD heading shall mean and describe individual Blocks within a VTD as provided in the report of the Bureau of the Census for the United States decennial census of 2010 for the State of Georgia; and (B) Except as otherwise provided in the description of any district, whenever the description of any district refers to a named city, it shall mean the geographical boundaries of that city as shown on the census maps for the United States decennial census of 2010 for the State of Georgia. (3) Any part of Schley County which is not included in any district described in paragraph (1) of this subsection shall be included within that district contiguous to such part which contains the least population according to the United States decennial census of 2010 for the State of Georgia. (4) Any part of Schley County which is described in paragraph (1) of this subsection as being included in a particular district shall nevertheless not be included within such district if such part is not contiguous to such district. Such noncontiguous part shall instead be included within that district contiguous to such part which contains the least population according to the United States decennial census of 2010 for the State of Georgia."

SECTION 2. Education Districts 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5, as they exist immediately prior to the effective date of this Act, shall continue to be designated as Education Districts 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5, respectively, but as newly described under this Act, and on and after the effective date of this Act, such members of the board serving from those former education districts shall be deemed to be serving from and representing their respective districts as newly described under this Act.

SECTION 3. This Act shall become effective January 1, 2016.

SECTION 4. All laws and parts of laws in conflict with this Act are repealed.

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NOTICE OF INTENTION TO INTRODUCE LOCAL LEGISLATION
Notice is given that there will be introduced at the regular 2015 Session of the General Assembly of Georgia a bill to amend an Act providing for the Board of Education for the Schley County School District, approved March 4, 1977 (Georgia Laws 1977, p. 2955), as amended, particularly by an Act approved April 8, 2002 (Georgia Laws 2002, p. 3822) so as to change the description of the education districts; to provide for definitions and inclusions; to provide for continuation in office of current members; to provide for effective dates; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes.
This, the 3rd day of December, 2014.
GEORGIA, FULTON COUNTY
Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths, Mike Cheokas, who on oath deposes and says that he is the Representative from District 138 and further deposes and says that the attached Notice of Intention to Introduce Local Legislation was published in the Stewart Webster Journal Patriot Citizen which is the official organ of Schley County on January 1, 2015, and that the notice requirements of Code Section 28-1-14 have been met.
s/ MIKE CHEOKAS Mike Cheokas Representative, District 138

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Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 26th day of January 2015.

s/ JENNIFER BURGESS Jennifer Burgess Notary Public, Fulton County, Georgia My Commission Expires December 29, 2018 (SEAL)

Approved May 6, 2015.

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SCHLEY COUNTY MAGISTRATE COURT; JUDGE OF PROBATE COURT SERVE AS CHIEF MAGISTRATE.

No. 111 (House Bill No. 102).

AN ACT

To provide that the judge of the Probate Court of Schley County shall also serve as the judge of the Magistrate Court of Schley County on and after January 1, 2017; to provide for the continuation in office and expiration of term of the current magistrate judge; to provide for related matters; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF GEORGIA:

SECTION 1. Pursuant to subsection (g) of Code Section 15-10-20 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated, the judge of the Magistrate Court of Schley County shall not be separately elected for any term of office that begins on or after January 1, 2017, but on and after that date the judge of the Probate Court of Schley County shall serve as the judge of the Magistrate Court of Schley County. There shall be no election in 2016 or thereafter for the office of judge of the Magistrate Court of Schley County. The term of office of the judge serving as judge of the magistrate court shall be concurrent with such judge's term of office as the judge of the probate court.

SECTION 2. The judge of the Magistrate Court of Schley County who was serving as such on January 1, 2015, and any person selected to fill a vacancy in such office shall continue to serve as such judge for a term of office which shall expire on December 31, 2016, and during such time

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period shall continue to receive the same salary such person was receiving for performing such duties.

SECTION 3. All laws and parts of laws in conflict with this Act are repealed.

NOTICE OF INTENTION TO INTRODUCE LOCAL LEGISLATION
Notice is given that there will be introduced at the regular 2015 session of the General Assembly of Georgia a bill to provide that the judge of the Probate Court of Schley County shall also serve as the judge of the Magistrate Court of Schley County on and after January 1, 2017; and for other purposes.
Representative Mike Cheokas District 138
GEORGIA, FULTON COUNTY
Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths, Mike Cheokas, who on oath deposes and says that he is the Representative from District 138 and further deposes and says that the attached Notice of Intention to Introduce Local Legislation was published in the Stewart Webster Journal which is the official organ of Schley County on January 22, 2015, and that the notice requirements of Code Section 28-1-14 have been met.
s/ MIKE CHEOKAS Mike Cheokas Representative, District 138
Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 27th day of January, 2015.
s/ JENNIFER BURGESS Jennifer Burgess Notary Public, Fulton County, Georgia My Commission Expires December 29, 2018 (SEAL)
Approved May 6, 2015.

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CITY OF RUTLEDGE HOMESTEAD EXEMPTION; CITY TAXES; SENIOR CITIZENS; REFERENDUM.

No. 114 (House Bill No. 125).

AN ACT

To provide a homestead exemption from City of Rutledge ad valorem taxes for municipal purposes in the amount of $10,000.00 of the assessed value of the homestead for residents of that city who are 65 years of age or older; to provide for definitions; to specify the terms and conditions of the exemption and the procedures relating thereto; to provide for applicability; to provide for a referendum, effective dates, and automatic repeal; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF GEORGIA:

SECTION 1. (a) As used in this Act, the term:
(1) "Ad valorem taxes for municipal purposes" means all ad valorem taxes for municipal purposes levied by, for, or on behalf of the City of Rutledge. (2) "Homestead" means homestead as defined and qualified in Code Section 48-5-40 of the O.C.G.A., as amended, with the additional qualification that it shall include not more than ten contiguous acres of homestead property. (3) "Senior citizen" means a person who is 65 years of age or older on or before January 1 of the year in which application for the exemption under subsection (b) of this section is made. (b) Each resident of the City of Rutledge who is a senior citizen is granted an exemption on that person's homestead from City of Rutledge ad valorem taxes for municipal purposes in the amount of $10,000.00 of the assessed value of that homestead. The value of that property in excess of such exempted amount shall remain subject to taxation. (c) A person shall not receive the homestead exemption granted by subsection (b) of this section unless such person or person's agent files an application with the governing authority of the City of Rutledge, or the designee thereof, giving the person's age and such additional information relative to receiving such exemption as will enable the governing authority of the City of Rutledge, or the designee thereof, to make a determination regarding the initial and continuing eligibility of such person for such exemption. The governing authority of the City of Rutledge, or the designee thereof, shall provide application forms for this purpose. (d) The exemption shall be claimed and returned as provided in Code Section 48-5-50.1 of the O.C.G.A., as amended. The exemption shall be automatically renewed from year to year as long as the person granted the homestead exemption under subsection (b) of this section occupies the residence as a homestead. After a person has filed the proper application as

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provided in subsection (c) of this section, it shall not be necessary to make application thereafter for any year, and the exemption shall continue to be allowed to such person. It shall be the duty of any person granted the homestead exemption under subsection (b) of this section to notify the governing authority of the City of Rutledge, or the designee thereof, in the event that person for any reason becomes ineligible for that exemption. (e) The exemption granted by subsection (b) of this section shall not apply to or affect any state ad valorem taxes, county ad valorem taxes for county purposes, or county or independent school district ad valorem taxes for educational purposes. The homestead exemption granted by subsection (b) of this section shall be in addition to and not in lieu of any other homestead exemption applicable to City of Rutledge ad valorem taxes for municipal purposes. (f) The exemption granted by subsection (b) of this section shall apply to all taxable years beginning on or after January 1, 2016.

SECTION 2. The municipal election superintendent of the City of Rutledge shall call and conduct an election as provided in this section for the purpose of submitting this Act to the electors of the City of Rutledge for approval or rejection. The municipal election superintendent shall conduct that election in 2015 on a date specified in O.C.G.A. 21-2-540 and shall issue the call and conduct that election as provided by general law. The municipal election superintendent shall cause the date and purpose of the election to be published once a week for two weeks immediately preceding the date thereof in the official organ of Morgan County. The ballot shall have written or printed thereon the words:
"( ) YES Shall the Act be approved which provides a homestead exemption from City of Rutledge ad valorem taxes for municipal purposes in the amount of
( ) NO $10,000.00 of the assessed value of the homestead for residents of that city who are 65 years of age or older?"

All persons desiring to vote for approval of the Act shall vote "Yes," and all persons desiring to vote for rejection of the Act shall vote "No." If more than one-half of the votes cast on such question are for approval of the Act, Section 1 of this Act shall become of full force and effect on January 1, 2016. If the Act is not so approved or if the election is not conducted as provided in this section, Section 1 of this Act shall not become effective, and this Act shall be automatically repealed on the first day of January immediately following that election date. The expense of such election shall be borne by the City of Rutledge. It shall be the municipal election superintendent's duty to certify the result thereof to the Secretary of State.
SECTION 3. Except as otherwise provided in Section 2 of this Act, this Act shall become effective upon its approval by the Governor or upon its becoming law without such approval.

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SECTION 4. All laws and parts of laws in conflict with this Act are repealed.

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NOTICE OF INTENTION TO INTRODUCE LOCAL LEGISLATION

Notice is given that there will be introduced at the regular 2015 session of the General Assembly of Georgia a bill to provide a homestead exemption from City of Rutledge ad valorem; and for other purposes.

Representative Dave Belton District 112

GEORGIA, FULTON COUNTY

Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths, Dave Belton, who on oath deposes and says that he is the Representative from District 112 and further deposes and says that the attached Notice of Intention to Introduce Local Legislation was published in the Morgan County Citizen which is the official organ of Morgan County on January 22, 2015, and that the notice requirements of Code Section 28-1-14 have been met.

s/ DAVE BELTON Dave Belton Representative, District 112

Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 27th day of January, 2015.

s/ JENNIFER BURGESS Jennifer Burgess Notary Public, Fulton County, Georgia My Commission Expires December 29, 2018 (SEAL)

Approved May 6, 2015.

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CITY OF BYRON HOTEL/MOTEL TAX.

No. 116 (House Bill No. 148).

AN ACT

To authorize the governing authority of the City of Byron to levy an excise tax pursuant to subsection (b) of Code Section 48-13-51 of the O.C.G.A.; to provide procedures, conditions, and limitations; to provide for related matters; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF GEORGIA:

SECTION 1. Pursuant to the authority of subsection (b) of Code Section 48-13-51 of the O.C.G.A., the governing authority of the City of Byron is authorized to levy an excise tax at a rate not to exceed 6 percent of the charge for the furnishing for value to the public of any room or rooms, lodgings, or accommodations furnished by any person or legal entity licensed by, or required to pay business or occupation taxes to, the municipality for operating a hotel, motel, inn, lodge, tourist camp, tourist cabin, campground, or any other place in which rooms, lodgings, or accommodations are regularly or periodically furnished for value.

SECTION 2. The enactment of this Act is subsequent to the adoption of a resolution by the governing authority of the City of Byron authorizing an increase in the excise tax on October 13, 2014, which specifies the subsequent tax rate, identifies the projects or tourism product development purposes, and specifies the allocation of proceeds.

SECTION 3. In accordance with the terms of such resolution adopted by the mayor and council of the City of Byron:
(1) In each fiscal year during which a tax is collected pursuant to paragraph (2) of subsection (b) of Code Section 48-13-51 of the O.C.G.A., an amount equal to not less than 50 percent of the total amount of taxes collected that exceed the amount of taxes that would be collected at the rate of 5 percent shall be expended for promoting tourism, conventions, and trade shows by the destination marketing organization designated by the City of Byron; and (2) The remaining amount of taxes collected that exceed the amount of taxes that would be collected at the rate of 5 percent which are not otherwise expended under paragraph (1) of this section shall be expended for tourism product development.

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SECTION 4. All laws and parts of laws in conflict with this Act are repealed.

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NOTICE OF INTENTION TO INTRODUCE LOCAL LEGISLATION

Notice is given that there will be introduced at the regular 2015 session of the General Assembly of Georgia a bill to authorize the governing authority of the City of Byron to levy an excise tax pursuant to subsection (b) of Code Section 48-13-51 of the O.C.G.A.; to provide procedures, conditions, and limitations; to provide for related matters; and for other purposes. Representative Robert Dickey District 140.

GEORGIA, FULTON COUNTY

Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths, Robert Dickey, who on oath deposes and says that he is the Representative from District 140 and further deposes and says that the attached Notice of Intention to Introduce Local Legislation was published in the Leader-Tribune which is the official organ of Peach County on January 21, 2015, and that the notice requirements of Code Section 28-1-14 have been met.

s/ ROBERT DICKEY Robert Dickey Representative, District 140

Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 28th day of January, 2015.

s/ JENNIFER BURGESS Jennifer Burgess Notary Public, Fulton County, Georgia My Commission Expires December 29, 2018 (SEAL)

Approved May 6, 2015.

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CITY OF FLOWERY BRANCH CORPORATE BOUNDARIES.

No. 121 (House Bill No. 187).

AN ACT

To amend an Act providing a new charter for the City of Flowery Branch, approved April 11, 1979 (Ga. L. 1979, p. 3404), as amended, particularly by an Act approved April 11, 2012 (Ga. L. 2012, p. 5132), so as to provide the corporate boundaries of such city; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF GEORGIA

SECTION 1. An Act providing a new charter for the City of Flowery Branch, approved April 11, 1979 (Ga. L. 1979, p. 3404), as amended, particularly by an Act approved April 11, 2012 (Ga. L. 2012, p. 5132), is amended by revising subsection (a) of Section 1.2 as follows:
"(a) The corporate limits of the City of Flowery Branch shall be those existing on December 31, 2014, as further described by the following Hall County, Georgia Geographic Information System (GIS) parcel numbers: 08069001013; 08070001002; 08070001003; 08073000003A; 08073000003B; 08073000003D; 08073000004A; 08073000006; 08073000008; 08092000001; 08092000003; 08092000004; 08092000005; 08092000006 08092000007; 092000008; 092000009; 093000006; 093000007; 093000008; 08093000004; 08093000010; 08096000001; 08096000002; 08096000003; 08096000004; 08096000007; 08096000012; 08096000016; 08096000018; 08096000019; 08097000001A; 08097000003 08097000008; 08097000009; 08097000010; 08097000011; 08097000012; 08097000013; 08097000014; 08097000015; 08097000016; 08097000018; 08097000019; 08097000020; 08097000021; 08098000014; 08098000016; 08098001001; 08098001002; 08098001003; 08098001004; 08098001011; 08098001017; 08098001019; 08098001020; 08098001021; 08098001022; 08098001023; 08098001024; 08098001025; 08098A000001; 08098A000002; 08098A000003; 08098A000004; 08098A000005; 08098A000006; 08098A000007; 08098A000008; 08098A000009; 08098A000010; 08098A000011; 08098A000012; 08098A000013; 08098A000014; 08098A000015; 08098A000016; 08098A000017; 08098A000018; 08098A000019; 08098A000020; 08098A000021; 08098A000022; 08098A000023; 08098A000024; 08098A000025; 08098A000026; 08098A000027; 08098A000028; 08098A000029; 08098A000030; 08098A000031; 08098A000032; 08098A000033; 08098A000034; 08098A000035; 08098A000036; 08098A000037; 08098A000038; 08098A000039; 08098A000040; 08098A000041; 08098A000042; 08098A000043; 08098A000044; 08098A000045; 08098A000046; 08098A000047; 08098A000048; 08098A000049; 08098A000050; 08098A000051; 08098A000052;

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GEORGIA LAWS 2015 SESSION

3691

08100001094; 08100001095; 08100A000001; 08100A000002; 08100A000003; 08100A000004; 08100A000005; 08100A000006; 08100A000007; 08100A000008; 08100A000009; 08100A000010; 08100A000011; 08100A000012; 08100A000013; 08100A000014; 08100A000015; 08100A000016; 08100A000017; 08100A000018; 08100A000019; 08100A000020; 08100A000021; 08100A000022; 08100A000023; 08100A000024; 08100A000025; 08100A000026; 08100A000027; 08100A000028; 08100A000029; 08100A000030; 08100A000031; 08100A000032; 08100A000033; 08100A000034; 08100A000035; 08100A000036; 08100A000037; 08100A000038; 08100A000039; 08100A000040; 08111003002; 08111003013; 08111003014; 08111003015; 08111003028; 08111003033; 08111003039; 08111005007; 08111005008; 08111005009; 08111005010; 08112001001; 08112002001; 08112002002; 08112002002A; 08112002003; 08112002004; 08112003001; 08112004001; 08112004002; 08112004003; 08112004004; 08112004005; 08112004006; 08112004006A; 08112005001; 08112005002; 08112005003; 08112005004; 08112006001; 08112006002; 08112007001; 08112007002; 08112007003; 08112008001; 08112008002; 08112008003; 08112008004; 08112008005; 08112008006; 08112008006A; 08112008007; 08112008008; 08112008009; 08112008009A; 08112008009B; 08112008010; 08112008011; 08112008012; 08112008013; 08112008014; 08112008015; 08112008017; 08112008018; 08112008019; 08112008020; 08112008021; 08112009001; 08112009002; 08112009003; 08112009003A; 08112009004; 08112009005; 08112009007; 08112009009; 08112009010; 08112009011; 08112009012; 08112009013; 08112009014; 08112009015; 08112009016; 08112009017; 08112009018; 08112009019; 08112009020; 08112009021; 08112009022; 08112009023; 08112009024; 08112009025; 08112009026; 08112009027; 08112009028; 08112009029; 08112009030; 08112009031; 08112009032; 08112009033; 08112009034; 08112009035; 08112009036; 08112009037; 08112009038; 08112009039; 08112009040; 08112009041; 08112009042; 08112009043; 08112009044; 08112009045; 08112009046; 08112009047; 08112009048; 08112009049; 08112009050; 08112009051; 08112009052; 08112009053; 08112009054; 08112009055; 08112009056; 08112009057; 08112009058; 08112009059; 08112010001; 08112010002; 08112011001; 08112011002; 08112012001; 08112012001A; 08112012002; 08112012003; 08112012004; 08112012005; 08112012006; 08112012006A; 08112012007; 08112012008; 08112013001; 08112013002; 08112013003; 08112013005; 08112013005A; 08112013006; 08112013007; 08112013008; 08112013009; 08112013010; 08112013011; 08112013012; 08112013012A; 08112013013; 08112013014; 08112013015; 08112013016; 08112013017; 08112013018; 08112013019; 08112013020; 08112013021; 08112013022; 08112014001; 08112014002; 08112014002A; 08112014003; 08112014003A; 08112014004; 08112014005; 08112014005A; 08112014006; 08112014007; 08112014008; 08112015001; 08112016001; 08112016002; 08112016003; 08112016004; 08112017001; 08112017002; 08112017003; 08112017003A; 08112018001; 08112018002; 08112018003; 08112018003A; 08112019001; 08112019001A; 08112019002; 08112019003; 08112019004; 08112019005; 08112019006; 08112019007; 08112019008; 08112020001; 08112020002; 08112020002A; 08112020003; 08112020004;

3692

LOCAL AND SPECIAL ACTS AND RESOLUTIONS, VOL. II

08112021001; 08112021002; 08112022001; 08112022002; 08112023001; 08112024002; 08112024002A; 08112024003; 08112024004; 08112024005; 08112025001; 08112025002; 08112025002A; 08112025003; 08112025004; 08112025005; 08112025006; 08112025007; 08112025008; 08112025009; 08112025010; 08112026001; 08112026002; 08112026003; 08112026004; 08112026005; 08112026006; 08112027001; 08112027002; 08112027003; 08112027007; 08112027008; 08112027010; 08112027011; 08112027012; 08112027015; 08112027016; 08112027017A; 08112027017B; 08112027017C; 08112027017D; 08112027018; 08112027019; 08112027020; 08112027020A; 08112027021; 08112027022; 08112027022A; 08112027023A; 08112027024; 08112027025; 08112027026; 08112027027; 08112027028A; 08112027028B; 08112027028C; 08112027028D; 08112027030; 08112027031; 08112027032; 08112027033; 08112027034; 08112027036; 08112027036A; 08112027037; 08112027039; 08112027040; 08112027041; 08112027042; 08112027043; 08112028001; 08112028002; 08112028003; 08112028004; 08112028005; 08112028006; 08112028007; 08112028008; 08112028009; 08112028010; 08112028011; 08112028012; 08112028013; 0811028014; 08112A001001; 08112A001002; 08112A001003; 08112A001004; 08112A001005; 08112A001006; 08112A001006A; 08112A001006B; 08112A001007; 08112A001008; 08112A002001; 08112A002002; 08112A002003; 08112A002004; 08112A002005; 08112A002006; 08112A002007; 08112A002007A; 08112A002008; 08112A002009; 08112A002010; 08112A002011; 08112A002012; 08112A002013; 08113001001; 08113001002; 08113001003; 08113001004; 08113001005; 08113001006; 08113001008; 08113001009; 08113001010; 08113001011; 08113001012; 08113001013; 08113001014; 08113001015; 08113001016; 08113001017; 08113001018; 08113001019; 08113001020; 08113001021; 08113001022; 08113001023; 08113001024; 08113001025; 08113001026; 08113001027; 08113001028; 08113001029; 08113001030; 08113001031; 08113001032; 08113001033; 08113001034; 08113001035; 08113001036; 08113001037; 08113001038; 08113001039; 08113001040; 08113001041; 08113001042; 08113001043; 08113001044; 08113001045; 08113001046; 08113001047; 08113001048; 08113001049; 08113001050; 08113001051; 08113001052; 08113001053; 08113001054; 08113001055; 08113001056; 08113001057; 08113001058; 08113001059; 08113001060; 08113001061; 08113001062; 08113001063; 08113001064; 08113001065; 08113001066; 08113001067; 08113001068; 08113001069; 08113001070; 08113001071; 08113001072; 08113001073; 08113001074; 08113001075; 08113001076; 08113001077; 08113001078; 08113001079; 08113001080; 08113001081; 08113001082; 08113001083; 08113001084; 08113001085; 08113001086; 08113001087; 08113001088; 08113001089; 08113001090; 08113001091; 08113001092; 08113001093; 08113001094; 08113001095; 08113001103; 08113002002; 08113002003; 08113002004; 08113002005; 08113002006; 08113002007; 08113002008; 08113002009; 08113002010; 08113002011; 08113002012; 08113002013; 08113002013A; 08113002014; 08113002015; 08113002017; 08113002018; 08113002019; 08113002020; 08113002021; 08113002022; 08113002023; 08113002024; 08113002025; 08113002026; 08113002027; 08113002028; 08113002029; 08113002030; 08113002031; 08113002032; 08113002033; 08113002034; 08113002035;

GEORGIA LAWS 2015 SESSION

3693

08113002036; 08113002037; 08113002038; 08113002039; 08113002040; 08113002041; 08113002042; 08113002043; 08113002044; 08113002045; 08113002046; 08113002047; 08113002048; 08113002049; 08113002050; 08113002051; 08113002052; 08113002053; 08113002054; 08113002055; 08113002056; 08113002057; 08113002058; 08113002059; 08113002060; 08113002061; 08113002062; 08113002063; 08113002064; 08113002065; 08113002066; 08113002067; 08113002069; 08113002070; 08113002071; 08113002072; 08113002073; 08113002076; 08113002078; 08113002079; 08113002080; 08113002081; 08113002082; 08113002083; 08113002084; 08113002085; 08113002086; 08113002087; 08113003001; 08113004001; 08113004002; 08113004003; 08113004004; 08113004005; 08113004006; 08113004007; 08113004008; 08114001002; 08114001003; 08114001004; 08114002003; 08114002020; 08114002025; 08114002025A; 08114002027; 08114002029; 08114002030; 08114002031; 08114004004; 08114004005; 08114004009; 08114004012; 08114004013; 08116000015; 08116000016; 08116000017; 08116000018; 08116000019; 08116000020; 08116000021; 08116000022; 08116000023; 08117001001; 08117001002; 08117001003; 08117001004; 08117001005; 08117001006; 08117001007; 08117001008; 08117001009; 08117001010; 08117001011; 08117001012; 08117001013; 08117001014; 08117001015; 08117001016; 08117001017; 08117001018; 08117001019; 08117001020; 08117001021; 08117001022; 08117001023; 08117001024; 08117001025; 08117001026; 08117001027; 08117001028; 08117001029; 08117001030; 08117001031; 08117001032; 08117001033; 08117001034; 08117001035; 08117001036; 08117001037; 08117002001; 08117002006; 08117002007; 08117002008; 08117002008A; 08117002009; 08117002010; 08117002011; 08117002012; 08117002013; 08117002015; 08117002016A; 08117002016C; 08117002016D; 08117002059; 08117002061; 08117002061B; 08117005002; 08117005003; 08117005005; 08117005006; 08118001001; 08118001001A; 08118001002; 08118001002C; 08118001002D; 08118001002E; 08118001002F; 08118001004; 08118001004A; 08118001006; 08118001008; 08118001009; 08118001011; 08118001012; 08118001015; 08118001019; 08118001020; 08118001021; 08118002001; 08118002002; 08118002002A; 08118002002B; 08118002003; 08118002005; 08118002006; 08118002007; 08118002008; 08118002009; 08118002010; 08118002011; 08118002012; 08118002013; 08118003001; 08118003002; 08118003003; 08118003004; 08118003005; 08118004001; 08118004004; 08118004005; 08118004006; 08118004007; 08118004008; 08118004009; 08118004010; 08118004011; 08118004012; 08118004013; 08118004014; 08118005001; 08118005001A; 08118005002; 08118005003; 08118005004; 08118005005; 08118005006; 08118005007; 08118005008; 08118005009; 08118005010; 08118005012; 08118006001; 08118006002A; 08118006002B; 08118006003; 08118006003A; 08118006003B; 08118006003C; 08118006004; 08118006004A; 08118006005; 08118006006; 08118006007; 08118006008; 08118006009; 08118007001; 08118007002A; 08118007002B; 08118007003; 0811800700; 08118007005; 08118007006; 08118007007; 08118007008; 08118007009; 08118007010; 08118007011; 08118007012; 08118007013; 08118007014; 08118007015; 08118007016; 08118007017; 08118007018; 08118008002; 08118008003; 08118008004; 08118008005; 08118008005A;

3694

LOCAL AND SPECIAL ACTS AND RESOLUTIONS, VOL. II

08118008006; 08118008008; 08118008009; 08118008010; 08118008011; 08118008012; 08118008013; 08118008014; 08118A000001; 08118A000002; 08118A000003; 08118A000004; 08118A000005; 08118A000006; 08118A000007; 08118A000008; 08118A000009; 08118A000010; 08118A000011; 08118A000012; 08118A000013; 08118A000014; 08118A000015; 08118A000016; 08118A000017; 08118A000018; 08118A000019; 08118A000020; 08118A000021; 08118A000022; 08118A000023; 08118A000024; 08118A000025; 08118A000026; 08118A000027; 08118A000028; 08118A000029; 08118A000030; 08118A000031; 08118A000032; 08118A000033; 08118A000034; 08118A000035; 08118A000036; 08118A000037; 08118A000038; 08118A000039; 08118A000040; 08118A000041; 08118A000042; 08118A000043; 08118A000044; 08118A000045; 08118A000046; 08118A000047; 08118A000048; 08118A000049; 08118A000050; 08118A000051; 08118A000052; 08118A000053; 08118A000054; 08118A000055; 08118A000056; 08118A000057; 08118A000058; 08118A000059; 08118A000060; 08118A000061; 08118A000062; 08118A000063; 08118A000064; 08118B000001; 08118B000002; 08118B000003; 08118B000004; 08118B000005; 08118B000006; 08118B000007; 08118B000008; 08118B000009; 08118B000010; 08118B000011; 08118B000012; 08118B000013; 08118B000014; 08118B000015; 08118B000016; 08118B000017; 08118B000018; 08118B000019; 08118B000020; 08118B000021; 08118B000022; 08118B000023; 08118B000024; 08118B000025; 08118B000026; 08118B000027; 08118B000028; 08118B000029; 08118B000030; 08118B000031; 08118B000032; 08118B000033; 08118B000034; 08118B000037; 08118B000038; 08118B000039; 08118B000040; 08118B000041; 08118B000042; 08118B000043; 08118B000044; 08118B000045; 08118B000046; 08118B000047; 08118B000048; 08118B000049; 08118B000050; 08118B000051; 08118B000052; 08118B000053; 08118B000054; 08118B000055; 08118B000056; 08118B000057; 08118B000058; 08118B000059; 08118B000060; 08118B000061; 08118B000062; 08118B000063; 08118B000064; 08118B000065; 08118B000066; 08118B000067; 08118B000068; 08118B000070; 08118B000071; 08118B000072; 08118B000073; 08118B000074; 08118B000075; 08118B000076; 08118B000078; 08118B000079; 08118B000080; 08118B000081; 08118B000082; 08118B000083; 08118B000084; 08118B000085; 08118B000086; 08118B000087; 08118B000088; 08118B000089; 08118B000090; 08118B000091; 08118B000092; 08118B000093; 08118B000094; 08118B000095; 08118B000096; 08118B000097; 08118B000098; 08118B000099; 08118B000100; 08118B000101; 08118B000102; 08118B000103; 08118B000104; 08118B000105; 08118B000106; 08118B000107; 08118B000108; 08118B000109; 08118B000110; 08118B000111; 08118B000112; 08118B000113; 08118B000114; 08118B000115; 08118B000116; 08118B000117; 08118B000118; 08118B000119; 08118B000120; 08118B000121; 08118B000122; 08118B000123; 08118B000124; 08118B000125; 08118B000126; 08118B000127; 08118B000128; 08118B000129; 08118B000130; 08118B000131; 08118B000132; 08118B000133; 08118B000134; 08118B000135; 08118B000136; 08118B000137; 08118B000138;

GEORGIA LAWS 2015 SESSION

3695

08118B000139; 08118B000140; 08118B000141; 08118B000142; 08118B000143; 08118B000144; 08118B000145; 08118B000146; 08118B000147; 08118B000148; 08118B000149; 08118B000150; 08118B000151; 08118B000152; 08118B000153; 08118B000154; 08118B000155; 08118B000156; 08118B000157; 08118B000158; 08118B000159; 08118B000160; 08118B000161; 08118B000162; 08118B000163; 08118B000164; 08118B000165; 08118B000166; 08118B000167; 08118B000168; 08118B000169; 08118B000170; 08118B000171; 08118B000172; 08118B000173; 08118B000174; 08118B000175; 08118B000176; 08118B000177; 08118B000178; 08118B000179; 08118B000180; 08118B000181; 08118B000182; 08118B000183; 08118B000184; 08118B000185; 08118B000186; 08119000207; 08119000215; 08119000216; 08132000026; 08132000097; 08134000002; 08134000005; 08140000092; 08140000118; 08140000215; 08150002001; 15044000039A; 15044000039B; 15044000073; 15044000075; 15044000135; 15044A002001; 15044A002022; 15044A002023; 15044A002024; 15046000009; 15046000009B; 15046000009C; 15046000028; 15046000034; 15046000035; 15046000039; 15046000069; 15046000071; 15046000111; 15046000122; 1504600123; 15046000135; 15046000145; 15046000146; 15046000147; 15047000001; 15047000003; 15047000005; 15047000007; 15047000019A; 15047000022; 15047000041; 15047000098; 15047000101; 15047000104; 15047000105; 15047000106; 15047000107; 15047000108; 15047000109; 15047000110; 15047000111; 15047000112; 15047000113; 15047000114; 15047000115; 15047000116; 15047000117; 15047000119; 15047000120; 15047000121; 15047000122; 15047000123; 15047000124; 15047000125; 15047000126; 15047000127; 15047000128; 15047000129; 15047000130; 15047000131; 15047000132; 15047000133; 15047000134; 15047000135; 15047000136; 15047000137; 15047000138; 15047000139; 15047000140; 15047000141; 15047000142; 15047000143; 15047000144; 15047000145; 15047000146; 15047000147; 15047000148; 15047000149; 15047000150; 15047000151; 15047000152; 15047000153; 15047000154; 15047000155; 15047000156; 15047000157; 15047000158; 15047000159; 15047000160; 15047000161; 15047000162; 15047000163; 15047000164; 15047000165; 15047000166; 15047000167; 15047000168; 15047000169; 15047000170; 15047000171; 15047000172; 15047000173; 15047000174; 15047000175; 15047000176; 15047000177; 15047000178; 15047000179; 15047000180; 15047000181; 15047000182; 15047000183; 15047000184; 15047000185; 15047000186; 15047000187; 15047000188; 15047000189; 15047000190; 15047000191; 15047000192; 15047000193; 15047000194; 15047000195; 15047000196; 15047000197; 15047000198; 15047000199; 15047000200; 15047000201; 15047000202; 15047000203; 15047000204; 15047000205; 15047000206; 15047000207; 15047000208; 15047000209; 15047000210; 15047000211; 15047000212; 15047000213; 15047000214; 15047000215; 15047000216; 15047000217; 15047000218; 15047000219; 15047000220; 15047000221; 15047000222; 15047000223; 15047000224; 15047000225; 15047000226; 15047000227; 15047000228; 15047000229; 15047000230; 15047000231; 15047000232; 15047000233; 15047000234; 15047000235; 15047000236; 15047000237; 15047000238; 15047000239; 15047000240; 15047000241; 15047000242; 15047000243; 15047000244;

3696

LOCAL AND SPECIAL ACTS AND RESOLUTIONS, VOL. II

15047000245; 15047000246; 15047000247; 15047000248; 15047000249; 15047000250; 15047000251; 15047000252; 15047000253; 15047000254; 15047000255; 15047000256; 15047000257; 15047000258; 15047000259; 15047000260; 15047000261; 15047000262; 15047000263; 15047000264; 15047000265; 15047000266; 15047000267; 15047000268; 15047000269; 15047000270; 15047000271; 15047000272; 15047000273; 15047000274; 15047000275; 15047000276; 15047000277; 15047000278; 15047000279; 15047000280; 15047000281; 15047000282; 15047000283; 15047000284; 15047000285; 15047000286; 15047000287; 15047000288; 15047000289; 15047000290; 15047000291; 15047000292; 15047000293; 15047000294; 15047000295; 15047000296; 15047000297; 15047000298; 15047000299; 15047000300; 15047000301; 15047000302; 15047000303; 15047000304; 15047000305; 15047000306; 15047000307; 15047000308; 15047000309; 15047000310; 15047000311; 15047000312; 15047000313; 15047000314; 15047000315; 15047000316; 15047000317; 15047000318; 15047000319; 15047000320; 15047000321; 15047000322; 15047000323; 15047000324; 15047000363; 15047000364; 15047000365; 15047000366; 15047000367; 15047000368; 15047000369; 15047000370; 15047000371; 15047000372; 15047000373; 15047000374; 15047000375; 15047000376; 15047000377; 15047000378; 15047000379; 15047000380; 15047000381; 15047000382; 15047000383; 15047000384; 15047000385; 15047000386; 15047000387; 15047000388; 15047000389; 15047000390; 15047000391; 15047000392; 15047000393; 15047000394; 15047000395; 15047000396; 15047000397; 15047000398; 15047000399; 15047000400; 15047000401; 15047000402; 15047000403; 15047000404; 15047000405; 15047000406; 15047000407; 15047000408; 15047000409; 15047000410; 15047000411; 15047000412; 15047000413; 15047000414; 15047000415; 15047000416; 15047000417; 15047000418; 15047000419; 15047000420; 15047000421; 15047000422; 15047000423; 15047000424; 15047000425; 15047000426; 15047000427; 15047000428; 15047000429; 15047000430; 15047000431; 15047000433; 15047000434; 15047000435; 15047000436; 15047000437; 15047000438; 15047000439; 15047000440; 15047000441; 15047000442; 15047000443; 15047000444; 15047000445; 15047000446; 15047000447; 15047000448; 15047000449; 15047000450; 15047000451; 15047000452; 15047000453; 15047000454; 15047000455; 15047000456; 15047000457; 15047000458; 15047000459; 15047000460; 15047000461; 15047000462; 15047000463; 15047000464; 15047000465; 15047000466; 15047000467; 15047000468; 15047000469; 15047000470; 15047000471; 15047000472; 15047000473; 15047000474; 15047000475; 15047000476; 15047000477; 15047000478; 15047000479; 15047000480; 15047000481; 15047000482; 15047000483; 15047000484; 15047000485; 15047000486; 15047000487; 15047000488; 15047000489; 15047000490; 15047000491; 15047000492; 15047000493; 15047000494; 15047000495; 15047000496; 15047000497; 15047000498; 15047000499; 15047000500; 15047000501; 15047000502; 15047000503; 15047000504; 15047000505; 15047000506; 15047000507; 15047000508; 15047000509; 15047000510; 15047000511; 15047000512; 15047000513; 15047000514; 15047000515; 15047000516; 15047000517; 15047000518; 15047000519; 15047000520; 15047000521; 15047000522; 15047000523; 15047000524; 15047000525; 15047000526; 15047000527; 15047000528; 15047000529;

GEORGIA LAWS 2015 SESSION

3697

15047000530; 15047000531; 15047000532; 15047000533; 15047000534; 15047000535; 15047000536; 15047000537; 15047000538; 15047000539; 15047000540; 15047000541; 1047000542; 15047000543; 15047000544; 15047000545; 15047000546; 15047000547; 15047000548; 15047000549; 15047000550; 15047000551; 15047000552; 15047000553; 15047000554; 15047000555; 15047000556; 15047000557; 15047000558; 15047000559; 15047000560; 15047000561; 15047000562; 15047000563; 15047000564; 15047000565; 15047000566; 15047000567; 15047000568; 15047000569; 15047000570; 15047000571; 15047000572; 15047000573; 15047000574; 15047000575; 15047000576; 15047000577; 15047000578; 15047000579; 15047000580; 15047000581; 15047000582; 15047000583; 15047000584; 15047000585; 15047000586; 15047000587; 15047000588; 15047000589; 15047000590; 15047000591; 15047000592; 15047000593; 15047000594; 15047000595; 15047000596; 15047000597; 15047000598; 15047000599; 15047000600; 15047000601; 15047000602; 15047000603; 15047000604; 15047000605; 15047000606; 15047000607; 15047000608; 15047000609; 15047000610; 15047000611; 15047000612; 15047000613; 15047000614; 15047000615; 15047000616; 15047000617; 15047000618; 15047000619; 15047000620; 15047000621; 15047000622; 15047000623; 15047000624; 15047000625; 15047000626; 15047000627; 15047000628; 15047000629; 15047000630; 15047000631; 15047000632; 15047000633; 15047000634; 15047000635; 15047000636; 15047000637; 15047000638; 15047000639; 15047000640; 15047000641; 15047000642; 15047000643; 15047000644; 15047000645; 15047000646; 15047000647; 15047000648; 15047000649; 15047000650; 15047000651; 15047000652; 15047000653; 15047000654; 15047000655; 15047000656; 15047000657; 15047000658; 15047000659; 15047000660; 15047000661; 15047000662; 15047000663; 15047000664; 15047000665; 15047000666; 15047000667; 15047000668; 15047000669; 15047000670; 15047000671; 15047000672; 15047000673; 15047000674; 15047000675; 15047000676; 15047000677; 15047000678; 15047000679; 15047000680; 15047000681; 15047000682; 15047000683; 15047000684; 15047000701; 15047000703; 15047000704; 15047000705; 15047000706; 15047000707; 15047000708; 15047000709; 15047000710; 15047000711; 15047000726; 15047000727; 15047000728; 15047000729; 15047000730; 15047000731; 15047000732; 15047000733; 15047000734; 15047000735; 15047000736; 15047000737; 15047000749; 15047000750; 15047000751; 15047000752; 15047000753; 15047000754; 15047000755; 15047000756; 15047000757; 15047000758; 15047000759; 15047000760; 15047000885; 15047000886; 15047C000001; 15047C000002; 15047C000003; 15047C000004; 15047C000005; 15047C000006; 15047C000007; 15047C000008; 15047C000009; 15047C000010; 15047C000011; 15047C000012; 15047C000013; 15047C000014; 15047C000015; 15047C000016; 15047C000017; 15047C000018; 15047C000019; 15047C000020; 15047C000021; 15047C000022; 15047C000023; 15047C000025; 15047C000026; 15047C000027; 15047C000028; 15047C000029; 15047C000030; 15047C000031; 15047C000032; 15047C000033; 15047C000034; 15047C000035; 15047C000036; 15047C000037; 15047C000038; 15047C000039; 15047C000040; 15047C000041; 15047C000042; 15047C000043; 15047C000044; 15047C000045; 15047C000046; 15047C000047;

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15047C000048; 15047C000049; 15047C000050; 15047C000051; 15047C000052; 15047C000053; 15047D000001; 15047D000002; 15047D000003; 15047D000004; 15047D000005; 15047D000006; 15047D000007; 15047D000008; 15047D000009; 15047D000010; 15047D000011; 15047D000012; 15047D000013; 15047D000014; 15047D000015; 15047D000016; 15047D000017; 15047D000018; 15047D000019; 15047D000020; 15047D000021; 15047D000022; 15047D000023; 15047D000024; 15047D000025; 15047D000026; 15047D000027; 15047D000028; 15047D000029; 15047D000030; 15047D000031; 15047D000032; 15047D000033; 15047D000034; 15047D000035; 15047D000036; 15047D000037; 15047D000038; 15047D000039; 15047D000040; 15047D000041; 15047D000042; 15047D000043; 15047D000044; 15047D000045; 15047D000046; 15047D000047; 15047D000048; 15047D000049; 15047D000050; 15047D000051; 15047D000052; 15047E000001; 15047E000002; 15047E000003; 15047E000004; 15047E000005; 15047E000006; 15047E000007; 15047E000008; 15047E000009; 15047E000010; 15047E000011; 15047E000012; 15047E000013; 15047E000014; 15047E000015; 15047E000016; 15047E000017; 15047E000018; 15047E000019; 15047E000020; 15047E000021; 15047E000022; 15047E000023; 15047E000024; 15047E000025; 15047E000026; 15047E000027; 15047E000028; 15047E000029; 15047E000030; 15047E000031; 15047E000032; 15047E000033; 15047E000034; 15047E000035; 15047E000036; 15047E000037; 15047E000038; 15047E000039; 15047E000040; 15047E000041; 15047E000042; 15047E000043; 15047E000044; 15047E000045; 15047E000046; 15047E000047; 15047E000048; 15047E000049; 15047E000050; 15047E000051; 15047E000052; 15047E000053; 15047E000054; 15047E000055; 15047E000056; 15047E000057; 15047E000058; 15047E000059; 15047E000060; 15047E000061; 15047E000062; 15047E000063; 15047E000064; 15047E000065; 15047E000066; 15047E000067; 15047E000068; 15047E000069; 15047E000070; 15047E000071; 15047E000072; 15047E000073; 15047E000074; 15047E000075; 15047E000076; 15047E000077; 15047E000078; 15047E000079; 15047E000080; 15047E000081; 15047E000082; 15047E000083; 15047E000084; 15047E000085; 15047E000086; 15047E000087; 15047E000088; 15047E000089; 15047E000090; 15047E000091; 15047E000092; 15047E000093; 15047E000094; 15047E000095; 15047E000096; 15047E000097; 15047E000098; 15047E000099; 15047E000100; 15047E000101; 15047E000102; 15047E000103; 15047E000104; 15047E000105; 15047E000106; 15047E000107; 15047E000108; 15047E000109; 15047E000110; 15047E000111; 15047E000112; 15047E000113; 15047E000114; 15047E000115; 15047E000116; 15047E000117; 15047E000118; 15047E000119; 15047E000120; 15047E000121; 15047E000122; 15047E000123; 15047E000124; 15047E000125; 15047E000126; 15047E000127; 15047E000128; 15047E000129; 15047E000130; 15047E000131; 15047E000132; 15047E000133; 15047E000134; 15047E000135; 15047E000136; 15047E000137; 15047E000138; 15047E000139; 15047E000140; 15047E000141; 15047E000142; 15047E000143; 15047E000144; 15047E000145; 15047E000146; 15047E000147;

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15047E000148; 15047E000149; 15047E000150; 15047E000151; 15047E000152; 15047E000153; 15047E000154; 15047E000155; 15047E000156; 15047E000157; 15047E000158; 15047E000159; 15047E000160; 15047E000161; 15047E000162; 15047E000163; 15047E000164; 15047E000165; 15047E000166; 15047E000167; 15047E000168; 15047E000169; 15047E000170; 15047F000001; 15047F000002; 15047F000003; 15047F000004; 15047F000005; 15047F000006; 15047F000007; 15047F000008; 15047F000009; 15047F000010; 15047F000011; 15047F000012; 15047F000013; 15047F000014; 15047F000015; 15047F000016; 15047F000017; 15047F000018; 15047F000019; 15047F000020; 15047F000021; 15047F000022; 15047F000023; 15047F000024; 15047F000025; 15047F000026; 15047F000027; 15047F000028; 15047F000029; 15047F000030; 15047F000031; 15047F000032; 15047F000033; 15047F000034; 15047F000035; 15047F000036; 15047F000037; 15047F000038; 15047F000039; 15047F000040; 15047F000041; 15047F000042; 15047F000043; 15047F000044; 15047F000045; 15047F000046; 15047G000001; 15047G000002; 15047G000003; 15047G000004; 15047G000005; 15047G000006; 15047G000007; 15047G000008; 15047G000009; 15047G000010; 15047G000011; 15047G000012; 15047G000013; 15047G000014; 15047G000015; 15047G000016; 15047G000017; 15047G000018; 15047G000019; 15047G000020; 15047G000021; 15047G000022; 15047G000023; 15047G000024; 15047G000025; 15047G000026; 15047G000027; 15047G000028; 15047G000029; 15047G000030; 15047G000031; 15047G000032; 15047G000033; 15047G000034; 15047G000035; 15047G000036; 15047G000037; 15047G000038; 15047G000039; 15047G000040; 15047G000041; 15047G000042; 15047G000043; 15047G000044; 15047G000045; 15047G000046; 15047G000047; 15047G000048; 15047G000049; 15047G000050; 15047G000051; 15047G000052; 15047G000053; 15047G000054; 15047G000055; 15047G000056; 15047G000057; 15047G000058; 15047G000059; 15047G000060; 15047G000061; 15047G000062; 15047G000063; 15047H000001; 15047H000002; 15047H000003; 15047H000004; 15047H000005; 15047H000006; 15047H000007; 15047H000008; 15047H000009; 15047H000010; 15047H000011; 15047H000012; 15047H000013; 15047H000014; 15047H000015; 15047H000016; 15047H000017; 15047H000018; 15047H000019; 15047H000020; 15047H000021; 15047H000022; 15047H000023; 15047H000024; 15047H000025; 15047H000026; 15047H000027; 15047H000028; 15047H000029; 15047H000030; 15047H000031; 15047H000032; 15047H000033; 15047H000034; 15047H000035; 15047H000036; 15047H000037; 15047H000038; 15047H000039; 15047H000040; 15047H000041; 15047H000042; 15047H000043; 15047H000044; 15047H000045; 15047H000046; 15047H000047; 15047H000048; 15047H000049; 15047H000050; 15048000014; 15048000014A; 15048000018; 15048000019; 1504800019D; 15048000021; 15048000021X; 15048000036; 15048000038; 15048000038A; 15048000038B; 15048000039; 15048000039B; 15048000149; 15048000167; 15048000176; 15048000177; 15048000178; 15048000184; 15048000186; 15048000189; and, 15048000192."

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SECTION 2. All laws and parts of laws in conflict with this Act are repealed.

NOTICE OF INTENTION TO INTRODUCE LOCAL LEGISLATION

Notice is given that there will be introduced at the regular 2015 session of the General Assembly of Georgia a bill to amend an Act providing a new charter for the City of Flowery Branch, approved April 11, 1979 (Ga. L. 1979, p. 3404), as amended, particularly by an Act approved April 11, 2012 (Ga. L. 2012, p. 5132); and for other purposes.

GEORGIA, FULTON COUNTY

Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths, Emory Dunahoo, who on oath deposes and says that he is the Representative from District 30 and further deposes and says that the attached Notice of Intention to Introduce Local Legislation was published in the Gainesville Times which is the official organ of Hall County on January 27, 2015, and that the notice requirements of Code Section 28-1-14 have been met.

s/ EMORY DUNAHOO Emory Dunahoo Representative, District 30

Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 2nd day of February, 2015.

s/ JENNIFER BURGESS Jennifer Burgess Notary Public, Fulton County, Georgia My Commission Expires December 29, 2018 (SEAL)

Approved May 6, 2015.

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LANIER COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS; REDISTRICTING.

No. 122 (House Bill No. 188).

AN ACT

To amend an Act creating a board of commissioners for Lanier County, approved March 7, 1933 (Ga. L. 1933, p. 602), as amended, particularly by an Act approved February 27, 2012 (Ga. L. 2012, p. 3768), so as to revise the districts for the election of members of the board of commissioners; to provide for definitions and inclusions; to provide for the manner of election; to provide for the continuation in office of current members; to provide for related matters; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF GEORGIA:

SECTION 1. An Act creating a board of commissioners for Lanier County, approved March 7, 1933 (Ga. L. 1933, p. 602), as amended, particularly by an Act approved February 27, 2012 (Ga. L. 2012, p. 3768), is amended by striking Section 1 in its entirety and inserting in lieu thereof a new Section 1 to read as follows:

"SECTION 1. (a) The Board of Commissioners of Lanier County shall be composed of five members. Except for the chairperson, the members of the board shall be residents of the commissioner districts they represent and shall be elected by the qualified electors voting within their respective commissioner districts. The chairperson shall be a resident of Lanier County and shall be elected by the qualified voters of the entire county. (b) For the purpose of electing four members of the board from commissioner districts, Lanier County shall be divided into four commissioner districts. One member of the board shall be elected from each such district. Those districts shall be and correspond to those four numbered districts described in and attached to and made a part of this Act and further identified as 'Plan: lanierccsb-2015 Plan Type: Local Administrator: Lanier User: Gina'.
(c)(1) For the purposes of such plan: (A) The term 'VTD' shall mean and describe the same geographical boundaries as provided in the report of the Bureau of the Census for the United States decennial census of 2010 for the State of Georgia. The separate numeric designations in a district description which are underneath a 'VTD' heading shall mean and describe individual Blocks within a VTD as provided in the report of the Bureau of the Census for the United States decennial census of 2010 for the State of Georgia; and (B) Except as otherwise provided in the description of any district, whenever the description of any district refers to a named city, it shall mean the geographical

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boundaries of that city as shown on the census maps for the United States decennial census of 2010 for the State of Georgia. (2) Any part of Lanier County which is not included in any district described in subsection (b) of this section shall be included within that district contiguous to such part which contains the least population according to the United States decennial census of 2010 for the State of Georgia. (3) Any part of Lanier County which is described in subsection (b) of this section as being included in a particular district shall nevertheless not be included within such district if such part is not contiguous to such district. Such noncontiguous part shall instead be included within that district contiguous to such part which contains the least population according to the United States decennial census of 2010 for the State of Georgia."

SECTION 2. Said Act is further amended by striking Section 3 in its entirety and inserting in lieu thereof a new Section 3 to read as follows:

"SECTION 3. (a) In the event that any member elected from a district ceases to be a resident of his or her respective commissioner district during his or her term of office, a vacancy shall be created and shall be filled in the manner provided in Section 18 of this Act. In all elections conducted pursuant to this Act, each candidate shall designate, at the time of qualifying, the district or chairperson post for which he or she offers as a candidate. All members shall be nominated and elected in accordance with the provisions of Chapter 2 of Title 21 of the O.C.G.A., the 'Georgia Election Code,' as now or hereafter amended. (b) The members of the board who were elected at the general election in November, 2012, shall continue in office for the terms to which they were elected and until successors are elected and qualified as provided in this section. The members of the board who were elected at the general election in November, 2014, shall continue in office for the terms to which they were elected and until successors are elected and qualified as provided in this section. (c) The first members of the reconstituted Board of Commissioners of Lanier County from Commissioner Districts 1 and 2 shall be elected in the state-wide general election in November, 2018. Such members shall take office on January 1 following their election for terms of four years and until their successors are elected and qualified. (d) The first members of the reconstituted Board of Commissioners of Lanier County from Commissioner Districts 3 and 4 shall be elected in the state-wide general election in November, 2016. Such members shall take office on January 1 following their election for a term of four years and until their successors are elected and qualified. (e) The first chairperson of the reconstituted Board of Commissioners of Lanier County shall be elected by all of the qualified voters of Lanier County voting in the state-wide

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general election in November, 2016. Such chairperson shall take office on January 1 following his or her election for a term of four years and until his or her successor is elected and qualified. (f) Successors to members elected under subsections (c), (d), and (e) of this section shall be elected at the state-wide general election next preceding the expiration of such terms of office and shall take office on January 1 following their election for terms of four years and until their successors are elected and qualified. (g) Commissioner Districts 1, 2, 3, and 4 as they exist immediately prior to the effective date of this Act shall continue to be designated as Commissioner Districts 1, 2, 3, and 4, respectively, but as newly described under this Act, and, on and after the effective date of this Act, such members of the board serving from those former commissioner districts shall be deemed to be serving from and representing their respective districts as newly described under this section."

SECTION 3. All laws and parts of laws in conflict with this Act are repealed.

Plan: lanierccsb-2015 Plan Type: Local Administrator: Lanier User: Gina

District 001 Lanier County VTD: 1731 - LAKELAND 950200: 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023 2024 2025 2026 2027 2028 2029 2030 2031 2032 2033 2034 2035 2036 2037 2038 2039 2040 2041 2042 2043 2044 2045 2046 2047 2048 2049 2050 2051 2052 2053 2054 2055 2056 2057 2058 2059 2061 2062 2063 2064 2065 2066 2080 2081 2082 2083 2084 2085 2086 2087 2088 2089 2090 2091 2092 2093 2094 2095 2096 2097 2098 2099 2100 2101 2102 2103 2104 2105 2106 2107 2108 2109 2110 2111 2113 2114 3000 3001 3002 3003 3004 3005 3006 3007 3018 3019 3020 3021 3022 3023 3024 3025 3033 3034 3035 3036 3037 3038 3039 3040 3041 3042 3043 3044 3045 3046 3047 3048 3049 3050 3051 3052 3053 3054 3055 3056 3057 3058 3059 3060 3061 3062 3063 3064

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District 002 Lanier County VTD: 1731 - LAKELAND 950200: 1005 1006 1007 1008 1009 1010 1011 1012 1013 1014 1015 1016 1017 1018 1019 1020 1021 1022 1023 1024 1025 1026 1027 1028 1029 1030 1031 1034 1035 1036 1037 1045 1046 1047 1048 1049 1050 1051 1052 1053 1054 1055 1056 1057 1058 1059 1060 1066 1068 1071 1072 1073 1074 1075 1076 1077 1078 1079 1080 1081 1082 1083 1084 1085 1086 1090 1091 1092 1093 1094 1095 1096 1099 1100 1101 1102 1103 1104 1105 1107 3008 3009 3010 3011 3012 3013 3014 3015 3016 3017 3026 3027 3028 3029 3030 3031 3032 4007 4008 4009 4010 4011 4012 4013 4014 4015 4016 4017 4018 4019 4030 4037 4039 4040

District 003 Lanier County VTD: 1731 - LAKELAND 950200: 4000 4001 4002 4003 4004 4005 4006 4020 4021 4022 4023 4024 4025 4026 4027 4028 4029 4031 4032 4033 4034 4035 4036 4038 4041 4042 4043 4044 4045 4046 4047 4048 4049 4050 4051 4052 4053 4054 4055 4056 4057 4058 4059 4060 4061 4062 4063 4064 4065 4066 4067 4068 4069 4070 4071 4072 4073 4074 4075 4076 4077 4078 4079 4080 4081 4082 4083 4084 5000 5001 5002 5003 5011 5012 5013 5014 5015 5016 5017 5018 5019 5020 5021 5022 5023 5024 5025 5026 5027 5031 5032 5033 5034 5035 5036 5037 5038 5039 5040 5041 5042 5043 5044 5045 5046 5047 5048 5049 5050 5051 5052 5053 5054 5055 5056 5057 5058 5059 5060 5061 5062 5063 5064 5065 5066 5067 5068 5069 5070 5071 5072 5073 5074 5075 5076 5077 5078 5079 5080 5081 5082 5083 5084 5085 5086 5087 5088 5089 5090 5091 5093 5094 5095 5096 5097 5098 5099 5100 5101 5102

District 004 Lanier County VTD: 1731 - LAKELAND 950100: 1089 2018 2046 2049 2050 950200: 1000 1001 1002 1003 1004 1032 1033 1038 1039 1040 1041 1042

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1043 1044 1061 1062 1063 1064 1065 1067 1069 1070 1087 1088 1089 1097 1098 1106 1108 1109 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2060 2067 2068 2069 2070 2071 2072 2073 2074 2075 2076 2077 2078 2079 2112 5004 5005 5006 5007 5008 5009 5010 5028 5029 5030 5092 5103 5104 VTD: 1732 - SIRMANS VTD: 1733 - STOCKTON

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NOTICE OF INTENTION TO INTRODUCE LOCAL LEGISLATION
Notice is given that there will be introduced at the regular 2015 session of the General Assembly of Georgia a bill to amend and Act creating a board of commissioners for Lanier County, approved March 7, 1933 (Ga. L. 1933, p. 602), as amended, particularly by an Act approved February 27, 2012 (Ga. L. 2012, p. 3768), so as to revise the districts for the election of members of the board of commissioners; to provide for definitions and inclusions; to provide for the manner of election; to provide for the continuation in office of current members; to provide for related matters; and for other purposes.
Representative Jason Shaw District 176
GEORGIA, FULTON COUNTY
Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths, Jason Shaw, who on oath deposes and says that he is the Representative from District 176 and further deposes and says that the attached Notice of Intention to Introduce Local Legislation was published in the Lanier County Advocate which is the official organ of Lanier County on January 21, 2015, and that the notice requirements of Code Section 28-1-14 have been met.
s/ JASON SHAW Jason Shaw Representative, District 176
Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 2nd day of February, 2015.
s/ JENNIFER BURGESS Jennifer Burgess Notary Public, Fulton County, Georgia

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My Commission Expires December 29, 2018 (SEAL)

Approved May 6, 2015.

__________

LANIER COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION; REDISTRICTING.

No. 123 (House Bill No. 189).

AN ACT

To amend an Act creating a new Board of Education of Lanier County, approved March 13, 1970 (Ga. L. 1970, p. 2709), as amended, particularly by an Act approved February 27, 2012 (Ga. L. 2012, p. 3763), so as to revise the education districts for the election of members of the board of education; to provide for definitions and inclusions; to provide for terms and continuation in office of current members; to provide for related matters; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF GEORGIA:

SECTION 1. An Act creating a new Board of Education of Lanier County, approved March 13, 1970 (Ga. L. 1970, p. 2709), as amended, particularly by an Act approved February 27, 2012 (Ga. L. 2012, p. 3763), is amended by revising Section 2 as follows:

"SECTION 2. (a) Those members of the Board of Education of Lanier County who are serving as such on the effective date of this Act and any person selected to fill a vacancy in any such offices shall continue to serve as such members for the remainder of the terms of office to which they were elected and until their successors are elected and qualified. (b) For the purpose of electing members of the Board of Education of Lanier County, Lanier County shall be divided into four education districts. One member of the board shall be elected from each such district. Those districts shall be and correspond to those four numbered districts described in and attached to and made a part of this Act and further identified as 'Plan: lanierccsb-2015 Plan Type: Local Administrator: Lanier User: Gina'.
(c)(1) For the purposes of such plan: (A) The term 'VTD' shall mean and describe the same geographical boundaries as provided in the report of the Bureau of the Census for the United States decennial census of 2010 for the State of Georgia. The separate numeric designations in a district description which are underneath a 'VTD' heading shall mean and describe individual

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Blocks within a VTD as provided in the report of the Bureau of the Census for the United States decennial census of 2010 for the State of Georgia; and (B) Except as otherwise provided in the description of any district, whenever the description of any district refers to a named city, it shall mean the geographical boundaries of that city as shown on the census maps for the United States decennial census of 2010 for the State of Georgia. (2) Any part of Lanier County which is not included in any district described in subsection (b) of this section shall be included within that district contiguous to such part which contains the least population according to the United States decennial census of 2010 for the State of Georgia. (3) Any part of Lanier County which is described in subsection (b) of this section as being included in a particular district shall nevertheless not be included within such district if such part is not contiguous to such district. Such noncontiguous part shall instead be included within that district contiguous to such part which contains the least population according to the United States decennial census of 2010 for the State of Georgia. (d) The members of the board of education who were elected at the general election in November, 2012, shall continue in office for the terms to which they were elected and until successors are elected and qualified as provided in this section. The members of the board of education who were elected at the general election in November, 2014, shall continue in office for the terms to which they were elected and until successors are elected and qualified as provided in this section. (e) The first members of the reconstituted Board of Education of Lanier County from Education Districts 1, 3, and 4 shall be elected in the state-wide general election in November, 2018. Such members shall take office on January 1 following their election for terms of four years and until their successors are elected and qualified. (f) The first member of the reconstituted Board of Education of Lanier County from Education District 2 shall be elected in the state-wide general election in November, 2016. Such member shall take office on January 1 following his or her election for a term of four years and until his or her successor is elected and qualified. (g) The first chairperson of the reconstituted Board of Education of Lanier County shall be by all of the qualified voters of Lanier County voting in the state-wide general election in November, 2016. Such chairperson shall take office on January 1 following his or her election for a term of four years and until his or her successor is elected and qualified. (h) Successors to members elected under subsections (e), (f), and (g) of this section shall be elected at the state-wide general election next preceding the expiration of such terms of office and shall take office on January 1 following their election for terms of four years and until their successors are elected and qualified. (i) The members of the board of education shall be residents of the education districts they represent and shall be elected by the qualified voters voting within their respective

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education districts. The chairperson shall be a resident of Lanier County and shall be elected by the qualified voters of the entire county. (j) In the event that any member elected from a district ceases to be a resident of his or her respective education district during his or her term of office, a vacancy shall be created and shall be filled in the manner provided in Section 3 of this Act. In all elections conducted pursuant to this Act, each candidate shall designate, at the time of qualifying, the district or chairperson post for which he or she offers as a candidate. All members shall be nominated and elected in accordance with the provisions of Chapter 2 of Title 21 of the O.C.G.A., the 'Georgia Election Code,' as now or hereafter amended. (k) Education Districts 1, 2, 3, and 4 as they exist immediately prior to the effective date of this Act shall continue to be designated as Education Districts 1, 2, 3, and 4, respectively, but as newly described under this Act, and, on and after the effective date of this Act, such members of the board serving from those former education districts shall be deemed to be serving from and representing their respective districts as newly described under this section."

SECTION 2. All laws and parts of laws in conflict with this Act are repealed.

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NOTICE OF INTENTION TO INTRODUCE LOCAL LEGISLATION
Notice is given that there will be introduced at the regular 2015 session of the General Assembly of Georgia a bill to amend and Act creating a new Board of Education for Lanier County, approved March 13, 1970 (Ga. L. 1970, p. 2709), as amended, particularly by an Act approved February 27, 2012 (Ga. L. 2012, p. 3768), so as to revise the education districts for the election of members of the board of education; to provide for definitions and inclusions; to provide for the terms and continuation in office of current members; to provide for related matters; and for other purposes.
Representative Jason Shaw District 176
GEORGIA, FULTON COUNTY
Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths, Jason Shaw, who on oath deposes and says that he is the Representative from District 176 and further deposes and says that the attached Notice of Intention to Introduce Local Legislation was published in the Lanier County Advocate which is the official organ of Lanier County on January 21, 2015, and that the notice requirements of Code Section 28-1-14 have been met.
s/ JASON SHAW Jason Shaw Representative, District 176
Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 2nd day of February, 2015.
s/ JENNIFER BURGESS Jennifer Burgess Notary Public, Fulton County, Georgia

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My Commission Expires December 29, 2018 (SEAL)

Approved May 6, 2015.

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CITY OF WAYCROSS RENAME POLICE COURT TO MUNICIPAL COURT; RENAME RECORDER TO JUDGE OF MUNICIPAL COURT; OPERATION OF COURT.

No. 129 (House Bill No. 254).

AN ACT

To amend an Act providing a new charter for the City of Waycross, approved August 17, 1909 (Ga. L. 1909, p. 1456), as amended, particularly by an Act approved April 13, 1989 (Ga. L. 1989, p. 4916), an Act approved April 13, 1992 (Ga. L. 1992, p. 6055), and an Act approved April 4, 1997 (Ga. L. 1997, p. 3814), so as to change the term recorder to judge of municipal court of Waycross; to rename the police court as the municipal court and provide new provisions for the operation of that court; to change the name of the recorder to the judge of municipal court; to provide for related matters; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF GEORGIA:

SECTION 1. An Act providing a new charter for the City of Waycross, approved August 17, 1909 (Ga. L. 1909, p. 1456), as amended, particularly by an Act approved April 13, 1989 (Ga. L. 1989, p. 4916), an Act approved April 13, 1992 (Ga. L. 1992, p. 6055), and an Act approved April 4, 1997 (Ga. L. 1997, p. 3814), is amended by revising paragraph (1) of subsection (d) of Section 15 as follows:
"(1) To preside at meetings of the commission, and he shall have all the rights, powers, and duties and responsibilities as a commission member except that the mayor shall be entitled to vote on matters before the mayor and commission only where there is an equal division on the question, and then the mayor shall determine the matter by his vote. The mayor shall also be entitled to vote on the election of the following officers and employees of the commission: mayor pro tempore, city manager, city attorney, and judge of the municipal court."

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SECTION 2. Said Act is further amended by revising Section 59 as follows:

"SECTION 59. Municipal court.

(1) Creation. (A) There shall be a court to be known as the Municipal Court of the City of Waycross (hereinafter referred to as 'municipal court'), the same is hereby granted all such powers as are inherent in courts generally and as usually belong to municipal courts under the laws of this state, as well as those hereinafter more particularly set forth. (B) The municipal court shall be held at such place as the city commission shall prescribe by ordinance, or as may be necessitated by the emergencies of the case.
(2) Judge. (A) No person shall be eligible to serve as judge of municipal court unless such person shall be, at the time of qualification, at least 25 years of age, shall be a resident of the Waycross Judicial Circuit, and shall be a licensed, practicing attorney at law in good standing with the State Bar of Georgia. (B) Any person selected to be judge of said court shall preside over said court and shall try and determine all cases therein, without a jury. Said person shall be clothed with all the powers as judge of said court as set forth in this charter, the ordinances of the City of Waycross, Georgia, and as provided by law. (C) Before entering upon his or her duties of office, said person shall take and subscribe to the following oath, which shall be entered upon the minutes of the commission, and said oath taken and subscribed shall comply with the requirements of Code Sections 45-3-1 through 45-3-10 of the O.C.G.A.: 'I solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will uprightly demean myself as Judge of the Municipal Court of the City of Waycross and that I will faithfully and impartially discharge all the duties incumbent on me as presiding Judge of said municipal court of said city, according to the best of my ability and understanding. I further swear (or affirm) that I am not the holder of any unaccounted for public money due to the State of Georgia, or any political subdivision or authority thereof, and am not the holder of any office of trust under the government of the United States, any other state, or any foreign state which state by the laws of the State of Georgia I am prohibited from holding; and that I am otherwise qualified to hold said office according to the Constitution and laws of Georgia. I swear (or affirm) that I will uphold and support the Constitution of the United States, and the Charter and Ordinances of the City of Waycross, and the laws and Constitution of the State of Georgia, so help me God.' (D) The judge shall hold court at stated hours, Sundays excepted, or as often as the exigencies of business demand. In case the judge is absent from the city, sick, disqualified, or for other cause is unable to hold court, the judge pro tempore may

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preside and act as judge of said court in the place of said judge and, while so doing, shall be clothed with all the rights and powers of the judge of said court. (E) The judge of said court and the judge pro tempore of said court shall serve at the pleasure of the commission of the City of Waycross. (F) The judge of said court and the judge pro tempore shall be selected by the commission of the City of Waycross in the same manner as the city manager for a term of one year. (G) In case a vacancy shall occur in the office of the judge of municipal court, such vacancy shall be filled by the commission of the City of Waycross. (3) Jurisdiction, powers. (A) The municipal court shall have jurisdiction to try and determine all offenses against the laws and ordinances of the city committed within the jurisdictional limits of the city, and upon conviction, to punish the offenders for the violation of such laws and ordinances by imposing such fines and sentences, and inflicting such punishment as shall be prescribed by the provisions of this Act and the ordinances and resolutions adopted in pursuance thereof. The judge or judge pro tempore of the municipal court shall have the power to impose fines and inflict punishments after conviction upon all violations of the laws and ordinances of said city by fine not to exceed $1,000.00, or by labor on the streets or public works of said city under the control and direction of the proper officers, not to exceed six months, or by confinement not to exceed six months, either one or more or all, in the discretion of the judge or judge pro tempore trying the case. Upon failure or refusal of any person to pay promptly any fine or costs imposed by the municipal court, the same may be enforced and collected by an execution issued and directed as is provided for the issuance and collection of tax executions by the city and levies may be made and sales thereunder may be conducted in the same way, this method being cumulative and to be used at the option of the commission of the City of Waycross. (B) The municipal court shall have jurisdiction to try and determine all misdemeanor traffic offenses as authorized by Code Sections 40-6-372 through 40-6-376 of the O.C.G.A., and such other offenses as authorized presently, or in the future, by state law. The municipal court may prescribe punishment for offenses within its jurisdiction to the fullest extent allowed by state law. (C) The municipal court may fix punishment for offenses within its jurisdiction, including both fines and imprisonment or alternative sentencing; provided that such fines or imprisonment does not exceed the statutory limits as now exist or thereafter provided by law. (D) The municipal court shall have jurisdiction to forfeit all appearance bonds and recognizances returnable to said court and to hear, try and determine all issues made therein and to render judgment on the same; and also, to try all nuisances and questions arising in reference thereto and to grant judgments for the abatement of the same and for the removal thereof.

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(E) The municipal court shall have authority to recommend to the city commission for approval of a schedule of fees to defray the cost of operation. (F) The municipal court shall have authority to establish bail and recognizances to ensure the presence of those charged with violations before said court and shall have discretionary authority to accept cash or personal or real property as security for appearances of persons charged with violations. Whenever any person shall give bail for his or her appearance and shall fail to appear at the time fixed for trial, the bond shall be forfeited to the judge presiding at such time and an execution issued thereon by serving the defendant and his or her surety, or sureties, with a rule nisi at least three days before a hearing on the rule nisi. In the event that cash or property is accepted in lieu of bond for security for the appearance of a defendant at trial, and if such defendant fails to appear at the time and place fixed for trial, the cash so deposited shall be on order of the judge declared forfeited to the City of Waycross, or the property so deposited shall have a lien against it for the value forfeited. (G) The municipal court shall have the authority to bind prisoners over to the appropriate court when it appears, by probable cause, that a state law has been violated. (H) The municipal court shall have the authority to administer oaths and to perform all other acts necessary and proper for the conduct of court. (I) The municipal court may compel the presence of all parties necessary to a proper disposal of each case by the issuance of summons, subpoenas, and warrants which may be served as executed by any officer as authorized by this charter or by state law. (J) The municipal court shall have the authority to punish those in its presence for contempt; provided that such punishment shall not exceed the statutory limits for fines and imprisonment for such municipal courts. (K) The municipal court is specifically vested with all of the judicial jurisdiction and judicial powers throughout the entire area of the City of Waycross granted by state laws generally to municipal courts, including the power to impose sentences for those offenses that carry a maximum penalty under state law of up to 12 months imprisonment, and particularly by such laws as authorize the abatement of nuisances. (L) The judge or judge pro tempore of the municipal court shall have and are given the same powers and authorities as magistrates in the matter of and pertaining to criminal cases of whatever nature in the several courts of this state. The judge or judge pro tempore are authorized and empowered to issue warrants for offenses committed within the jurisdiction of the City of Waycross for police purposes, against the penal laws of the state, this either before or after the hearing or trial of the charge in said municipal court, and consequently where, in the course of an investigation of a matter in said municipal court, it shall appear that the penal laws of the state have been violated, it shall be the duty of the judge or judge pro tempore to bind over the offender to the proper court having jurisdiction of such matter in said County of Ware; and to that end, the judge or judge pro tempore shall have the power and authority to commit such offender or offenders to the county jail of said county or admit them to bail, in bailable

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cases, for their appearance at the next term of a court of competent jurisdiction to be held in and for said county. (4) Contempt. (A) The judge or judge pro tempore of the municipal court shall have the authority to issue attachment and inflict summary punishment for contempt of court in cases of:
(i) Misbehavior of any person or persons in the presence of such court or so near thereto as to obstruct the administration of justice; (ii) Misbehavior of any of the officers of the court in their official transactions; or (iii) Disobedience or resistance of any officer of the court, party, juror, witness, or other person or persons to any lawful writ, processed order, rule, decree, or command of the court. (B) The judge or judge pro tempore of the municipal court shall have the power and authority to punish for contempt by fine not to exceed $1,000.00, or confinement not to exceed 20 days, either one or both, in the discretion of the judge or judge pro tempore trying the case. Upon failure or refusal of any person to pay promptly any fine or cost imposed by said judge or judge pro tempore, the same may be enforced and collected by an execution issued and directed as is provided for the issuance and collection of tax executions by the city and levies may be made and sales thereunder may be conducted in the same way, this method being cumulative and to be used at the option of the commission of the City of Waycross. (5) Docket. There shall be kept one or more dockets, on which shall appear the name of each person arrested by the officers of the city for any offense against the municipal ordinances or laws in force within the jurisdictional limits of the city, and a brief and clear statement of the offense with which such person is charged. Upon the trial of such person, the sentence imposed or the disposition made of the case shall be entered in writing opposite the name and charge by judge or judge pro tempore of said court, which respective entries shall be signed by the judge or judge pro tempore in such cases. (6) Summons and subpoenas. (A) The municipal court shall have the power to compel the attendance of persons charged with the violation of any ordinance or law within the jurisdiction of the municipal court, by summons, which summons shall be issued by the city clerk and bear testament in the name of the judge of municipal court, and shall set forth the nature of the charge or case, and the time set for trial or hearing, and shall be served upon the defendant by any officer or member of the police force. Likewise, said court shall have the power to compel the attendance of witnesses in all proceedings by issuing subpoenas which shall be similarly issued and served as are summons. (B) The municipal court shall have the power to punish any person disobeying such summons or subpoena as for contempt. Any person who may be charged with contempt may be arrested by attachment in writing or warrant signed by the judge or judge pro tempore, which said attachment or warrant shall be executed by any member of the police force.

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(7) Trial. The cases before the municipal court shall be tried as speedily as possible. With due regard to the rights of the accused and of the city, continuances may be granted by the court upon proper showing made, in accordance with the rules governing such matters in the superior courts of this state, but such continuances shall be only until a time when the case can be properly tried in the discretion of the presiding judge or judge pro tempore. (8) Bonds and forfeitures.
(A) When any person who is charged with an offense against the laws or ordinances of the city, or who is arrested for such offense, shall give bond for his or her appearance at any session of municipal court, and if such person shall fail to appear at the time appointed in said bond, then and in such event, said bond shall be forfeited and the amount of same collected from the principal and sureties thereon in a manner to be provided for by ordinance of the city. And said commission is hereby expressly authorized and empowered to provide by ordinance for the forfeiture and collection of such appearance bonds similarly to the way in which they are forfeited and collected in the superior courts of this state, and said municipal court is hereby clothed with full power and authority to forfeit said appearance bonds and grant judgments upon the same for the amounts thereof, in the same way that superior courts grant such judgments. On the entering of such judgment, the city clerk shall issue an execution against the principal and surety or sureties on such bonds in conformity with such judgment, and in the form and manner prescribed for executions issued by the city for taxes, and the city shall proceed to enforce and collect the same as tax executions of the city are enforced and collected. (B) In any case where any person charged with an offense brought in the municipal court, or arrested for such offenses, has deposited a sum of money as a bond for his appearance in said municipal court, and similarly where some other party has deposited a sum of money for the appearance of such person in said municipal court, then and in the event such person does not appear at the time appointed, for whose appearance such sum of money was deposited in lieu of a bond as aforesaid, said sum of money shall be forfeited instantly by the judgment of the municipal court entered upon the municipal court docket and shall be paid over to the City of Waycross. (C) No resident of Ware County, Georgia, who is not a resident of the City of Waycross, Georgia, shall be prohibited from giving a property bond, solely on the basis of residency for the appearance in the municipal court of a person who is charged with an offense against the laws or ordinances of the City of Waycross. The means and method for giving bond, forfeiture of bond, execution, and judgment thereon shall be established by the code of the City of Waycross, Georgia, the ordinances and laws applicable to the City of Waycross, Georgia. (D) If Ware County residents who are not residents of the City of Waycross give bond for a person or persons to appear in the municipal court, and if such person shall fail to appear at the time appointed in said bond, then in such event, said bond shall be

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forfeited and the amount of same collected from the principal and his sureties as established by the ordinances and laws of the City of Waycross, Georgia, and general laws of the State of Georgia applicable to said court. Any ordinances and laws in effect at the time this ordinance is adopted, as well as any amendments that may be adopted from time to time thereafter, shall apply to persons and bonds which are given by Ware County residents who are non-residents of the City of Waycross. (9) Costs. Said commission shall have the power to provide by ordinance for the charge and collection of all items of costs in cases brought into said municipal court, such as are usually incident and lawfully chargeable to the prosecution of said cases, same to be added to the amount of the fines imposed and collected, and then to be paid over to the proper officers for whose use they are charged. (10) Certiorari. The right of certiorari from the decision and judgment of the municipal court shall exist in all cases, and any and all persons who shall complain, and take exception at any decision or judgment rendered in said municipal court, shall have the right to have same reviewed by a writ of certiorari which shall be applied for, issued and heard and determined under the provisions of the laws of the State of Georgia in such cases made and provided."

SECTION 3. Said Act is further amended by revising Section 105 as follows:

"SECTION 105. City attorney, judge of municipal court; separate offices.

The offices of city attorney and judge, or judge pro tempore, of municipal court, shall be separate and distinct offices, and the judge, or judge pro tempore, of municipal court shall not be competent or eligible to hold the office of city attorney of the city during the term for which he or she was elected or selected."

SECTION 4. All laws and parts of laws in conflict with this Act are repealed.

NOTICE OF INTENTION TO INTRODUCE LOCAL LEGISLATION
Notice is given that there will be introduced at the regular 2015 session of the General Assembly of Georgia a bill to amend an Act providing a new charter fo the City of Waycross, approved August 17, 1909 (Ga. L. 1909, p. 1456), as amended; and for other purpose.

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GEORGIA, FULTON COUNTY

Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths, John Corbett, who on oath deposes and says that he is the Representative from District 174 and further deposes and says that the attached Notice of Intention to Introduce Local Legislation was published in the Waycross Journal-Herald which is the official organ of Ware County on February 6, 2015, and that the notice requirements of Code Section 28-1-14 have been met.

s/ JOHN CORBETT John Corbett Representative, District 174

Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 9th day of February, 2015.

s/ JENNIFER BURGESS Jennifer Burgess Notary Public, Fulton County, Georgia My Commission Expires December 29, 2018 (SEAL)

Approved May 6, 2015.

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DECATUR COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS; RESTATE ACT; ELECTION OF CHAIRPERSON AND VICE CHAIRPERSON.

No. 130 (House Bill No. 257).

AN ACT

To amend an Act relating to the board of commissioners of Decatur County, approved March 4, 1935 (Ga. L. 1935, p. 630), as amended, so as to restate the provisions of said Act; to provide for the election of a chairperson and vice-chairperson of the board by its members; to provide for related matters; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF GEORGIA:

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SECTION 1. An Act relating to the board of commissioners of Decatur County, approved March 4, 1935 (Ga. L. 1935, p. 630), as amended, is amended by striking Sections 1 through 17 of said Act, which comprise all substantive provisions of said Act as amended, and inserting in their place new Sections 1 through 17 to read as follows:

"SECTION 1. (a) There is established in Decatur County a board of commissioners which shall be the governing authority of said county. The board shall be composed of six members as provided in this Act. For the purpose of electing members of the board of commissioners, Decatur County is divided into six commissioner districts. One member of the board shall be elected from each such district. The six commissioner districts shall be and correspond to those six numbered districts described in and attached to and made a part of this Act and further identified as 'Plan: decaturccsb-2012 Plan Type: local Administrator: decatur User: bak'.
(b)(1) For the purposes of such plan: (A) The term 'VTD' shall mean and describe the same geographical boundaries as provided in the report of the Bureau of the Census for the United States decennial census of 2010 for the State of Georgia. The separate numeric designations in a district description which are underneath a VTD heading shall mean and describe individual Blocks within a VTD as provided in the report of the Bureau of the Census for the United States decennial census of 2010 for the State of Georgia; and (B) Except as otherwise provided in the description of any district, whenever the description of any district refers to a named city, it shall mean the geographical boundaries of that city as shown on the census maps for the United States decennial census of 2010 for the State of Georgia.
(2) Any part of Decatur County which is not included in any district described in subsection (a) of this section shall be included within that district contiguous to such part which contains the least population according to the United States decennial census of 2010 for the State of Georgia. (3) Any part of Decatur County which is described in subsection (a) of this section as being included in a particular district shall nevertheless not be included within such district if such part is not contiguous to such district. Such noncontiguous part shall instead be included within that district contiguous to such part which contains the least population according to the United States decennial census of 2010 for the State of Georgia.

SECTION 2. All members of the board of commissioners shall not be less than 21 years of age and shall be qualified electors of Decatur County. Each of the commissioners shall have been a resident of his or her respective commission district for at least 18 months prior to the date

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of taking office. In the event that any member ceases to be a resident of his or her respective commission district during his or her term of office, a vacancy shall be created and shall be filled in the manner hereinafter provided. Each of the members shall be elected by the qualified voters of Decatur County residing within his or her respective commission district. In all elections conducted pursuant to this Act, each candidate shall designate, at the time of qualifying, the district from which he or she offers as a candidate. To be elected as a member of the board, a candidate must receive the highest number of votes cast for the seat he or she is seeking; and, at the same time, a candidate must receive a majority of the total votes cast for the election of a commissioner to that seat. In the event no candidate for a particular seat receives a majority of the votes for the seat he or she is seeking, a run-off election shall be conducted for that particular seat. All members shall be nominated and elected in accordance with the provisions of Chapter 2 of Title 21 of the O.C.G.A., the Georgia Election Code, as now or hereafter amended.

Reserved.

SECTION 3.

SECTION 4. (a) The present members of the board of commissioners of Decatur County and any successors filling vacancies created by such members prior to the expiration of their terms of office shall continue to serve out the terms of office for which they were elected and until their successors are elected and qualified as provided in this section. (b) The members from Commission Districts No. Two, Three, and Five shall be those elected at the general election of 2004 and quadrennially thereafter and they shall take office on January 1 next following their election for terms of four years and until their successors are elected and qualified. (c) The members from Commission Districts No. One, Four, and Six shall be elected at the general election of 2006 and quadrennially thereafter and shall take office on January 1 next following their election for terms of four years and until their successors are elected and qualified. (d) Successors to the members elected pursuant to this section shall be elected at the general election immediately preceding the expiration of their respective terms of office and shall take office on the first day of January following their election for terms of four years and until their successors are elected and qualified. (e) Any vacancy which occurs on the board of commissioners by death, resignation, removal from the commission district, or for any other reason shall be filled by the remaining members of the board electing a successor to serve until a successor is elected at the next general election to serve for the unexpired term or for a full term, as the case may be. Persons elected or appointed to fill the vacancies as provided by this subsection shall be subject to the same qualifications as required of other regular elected members of the board of commissioners.

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SECTION 5. Each member of said board, before entering upon his or her duties, shall take an oath before the probate judge or the clerk of superior court to faithfully and honestly discharge all the duties of such commissioner according to the laws and Constitution of the State of Georgia, which oath shall be subscribed by the member and recorded upon the minutes of said board.

SECTION 6. (a) All members of the board shall have the same authority and privileges. (b) A majority of the members of the board shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of all business which may come before it. A majority vote of the members present and voting on any matter shall be required for the board to act affirmatively or negatively on the matter.

SECTION 7. (a) At the first board meeting in January, 2016, and at the first meeting each year thereafter, the board of commissioners shall by majority vote elect one of its members as chairperson and one of its members as vice-chairperson. (b) The chairperson shall serve a term of one year, unless he or she resigns, vacates the office, or is removed from the position of chairperson. (c) The vice-chairperson shall serve a term of one year, unless he or she resigns, vacates the office, or is removed from the position of vice-chairperson. (d) It shall be the duty of the chairperson to:
(1) Act as presiding officer at the meetings of the board; (2) Serve as the ceremonial head of the county government; (3) Represent the board in executing any matter approved by the board; and (4) Ensure effective, regular, and harmonious communication among board members. (e) The chairperson shall have the privilege to vote on any matter coming before the board for its consideration, unless otherwise disqualified by interest or relationship. (f) In the event of absence or recusal of the chairperson, the vice-chairperson shall temporarily assume the duties of the chairperson. (g) In the event that the chairperson is physically absent from four consecutive regularly scheduled board meetings, the office of chairperson shall be declared vacant. (h) In the event that the office of chairperson shall become vacant during the course of the year, the vice-chairperson shall serve as chairperson for the remainder of the term. (i) In the event that the vice-chairperson is physically absent from four consecutive regularly scheduled board meetings, the office of vice-chairperson shall be declared vacant. (j) In the event that the office of vice-chairperson shall become vacant during the course of the year, the position of vice-chairperson shall be filled in the same manner as it would be pursuant to subsection (a) of this section.

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(k) The chairperson or vice-chairperson may be removed from office for any of the following reasons: incompetence, misfeasance, or malfeasance in performing the duties of the office of chairperson or vice-chairperson; conviction of a crime of moral turpitude; or abandonment of office or neglect to perform the duties thereof. Such removal of office shall require the affirmative vote of five commissioners.

SECTION 8. Each member of the board of commissioners shall be compensated from the funds of Decatur County. The compensation for the chairperson, the vice-chairperson, and the remaining members of the board shall be fixed by the governing authority of Decatur County, as authorized by law.

SECTION 9. The board of commissioners shall be authorized to employ a county administrator for the purpose of carrying out any of their powers and duties in the management and controlling of the affairs of the county. The county administrator shall perform such duties and responsibilities as determined by the board of commissioners. The county administrator shall be compensated out of county funds in an amount set by the board of commissioners.

SECTION 10. The board of commissioners shall be authorized to elect and appoint a county clerk, and said clerk shall take the same oath in the same manner as its members have. The clerk's duties shall be prescribed by the board of commissioners and his or her term of office shall be designated by the board of commissioners. The county clerk shall be compensated out of county funds in an amount set by the board of commissioners.

Reserved.

SECTION 11.

SECTION 12. The board of commissioners may appoint and employ a competent attorney to act as attorney for said county, whose term of office may be fixed by the board of commissioners, and the board of commissioners shall pay for such legal services such compensation as the board in its discretion may deem reasonable.

SECTION 13. The board of commissioners shall be authorized to designate the county administrator or any other county employee as the purchasing agent for the board of commissioners. The person designated as purchasing agent shall perform his or her responsibilities in accord with the purchasing policy of the county.

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SECTION 14. The board of commissioners shall have, and they are hereby vested with, exclusive jurisdiction over the following matters: in directing and controlling all of the property of the county as they may deem expedient according to law; in levying taxes according to law; in establishing, altering, or abolishing and changing elections, precincts, and militia districts; in supplying by appointment all vacancies in county offices and in ordering elections to fill them; in examining, settling, and allowing all claims against the county; in examining and auditing the accounts of all officers having the care, management, keeping, collection, or disbursement of money belonging to the county or appropriated for its use and benefit and bringing them to a settlement; in supervising the tax commissioner's books and allowing the insolvent list for said county, according to law in the settlement; and especially are they charged with the authority to examine and audit the books of the county treasurer, the tax commissioner, the sheriff, and all other officers of the county through whose hands may pass funds. This may be done by the commissioners or their clerk or designated auditor, and they may require from such officers such report as may be necessary to keep the board of commissioners fully informed at all times of the financial condition of the county; in controlling, caring for, and managing the inmates of the county according to law; in making such rules, regulations, and provisions for the support of the poor of the county; in preserving and promoting public health of the county with authority to quarantine against contagious diseases and epidemics as provided by law; in levying and collecting taxes and trying all defaulters according to law; to sit at any time as a court for county purposes; to appoint any person or persons to discharge any duty and trust authorized by their powers, when no other person or persons are designated by law, and to regulate his or her or their compensation in their discretion; to concur in the approval with the probate court of the county of all official bonds now or formerly required to be approved by the ordinary or probate court by law; and generally to exercise all of the powers which are by the Constitution and laws of Georgia vested in the probate judge when sitting for county purposes, and to exercise such other powers as are granted by law or as may be necessary to their jurisdiction over county matters or county finances, including all powers not contrary with this Act, which have been heretofore exercised by the Board of Commissioners of Roads and Revenues of Decatur County under the Acts approved August 15th, 1904, and under all Acts amendatory thereof; in selecting and appointing all subsidiary officers and employees of the county whose election and appointment are not otherwise provided for by law, such as superintendents and guards of inmates, county physicians, health officer, county farm agent, janitor of the courthouse, and other employees or officials as may be required or authorized by law. The board shall have entire management and control of the inmates of the county sentenced to work upon the roads and public works of the county so long as the county maintains a correctional institute and all inmates of the state assigned to work in the county by the proper authorities of the state and shall so employ them according to law and under such plans of working,

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building, repairing, and maintaining the public roads, bridges, and public works of the county, as now provided by law in said county.

SECTION 15. The board of commissioners may receive contributions to the building or improvement of the public buildings, bridges, and property of the county from any person or persons, and such contributions received shall be used for the improvement of the roads and bridges or other county property.

SECTION 16. Whenever practical and in the discretion of the board of commissioners, all supplies, equipment, and materials used by the county shall be purchased after notice and competitive bids received by the board, and whenever the board deems it advisable or necessary in their discretion that any property of the county be sold, the board shall sell same after due advertisement in the official organ of the county, at public outcry to the highest bidder for cash, before the courthouse door, all pursuant to the county purchasing policies.

SECTION 17. The board of commissioners has the right to summon witnesses to appear before the board sitting as a court for county purposes, and to punish any and every person for contempt as the judges of the superior courts of this state now have."

SECTION 2. Those members of the board of commissioners of Decatur County who are serving as such on the effective date of this Act and any person selected to fill a vacancy in any such office shall continue to serve as such members until the regular expiration of their respective terms of office and upon the election and qualification of their respective successors.

SECTION 3. All laws and parts of laws in conflict with this Act are repealed.

Plan: decaturccsb-2012 Plan Type: local Administrator: decatur User: bak

District 001 Decatur County VTD: 0871005 - BELL

GEORGIA LAWS 2015 SESSION
VTD: 0871361 - CLIMAX 970100: 2022 2025 2028 2029 2030 2031 2032 2033 2037 2038 2045 2055 2056 2057 2058 2059 2062 2063 VTD: 0871392 - FOWLSTOWN VTD: 087513 - BAINBRIDGE-COLI 970100: 2049 2050 2051 970300: 3091 3092 3093 3094 3095 3096 4003 4007 4008 4011 4012 4015 4016 4018 4019 4031 4032 4033 4034 4035 4040 4041 4042 4043 4044 4045 4046 4048 4049 4050 4051 4052 4053 4054 4055 4056 4057 4058 4060 4061 4062 970700: 1000 1001 1002 1003 1004 1006 1007 1008 1009 1010 1011 1012 1013 1014 1015 1016 1017 1018 1019 1020 1021 1022 1023 1024 1025 1026 1027 1028 1029 1030 1031 1032 1033 1034 1035 1036 1037 1038 1048 1049 1050 1051 1052 1053 1054 1071 1072 1074 1076 1079 1100 970800: 2001 VTD: 087694 - ATTAPULGUS VTD: 087914 - FACEVILLE 970700: 1055 1056 1057 1058 1059 1060 1077 1078 1081 1082 1083 1084 1085 1086 1087 1088 1089 1090 1091 1092 1095 1096 1097 1098 1099 970800: 2086
District 002 Decatur County VTD: 0871277 - BELCHER VTD: 0871361 - CLIMAX 970100: 1003 1004 1005 1006 1007 1008 1009 1010 1011 1012 1013 1014 1015 1016 1017 1018 1019 1020 1021 1022 1023 1024 1025 1026 1027 1028 1029 1030 1031 1032 1033 1034 1035 1036 1037 1038 1039 1040 1041 1042 1043 1044 1045 1046 1047 1048 1049 1050 1051 1052 1053 1054 1055 1056 1057 1058 1059 1060 1061 1062 1063 1064 1065 1066 1067 1068 1069 1070 1071 1072 1073 1074

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1075 1076 1077 1078 1079 1080 1081 1082 1083 1084 1085 1086 1087 1088 1089 1090 1091 1092 1093 1094 1095 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2020 2021 2024 2026 2027 2042 2043 2044 2046 2054 2060 2061 VTD: 0871646 - PARKER VTD: 087513 - BAINBRIDGE-COLI 970600: 4000 4001 4002 4003 4004 4005 4006 4007 4008 4009 4010 4011 4012 4013 4014 4015 4026 4027 4028 4029 4030 4031 4032 4070 4073 VTD: 087514 - BDGE-FAIRGROUND 970100: 3053 3054 3055 3056 3057 3058 3059 3060 3061 3062 3063 3064 3065 3066 3067 3068 3069 3070 3071 3072 3073 3074 3075 3076 3126 3127 3128 3129 3130 3131 3132 3133 3134 3135 3136 3137 3138 3139 3140 3141 3142 3143 3144 3145 3146 3147 3148 3149 3150 3151 3152 3155 3156 3157 3164 3165 3166 970400: 1000 1001 1002 1003 1004 1005 1006 1007 1008 1009 1010 1011 1012 1013 1014 1015 1016 1017 1018 1019 1020 1021 1022 1023 1024 1025 1026 1027 1028 1029 1030 1031 1032 1033 1042 1043 1044 1045 1046 1047 1048 1049 1050 1051 1052 1053 1054 1055 1056 1057 1058 1059 1060 1061 1062 1063 1064 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2047 2048

District 003 Decatur County VTD: 087513 - BAINBRIDGE-COLI 970300: 3026 3027 3031 3032 3033 3034 3035 3036 3037 3038 3039 3040 3041 3042 3043 3044 3045 3047 3063 3064 3065 3066 3067 3068 3069 3070 3071 3072 3073 3074 3075 3076 3077 3087 970600: 1002 1003 1004 1005 1006 1007 1008 1009 1010 1011 1026 1027 1028 1029 1030 1031 1032 1033 VTD: 087514 - BDGE-FAIRGROUND 970100: 3167 970300: 2010 2064 3000 3001 3002 3003 3004 3005 3006 3007 3010 3011

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3012 3013 3014 3015 3016 3017 3018 3019 3020 3021 3022 3023 3024 3025 3028 3029 3030 3046 970400: 1034 1035 1036 1037 1038 1039 1040 1041 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023 2024 2025 2026 2027 2028 2029 2030 2031 2032 2033 2034 2035 2036 2037 2038 2039 2040 2041 2042 2043 2044 2045 2046 2049 2050 2051 2052 2053 2054 2055 2056 2057 2058 2059 2060 3000 3001 3002 3003 3004 3005 3006 3007 3008 3009 3010 3011 3012 3013 3014 3015 3016 3017 3018 3019 3020 3021 3022 3023 3024 3025 3026 3027 3028 3029 3030 3031 3032 3033 3034 3035 3036 3037 3038 3039 3040 3041 3042 3043 3044 4000 4001 4002 4003 4004 4005 4006 4007 4008 4009 4010 4011 4012 4013 4014 4015 4016 4017 4018 4019 4020 4021 4022 4023 4024 4025 4026 4027 4028 4029 4030 4031 4032 4033 4034 4035 4036 4037 4038 4039 4040 4041 4042 4043 4044 4045 4046 4047 4048 4049 4050 4051 4052
District 004 Decatur County VTD: 087513 - BAINBRIDGE-COLI 970100: 2016 2017 2018 2019 2023 2034 2039 2040 2041 970300: 4000 4001 4002 4004 4005 4006 4009 4010 4013 4014 4017 4020 4021 4022 4023 970600: 1000 1001 1012 1013 1014 1015 1016 1017 1018 1019 1020 1021 1022 1023 1024 1025 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023 2024 2025 2026 2027 2028 2029 2030 2031 2032 2033 2034 2035 2036 2037 2038 2039 2040 3000 3001 3002 3003 3004 3005 3006 3007 3008 3009 3010 3011 3012 3013 3014 3015 3016 3017 3018 3019 3020 3021 3022 3023 3024 3025 3026 3027 3028 3029 3030 3031 3032 3033 3034 3035 3036 3037 3038 3039 3040 3041 3042 3043 3044 3045 3046 3047 3048 3049 3050 3051 4016 4017 4018 4019 4020 4021 4022 4023 4024 4025 4033 4034 4035 4036 4037 4038 4039 4040 4041 4042 4043 4044 4045 4046 4047 4048 4049 4050 4051 4052 4053 4054 4055 4056 4057 4058 4059 4060 4061 4062 4063 4064 4065 4066 4067 4068 4069 4071 4072

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District 005 Decatur County VTD: 0871325 - RECOVERY VTD: 0871342 - KENDRICK VTD: 0871805 - WEST BAINBRIDGE 970200: 2082 2083 2084 2099 970300: 1043 1044 1045 1046 1047 1048 1050 1051 1052 1088 1103 2097 2098 2099 2100 2103 2104 2105 2106 2107 2108 2114 2115 3085 VTD: 087513 - BAINBRIDGE-COLI 970300: 2092 2109 2110 2111 2112 2113 3008 3009 3048 3049 3050 3051 3052 3053 3054 3055 3056 3057 3058 3059 3060 3061 3062 3078 3079 3080 3081 3082 3083 3084 3086 3088 3089 3090 4024 4025 4026 4027 4028 4029 4030 4036 4037 4038 4039 4047 4059 VTD: 087914 - FACEVILLE 970700: 1039 1040 1041 1042 1043 1044 1045 1046 1047 1061 1062 1063 1064 1065 1066 1067 1068 1069 1070 1073 1080 2106 2107 2108 2109 2110 2111 2112 2113 2114 2115 2116 2117 2118 2119 2121 2122 2123 2124 2125 2126 2127 2132 2133

District 006 Decatur County VTD: 0871188 - PINE HILL VTD: 0871613 - BRINSON VTD: 0871805 - WEST BAINBRIDGE 970200: 1080 1081 1118 1119 1120 1122 1124 970300: 1005 1006 1007 1008 1009 1010 1011 1012 1013 1014 1015 1016 1017 1018 1019 1020 1021 1022 1023 1024 1025 1026 1027 1028 1029 1030 1031 1032 1033 1034 1035 1036 1037 1042 1049 1053 1054 1055 1056 1057 1058 1059 1060 1061 1062 1063 1064 1065 1066 1067 1068 1069 1070 1071 1072 1073 1074 1075 1076 1077 1078 1079 1080 1081 1082 1083 1084 1085 1086 1087 1089 1090 1091 1092 1093 1094 1095 1096 1097 1098 1099 1100 1101 1102 1104 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023 2024 2025 2026 2027 2028 2029 2030 2031 2032 2033 2034 2035

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NOTICE OF INTENTION TO INTRODUCE LOCAL LEGISLATION

Notice is given that there will be introduced at the regular 2015 session of the General Assembly of Georgia a bill to amend an Act relating to the board of commissioners of Decatur County, approved March 4, 1935 (Ga. L. 1935, p. 630), as amended; and for other purposes.

GEORGIA, FULTON COUNTY

Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths, Darlene Taylor, who on oath deposes and says that she is the Representative from District 173 and further deposes and says that the attached Notice of Intention to Introduce Local Legislation was published in the Post Searchlight which is the official organ of Decatur County on January 28, 2015, and that the notice requirements of Code Section 28-1-14 have been met.

s/ DARLENE K. TAYLOR Darlene Taylor Representative, District 173

Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 9th day of February, 2015.

s/ JENNIFER BURGESS Jennifer Burgess Notary Public, Fulton County, Georgia My Commission Expires December 29, 2018 (SEAL)

Approved May 6, 2015.

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DECATUR COUNTY TREASURER; ABOLISH.

No. 131 (House Bill No. 258).

AN ACT

To abolish the office of treasurer of Decatur County; to provide for the transfer of duties; to repeal an Act to provide compensation for the treasurer of Decatur County, approved August 16, 1915 (Ga. L. 1915, p. 209), as amended; to provide for an effective date; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF GEORGIA:

SECTION 1. Pursuant to the provisions of subsection (b) of Code Section 36-6-1 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated, the office of treasurer of Decatur County is abolished. All duties vested in such office by law shall henceforth be carried out by any proper county official or employee as determined by the board of commissioners for Decatur County.

SECTION 2. An Act to provide compensation for the treasurer of Decatur County, approved August 16, 1915 (Ga. L. 1915, p. 209), and all amendatory Acts thereto, are repealed.

SECTION 3. This Act shall become effective on December 31, 2015.

SECTION 4. All laws and parts of laws in conflict with this Act are repealed.

NOTICE OF INTENTION TO INTRODUCE LOCAL LEGISLATION
Notice is given that there will be introduced at the regular 2015 session of the General Assembly of Georgia a bill to abolish the office of treasurer of Decatur County; to provide for the transfer of duties; to repeal an Act to provide compensation for the treasurer of Decatur County, approved August 16, 1915 (Ga. L. 1915, p.209), as amended; and for other purposes.

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GEORGIA, FULTON COUNTY

Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths, Darlene Taylor, who on oath deposes and says that she is the Representative from District 173 and further deposes and says that the attached Notice of Intention to Introduce Local Legislation was published in the Post Searchlight which is the official organ of Decatur County on January 28, 2015, and that the notice requirements of Code Section 28-1-14 have been met.

s/ DARLENE TAYLOR Darlene Taylor Representative, District 173

Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 9th day of February, 2015.

s/ JENNIFER BURGESS Jennifer Burgess Notary Public, Fulton County, Georgia My Commission Expires December 29, 2018 (SEAL)

Approved May 6, 2015.

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CITY OF STOCKBRIDGE HOTEL/MOTEL TAX.

No. 139 (House Bill No. 294).

AN ACT

To authorize the governing authority of the City of Stockbridge to levy an excise tax pursuant to subsection (b) of Code Section 48-13-51 of the O.C.G.A.; to provide procedures, conditions, and limitations; to provide for related matters; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF GEORGIA:

SECTION 1. Pursuant to the authority of subsection (b) of Code Section 48-13-51 of the O.C.G.A., the governing authority of the City of Stockbridge is authorized to levy an excise tax at a rate not

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to exceed 8 percent of the charge for the furnishing for value to the public of any room or rooms, lodgings, or accommodations furnished by any person or legal entity licensed by, or required to pay business or occupation taxes to, the municipality for operating a hotel, motel, inn, lodge, tourist camp, tourist cabin, campground, or any other place in which rooms, lodgings, or accommodations are regularly or periodically furnished for value.

SECTION 2. The enactment of this Act is subsequent to the adoption of Resolution R14-616 by the governing authority of the City of Stockbridge on December 8, 2014, which specifies the subsequent tax rate, identifies the projects or tourism product development purposes, and specifies the allocation of proceeds.

SECTION 3. In accordance with the terms of such resolution adopted by the mayor and council of the City of Stockbridge:
(1) In each fiscal year during which a tax is collected pursuant to paragraph (2) of subsection (b) of Code Section 48-13-51 of the O.C.G.A., an amount equal to not less than 50 percent of the total amount of taxes collected that exceeds the amount of taxes that would be collected at the rate of 5 percent shall be expended for promoting tourism, conventions, and trade shows by the destination marketing organization designated by the City of Stockbridge; provided, however, that the City of Stockbridge may exercise its option under paragraph (2) of subsection (e) of Code Section 48-13-51 of the O.C.G.A. to contract with an entity qualified under such provision; and (2) The remaining amount of taxes collected that exceeds the amount of taxes that would be collected at the rate of 5 percent which is not otherwise expended under paragraph (1) of this section shall be expended for tourism product development.

SECTION 4. All laws and parts of laws in conflict with this Act are repealed.

NOTICE OF INTENTION TO INTRODUCE LOCAL LEGISLATION
Notice is hereby given that there will be introduced at the regular 2015 session of the General Assembly of Georgia, a bill to authorize the governing authority of Stockbridge to levy an excise tax pursuant to subsection (b) of Code Section 48-13-51 of the O.C.G.A; to provide procedures, conditions, and limitations; to provide for related matters; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes.

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GEORGIA, FULTON COUNTY

Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths, Dale Rutledge, who on oath deposes and says that he is the Representative from District 109 and further deposes and says that the attached Notice of Intention to Introduce Local Legislation was published in the Henry Daily Herald which is the official organ of Henry County on January 31, 2015, and that the notice requirements of Code Section 28-1-14 have been met.

s/ DALE RUTLEDGE Dale Rutledge Representative, District 109

Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 9th day of February, 2015.

s/ JENNIFER BURGESS Jennifer Burgess Notary Public, Fulton County, Georgia My Commission Expires December 29, 2018 (SEAL)

Approved May 6, 2015.

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CITY OF SANDERSVILLE CITY COUNCIL; MANNER OF ELECTION.

No. 141 (House Bill No. 307).

AN ACT

To amend an Act providing for a new charter for the City of Sandersville, approved March 28, 1990 (Ga. L. 1990, p. 4823), as amended, particularly by an Act approved April 29, 2014 (Ga. L. 2014, p. 4290), so as to change the provisions regarding election of members of the city council; to provide for related matters; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF GEORGIA:

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SECTION 1. An Act providing for a new charter for the City of Sandersville, approved March 28, 1990 (Ga. L. 1990, p. 4823), as amended, particularly by an Act approved April 29, 2014 (Ga. L. 2014, p. 4290), is amended by revising subsection (f) of Section 2.11 as follows:
"(f)(1) For the purposes of electing members of the city council, the territory of the City of Sandersville is divided into four posts, which shall be and correspond to those four numbered districts described in and attached to and made a part of this Act and further identified as 'Plan Name: sandersville-2013 Plan Type: Local Administrator: Sandersville User: bak'. (2) When used in such attachment, the term 'VTD' (voting tabulation district) shall mean and describe the same geographical boundaries as provided in the report of the Bureau of the Census for the United States decennial census of 2010 for the State of Georgia. (3) The separate numeric designations in a district description which are underneath a VTD heading shall mean and describe individual Blocks within a VTD as provided in the report of the Bureau of the Census for the United States decennial census of 2010 for the State of Georgia. Any part of the City of Sandersville which is not included in any such district described in that attachment shall be included within that district contiguous to such part which contains the least population according to the United States decennial census of 2010 for the State of Georgia. (4) Any part of the City of Sandersville which is described in that attachment as being in a particular district shall nevertheless not be included within such district if such part is not contiguous to such district. Such noncontiguous part shall instead be included within that district contiguous to such part which contains the least population according to the United States decennial census of 2010 for the State of Georgia. (5) Except as otherwise provided in the description of any council district, whenever the description of such district refers to a named city, it shall mean the geographical boundaries of that city as shown on the census map for the United States decennial census of 2010 for the State of Georgia."

SECTION 2. It is the purpose of this Act to reapportion the districts from which members of the city council for the City of Sandersville are to be elected in subsequent municipal elections, and this Act results from changes in population based on the United States decennial census of 2010. It is not the intention of the General Assembly to affect the membership of current members of the council, their terms of office, or the manner in which their successors shall be elected, and such matters shall remain as provided by law on the effective date of this Act until otherwise amended by law, except to the extent of reapportioning the districts represented by such members.

SECTION 3. All laws and parts of laws in conflict with this Act are repealed.

GEORGIA LAWS 2015 SESSION
Plan: sandersville-2013 Plan Type: Local Administrator: Sandersville User: bak
District 001 Washington County VTD: 30397 - SANDERSVILLE 950300: 4023 950400: 1116 1121 1126 1127 3008 3009 3010 3011 3012 3014 3015 3016 3025 3026 3027 4004 4005 4006 4007 4008 4009 4010 4011 4012 4013 4014 4015 4018 4019 4020 4021 4022 4023 4024 4025 4026 4027 4028 4029 4030 4031 4032 4033 4034 4035 4036 4037 4038 4039 4040 4042 4043
District 002 Washington County VTD: 3031488 - TENNILLE 950300: 2024 2026 2049 2051 2052 2057 2074 2090 950700: 3046 3047 3053 VTD: 30397 - SANDERSVILLE 950300: 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2017 2018 2020 2027 2028 2029 2030 2031 2032 2033 2034 2035 2038 2053 2054 2055 2056 2083 2084 3000 3001 3002 3003 3004 3005 3006 3007 3008 3009 3010 3011 3012 3013 3014 3015 3016 3017 3018 3019 3020 3021 3022 3023 4012 4013 4022 4024 4025 4027 4028 4029 4030 4031 4032 4033 4034
District 003 Washington County VTD: 3031488 - TENNILLE 950300: 2063 VTD: 30397 - SANDERSVILLE 950300: 1011 1013 1018 1029 1030 1051 1053 1054 1055 1056 1057 1058

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District 004 Washington County VTD: 30397 - SANDERSVILLE 950300: 1010 1059 1060 1061 1062 1066 1067 1068 1069 1070 4000 4001 4002 4003 4004 4005 4006 4007 4008 950400: 2005 2009 2011 2012 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023 2024 2025 2026 2036 2037 3000 3001 3005 3006 3007 3013 3018 3019

NOTICE OF INTENTION TO INTRODUCE LOCAL LEGISLATION
Notice is given that there will be introduced at the regular 2015 session of the General Assembly of Georgia a bill to amend an Act providing for a new charter for the City of Sandersville, approved March 28, 1990 (Ga. L. 1990, p. 4823), as amended, particularly by an Act approved April 29, 2014 (Ga. L. 2014, p. 4290); and for other purposes.
GEORGIA, FULTON COUNTY
Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths, Mack Jackson, who on oath deposes and says that he is the Representative from District 128 and further deposes and says that the attached Notice of Intention to Introduce Local Legislation was published in the Sandersville Progress which is the official organ of Washington County on February 4, 2015, and that the notice requirements of Code Section 28-1-14 have been met.
s/ MACK JACKSON Mack Jackson Representative, District 128

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Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 10th day of February, 2015.

s/ JENNIFER BURGESS Jennifer Burgess Notary Public, Fulton County, Georgia My Commission Expires December 29, 2018 (SEAL)

Approved May 6, 2015.

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CITY OF KENNESAW CORPORATE LIMITS.

No. 147 (House Bill No. 329).

AN ACT

To amend an Act creating a new charter for the City of Kennesaw, approved May 6, 2013 (Ga. L. 2013, p. 4234), as amended, particularly by an Act approved April 10, 2014 (Ga. L. 2014, p. 4106), so as to change the provisions relating to the corporate limits of the city; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF GEORGIA:

SECTION 1. An Act creating a new charter for the City of Kennesaw, approved May 6, 2013 (Ga. L. 2013, p. 4234), as amended, particularly by an Act approved April 10, 2014 (Ga. L. 2014, p. 4106), is amended by adding at the end of Section 1.02 the following:
"(c) The corporate limits of the City of Kennesaw shall also include the following described parcels of land: Tract 1. All that tract or parcel of land lying and being in Land Lots 207, 208, 211 and 212 of the 20th District, 2nd Section, Cobb County, Georgia, and being more particularly described as follows:
BEGINNING at a 5/8-inch rebar set at the intersection of the Southwesterly right-of-way line of U.S. Highway 41, a.k.a. Cobb Parkway (200-foot right-of-way and varies) and the Westerly right-of-way line of Barrett Parkway (variable right-of-way), said point being the TRUE POINT OF BEGINNING; Thence along the Westerly right-of-way line of Barrett Parkway, South 00 degrees 29 minutes 16 seconds West, a distance of 88.66 feet to a point; Thence along a curve to the left having an arc length of 92.98 feet, with a

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radius of 7720.00 feet, at a chord bearing of South 43 degrees 23 minutes 26 seconds West, for a chord length of 92.98 feet, to a point; Thence North 46 degrees 56 minutes 16 seconds West, a distance of 9.17 feet to a point; Thence South 42 degrees 59 minutes 34 seconds West, a distance of 25.30 feet to a point; Thence South 46 degrees 58 minutes 24 seconds East, a distance of 14.18 feet to a point; Thence along a curve to the left having an arc length of 146.44 feet, with a radius of 7715.00 feet, at a chord bearing of South 42 degrees 18 minutes 51 seconds West, for a chord length of 146.44 feet, to a point; Thence North 48 degrees 03 minutes 27 seconds West, a distance of 14.18 feet to a point; Thence South 41 degrees 42 minutes 44 seconds West, a distance of 20.24 feet to a point; Thence South 48 degrees 14 minutes 33 seconds East, a distance of 13.26 feet to a point; Thence along a curve to the left having an arc length of 285.14 feet, with a radius of 7712.05 feet, at a chord bearing of South 39 degrees 13 minutes 35 seconds West, for a chord length of 285.12 feet, to a point; Thence along a curve to the left having an arc length of 159.04 feet, with a radius of 7712.05 feet, at a chord bearing of South 37 degrees 25 minutes 59 seconds West, for a chord length of 159.04 feet, to a point; Thence South 45 degrees 34 minutes 23 seconds West, a distance of 15.19 feet to a point; Thence South 38 degrees 28 minutes 24 seconds West, a distance of 117.00 feet to a point; Thence along a curve to the right having an arc length of 359.91 feet, with a radius of 1091.43 feet, at a chord bearing of South 46 degrees 46 minutes 56 seconds West, for a chord length of 358.28 feet, to a point; Thence along a curve to the right having an arc length of 4.04 feet, with a radius of 1091.43 feet, at a chord bearing of South 56 degrees 20 minutes 07 seconds West, for a chord length of 4.04 feet, to a point; Thence South 00 degrees 28 minutes 23 seconds West, a distance of 2.16 feet to a point; Thence along a curve to the right having an arc length of 142.24 feet, with a radius of 1080.92 feet, at a chord bearing of South 60 degrees 01 minutes 34 seconds West, for a chord length of 142.14 feet, to a point; Thence along a curve to the right having an arc length of 190.68 feet, with a radius of 1080.92 feet, at a chord bearing of South 68 degrees 50 minutes 59 seconds West, for a chord length of 190.44 feet, to a point; Thence North 16 degrees 05 minutes 48 seconds West, a distance of 5.00 feet to a point; Thence along a curve to the right having an arc length of 117.37 feet, with a radius of 1075.92 feet, at a chord bearing of South 77 degrees 01 minutes 42 seconds West, for a chord length of 117.31 feet, to a point; Thence South 09 degrees 50 minutes 48 seconds East, a distance of 5.00 feet to a point; Thence along a curve to the right having an arc length of 128.99 feet, with a radius of 1080.92 feet, at a chord bearing of South 83 degrees 34 minutes 19 seconds West, for a chord length of 128.91 feet, to a point; Thence South 86 degrees 59 minutes 26 seconds West, a distance of 71.94 feet to a point; Thence South 86 degrees 59 minutes 26 seconds West, a distance of 212.54 feet to a point; Thence South 86 degrees 59 minutes 26 seconds West, a distance of 213.82 feet to a point; Thence along a curve to the left having an arc length of 94.10 feet, with a radius of 1025.00 feet, at a chord bearing of South 84 degrees 21 minutes 18 seconds West, for a chord length of 94.07 feet, to a point; Thence departing the Northwesterly right-of-way

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of Barrett Parkway, North 83 degrees 10 minutes 03 seconds West, a distance of 100.22 feet to a point; Thence North 84 degrees 55 minutes 01 seconds West, a distance of 164.90 feet to a point; Thence North 47 degrees 36 minutes 09 seconds West, a distance of 45.73 feet to a point located at the centerline of Noonday Creek; Thence along said centerline, North 47 degrees 31 minutes 03 seconds East, a distance of 117.38 feet to a point; Thence North 23 degrees 04 minutes 07 seconds East, a distance of 47.69 feet to a point; Thence North 41 degrees 25 minutes 24 seconds East, a distance of 125.61 feet to a point; Thence North 50 degrees 51 minutes 47 seconds East, a distance of 81.72 feet to a point; Thence North 37 degrees 25 minutes 46 seconds East, a distance of 141.52 feet to a point; Thence North 40 degrees 25 minutes 21 seconds East, a distance of 164.64 feet to a point; Thence North 46 degrees 08 minutes 06 seconds East, a distance of 81.32 feet to a point; Thence North 38 degrees 16 minutes 45 seconds East, a distance of 44.33 feet to a point; Thence North 21 degrees 08 minutes 09 seconds East, a distance of 138.73 feet to a point; Thence North 11 degrees 56 minutes 32 seconds East, a distance of 145.04 feet to a point; Thence North 27 degrees 49 minutes 37 seconds East, a distance of 54.76 feet to a point; Thence North 10 degrees 03 minutes 08 seconds East, a distance of 115.70 feet to a point; Thence North 15 degrees 52 minutes 38 seconds East, a distance of 205.51 feet to a point; Thence North 09 degrees 45 minutes 22 seconds East, a distance of 93.64 feet to a point; Thence North 19 degrees 30 minutes 51 seconds East, a distance of 121.80 feet to a point; Thence North 10 degrees 03 minutes 44 seconds East, a distance of 111.05 feet to a point; Thence North 16 degrees 29 minutes 28 seconds East, a distance of 122.13 feet to a point; Thence North 07 degrees 49 minutes 07 seconds East, a distance of 152.34 feet to a point; Thence North 14 degrees 57 minutes 08 seconds East, a distance of 118.48 feet to a point located on the Southwesterly right-of-way line of U.S. Highway 41; Thence along said right-of-way and following along a curve to the right having an arc length of 559.42 feet, with a radius of 5506.63 feet, at a chord bearing of South 65 degrees 45 minutes 27 seconds East, for a chord length of 559.18 feet, to a point; Thence South 62 degrees 50 minutes 50 seconds East, a distance of 64.37 feet to a point; Thence along a curve to the right having an arc length of 955.94 feet, with a radius of 5301.90 feet, at a chord bearing of South 57 degrees 40 minutes 53 seconds East, for a chord length of 954.64 feet, to a 5/8-inch rebar set, said point being the TRUE POINT OF BEGINNING. Said tract of land contains 52.311 Acres.

Tract 2. All that tract or parcel of land lying and being in Land Lot 136, 20th District, 2nd Section of Cobb County, Georgia and being more particularly described as follows:
BEGINNING at a 1/2 inch rebar set at the intersection of the northerly side of Duncan Road (50 foot right-of-way) with the easterly side of Big Shanty Road (50 foot right-of-way); running thence North 37 degrees 08 minutes 17 seconds West 17.68 feet to a 1/2 rebar set on the easterly side of Big Shanty Road; running thence along the easterly right-of-way of Big Shanty Road North 14 degrees 21 minutes 59 seconds East

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87.07 feet to a point; thence continuing North 12 degrees 03 minutes 06 seconds East a distance of 373.02 feet to a 1/2 inch rebar set; running thence South 82 degrees 40 minutes 26 seconds East 303.32 feet to a point; running thence South 12 degrees 03 minutes 06 seconds West a distance of 398.75 feet to a 1/2 inch rebar set on the northerly side of Duncan Road (which has an 80 foot right-of-way at this point; running thence North 89 degrees 50 minutes 09 seconds West 137.22 feet to a 1/2 inch rebar set; running thence South 00 degrees 09 minutes 51 seconds West 15 feet along the northerly side of Duncan Road to a 1/2 inch rebar set; running thence along the northerly side of Duncan Road South 85 degrees 49 minutes 08 seconds West 78.11 feet to a point; running thence along the northerly side of Duncan Road South 81 degrees 05 minutes 21 seconds West 92.36 feet to a 1/2 inch rebar set and the POINT OF BEGINNING. Being property more particularly described as Tract I containing 3.000 acres on that survey for Pye Barker Welding Supply, Inc. by Johnny R. Knight dated June 3, 1986, said survey being incorporated herein by reference. LESS AND EXCEPT property conveyed in that certain Right of Way Deed to Cobb County filed October 5, 1998, recorded in Deed Book 11747, Page 210, Cobb County, Georgia records. LESS AND EXCEPT property conveyed in that certain Right of Way Deed to Cobb County filed December 12, 1986, recorded in Deed Book 4247, Page 522, aforesaid records. LESS AND EXCEPT property conveyed in that certain Right of Way Deed to Cobb County filed December 12, 1986, recorded in Deed Book 4247, Page 523, aforesaid records."

SECTION 2. All laws and parts of laws in conflict with this Act are repealed.

NOTICE OF INTENTION TO INTRODUCE LOCAL LEGISLATION
Notice is hereby given that there will be introduced at the regular 2015 session of the General Assembly a bill to amend an Act creating a new charter for the City of Kennesaw, approved May 6, 2013 (Ga. L. 2013, p. 864), as amended, so as to change the provisions relating to the corporate limits of the city; and for other purposes.
GEORGIA, FULTON COUNTY
Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths, Bert Reeves, who on oath deposes and says that he is the Representative from District 34 and further deposes and says that the attached Notice of Intention to Introduce Local Legislation was published in the Marietta Daily Journal which is the official organ of

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Cobb County on January 30, 2015, and that the notice requirements of Code Section 28-1-14 have been met.

s/ BERT REEVES Bert Reeves Representative, District 34

Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 11th day of February, 2015.

s/ JENNIFER BURGESS Jennifer Burgess Notary Public, Fulton County, Georgia My Commission Expires December 29, 2018 (SEAL)

Approved May 6, 2015.

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CITY OF HOGANSVILLE MAYOR AND COUNCIL; VACANCIES.

No. 149 (House Bill No. 345).

AN ACT

To amend an Act to incorporate the City of Hogansville in Troup County, Georgia, approved February 13, 1976 (Ga. L. 1976, p. 2588), as amended, so as to provide for certain procedures for the filling of vacancies in the office of mayor or councilmember; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF GEORGIA:

SECTION 1. An Act to incorporate the City of Hogansville in Troup County, Georgia, approved February 13, 1976 (Ga. L. 1976, p. 2588), as amended, is amended by revising subsection (c) of Section 2.11 as follows:
"(c) Filling of vacancies: A vacancy in the office of mayor or councilmember shall be filled for the remainder of the unexpired term, if any, as follows:
(1) If the vacancy occurs more than 27 months prior to the expiration of the term of office of the seat vacated, then such vacancy shall be filled for the unexpired term of office at a special election to be held on the same date as the next general municipal

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election; and in this case the remaining members of the council shall, by majority vote of those present and voting, select a qualified person to fill the vacancy until the person elected at such special election takes office. (2) If the vacancy does not occur more than 27 months prior to the date of the general municipal election at which a successor to the office will be elected to a new full term of office, then the remaining members of the city council shall, by majority vote of those present and voting, select a qualified person to serve for the remainder of the unexpired term."

SECTION 2. All laws and parts of laws in conflict with this Act are repealed.

NOTICE OF INTENTION TO INTRODUCE LOCAL LEGISLATION
Notice is given that there will be introduced at the regular 2015 session of the General Assembly of Georgia a bill to amend an Act to incorporate the City of Hogansville in Troup County, Georgia, approved February 13, 1976 (Ga. L. 1976, p. 2588), as amended; and for other purposes.
GEORGIA, FULTON COUNTY
Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths, Robert Trammell, Jr., who on oath deposes and says that he is the Representative from District 132 and further deposes and says that the attached Notice of Intention to Introduce Local Legislation was published in the LaGrange Daily News which is the official organ of Troup County on February 7, 2015, and that the notice requirements of Code Section 28-1-14 have been met.
s/ ROBERT TRAMMELL, JR. Robert Trammell, Jr. Representative, District 132
Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 12th day of February, 2015.
s/ JENNIFER BURGESS Jennifer Burgess Notary Public, Fulton County, Georgia My Commission Expires December 29, 2018 (SEAL)

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Approved May 6, 2015.

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CITY OF LAKE PARK MAYOR AND COUNCIL; TERMS; MANNER OF ELECTION.

No. 152 (House Bill No. 371).

AN ACT

To amend an Act creating a new charter for the City of Lake Park, approved April 17, 1973 (Ga. L. 1973, p. 3074), as amended, particularly by an Act approved March 22, 1989 (Ga. L. 1989, p. 4123), so as to provide for the election and terms of office of the mayor and councilmen; to provide for related matters; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF GEORGIA:

SECTION 1. An Act creating a new charter for the City of Lake Park, approved April 17, 1973 (Ga. L. 1973, p. 3074), as amended, particularly by an Act approved March 22, 1989 (Ga. L. 1989, p. 4123), is amended by revising subsection (b) of Section 5.11 as follows:
"(b) There shall be an election on the first Tuesday next following the first Monday in November, 2015, to elect the mayor and four councilmen who shall take office on January 1, 2016.
(1) The mayor and the two councilmen who receive the highest vote tally during said election shall serve terms of office expiring on December 31, 2018, and until a successor is elected and qualified. Their successors and future successors shall be elected in the same manner on the Tuesday next following the first Monday in November immediately preceding the expiration of terms of office and shall take office on the first day of January immediately following their election for terms of two years and until their successors are elected and qualified. (2) The two councilmen who receive the third and fourth highest vote tally during said election shall serve terms of office expiring on December 31, 2017, and until a successor is elected and qualified. Their successors and future successors shall be elected in the same manner on the Tuesday next following the first Monday in November immediately preceding the expiration of terms of office and shall take office on the first day of January immediately following their election for terms of two years and until their successors are elected and qualified. (3) In the event that two or more candidates for councilman receive an equal number of votes in the election prescribed by this subsection, the tying candidates shall draw lots to decide who will serve a term of two years under paragraph (1) of this subsection and who

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will serve a term of one year under paragraph (2) of this subsection. In the event that two or more candidates for councilman tie for the fourth position for councilman, those candidates shall draw lots to decide who will hold the fourth position for councilman."

SECTION 2. All laws and parts of laws in conflict with this Act are repealed.

NOTICE OF INTENTION TO INTRODUCE LOCAL LEGISLATION

Notice is given that there will be introduced at the regular 2015 session of the General Assembly of Georgia a bill to amend an act creating a new charter for the City of Lake Park, approved April 17, 1973 (Ga. L. 1973, p. 3074), as amended, and for other purposes.

GEORGIA, FULTON COUNTY

Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths, John Corbett, who on oath deposes and says that he is the Representative from District 174 and further deposes and says that the attached Notice of Intention to Introduce Local Legislation was published in the Valdosta Daily Times which is the official organ of Lowndes County on February 10, 2015, and that the notice requirements of Code Section 28-1-14 have been met.

s/ JOHN CORBETT John Corbett Representative, District 174

Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 17th day of February, 2015.

s/ JENNIFER BURGESS Jennifer Burgess Notary Public, Fulton County, Georgia My Commission Expires December 29, 2018 (SEAL)

Approved May 6, 2015.

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CITY OF PORTERDALE REDEVELOPMENT POWERS; REFERENDUM.

No. 154 (House Bill No. 379).

AN ACT

To authorize the City of Porterdale to exercise all redevelopment and other powers under Article IX, Section II, Paragraph VII(b) of the Constitution and Chapter 44 of Title 36 of the O.C.G.A., the "Redevelopment Powers Law," as amended; to provide for a referendum; to provide effective dates; to provide for automatic repeal under certain circumstances; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF GEORGIA:

SECTION 1. The City of Porterdale shall be and is authorized to exercise all redevelopment and other powers under Chapter 44 of Title 36 of the O.C.G.A., the "Redevelopment Powers Law," as amended. The intention of this Act is to authorize the City of Porterdale to undertake and carry out community redevelopment, to create tax allocation districts, to issue tax allocation bonds, and to incur other obligations within the meaning of and as fully permitted under the provisions of Article IX, Section II, Paragraph VII(b) of the Constitution of the State of Georgia of 1983, as amended, and to authorize the City of Porterdale to exercise redevelopment powers as fully as the "Redevelopment Powers Law" may now or hereafter permit and not to limit any redevelopment powers permitted under the "Redevelopment Powers Law."

SECTION 2. The election superintendent of the City of Porterdale shall call and conduct an election as provided in this section for the purpose of submitting this Act to the electors of the City of Porterdale for approval or rejection. The election superintendent shall conduct that election on any permissible special election date under Code Section 21-2-540 of the O.C.G.A. but not later than November, 2015, and shall issue the call and conduct that election as provided by general law. The superintendent shall cause the date and purpose of the election to be published once a week for two weeks immediately preceding the date thereof in the official organ of Newton County. The ballot shall have written or printed thereon the words:
"( ) YES Shall the Act be approved which authorizes the City of Porterdale to exercise redevelopment powers under the 'Redevelopment Powers Law,' as
( ) NO it may be amended from time to time?"
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cast on such question are for approval of the Act, then Section 1 of this Act shall become of full force and effect immediately. If Section 1 of this Act is not so approved or if the election is not conducted as provided in this section, Section 1 of this Act shall not become effective and this Act shall be automatically repealed on the first day of January immediately following that election date. The expense of such election shall be borne by the City of Porterdale. It shall be the election superintendent's duty to certify the result thereof to the Secretary of State.

SECTION 3. Except as otherwise provided in Section 2 of this Act, this Act shall become effective upon its approval by the Governor or upon its becoming law without such approval.

SECTION 4. All laws and parts of laws in conflict with this Act are repealed.

NOTICE OF INTENTION TO INTRODUCE LOCAL LEGISLATION
Notice is given that there will be introduced at the regular 2015 session of the General Assembly of Georgia a bill to authorize the City of Porterdale to exercise all redevelopment and other powers under Article IX, Section II, Paragraph VII(b) of the Constitution and Chapter 44 of Title 36 of the O.C.G.A., the "Redevelopment Powers Law," as amended; and for other purposes.
GEORGIA, FULTON COUNTY
Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths, Pam Dickerson, who on oath deposes and says that she is the Representative from District 113 and further deposes and says that the attached Notice of Intention to Introduce Local Legislation was published in the Covington News which is the official organ of Newton County on February 8, 2015, and that the notice requirements of Code Section 28-1-14 have been met.
s/ REP. PAM DICKERSON Pam Dickerson Representative, District 113

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Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 17th day of February, 2015.

s/ JENNIFER BURGESS Jennifer Burgess Notary Public, Fulton County, Georgia My Commission Expires December 29, 2018 (SEAL)

Approved May 6, 2015.

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TROUP COUNTY COMMUNITY IMPROVEMENT DISTRICTS; CREATION.

No. 155 (House Bill No. 380).

AN ACT

To provide for the creation of one or more community improvement districts in Troup County; to provide for the purposes of such district or districts; to provide for definitions; to provide for a board or boards to administer such district or districts; to provide for the appointment and election of members of such board or boards; to provide for taxes, fees, and assessments; to provide for the boundaries of such district or districts; to provide for the alteration of district boundaries and the practices, procedures, and requirements related thereto; to provide for cooperation with local governments; to provide for powers of such boards; to provide for authorized contents of agreements and instruments of the board generally, use of proceeds of bonds, notes or other obligations, and subsequent issues of bonds, notes or other obligations; to provide for construction; to provide that no notice, proceeding, publication, or referendum shall be required; to provide for dissolutions; to provide the procedures connected with all of the foregoing; to provide for severability; to provide a short title; to provide for an effective date; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF GEORGIA:

SECTION 1. Short title.

This Act shall be referred to as the "Troup County Community Improvement Districts Act."

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SECTION 2. Purpose.

The purpose of this Act shall be to provide for the creation of one or more community improvement districts within Troup County, and such district or districts may be created for the provision of some or all of the following governmental services and facilities as provided and authorized by Article IX, Section VII of the Constitution of the State of Georgia and the resolution activating each district created hereby, or as may be adopted by resolutions of the majority of the electors and the majority of the equity electors voting at a caucus of electors, or hereafter amended or supplemented as provided for by law, including, but not limited to:
(1) Street and road construction and maintenance, including curbs, sidewalks, street lights, and devices and services to control the flow of traffic on streets and roads or services in connection therewith; (2) Parks and recreational areas and facilities and services; (3) Storm water and sewage collection and disposal systems; (4) Development, storage, treatment, purification, and distribution of water; (5) Public transportation, including, but not limited to, services intended to reduce the volume of automobile traffic, to transport two or more persons in conveyances, to improve air quality, and to provide bicycle and pedestrian facilities and the operation of a traffic management association or similar entity and services; (6) Terminal and dock facilities and parking facilities and services; and (7) Such other services and facilities as may be provided for by general law or as the Georgia Constitution may authorize or provide now or hereafter.

SECTION 3. Definitions.

As used in this Act, the term: (1) "Agricultural" means the growing of crops for sale or the raising of animals for sale or use, including the growing of field crops, fruit or nut trees, the raising of livestock or poultry, and the operation of dairies, horse boarding facilities, and riding stables. (2) "Board" means the administrative body created for the governance of a community improvement district herein authorized. (3) "Bonds," or "general obligation bonds," means any bonds of a district which are authorized to be issued under the Constitution and laws of Georgia, including refunding bonds but not including notes or other obligations. (4) "Caucus of electors" means a meeting of electors herein provided. A quorum at such caucus shall consist of those electors present. Notice of a caucus of electors shall be given by publishing notice thereof in the legal organ of Troup County at least once each week for four weeks prior to such caucus. (5) "Cost of the project" or "cost of any project" means and includes:

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(A) All costs of acquisition (by purchase or otherwise), construction, assembly, installation, modification, renovation, or rehabilitation incurred in connection with any project or any part of any project; (B) All costs of real property, fixtures, or personal property used in or in connection with or necessary for any project or for any facilities related thereto, including, but not limited to, the cost of all land, estates for years, easements, rights, improvements, water rights, connections for utility services, fees, franchises, permits, approvals, licenses, and certificates; the cost of securing any such franchises, permits, approvals, licenses, or certificates; the cost of preparation of any application therefor; and the cost of all fixtures, machinery, equipment (including all transportation equipment and rolling stock), furniture, and other property used in or in connection with or necessary for any project; (C) All financing charges and loan fees and all interest on notes or other obligations of a district which accrue or are paid prior to and during the period of construction of a project and during such additional period as the board may reasonably determine to be necessary to place such project in operation; (D) All costs of engineering, surveying, architectural, accounting, and legal services and all expenses incurred by engineers, surveyors, architects, accountants, and attorneys in connection with any project; (E) All expenses for inspection of any project; (F) All fees of fiscal agents, paying agents, and trustees for bondholders under any trust agreement, indenture of trust, or similar instrument or agreement; all expenses incurred by any such fiscal agents, paying agents, and trustees; and all other costs and expenses incurred relative to the issuances of any bonds, notes, or other obligations for any project; (G) All expenses of or incidental to determining the feasibility or practicability of any project; (H) All costs of plans and specifications for any project; (I) All costs of title insurance and examinations of title with respect to any project; (J) Repayment of any loans made for the advance payment of any part of the foregoing costs, including interest thereon and any other expenses of such loans; (K) Administrative expenses of the board and such other expenses as may be necessary for or incidental to any project or the financing thereof or the placing of any project in operation; and (L) The establishment of a fund or funds for the creation of a debt service reserve, a renewal and replacement reserve, or such other funds or reserves as the board may approve with respect to the financing and operation of any project and as may be authorized by any bond resolution, trust agreement, indenture of trust, or similar instrument or agreement pursuant to the provisions of which the issuance of any bonds, notes, or other obligations of the district may be authorized. Any cost, obligation, or expense incurred for any of the foregoing purposes shall be a part of the cost of the project and may be paid or reimbursed as such out of the proceeds of bonds, notes, or other obligations issued by the district.

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(6) "District" means the geographical area designated as such by the resolution of the governing body or bodies consenting to the creation of the community improvement district or districts or as thereafter modified by any subsequent resolution of the governing body or bodies within which the district is or is to be located, or a body corporate and politic being a community improvement district created and activated pursuant hereto, as the context requires or permits. (7) "Elector" means an owner of real property within the given district which is subject to taxes, fees, and assessments levied by the board, as it appears on the most recent ad valorem real property tax return records of Troup County, or one officer or director of a corporate elector, one trustee of a trust which is an elector, one partner of a partnership elector, or one designated representative of an elector whose designation is made in writing. An owner of property that is subject to taxes, fees, or assessments levied by the board shall have one vote for an election based on numerical majority. An owner of multiple parcels has one vote, not one vote per parcel, for an election based on numerical majority. Multiple owners of one parcel have one vote for an election based on numerical majority which must be cast by one representative who is designated in writing. (8) "Equitably apportioned among the properties subject to such taxes, fees, and assessments according to the need for governmental services and facilities created by the degree of density of development of each such property," with reference to taxes, fees, and assessments levied by the board, means that the burden of the taxes, fees, and assessments shall be apportioned among the properties subject thereto based upon the values established in the most recent ad valorem tax reassessment of such properties certified by the Troup County Board of Tax Assessors. (9) "Equity elector" means an elector who casts votes equal to each $1,000.00 value of all of its owned real property within the given district which is then subject to taxes, fees, and assessments levied by the board. (10) "Forestry" means the planting and growing of trees for sale in a program which includes reforestation of harvested trees, regular underbrush and undesirable growth clearing, fertilizing, pruning, thinning, cruising, and marking which indicate an active tree farming operation. The term does not include the casual growing of trees on land otherwise idle or held for investment, even though some harvesting of trees may occur thereon. (11) "Hereby," "herein," "hereunder," and "herewith" mean under this Act. (12) "Project" means the acquisition, construction, installation, modification, renovation, or rehabilitation of land, interests in land, buildings, structures, facilities, or other improvements, including operation of facilities or other improvements, located or to be located within or otherwise providing service to the district and the acquisition, installation, modification, renovation, rehabilitation, or furnishing of fixtures, machinery, equipment, furniture, or other property of any nature whatsoever used on, in, or in connection with any such land, interest in land, building, structure, facility, or other improvement; the creation, provision, enhancement, or supplementing of public services (such as fire, police, or other

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services), provided that same do not conflict with or duplicate existing public services; and all for the public purposes set forth in Section 2 of this Act. (13) "Property owner" or "owner of real property" means any entity or person shown as a taxpayer for one or more parcels of real estate on the most recent ad valorem tax records of Troup County within the district, said record being declared prima-facie proof of ownership. (14) "Property used nonresidentially" means property or any portion thereof used for neighborhood shopping, planned shopping centers, general commercial, transient lodging facilities, tourist services, office or institutional, office services, light industry, heavy industry, central business district, parking, or other commercial or business use, as well as vacant land zoned or approved for any of the aforementioned uses which do not include residential. (15) "Residential" means a specific structure, work, or improvement undertaken primarily to provide either single family or multifamily dwelling accommodations for persons and families and such community facilities as may be incidental or appurtenant thereto. (16) "Taxpayer" means an entity or person paying ad valorem taxes on real property, whether on one or more parcels of property within the district. Multiple owners of one parcel shall constitute one taxpayer and shall designate in writing one person to represent the whole. (17) "Value" or "assessed value" of property means the values established in the most recent ad valorem tax reassessment of such properties certified by the Troup County Board of Tax Assessors.

SECTION 4. Creation.

Pursuant to Article IX, Section VII of the Constitution of the State of Georgia, there is created one or more community improvement districts to be located in Troup County, Georgia, which shall be activated upon compliance with the conditions set forth in this section. The conditions for such activation shall be:
(1) The adoption of a resolution consenting to the creation of each community improvement district by:
(A) The governing authority of Troup County if the district is located wholly within the unincorporated area of Troup County; (B) The governing authority of the municipality if the district is located wholly within the incorporated area of a municipality; or (C) The governing authorities of Troup County and any municipality in which the district is partially located if it is partially within the unincorporated area of Troup County and partially within the incorporated area of any municipality; and (2) The written consent to the creation of the community improvement district by:

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(A) A majority of the owners of real property within the given district which will be subject to taxes, fees, and assessments levied by the board of the given district; and (B) The owners of real property within the given district which constitutes at least 75 percent by value of all real property within the district which will be subject to taxes, fees, and assessments levied by the board. For this purpose, value shall be determined by the most recent approved Troup County ad valorem tax digest. The written consents provided for in this paragraph shall be submitted to the Troup County Tax Commissioner, who shall certify whether subparagraphs (A) and (B) of this paragraph have been satisfied with respect to such proposed district. The district or districts or respective board or boards created under this Act shall not transact any business or exercise any powers under this Act until the foregoing conditions are met. A copy of such resolutions shall be filed with the Secretary of State and the Georgia Department of Community Affairs, which shall each maintain a record of all districts activated under this Act.

SECTION 5. Administration, appointment, and election of board members.

(a) Each district created pursuant hereto shall be administered by a board composed of a minimum of seven board members to be appointed and elected as hereinafter provided. One board member shall be appointed by the governing authority of Troup County to Post 6. One board member shall be appointed by the governing authority of each municipality, if any portion of the district lies within the incorporated area of such municipality, to Post 7 and additional Posts if there are multiple municipalities. One board member shall be elected by a numerical majority of the elector votes to serve in Post 1, and four board members shall be elected by a majority of the equity elector votes to serve in Posts 2, 3, 4, and 5. The initial term of office for the members representing Posts 1 and 2 shall be one year. The initial term of office for the members representing Posts 3 and 4 shall be two years, and the initial term of office of the member representing Post 5 shall be three years. Thereafter, all terms of office shall be for three years, except the appointed board members who shall serve at the pleasure of the appointing governing authority. (b) The initial board members to be elected as provided in subsection (a) of this section shall be elected in a caucus of electors which shall be held within 60 days after the adoption of the resolutions consenting to the creation of the district, pursuant to the certification of the Troup County Tax Commissioner of the written consents herein provided, at such time and place within the district as the governing authority of Troup County, or the governing authority of the municipality if the district lies wholly within the incorporated area thereof, shall designate after notice thereof shall have been given to said electors by publishing same in the legal organ of Troup County as hereinafter provided. Thereafter, there shall be conducted annually, not later than 60 days following the last day for filing ad valorem real property tax returns in Troup County, a caucus of electors at such time and place within the district as the

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board shall designate in such notice for the purpose of electing board members to those board member positions whose terms expire or are vacant. If a vacancy occurs in an elected position on the board, the board shall, within 60 days thereof, call a special election to fill the same to be held within 60 days of the call unless such vacancy occurs within 180 days of the next regularly scheduled election, in which case a special election may, but need not, be called. For any election held hereunder, notice thereof shall be given to said electors by publishing notice thereof in the legal organ of Troup County at least once each week for four weeks prior to such election. (c) Elected board members shall be subject to recall by the vote of a caucus of electors, said caucus being called by a petition of either 20 percent of the electors within the district or by a petition of holders of 20 percent of the eligible votes represented by equity electors, provided that the petition shall be from the category of voters who elected the board member to be subjected to a recall election. (d) Board members, including appointed board members, shall be electors within the district. If a board member ceases to be an elector, such board member's position shall be declared vacant by the board as of the date of the event terminating such status. (e) Board members shall receive no compensation for their services, but shall be reimbursed for actual expenses reasonably incurred in the performance of their duties. (f) Board members shall elect one of their number as chairperson and another as vice chairperson. They shall also elect a secretary and a treasurer, or a secretary/treasurer, either of whom may, but need not, be a member of the board or an elector. (g) Chapter 2 of Title 21 of the O.C.G.A., the "Georgia Election Code," shall not apply to the election of district board members. The district board may adopt such bylaws not inconsistent herewith to provide for any matter concerning such elections.

SECTION 6. Taxes, fees, and assessments.

(a) The board may levy taxes, fees, and assessments within the district only on real property used nonresidentially, specifically excluding all property exempt from ad valorem taxation under the Constitution or laws of the State of Georgia, all property used for residential, agricultural, or forestry purposes, and all tangible personal property and intangible property. Any tax, fee, or assessment so levied shall not exceed five mills on the assessed value of all such real property. The taxes, fees, and assessments levied by the board shall be equitably apportioned among the properties subject to such taxes, fees, and assessments according to the need for governmental services and facilities created by the degree of density of development of each such property. The proceeds of taxes, fees, and assessments levied by the board shall be used only for the purpose of providing governmental services and facilities which are specially required by the degree of density of development within the district and not for the purpose of providing those governmental services and facilities provided to Troup County or the municipality as a whole. Any tax, fee, or assessment so levied shall be

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collected by the Troup County Tax Commissioner in the same manner as taxes, fees, and assessments are levied by Troup County. Delinquent taxes shall bear the same interest and penalties as Troup County ad valorem taxes and may be enforced and collected in the same manner. The proceeds of taxes, fees, and assessments so levied, less a fee to cover the costs of collection of 1 percent thereof, but not more than $25,000.00 in any one calendar year, shall be transmitted as soon as they are acquired by the Troup County Tax Commissioner to the district board, and shall be expended by the board only for the purposes authorized hereby. (b) The board shall levy the taxes provided for in subsection (a) of this section subsequent to the report of the assessed taxable values for the current calendar year and notify in writing the collecting governing bodies so they may include the levy on their regular ad valorem tax bills, if possible. (c) If, but for this provision, a parcel of real property is removed from a district or otherwise would become nontaxable, it shall continue to bear the tax millage levied by the district then extant upon such parcel for bonded indebtedness of the district then outstanding until said indebtedness is paid or refunded.

SECTION 7. Boundaries of the districts.

(a) The boundaries of the district or districts shall be as designated as such by the governing authority of Troup County and such municipalities within which the district may be partially located if partially within the unincorporated area of Troup County and partially within one or more municipalities, or by the governing authority of a municipality if wholly within the incorporated area thereof, as set forth in the resolutions required in Section 4 of this Act, or as may thereafter be added as hereinafter provided. (b) The boundaries of the district or districts may be increased after the initial creation of a district pursuant to the following:
(1) Written consent of a majority of the owners of real property within the areas sought to be annexed and which will be subject to taxes, fees, and assessments levied by the board of the district; (2) Written consent of the owners of real property within the areas sought to be annexed which constitutes at least 75 percent by value of the property which will be subject to taxes, fees, and assessments levied by the board of the district. For this purpose, value shall be determined by the most recent approved county ad valorem tax digest; (3) The adoption of a resolution consenting to the annexation by the board of the district; and (4) The adoption of a resolution consenting to the annexation by the governing authority of Troup County if any portion of the district is or is to be in the unincorporated area of Troup County, and the governing authority of such municipalities as may have area within the district before or after the annexation.

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(c) The boundaries of the district or districts may also be increased after the initial creation of a district to include property which is not at that time subject to taxes, fees, and assessments levied by the board of the district by:
(1) The adoption of a resolution consenting to the annexation by the board of the district; and (2) The adoption of a resolution consenting to the annexation by the governing authority of Troup County if any portion of the district is or is to be in the unincorporated area of Troup County, and/or the governing authority of such municipalities as may have area within the district before or after the annexation.

SECTION 8. Debt.

Except as otherwise provided in this section, the district may incur debt without regard to the requirements of Article IX, Section V of the Constitution of the State of Georgia, or any other provision of law, prohibiting or restricting the borrowing of money or the creation of debt by political subdivisions of the State of Georgia, which debt shall be backed by the full faith, credit, and taxing power of the district but shall not be an obligation of the State of Georgia or any other unit of government of the State of Georgia other than the district.

SECTION 9. Cooperation with local governments.

The services and facilities provided pursuant hereto will be provided for in a cooperation agreement executed jointly by the board, the governing body of Troup County if any of the district is in the unincorporated area of the county, and any municipalities within which the district is partially located. The provisions of this section shall in no way limit the authority of Troup County or any such municipality to provide services or facilities within the district; and Troup County and such municipalities shall retain full and complete authority and control over any of its facilities located within any district. Said control shall include but not be limited to the modification of, access to, and degree and type of services provided through or by facilities of Troup County or such municipalities. Nothing contained in this section shall be construed to limit or preempt the application of any governmental laws, ordinances, resolutions, or regulations to the district or the services or facilities provided therein.

SECTION 10. Powers.

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(1) Bring and defend actions; (2) Adopt and amend a corporate seal; (3) Make and execute contracts, agreements, and other instruments necessary or convenient to exercise the powers of the board or to further the public purposes for which the district is created including, but not limited to, contracts for construction of projects, leases of projects, contracts for sale of projects, agreements for loans to finance projects, contracts with respect to the use of projects, and agreements with other jurisdictions or community improvement districts regarding multijurisdictional projects or services or for other cooperative endeavors to further the public purposes of the district; (4) Acquire by purchase, lease, or otherwise and to hold, lease, and dispose of real and personal property of every kind and character, or any interest therein, in furtherance of the public purposes of the district; (5) Finance (by loan, private grant, lease, or otherwise), construct, erect, assemble, purchase, acquire, own, repair, remodel, renovate, rehabilitate, modify, maintain, extend, improve, install, sell, equip, expand, add to, operate, or manage projects and to pay the cost of any project from the proceeds of the district or any other funds of the district, or from any contributions or loans by persons, corporations, partnerships (whether limited or general), or other entities, all of which the board is authorized to receive, accept, and use; (6) Borrow money to further or carry out its public purposes and to execute bonds, notes, other obligations, leases, trust indentures, trust agreements, agreements for the sale of its notes, or other obligations, loan agreements, security agreements, assignments, and such other agreements or instruments as may be necessary or desirable, in the judgment of the board, to evidence and to provide security for such borrowing; (7) Issue bonds, notes or other obligations of the district and use the proceeds thereof for the purpose of paying all or any part of the cost of any project and otherwise to further or carry out the public purposes of the district and to pay all costs of the board incidental to, or necessary and appropriate to, furthering or carrying out such purposes; (8) Make application directly or indirectly to any federal, state, county, or municipal government or agency or any other source, whether public or private, for loans, grants, guarantees, or other financial assistance in furtherance of the district's public purposes and to accept and use the same upon such terms and conditions as are prescribed by such federal, state, county, or municipal government or agency or any other source; (9) Enter into agreements with the federal government or any agency thereof to use the facilities or services of the federal government or any agency thereof in order to further or carry out the public purposes of the district; (10) Contract for any period, not exceeding 50 years, with the State of Georgia, state institutions, or any municipal corporation, county, or political subdivision of this state for the use by the district of any facilities or services of the state or any such state institution, municipal corporation, county, or political subdivision of this state, or for the use by any state institution or any municipal corporation, county, or political subdivision of this state of any facilities or services of the district, provided that such contracts shall deal with such

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activities and transactions as the district and any such political subdivision with which the district contracts are authorized by law to undertake; (11) Grant, mortgage, convey, assign, or pledge its property, revenues or taxes, or fees or assessments to be received as security for its notes, or other indebtedness and obligations; (12) Receive and use the proceeds of any tax levied by any county or any municipal corporation to pay the costs of any project or for any other purpose for which the board may use its own funds pursuant hereto; (13) Receive and administer gifts, private grants, and devises of money and property of any kind and to administer trusts; (14) Use any real property, personal property, or fixtures or any interest therein or to rent or lease such property to or from others or make contracts with respect to the use thereof or to sell, lease, exchange, transfer, assign, pledge, or otherwise dispose of or grant options for any such property in any manner as it deems to be the best advantage of the district and the public purposes thereof; (15) Appoint, select, and employ engineers, surveyors, architects, urban or city planners, fiscal agents, attorneys, and others and to fix their compensation and pay their expenses; (16) Encourage and promote the improvement and economic development of the district and to make, contract for, or otherwise cause to be made long range plans or proposals for the district in cooperation with Troup County and any municipalities within which the district is wholly or partially located; (17) Invest its funds, whether derived from the issuance of its bonds or otherwise, in such manner as it may deem prudent and appropriate, without further restriction; (18) Adopt bylaws governing the conduct of business by the board, the election and duties of officers of the board, and other matters which the board determines to deal with in its bylaws; (19) Exercise any power granted by the laws of this state to public or private corporations which is not in conflict with the public purposes of the district; (20) Create, provide, enhance, or supplement public services such as fire, police, and other services as may be deemed necessary, provided that said services do not conflict with or duplicate existing Troup County or municipal services; (21) To reimburse expenses for the creation and approval of a district; and (22) Do all things necessary or convenient to carry out the powers conferred hereby. (b) The powers enumerated in subsection (a) of this section are cumulative of and in addition to those powers enumerated herein and elsewhere in this Act, and no such power limits or restricts any other power of the board.

SECTION 11. Bonds - generally.

(a) Notes or other obligations issued by a district, other than general obligation bonds, shall be paid solely from the property pledged to pay such notes or other obligations. General

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obligation bonds issued by any district shall constitute a general obligation of the district to the repayment of which the full faith, credit, and taxing power of the district shall be pledged. (b) All bonds, notes, and other obligations of any district shall be authorized by resolution of its board, adopted by a majority vote of the board members at a regular or special meeting. (c) Bonds, notes, or other obligations shall bear such date or dates, shall mature at such time or times (not more than 40 years from their respective dates), shall bear interest at such rate or rates (which may be fixed or may fluctuate or otherwise change from time to time), shall be subject to redemption on such terms, and shall contain such other terms, provisions, covenants, assignments, and conditions as the resolution authorizing the issuance of such bonds, notes, or other obligations may permit or provide. The terms, provisions, covenants, assignments, and conditions contained in or provided or permitted by any resolution of the board authorizing the issuance of such bonds, notes, or other obligations shall bind the board members of the district then in office and their successors. (d) The board shall have power from time to time and whenever it deems it expedient to refund any bonds by the issuance of new bonds, whether or not the bonds to be refunded have matured, and may issue bonds partly to refund bonds then outstanding and partly for any other purpose permitted hereunder. The refunding bonds may be exchanged for the bonds to be refunded, with such cash adjustments as may be agreed upon, or may be sold and the proceeds applied to the purchase or redemption of the bonds to be refunded. (e) There shall be no limitation upon the interest rates or any maximum interest rate or rates on any bonds, notes, or other obligations of the district; and the usury laws of this state shall not apply to bonds, notes, or other obligations of these districts. (f) Bonds issued by a district may be in such form, either coupon or fully registered, or both coupon and fully registered, and may be subject to such exchangeability and transferability provisions as the bond resolution authorizing the issuance of such bonds or any indenture or trust agreement may provide. (g) Bonds shall bear a certificate of validation. The signature of the clerk of the Superior Court of Troup County may be made on the certificate of validation of such bonds by facsimile or by manual execution, stating the date on which such bonds were validated; and such entry shall be original evidence of the fact of judgment and shall be received as original evidence in any court in this state. (h) In lieu of specifying the rate or rates of interest which such bonds are to bear, and the principal amount and maturities of such said bonds, the notice to the district attorney or the Attorney General, the notice to the public of the time, place, and date of the validation hearing, and the petition and complaint for validation may state that the bonds when issued will bear interest at a rate not exceeding a maximum per annum rate of interest (which may be fixed or may fluctuate or otherwise change from time to time) and that the principal amount will not exceed and the final maturity date will not be later than as specified in such notices and petition and complaint or may state that, in the event the bonds are to bear different rates of interest for different maturity dates, none of such rates will exceed the maximum rate (which may be fixed or may fluctuate or otherwise change from time to time)

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so specified; provided, however, that nothing in this section shall be construed as prohibiting or restricting the right of a board to sell such bonds at a discount, even if in doing so the effective interest cost resulting therefrom would exceed the maximum per annum interest rate specified in such notices and in the petition and complaint. (i) The terms "cost of the project" and "cost of any project" shall have the meaning prescribed herein whenever those terms are referred to in bond resolutions of a board, in bonds, notes, or other obligations of the district, or in notices of proceedings to validate such bonds, notes, or other obligations of a district.

SECTION 12. Authorized contents of agreements and instruments; use of proceeds of sale of bonds,
notes, and other obligations; subsequent issues of obligations.

(a) Subject to the limitations and procedures provided by this section and by the immediately preceding section, the agreements or instruments executed by a board may contain such provisions not inconsistent with law as shall be determined by such board. (b) The proceeds derived from the sale of all bonds, notes, and other obligations issued by a district shall be held and used for the ultimate purpose of paying, directly or indirectly as permitted herein, all or part of the cost of any project, or for the purpose of refunding any bonds, notes, or other obligations issued in accordance hereunder. (c) Issuance by a board of one or more series of bonds, notes, or other obligations for one or more purposes shall not preclude it from issuing other bonds, notes, or other obligations in connection with the same project or with any other projects; but the proceeding wherein any subsequent bonds, notes, or other obligations are issued shall recognize and protect any prior loan agreement, security agreement, or other agreement or instrument made for any prior issue of bonds, notes, or other obligations, unless in the resolution authorizing such prior issue the right is expressly reserved to the board to issue subsequent bonds, notes, or other obligations on a parity with such prior issue.

SECTION 13. Construction; notice, proceeding, publication, referendum.

This Act shall be liberally construed to effect the purposes hereof. No notice, proceeding, or publication except those required hereby shall be necessary to the performance of any act authorized hereby, nor shall any such act be subject to referendum.

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SECTION 14. Applicability of Chapter 5 of Title 10 of the O.C.G.A., the "Georgia Uniform Securities
Act of 2008"; notice, proceeding, publication, referendum.

The offer, sale, or issuance of bonds, notes, or other obligations by the district shall not be subject to regulation under Chapter 5 of Title 10 of the O.C.G.A., the "Georgia Uniform Securities Act of 2008."

SECTION 15. Dissolution.

(a) A district activated under the provisions of this Act may be dissolved upon the occurrence of the following:
(1) The adoption of a resolution approving of the dissolution of the community improvement district by the governing authority of Troup County if wholly within the unincorporated area of Troup County, by the governing authority of Troup County and such municipalities within which the district may be located if within the unincorporated area of Troup County and partially within one or more municipalities, or by the governing authority of a municipality if wholly within the incorporated area thereof; and (2) The written consent to the dissolution of the community improvement district by:
(A) A majority of the owners of real property within the district subject to taxes, fees, and assessments levied by the board of the district; and (B) The owners of real property constituting at least 75 percent by value of all real property within the district subject to taxes, fees, and assessments levied by the board. For this purpose, value shall be determined by the most recent approved county ad valorem tax digest. The written consent provided for in this paragraph shall be submitted to the Troup County Tax Commissioner, who shall certify whether subparagraphs (A) and (B) of this paragraph have been satisfied with respect to the proposed district dissolution. (b) At such time within each six-year period following the creation of the district as the board determines appropriate, the question shall be put before a caucus of electors whether to dissolve the district. Upon an affirmative vote of a majority of the electors present and voting, who shall represent at least 75 percent of the votes cast on the basis of value, the board shall send a ballot to each owner of property subject to taxes, fees, and assessments levied by the board for a vote on the dissolution. Upon receipt of ballots consenting to the dissolution from a majority of the property owners subject to taxes, fees, and assessments levied by the board, who shall represent at least 75 percent of the assessed value of said properties, as certified by the Troup County Tax Commissioner, the governing authorities of Troup County and any municipality within which the district is located shall dissolve the district.

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(c) In the event that successful action is taken pursuant to this section to dissolve the district, the dissolution shall become effective at such time as all debt obligations of the district have been satisfied. Following a successful dissolution action and until the dissolution becomes effective, no new projects may be undertaken, obligations or debts incurred, or property acquired. (d) Upon a successful dissolution action, the board shall serve until December 31 of that year for the purpose of concluding any ongoing matters and projects, but if such cannot be concluded by December 31, the governing authority of Troup County, or if the district is located entirely within a municipality, the municipality, shall assume the duties, obligations, and authority of the board. The board, and after December 31 the governing authority which has assumed the duties as set forth above, may continue to levy taxes within the limitation set forth in Section 6 until all debt obligations of the district have been satisfied. (e) Upon a successful dissolution action, all noncash assets of the district other than public facilities or land or easements to be used for such public facilities, as described in Section 2 of this Act, shall be reduced to cash and, along with all other cash on hand, shall be applied to the repayment of any debt obligation of the district. Any cash remaining after all outstanding obligations are satisfied shall be refunded to each property owner in direct proportion to the total amount in taxes, fees, or assessments paid by the property owner relative to the total revenues paid by all properties in the district in the most recent tax year. (f) When dissolution becomes effective, the governing authority of Troup County for public facilities located within the unincorporated area, or the municipality within which they are located, shall take title to all public facilities, and land or easements to be used for such public facilities, previously in the ownership of the district, and all taxes, fees, and assessments of the district shall cease to be levied and collected. (g) A district may be reactivated in the same manner as an original activation.

SECTION 16. Severability.

In the event any section, subsection, sentence, clause, or phrase of this Act shall be declared or adjudged invalid or unconstitutional, such adjudication shall in no manner affect the other sections, subsections, sentences, clauses, or phrases of this Act, which shall remain of full force and effect as if the section, subsection, sentence, clause, or phrase so declared or adjudged invalid or unconstitutional were not originally a part hereof. The General Assembly declares that it would have passed the remaining parts of this Act if it had known that such part or parts hereof would be declared or adjudged invalid or unconstitutional.

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SECTION 17. Effective date.

This Act shall become effective upon its approval by the Governor or upon its becoming law without such approval.

SECTION 18. General repealer.

All laws and parts of laws in conflict with this Act are repealed.

NOTICE OF INTENTION TO INTRODUCE LOCAL LEGISLATION
Notice is given that there will be introduced at the regular 2015 session of the General Assembly of Georgia a bill to provide for the creation of one or more community improvement districts in Troup County; to provide for the purposes of such district or districts; to provide for definitions; to provide for a board or boards to administer such district or districts; to provide for the appointment and election of members of such board or boards; to provide for taxes, fees, and assessments; to provide for the boundaries of such district or districts; to provide for the alteration of district boundaries and the practices, procedures, and requirements related thereto; to provide for cooperation with local governments; to provide for powers of such boards; to provide for authorized contents of agreements and instruments of the board generally, use of proceeds of bonds, notes or other obligations, and subsequent issues of bonds, notes or other obligations; to provide for construction; to provide that no notice, proceeding, publication, or referendum shall be required; to provide for dissolutions; to provide the procedures connected with all of the foregoing; to provide for severability; to provide a short title; to provide for an effective date; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes.
GEORGIA, FULTON COUNTY
Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths, Randy Nix, who on oath deposes and says that he is the Representative from District 69 and further deposes and says that the attached Notice of Intention to Introduce Local Legislation was published in the LaGrange Daily News which is the official organ of Troup County on February 13, 2015, and that the notice requirements of Code Section 28-1-14 have been met.

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s/ RANDY NIX Randy Nix Representative, District 69

Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 17th day of February, 2015.

s/ JENNIFER BURGESS Jennifer Burgess Notary Public, Fulton County, Georgia My Commission Expires December 29, 2018 (SEAL)

Approved May 6, 2015.

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WILCOX COUNTY MAGISTRATE COURT; JUDGE OF PROBATE COURT SERVE AS CHIEF MAGISTRATE; COMPENSATION.

No. 158 (House Bill No. 388).

AN ACT

To provide that the judge of the Probate Court of Wilcox County shall also serve as the chief magistrate of the Magistrate Court of Wilcox County on or after June 1, 2015, or upon vacancy of the office of chief magistrate; to provide for the compensation of such judge for service as chief magistrate; to provide for the continuation in office and expiration of term of the current chief magistrate; to provide an effective date; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF GEORGIA:

SECTION 1. (a) Pursuant to subsection (g) of Code Section 15-10-20 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated, the chief magistrate of the Magistrate Court of Wilcox County shall not be separately elected or appointed for any term of office that begins on or after January 1, 2016, but on and after that date the probate judge of Wilcox County shall serve as the chief magistrate of the Magistrate Court of Wilcox County. There shall be no election or appointment in 2015 or thereafter for the office of chief magistrate. The current chief magistrate shall finish his or her current term; provided, however, that in the event of a vacancy in the office of chief magistrate, the probate judge shall immediately begin to serve

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as the chief magistrate. The term of office of the judge serving as chief magistrate shall be concurrent with such judge's term of office as the judge of the probate court. (b) Effective upon the date the judge of the probate court assumes the duties of the chief magistrate, the judge of the probate court shall receive a supplement for service as chief magistrate in an amount to be fixed by the governing authority of Wilcox County in addition to any compensation received for service as judge of the probate court. Such supplement shall not be less than the minimum amount provided by any general law of the state for additional service by a judge of the probate court as chief magistrate.

SECTION 2. The chief magistrate of the Magistrate Court of Wilcox County who is serving as such on the effective date of this Act shall continue to serve as chief magistrate for the remainder of his or her current term of office. During such time period, the current chief magistrate shall continue to receive the same salary he or she as receiving for performing such duties as fixed by the governing authority of Wilcox County. However, if the office of chief magistrate becomes vacant prior to expiration of the current term, the probate judge shall immediately begin to serve as chief magistrate.

SECTION 3. On and after January 1, 2016, the number of magistrates to serve as judges of the Magistrate Court of Wilcox County shall be determined by the Wilcox County Board of Commissioners. Such magistrates, if any, shall be selected by the probate judge and shall be appointed to take office on January 1, 2016. Such magistrates shall serve four-year terms and until their respective successors are appointed and qualified.

SECTION 4. This Act shall become effective upon its approval by the Governor or upon its becoming law without such approval.

SECTION 5. All laws and parts of laws in conflict with this Act are repealed.

NOTICE OF INTENTION TO INTRODUCE LOCAL LEGISLATION
Notice is given that there will be introduced at the regular 2015 session of the General Assembly of Georgia a bill to provide that the judge of the Probate Court of Wilcox County shall also serve as the chief magistrate of the Magistrate Court of Wilcox County on or after June 1, 2015, or upon vacancy of the office of chief magistrate; to provide for the compensation of such judge for service as chief magistrate; to provide for the continuation

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in office and expiration of term of the current chief magistrate; to provide an effective date; and for other purposes.

GEORGIA, FULTON COUNTY

Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths, Buddy Harden, who on oath deposes and says that he is the Representative from District 148 and further deposes and says that the attached Notice of Intention to Introduce Local Legislation was published in the Cordele Dispatch which is the official organ of Wilcox County on February 13, 2015, and that the notice requirements of Code Section 28-1-14 have been met.

s/ BUDDY HARDEN Buddy Harden Representative, District 148

Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 18th day of February, 2015.

s/ JENNIFER BURGESS Jennifer Burgess Notary Public, Fulton County, Georgia My Commission Expires December 29, 2018 (SEAL)

Approved May 6, 2015.

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CITY OF MONTICELLO MUNICIPAL COURT; ABOLISH.

No. 161 (House Bill No. 398).

AN ACT

To amend an Act to incorporate and grant a new charter to the City of Monticello, approved March 10, 1959 (Ga. L. 1959, p. 2683), as amended, so as to dissolve the municipal court; to provide for related matters; to provide for an effective date; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes.

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SECTION 1. An Act to incorporate and grant a new charter to the City of Monticello, approved March 10, 1959 (Ga. L. 1959, p. 2683), as amended, is amended by revising Section 29 as follows:

"SECTION 29. Jurisdiction over all matters in which the municipal court of the City of Monticello had jurisdiction while in existence is granted to the following courts:
(1) As to all matters which are pending in the municipal court of the City of Monticello on July 1, 2015, of this section shall be transferred to the following courts:
(A) As to all matters pending in the municipal court of the City of Monticello which are within the jurisdiction of the Probate Court of Jasper County as provided by law in the absence of a municipal court, to the Probate Court of Jasper County; and (B) As to all matters pending in the municipal court of the City of Monticello which are not within the jurisdiction of the Probate Court of Jasper County as provided by law in the absence of a municipal court, to the Magistrate Court of Jasper County. (2) As to all matters arising on and after July 1, 2015, or pending on the effective date of this section over which the municipal court had jurisdiction and which are not within the jurisdiction of the Probate Court of Jasper County in the absence of a municipal court, including, but not limited to, any violation of city ordinance of the City of Monticello, shall be tried before the Magistrate Court of Jasper County to which jurisdiction is hereby granted. (3) From and after July 1, 2015, all fines, fees, and forfeitures collected in the cases transferred to either the Probate Court of Jasper County or the Magistrate Court of Jasper County shall be paid to the respective court and remitted to Jasper County."

SECTION 2. Said Act is further amended by repealing and reserving Sections 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, and 35.

SECTION 3. This Act shall become effective on July 1, 2015.

SECTION 4. All laws and parts of laws in conflict with this Act are repealed.

NOTICE OF INTENTION TO INTRODUCE LOCAL LEGISLATION
Notice is given that there will be introduced at the regular 2011 session of the General Assembly of Georgia a bill to amend an Act granting a new charter to the City of Monticello, approved March 10, 1959 (Ga. L. 1959, p. 2683), as amended, so as to eliminate the

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municipal court; to provide for related matter; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes.

GEORGIA, FULTON COUNTY

Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths, Susan Holmes, who on oath deposes and says that she is the Representative from District 129 and further deposes and says that the attached Notice of Intention to Introduce Local Legislation was published in the Monticello News which is the official organ of Jasper County on January 29, 2015, and that the notice requirements of Code Section 28-1-14 have been met.

s/ SUSAN HOLMES Susan Holmes Representative, District 129

Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 19th day of February 2015.

s/ JENNIFER BURGESS Jennifer Burgess Notary Public, Fulton County, Georgia My Commission Expires December 29, 2018 (SEAL)

Approved May 6, 2015.

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TOWN OF CLERMONT NEW CHARTER.

No. 162 (House Bill No. 400).

AN ACT

To amend an Act incorporating the Town of Clermont in Hall County, approved April 5, 1994 (Ga. L. 1994, p. 4782), as amended, so as to completely revise such charter; to provide for incorporation, boundaries, and powers of the town; to provide for a governing authority of such town and the powers, duties, authority, election, terms, vacancies, compensation, expenses, qualifications, prohibitions, conflicts of interest, and suspension and removal from office relative to members of such governing authority; to provide for inquiries and investigations; to provide for oaths, organization, meetings, quorum, voting, rules, and

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procedures; to provide for ordinances and codes; to provide for a town manager, mayor, and mayor pro tempore, and certain duties, powers, and other matters relative thereto; to provide for administrative affairs and responsibilities; to provide for boards, commissions, and authorities; to provide for a town attorney, a town clerk, and other personnel and matters relating thereto; to provide for rules and regulations; to provide for a municipal court and the judge or judges thereof and other matters relative to those judges; to provide for the court's jurisdiction, powers, practices, and procedures; to provide for the right of certiorari; to provide for elections; to provide for taxation, licenses, and fees; to provide for franchises, service charges, and assessments; to provide for bonded and other indebtedness; to provide for auditing, accounting, budgeting, and appropriations; to provide for town contracts and purchasing; to provide for the conveyance of property and interests therein; to provide for bonds for officials; to provide for prior ordinances and rules, pending matters, and existing personnel; to provide for penalties; to provide for definitions and construction; to provide for other matters relative to the foregoing; to provide for effective dates; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF GEORGIA:

ARTICLE I INCORPORATION AND POWERS
SECTION 1.10. Incorporation.

The Town of Clermont in Hall County is reincorporated by the enactment of this charter and is constituted and declared a body politic and corporate under the name of the "Town of Clermont." References in this charter to "the town" refer to the Town of Clermont. The town shall have perpetual existence. The legal situs of the town shall be Hall County.

SECTION 1.11. Corporate boundaries.

(a) The boundaries of the town shall be those existing on the effective date of the adoption of this charter with such alterations as may be made from time to time by local law or in the manner provided by general state law. The boundaries of the town at all times shall be shown on a map, a written description, or any combination thereof, to be retained permanently in the office of the town clerk of the town and to be designated, as the case may be: "Official Map or Description of the Corporate Limits of the Town of Clermont, Georgia." Photographic, typed, or other copies of such map or description certified by the clerk shall be admitted as evidence in all courts and shall have the same force and effect as the original map or description.

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(b) The town council may provide for the redrawing of any such map by ordinance to reflect lawful changes in the corporate boundaries. A redrawn map shall supersede for all purposes the earlier map or maps which it is designated to replace but such earlier maps shall be retained in the office of the clerk.

SECTION 1.12. Powers and construction.

(a) The town shall have all powers possible for a town to have under the present or future Constitution and laws of this state as fully and completely as though they were specifically enumerated in this charter. (b) The powers of the town shall be construed liberally in favor of the town. The specific mention or failure to mention particular powers shall not be construed as limiting in any way the powers of the town.

SECTION 1.13. Examples of powers.

The powers of the town shall include but not be limited to the following powers: (1) Air and Water Pollution. To regulate the emission of smoke or other exhaust which pollutes the air and to prevent the pollution of natural streams which flow within the corporate limits of the town; (2) Animal Regulations. To regulate and license or to prohibit the keeping or running at-large of animals and fowl, and to provide for the impoundment of same if in violation of any ordinance or lawful order; to provide for the disposition by sale, gift, or humane destruction of animals and fowl when not redeemed as provided by ordinance; and to provide punishment for violation of ordinances enacted hereunder; (3) Appropriations and Expenditures. To make appropriations for the support of the government of the town; to authorize the expenditure of money for any purposes authorized by this charter and for any purpose for which a municipality is authorized by the laws of the State of Georgia; and to provide for the payment of expenses of the town; (4) Building Regulation. To regulate and to license the erection and construction of buildings and all other structures; to adopt building, housing, plumbing, fire safety, electrical, gas, and heating and air conditioning codes and other similar technical codes; and to regulate all housing and building trades; (5) Business Regulation and Taxation. To levy and to provide for the collection of regulatory fees and taxes on privileges, occupations, trades, and professions as authorized by Title 48 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated or other such applicable laws as are or may thereafter be enacted; to permit and regulate the same; to provide for the manner and method of payment of such regulatory fees and taxes; and to revoke such permits after due process for failure to pay any town taxes or fees;

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(6) Condemnation. To condemn property, inside or outside the corporate limits of the town, for present or future use and for any corporate purpose deemed necessary by the governing authority, utilizing procedures enumerated in Title 22 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated, or such other applicable laws as are or may hereafter be enacted; (7) Contracts. To enter into contracts and agreements with other governmental entities and with private persons, firms, and corporations; (8) Emergencies. To establish procedures for determining and proclaiming that an emergency situation exists within or without the town, and to make and carry out all reasonable provisions deemed necessary to deal with or meet such an emergency for the protection, safety, health, or well-being of the citizens of the town; (9) Environmental Protection. To protect and preserve the natural resources, environment, and vital areas of the town, the region, and the state through the preservation and improvement of air quality, the restoration and maintenance of water resources, the control of erosion and sedimentation, the management of stormwater and establishment of a stormwater utility, the management of solid and hazardous waste, the management of commercial waste, and other necessary actions for the protection of the environment; (10) Fire Regulations. To fix and establish fire limits and from time to time to extend, enlarge or restrict the same; to prescribe fire safety regulations not inconsistent with general law, relating to both fire prevention and detection and to firefighting; and to prescribe penalties and punishment for violations thereof; (11) Garbage Fees. To levy, fix, assess, and collect a garbage, refuse, and trash collection and disposal, and other sanitary service charge, tax, or fee for such services as may be necessary in the operation of the town from all individuals, firms, and corporations residing in or doing business therein and benefiting from such services; to enforce the payment of such charges, taxes, or fees; and to provide for the manner and method of collecting such service charges to provide that said fees may be based upon the availability of the service as opposed to user fees; (12) General Health, Safety, and Welfare. To define, regulate, and prohibit any act, practice, conduct, or use of property which is detrimental to health, sanitation, cleanliness, welfare, and safety of the inhabitants of the town, and to provide for the enforcement of such standards; (13) Gifts. To accept or refuse gifts, donations, bequests, or grants from a source for any purpose related to powers and duties of the town and the general welfare of its citizens, on such terms and conditions as the donor or grantor may impose; (14) Health and Sanitation. To prescribe standards of health and sanitation and to provide for the enforcement of such standards; (15) Jail Sentences. To provide that persons given jail sentences in the municipal court may work out such sentences in any public works or on the streets, roads, drains, and other public property in the town, to provide for commitment of such persons to any jail, to provide for the use of pretrial diversion and any alternative sentencing allowed by law, or

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to provide for commitment of such persons to any county work camp or county jail by agreement with the appropriate county officials; (16) Motor vehicles. To regulate the operation of motor vehicles and exercise control over all traffic, including parking upon or across the streets, roads, alleys, and walkways of the town; (17) Municipal Agencies and Delegation of Power. To create, alter, or abolish departments, boards, offices, commissions, and agencies of the town, including but not limited to any Housing Authority, and to confer upon such agencies the necessary and appropriate authority for carrying out all the powers conferred upon or delegated to the same; (18) Municipal Debts. To appropriate and borrow money for the payment of debts to the town and to issue bonds for the purpose of raising revenue to carry out any project, program, or venture authorized by this charter or the laws of the State of Georgia, or the laws of the United States of America; (19) Municipal Property Ownership. To acquire, dispose of, lease, and hold in trust or otherwise any real, personal, or mixed property, in fee simple or lesser interest, inside or outside the municipal limits of the town; (20) Municipal Property Protection. To provide for the preservation and protection of property and equipment of the town and the administration and use of same by the public; and to prescribe penalties and punishment for violations thereof; (21) Municipal Utilities. To acquire, lease, construct, operate, maintain, sell, and dispose of public utilities, including but not limited to a system of waterworks, sewers and drains, sewage disposal, stormwater management, gas works, electric light plants, cable television and other telecommunications, transportation facilities, public airports, and any other public utility; and to fix the taxes, charges, rates, fares, fees, assessments, regulations, and penalties, and to provide for the withdrawal of service for refusal or failure to pay the same; (22) Nuisance. To define a nuisance and provide for its abatement whether on public or private property; (23) Penalties. To provide penalties for violation of any ordinances adopted pursuant to the authority of this charter and the laws of the State of Georgia; (24) Planning and Zoning. To provide comprehensive town planning for development by zoning; and to provide subdivision regulation and the like as the town council deems necessary and reasonable to ensure a safe, healthy, and aesthetically pleasing community; (25) Police and Fire Protection. To exercise the power of arrest through duly appointed police officers, and to establish, operate, or contract for a police and a firefighting agency; (26) Public Hazards: Removal. To provide for the destruction and removal of any building or other structure which is or may become dangerous or detrimental to the public; (27) Public Improvements. To provide for the acquisition, construction, building, operation, and maintenance of public ways, parks and playgrounds, recreational facilities, cemeteries, markets and market houses, public buildings, libraries, public housing, airports, hospitals, terminals, docks, parking facilities, or charitable, cultural, educational,

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recreational, conservation, sport, curative, corrective, detentional, penal, and medical institutions, agencies, and facilities; and to provide any other public improvements, inside or outside the corporate limits of the town; to regulate the use of public improvements; and for such purposes, property may be acquired by condemnation under Title 22 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated, or such other applicable laws as are or may hereafter be enacted; (28) Public Peace. To provide for the prevention and punishment of loitering, disorderly conduct, drunkenness, riots, and public disturbances; (29) Public Transportation. To organize and operate such public transportation systems as are deemed beneficial; (30) Public Utilities and Services. To grant franchises or make contracts for or impose taxes on public utilities and public service companies; and to prescribe the rates, fares, regulations and standards, and conditions of service applicable to the service to be provided by the franchise grantee or contractor, insofar as not in conflict with valid regulations of the Public Service Commission, or other applicable state laws of Georgia; (31) Regulation of Roadside Areas. To prohibit or regulate and control the erection, removal, and maintenance of signs, billboards, trees, shrubs, fences, buildings, and any and all other structures or obstructions upon or adjacent to the rights-of-way of streets and roads or within view thereof, within or abutting the corporate limits of the town; and to prescribe penalties and punishment for violation of such ordinances; (32) Retirement. To provide and maintain a retirement plan and other employee benefit plans and programs for elected officials, officers, and employees of the town; (33) Roadways. To lay out, open, extend, widen, establish or change the grade of, abandon or close, construct, pave, curb, gutter, adorn with shade trees, or otherwise improve, maintain, repair, clean, prevent erosion of, and light the roads, alleys, and walkways within the corporate limits of the town; and to grant franchises and rights-of-way throughout the streets and roads, and over the bridges and viaducts for the use of public utilities; and to require real estate owners to repair and maintain in a safe condition the sidewalks adjoining their lots or lands, and to impose penalties for failure to do so; (34) Sewer Fees. To levy a fee, charge, or sewer tax as necessary to ensure the acquiring, constructing, equipping, operating, maintaining, and extending of a sewage disposal plant and sewerage system, and to levy on those to whom sewers and sewerage systems are made available a sewer service fee, charge, or sewer tax for the availability or use of the sewers; to provide for the manner and method of collecting such service charges and for enforcing payment of the same; and to charge, impose, and collect a sewer connect fee or fees to those connected with the system; (35) Solid Waste Disposal. To provide for the collection and disposal of garbage, rubbish, and refuse, and to regulate the collection and disposal of garbage, rubbish, and refuse by others; and to provide for the separate collection of glass, tin, aluminum, cardboard, paper, and other recyclable materials, and to provide for the sale of such items;

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(36) Special Areas of Public Regulation. To regulate or prohibit junk dealers; to regulate the manufacture and sale of intoxicating liquors; to regulate the transportation, storage, and use of combustible, explosive, and inflammable materials; to regulate the use of lighting and heating equipment; to regulate the treatment of commercial waste or septage, or both, and any other business or situation which may be dangerous to persons or property; to regulate and control the conduct of peddlers and itinerant traders, theatrical performances, exhibitions, and shows of any kind, by taxation or otherwise; to license and tax professional fortune telling, palmistry, and massage parlors; and to restrict adult bookstores and other adult entertainment to certain areas; (37) Special Assessments. To levy and provide for the collection of special assessments to cover the costs for any public improvements; (38) Taxes: Ad Valorem. To levy and provide for the assessment, valuation, revaluation, and collection of taxes on all property subject to taxation; (39) Taxes: Other. To levy and collect such other taxes as may be allowed now or in the future by law; (40) Taxicabs. To regulate and license vehicles operated for hire in the town; to limit the number of such vehicles; to require the operators thereof to be licensed; to require public liability insurance on such vehicles in the amounts to be prescribed by ordinance; and to regulate the parking of such vehicles; (41) Urban Redevelopment. To organize and operate an urban redevelopment program; (42) Special Referendums. To hold special referendums to place policy issues or to conduct "straw polls" before the electors of the town; to hold such special referendums at the times allowed for special elections under Chapter 2 of Title 21 of the O.C.G.A., the "Georgia Election Code" as now or hereafter amended; and (43) Other Powers. To exercise and enjoy all other powers, functions, rights, privileges, and immunities necessary or desirable to promote or protect the safety, health, peace, security, good order, comfort, convenience, or general welfare of the town and its inhabitants; and to exercise all implied powers necessary or desirable to carry into execution all powers granted in this charter as fully and completely as if such powers were fully stated herein; and to exercise all powers now or in the future authorized to be exercised by other municipal governments under other laws of the State of Georgia; and no listing of particular powers in this charter shall be held to be exclusive of others, nor restrictive of general words and phrases granting powers, but shall be in addition to such powers unless expressly prohibited to municipalities under the Constitution or applicable laws of the State of Georgia.

SECTION 1.14. Exercise of powers.

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no provision, such shall be carried into execution as provided by ordinance or as provided by pertinent laws of the State of Georgia.

ARTICLE II GOVERNMENT STRUCTURE, ELECTIONS, AND REMOVAL
SECTION 2.10. Town council creation; composition; number.

(a) On or after January 1, 2018, the legislative authority of the government of the town except as otherwise specifically provided in this charter, shall be vested in a town council to be composed of a mayor and five councilmembers. The mayor and five councilmembers shall be the successors to the mayor and five councilmembers provided for in previous law. (b) The mayor and councilmembers shall serve for terms of four years and until their respective successors are elected and qualified. No person shall be eligible to serve as the mayor and councilmember unless he or she shall have been a resident of the town for 12 months immediately preceding the election of such office.

SECTION 2.11. Inquiries and investigations.

The town council may make inquiries and investigations into the affairs of the town and the conduct of any department, office, or agency thereof and for this purpose may subpoena witnesses, administer oaths, take testimony, and require the production of evidence. Any person who fails or refuses to obey a lawful order issued in the exercise of these powers by the town council shall be punished as provided by ordinance.

SECTION 2.12. General power and authority of the town council.

Except as otherwise provided by this charter, the town council shall be vested with all the powers of government of the town as provided in Article I of this charter.

SECTION 2.13. Organization meeting.

The town council shall meet for organization on the first Tuesday in January of each year or as soon thereafter as practical. The meeting shall be called to order by the mayor and the oath of office shall be administered to the newly elected members as follows:
"I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully perform the duties of a councilmember of the town and that I will support and defend the charter thereof as well as the Constitution and laws of the State of Georgia and of the United States of America."

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SECTION 2.14. Regular and special meetings.

(a) The town council shall hold regular meetings at such times and places as prescribed by resolution. (b) Special meetings of the town council may be held on call of the mayor or two other members of the town council. Notice of such special meetings shall be served on all other members personally, or by telephone personally, at least 24 hours in advance of the meeting. Such notice to councilmembers shall not be required if all town councilmembers are present when the special meeting is called. Such notice of any special meeting may be waived by a councilmember in writing before or after such a meeting, and attendance at the meeting shall also constitute a waiver of notice on any business transacted in such councilmember's presence. Except where waiver by all members is effected by their presence or in writing, only the business stated in the call may be transacted at the special meeting. (c) All meetings of the town council shall be public to the extent required by general state law and notice to the public of all meetings shall be made as required by general state law.

SECTION 2.15. Rules of procedure.

(a) The town council shall adopt its rules of procedure and order of business consistent with the provisions of this charter and shall provide for keeping minutes of its proceedings according to general state law, and which shall be a public record. (b) All committees and committee chairmen and officers of the town council shall be appointed by the town council. The town council, by a majority vote, shall have the power to remove members of any committee and the power to appoint new members to any committee, at any time, with the town council's discretion.

SECTION 2.16. Quorum; voting.

(a) Except as otherwise provided in subsection (b) of this section, three councilmembers, or two councilmembers and the mayor, shall constitute a quorum and shall be authorized to transact business of the town council. Voting on the adoption of ordinances shall be taken by voice vote and the ayes and nays shall be recorded in the minutes, but any member of the town council shall have the right to request a roll-call vote. Except as otherwise provided in this charter, the affirmative vote of three councilmembers or two councilmembers and the mayor shall be required for the adoption of any ordinance, resolution, or motion. (b) In the event vacancies in office result in less than a quorum of councilmembers holding office, then the remaining councilmembers in office shall constitute a quorum and shall be

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authorized to transact business for the town council. A vote of a majority of the remaining councilmembers shall be required for the adoption of any ordinance, resolution, or motion.

SECTION 2.17. Ordinance form; procedure; notice and reading.

(a) Every proposed ordinance shall be introduced in writing and must be finalized at the time of passage at the second meeting for final adoption. The enacting clause shall be: "The Council of the Town of Clermont hereby ordains...." and every ordinance shall so begin. (b) An ordinance may be introduced by any councilmember. Before an ordinance can be voted on, it must be introduced at one regular or special meeting and passed at a second regular or special meeting. (c) Upon passage, all ordinances shall be signed by the mayor, or mayor pro tempore if presiding, and the town clerk. (d) Failure to comply with the technical requirements of this section shall not invalidate an ordinance if the intention of the governing authority that the ordinance be effective is evident.

SECTION 2.18. Exercise of powers.

Notwithstanding any other provisions of this charter, acts of the town council which have the force and effect of law may be done by motion or resolution of the town council, except that any act of the town council to amend the charter or the code of ordinances or any other act required by general state law to be done by ordinance shall be done by ordinance.

SECTION 2.19. Emergencies.

To meet a public emergency affecting life, health, property, or public peace, the town council may convene on call of the mayor or two town councilmembers and promptly adopt an emergency ordinance, but such ordinance may not levy taxes, grant, renew, or extend a franchise, regulate the rate charged by any public utility for its services, or authorize the borrowing of money except for loans to be repaid within 30 days. Any emergency ordinance shall be introduced in the form prescribed for ordinances generally, except that it contain, after the enacting clause, a declaration stating that an emergency exists and describing it in clear and specific terms. It shall become effective upon adoption or at such later time as it may specify. Every emergency ordinance shall automatically stand repealed 30 days following the date upon which it is adopted, but this shall not prevent reenactment of the ordinance in the manner specified in this section if the emergency still exists. An emergency

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ordinance may also be repealed by adoption of a repealing ordinance in the same manner specified in this section for adoption of emergency ordinances.

SECTION 2.20. Codes of technical regulations.

(a) The town council may adopt any standard code of technical regulations by reference thereto in an adopting ordinance. The procedure and requirements governing such adopting ordinance shall be as prescribed for ordinances generally. (b) Copies of any adopted code of technical regulations shall be made available by the clerk for distribution or for purchase at a reasonable price.

SECTION 2.21. Signing; authenticating; recording; codification; printing.

(a) The clerk shall authenticate by his or her signature and record in full in a properly indexed book or record kept for the purpose all ordinances adopted by the council. (b) The town council shall provide for the preparation of a general codification or compilation of all of the ordinances of the town having the force and effect of law. The general codification or compilation shall be adopted by the town council and shall be published as soon as is practicable, together with all amendments thereto and such codes of technical regulations and other rules and regulations as the town council may specify. This compilation shall be known and cited officially as "The Code of the Town of Clermont, Georgia." Copies of the code or compilation shall be furnished to all offices, departments, and agencies of the town and made available for purchase by the public at a reasonable price as fixed by the town council. (c) The town council shall cause each ordinance and each amendment to this charter to be published as soon as is practicable following its adoption, and the published ordinances and charter amendments shall be made available for purchase by the public at reasonable prices to be fixed by the town council. Following publication of the first code or compilation under this charter and at all times thereafter, the ordinances and charter amendments shall be printed in substantially the same style as the code or compilation currently in effect and shall be suitable in form for incorporation therein. The town council shall make such further arrangements as deemed desirable with respect to reproduction and distribution of any current changes in or additions to codes of technical regulations and other rules and regulations included in the code.

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SECTION 2.22. Submission of ordinances to the mayor; veto power.

(a) Every ordinance adopted by the town council shall be presented by the town clerk to the mayor within three days after its adoption. (b) The mayor shall within ten days of receipt of an ordinance return it to the town clerk with or without his or her approval, or with his or her disapproval. If the ordinance has been approved by the mayor, it shall become law upon its return to the town clerk; if the ordinance is neither approved nor disapproved, it shall become law on the fifteenth day after its adoption; if the ordinance is disapproved, the mayor shall submit to the town council through the town clerk a written statement of the reasons for the veto. The town clerk shall record upon the ordinance the date of its delivery to and receipt from the mayor. (c) Ordinances vetoed by the mayor shall be presented by the town clerk to the town council at its next meeting and should the town council then or at its next general meeting adopt the ordinance by the affirmative vote of four members of the council, it shall become law. (d) The mayor may disapprove or reduce any item or items of appropriation in any ordinance. The approved part or parts of any ordinance making appropriations shall become law, and the part or parts disapproved shall not become law unless subsequently passed by the town council over the mayor's veto as provided in this section. The reduced part or parts shall be presented to the town council as though disapproved and shall not become law unless overridden by the council as provided in subsection (c) of this section.

SECTION 2.23. Chief executive officer; delegation of powers.

The mayor shall be the chief executive of the town. The mayor shall possess all of the executive powers granted to the town under the Constitution and laws of the State of Georgia, and all the executive powers contained in this charter, except as otherwise specifically provided in this charter. The mayor shall have the authority to delegate any one or more executive powers to a person or persons employed by the town and qualified in management and administration. As chief executive officer, the mayor shall be the supervisor of any town manager, if one is selected by the town council, but the town manager, if selected, shall administratively handle the operations of the town on a day-to-day basis.

SECTION 2.24. Powers and duties of mayor.

As the chief executive of the town, the mayor shall: (1) Supervise the town manager to see that all laws and ordinances of the town are faithfully executed;

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(2) Review and approve the recommendation of appointment or removal by the town manager of all officers, department heads, and employees of the town except as otherwise provided in this charter; any appointment or removal by the mayor shall be subject to confirmation by the town council; (3) Exercise supervision over all executive and administrative work of the town by the town manager and provide for the coordination of administrative activities, including but not limited to appointment of councilmembers as administrative supervisors over town departments and who will supervise the town manager's management of said departments; the mayor shall coordinate the administrative tasks performed by the town manager and those performed by a councilmember acting as an administrative supervisor over a town department; (4) Exercise supervision over the town manager's preparation and submission to the council a recommended annual operating budget and recommended capital budget; (5) Ensure that the town manager shall submit to the council at least once a year a statement covering the financial conditions of the town and from time to time such other information as the town council may request; (6) Preside over all meetings of the town council; (7) Call special meetings of the town council as provided for in Section 2.14 of this charter; (8) Participate in the discussion of all matters brought before the town council and vote on such matters only in the case of a tie vote or where such vote is needed to provide the affirmative vote needed for approval of a matter; (9) Recommend to the town council such measures relative to the affairs of the town, improvement of the government, and promotion of the welfare of its inhabitants as he or she may deem expedient; (10) Approve or disapprove ordinances as provided in Section 2.22 of this charter; (11) Require any department or agency of the town to submit written reports whenever he or she deems it expedient; (12) Sign as a matter of course all written contracts, ordinances, and other instruments executed by the town which by law are required to be in writing; (13) Perform the duties of town manager should that office not be filled or be vacant for any reason; and (14) Perform such other duties as may be required by general state law, this charter, or ordinance.

SECTION 2.25. Mayor pro tempore.

The town council at the first annual meeting, after the newly elected councilmembers have taken office following each regular election, shall elect from its membership a mayor pro tempore for a term of one year. In the event that no decision is reached at such first regular

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meeting, the town council shall elect from its membership, within ten days following such meeting, the mayor pro tempore; otherwise the councilmember who received the highest number of votes when he or she was last elected shall become the mayor pro tempore. The mayor pro tempore shall perform the duties of the mayor during his or her absence or inability to act and shall fill out any unexpired term in the office of mayor, in which case a new mayor pro tempore shall be elected by majority vote of the town council.

SECTION 2.26. Town manager and acting town manager.

(a) Appointment of town manager; compensation. The town council may select an officer of not less than 25 years of age whose title shall be town manager and who shall be the head of the administrative branch of the town government on a day-to-day basis. The town manager shall be chosen by the town council on the basis of qualifications for the position as such with special reference to actual experience in and knowledge of the duties of the office as hereinafter prescribed. The town manager shall have received a bachelor's degree as a minimum educational requirement or, in lieu thereof, a minimum of five years' experience in a town in a supervisory capacity. The town manager shall serve at the pleasure of the town council. The town manager shall receive such salary as the town council may fix. Should the town council not fill the office of town manager for any reason, including but not limited to choosing not to have a town manager, or should the office be vacant for any reason, then the mayor shall perform the duties of town manager. (b) Acting town manager. By letter filed with the town clerk, the mayor shall designate, subject to approval of the town council, a qualified administrative officer (which can include but not be limited to the mayor) to execute the powers and perform the duties of the town manager during the manager's temporary absence or disability.

SECTION 2.27. Powers and duties of town manager.

(a) The town manager shall be responsible to the mayor and town council for the proper administration of all affairs of the town. As chief administrator, the town manager shall have the power to recommend appointment and removal of all officers department heads, and employees in the administrative service of the town except the town clerk, town police chief, town engineer, town attorney, and the town judge; and these officers, department heads, and employees shall be administratively responsible to the town manager, except the town clerk, town police chief, town engineer, town attorney, and the town judge who shall be appointed or removed by the mayor and subject to the confirmation by the town council. The mayor and town council as determined in their discretion can modify any personnel decision made by the town manager. It shall be the duty of the town manager to supervise the administration of the affairs of the town; to see that the ordinances, resolutions, and

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regulations of the town council and the laws of the state are faithfully executed and enforced; to make such recommendations to the town council concerning the affairs of the town as he or she shall deem expedient; to keep the town council advised of the financial condition and future financial needs of the town; to attend all meetings of the town council; to prepare and to submit to the town council such reports as may be deemed expedient or as may be required by the town council. The town manager shall perform such other functions as assigned by the town council. (b) The town manager shall be designated and given authority to delegate duties as the purchasing agent, the personnel officer, and the finance officer of the Town of Clermont. The town manager shall have responsibility for preparing and implementing the budget following budgetary review and adoption of the council in regular meeting. All department heads employed by the town manager shall be administratively accountable to the town manager. All department heads or other agents employed by the legislative body shall be administratively communicative with the town manager.

SECTION 2.28. Compensation and expenses.

The mayor shall receive compensation of $150.00 per month and each councilmember shall receive compensation of $125.00 per month, and reimbursement for expenses actually and necessarily incurred by them in carrying out their official duties. The council shall be authorized to change their compensation and expenses for their services as provided by ordinance and in accordance with Chapter 35 of Title 36 of the O.C.G.A.

SECTION 2.29. Prohibitions.

(a) No elected official, appointed officer, or employee of the town or any agency or political entity to which this charter applies shall knowingly:
(1) Engage in any business or transaction or have a financial or other personal interest, direct or indirect, which is incompatible with the proper discharge of his or her official duties or which would tend to impair the independence of his or her judgment or action in the performance of his or her official duties; (2) Engage in or accept private employment or render services for private interests when such employment or service is incompatible with the proper discharge of his or her official duties or would tend to impair the independence of his or her judgment or action in the performance of his or her official duties; (3) Disclose confidential information concerning the property, government, or affairs of the governmental body by which he or she is engaged without proper legal authorization or use such information to advance the financial or other private interest of himself or herself or others;

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(4) Accept any valuable gift, whether in the form of service, loan, object, or promise, from any person, firm, or corporation which to his or her knowledge is interested, directly or indirectly, in any manner whatsoever in business dealings with the governmental body by which he or she is engaged; provided, however, that an elected official who is a candidate for public office may accept campaign contributions and services in connection with any such campaign; (5) Represent other private interests in any action or proceeding against the town or any portion of its government; or (6) Vote or otherwise participate in the negotiation or in the making of any contract with any business or entity in which he or she has a financial interest. (b) Any elected official, appointed officer, or employee who has any private financial interest, directly or indirectly, in any contract or matter pending before or within any department of the town shall disclose such private interest to the town council. The mayor or any councilmember who has a private interest in any matter pending before the town council shall disclose such private interest and such disclosure shall be entered on the records of the town council, and he or she shall disqualify himself or herself from participating in any decision or vote relating thereto. Any elected official, appointed officer, or employee of any agency or political entity in which this charter applies who shall have any private financial interest, directly or indirectly, in any contract or matter pending before or within such entity shall disclose such private interest to the governing body of such agency or entity. (c) No elected official, appointed officer, or employee of the town or any agency or entity to which this charter applies shall use property owned by such governmental entity for personal benefit, convenience, or profit, except in accordance with policies promulgated by the town council or the governing body of such agency or entity. (d) Any violation of this section which occurs with the knowledge, express or implied, of a party to a contract or sale shall render said contract or sale voidable at the option of the town council. (e) Except as authorized by law, no member of the council shall hold any other elective town office or other town employment during the term for which he or she was elected. The provisions of this subsection shall not apply to any person holding employment on the effective date of this charter.

SECTION 2.30. Removal of officers.

(a) The mayor, a councilmember, or other appointed officers provided for in this charter shall be removed from office for any one or more of the following causes:
(1) Incompetence, misfeasance, or malfeasance in office; (2) Conviction of a crime that is a felony or a crime involving moral turpitude; (3) Failure at any time to possess any qualifications of office as provided by this charter or by law;

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(4) Knowingly violating Section 2.29 or any other express prohibition of this charter; (5) Abandonment of office or neglect to perform the duties thereof; or (6) Failure for any cause to perform the duties of office as required by this charter or by state law. (b) Removal of any officer pursuant to subsection (a) of this section shall be accomplished by one of the following methods: (1) By the vote of three councilmembers after an investigative hearing. In the event an elected officer is sought to be removed by the action of the town council, such officer shall be entitled to a written notice specifying the ground or grounds for removal and to a public hearing which shall be held not less than ten days after the service of such written notice. Any elected officer sought to be removed from office as provided in this section shall have the right of appeal from the decision of the town council to the Superior Court of Hall County. Such appeal shall be governed by the same rules as govern appeals to the superior court from the probate court; or (2) By an order of the Superior Court of Hall County following a hearing on a complaint seeking such removal brought by a resident of the Town of Clermont.

SECTION 2.31. Exercise of powers.

All powers, functions, rights, privileges, and immunities of the town, its officers, agencies, or employees shall be carried into execution as provided by the Constitution of Georgia, by general law, or by this charter. If general law and this charter make no provision, such shall be carried into execution as provided by ordinance.

ARTICLE III ELECTIONS SECTION 3.10. Terms and qualifications.

The mayor and councilmembers shall serve for terms of four years and until their respective successors are elected and qualified. No person shall be eligible to serve as mayor or councilmember unless he or she has been a resident of the town for 12 months immediately preceding the election of mayor or councilmembers. Each person elected as mayor or councilmember shall continue to reside within the town and, for councilmember Wards 1 through 4, in the ward which that member represents, during said period of service, and shall be registered and qualified to vote in municipal elections of the town. No person's name shall be listed as a candidate on the ballot for election for either mayor or councilmember unless such person files a written notice with the clerk of the town that he or she desires his or her name to be placed on the ballot as a candidate either for mayor or councilmember. No person shall be eligible for the office of mayor or councilmember unless he or she files such

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notice within the time provided for in Chapter 2 of Title 21 of the O.C.G.A., the "Georgia Election Code."

SECTION 3.11. Elections.

(a) At any election, all persons who are qualified under the Constitution and laws of Georgia to vote for members of the General Assembly of Georgia and who are bona fide residents of said town shall be eligible to qualify as voters in the election. (b) All primaries and elections shall be held and conducted in accordance with Chapter 2 of Title 21 of the O.C.G.A., the "Georgia Election Code." Except as otherwise provided by this charter, the town council shall, by ordinance, or resolution as appropriate, prescribe such rules and regulations it deems appropriate to fulfill any options and duties under the "Georgia Election Code." (c) Political parties shall not conduct primaries for town offices and all names of candidates for town offices shall be listed without party labels. (d) The candidate receiving a plurality of the votes cast for any town office shall be elected.

SECTION 3.12. Councilmembers; election wards.

(a) The mayor and councilmembers who are in office on the effective date of this charter shall serve until the expiration of the terms of office to which they were elected and until their successors are duly elected and qualified.
(b)(1) For purposes of electing members of the town council of the Town of Clermont, the town is divided into four councilmember wards which shall be and correspond to those four numbered wards described in and attached to and made a part of this Act and further identified as Plan: Clermont-2015 Plan Type: Local Administrator: Clermont User: BAK. A fifth councilmember ward shall comprise the entire territory of the town. Each councilmember and mayor shall be elected at large by the voters of the entire municipality. Persons qualifying for election as councilmember at the 2015 municipal elections shall reside in and qualify for Wards 1, 2, and 5, as applicable. Persons qualifying for election as councilmember at the 2017 municipal election shall reside in and qualify for Wards 3 and 4, as applicable. If a councilmember moves his or her residence from the ward from which he or she was elected during his or her term of office, a vacancy shall be created and shall be filled as provided in this charter. The mayor may reside in any part of the town and will be elected at the 2017 municipal election. The mayor and each councilmember shall serve terms of four years and until their successors are duly elected and qualified. (2) When used in such attachment, the term 'VTD' (voting tabulation district) shall mean and describe the same geographical boundaries as provided in the report of the Bureau of the Census for the United States decennial census of 2010 for the State of Georgia.

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(3) The separate numeric designations in a district description which are underneath a VTD heading shall mean and describe individual Blocks within a VTD as provided in the report of the Bureau of the Census for the United States decennial census of 2010 for the State of Georgia. Any part of the Town of Clermont which is not included in any such district described in that attachment shall be included within that district contiguous to such part which contains the least population according to the United States decennial census of 2010 for the State of Georgia. (4) Any part of the Town of Clermont which is described in that attachment as being in a particular councilmember ward shall nevertheless not be included within such ward if such part is not contiguous to such ward. Such noncontiguous part shall instead be included within that ward contiguous to such part which contains the least population according to the United States decennial census of 2010 for the State of Georgia. (5) Any part of the Town of Clermont which is described in paragraph (1) of this subsection as being included in a particular councilmember ward shall nevertheless not be included within such ward if such part is not contiguous to such ward. Such noncontiguous part shall instead be included within that ward contiguous to such part which contains the least population according to the United States decennial census of 2010 for the State of Georgia.

SECTION 3.13. Elections.

Municipal elections shall be held on the Tuesday next following the first Monday in November, 2015, and on such day biennially thereafter. At the election held in November, 2015, there shall be elected councilmembers representing councilmember Wards 1, 2, and 5, as applicable, to serve terms of four years. At the election, held in 2017, there shall be elected a mayor, who may reside in any part of the town, and councilmembers from councilmember Wards 3 and 4 to serve terms of four years. Thereafter, the mayor and councilmembers shall serve terms of four years and until their successors are duly elected and qualified.

SECTION 3.14. Vacancies in office.

(a)(1) The office of mayor or councilmember shall become vacant upon the incumbent's death, resignation, forfeiture of office, or removal from office in any manner authorized by this charter or the general laws of the State of Georgia. (2) Upon the suspension from office of mayor or councilmember in any manner authorized by the general laws of the State of Georgia, the town council or those remaining shall appoint a successor for the duration of the suspension. If the suspension becomes

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permanent, then the office shall become vacant and shall be filled as provided in subsection (b) of this section. (b) In the event that the office of mayor or councilmember shall become vacant, the town council or those remaining shall order a special election to fill the balance of the unexpired term of such official; provided, however, if such vacancy occurs within twelve months of the expiration of the term of that office, the town council or those members remaining shall appoint a successor for the remainder of the term. In all other respects, the special election shall be held and conducted in accordance with Chapter 2 of Title 21 of the O.C.G.A., the "Georgia Election Code," as now or hereafter amended.

ARTICLE IV ADMINISTRATIVE AFFAIRS
SECTION 4.10. Administrative and service departments.

(a) Except as otherwise provided in this charter, the town council, by ordinance or resolution as appropriate, shall prescribe the functions or duties of and establish, abolish, or alter all nonelective offices, positions of employment, departments, and agencies of the town as necessary for the proper administration of the affairs and government of the town. (b) Except as otherwise provided by this charter or general state law or federal law, the directors of departments and other appointed officers of the town shall be appointed solely on the basis of their respective administrative and professional qualifications. (c) All appointive officers and directors of departments shall receive such compensation as prescribed by ordinance or resolution, as appropriate. (d) There shall be a director of each department or agency who shall be its principal officer. Each director shall, subject to the direction and supervision of the town manager, be responsible for the administration and direction of the affairs and operation of his or her department or agency.

SECTION 4.11. Boards, commissions, and authorities.

(a) The town council shall create by ordinance or resolution as appropriate such boards, commissions, and authorities to fulfill any investigative, quasi-judicial, or quasi-legislative functions as the town council deems necessary and shall by ordinance or resolution as appropriate establish the composition, period of existence, duties, and powers thereof. (b) All members of boards, commissions, and authorities of the town shall be appointed by the town council for such terms of office and in such manner as shall be provided by ordinance or resolution as appropriate, except where other appointing authority, term of office, or manner of appointment is prescribed by this charter or general state law.

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(c) The town council, by ordinance or resolution as appropriate, may provide the compensation and reimbursement for actual and necessary expenses of the members of any board, commission, or authority. (d) Except as specifically authorized by general law, no member of any board, commission, or authority shall hold any elective office in the town. (e) Any vacancy on a board, commission, or authority of the town shall be filled for the unexpired term in the manner prescribed herein for original appointment, except as otherwise provided by this charter, by general law, or by resolution. (f) No member of a board, commission, or authority shall assume office until he or she has executed and filed with the clerk of the town an oath obligating himself or herself to perform faithfully and impartially the duties of his or her office, such oath to be prescribed by ordinance or resolution as appropriate and administered by the mayor. (g) Any member of the board, commission, or authority may be removed from office for any reason by a majority vote of the town council. (h) Except as otherwise provided by this charter or by general state law, each board, commission, or authority of the town shall elect one of its members as chairman and one member as vice-chairman and one member as secretary. Each board, commission, or authority of the town government may establish such bylaws, rules, and regulations, not inconsistent with this charter, ordinances of the town, or general state law, as it deems appropriate and necessary for the fulfillment of its duties or the conduct of its affairs, copies of which shall be filed with the clerk of the town.

SECTION 4.12. Town attorney.

(a) Appointment; qualifications; term. The town mayor, subject to the approval of the town council, shall appoint a town attorney who shall be a member of the State Bar of Georgia and shall have actively practiced law for at least one year. The town attorney shall serve at the pleasure of the town council. (b) Duties of the town attorney; compensation. It shall be the duty of the town attorney to serve as legal advisor to the mayor, town council, town manager, and other town officials with respect to the affairs of the town; to draw proposed ordinances when requested to do so; to inspect and determine the legality and form of all agreements, contracts, franchises, and other instruments with which the town may be concerned; to attend meetings of the town council upon request of the council; and to perform such other duties as may be required by virtue of the position of town attorney. The compensation of the town attorney shall be set by the town council.

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SECTION 4.13. Town clerk.

The town mayor, subject to approval by the town council, shall appoint an officer who shall perform the duties of the town clerk and who shall keep a journal of the proceedings of the town council, maintain a safe place for all records and documents pertaining to the affairs of the town, and perform such other duties as may be required by law or as mayor and council may direct, including but not limited to the office of town treasurer.

SECTION 4.14. Personnel policies.

The town council may adopt rules and regulations consistent with this charter concerning: (1) The method of employee selection and probationary periods of employment; (2) The administration of a position classification and pay plan; (3) Hours of work, vacation, sick leave and other leaves of absence, overtime pay, retirement, and the manner in which layoffs shall be effected; (4) Institute civil service regulations for employees and as to which personnel decisions of the town manager, mayor, and town council would be subject; and (5) Such other personnel policies as may be necessary to provide for adequate and systematic handling of the personnel affairs of the Town of Clermont.
Notwithstanding the foregoing, all employees and personnel of the town are at will employees, unless the town council enters into a written employment contract or creates by ordinance a personnel system providing for removal of employees only for cause.

SECTION 4.15. Comprehensive land use plan.

A comprehensive land use plan shall be adopted by the town council and official updates to this plan shall be made as provided by general state law.

ARTICLE V JUDICIAL BRANCH
SECTION 5.10. Creation; name.

There shall be a court to be known as the Municipal Court of the Town of Clermont.

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SECTION 5.11. Chief judge; associate judge.

(a) The municipal court shall be presided over by a chief judge and such part-time, full-time, or stand-by associate judges as shall be provided by ordinance. (b) No person shall be qualified or eligible to serve as a judge on the municipal court unless he or she shall have attained the age of 21 years and is a member of the State Bar of Georgia. The town judge need not be a resident of the Town of Clermont. No other officers of the Town of Clermont may serve as the town judge. All judges shall be appointed by the town council. Upon the effective date of this charter, the present residing town judge may be eligible to continue holding office subject to the approval of the town council. (c) Compensation of the judges shall be fixed by resolution of the council. (d) Judges may be removed for any reason by a majority vote of the town council. (e) Before entering on the duties of his or her office, each judge not presently serving at the time of enactment of the charter shall take an oath given by the mayor that he or she will honestly and faithfully discharge the duties of his or her office to the best of his or her ability without fear, favor, or partiality. The oath shall be similar in form as set out in Section 2.13 and shall be entered upon the minutes of the town council.

SECTION 5.12. Clerk of municipal court.

The town manager shall designate, subject to the approval of the chief judge of the Municipal Court of the Town of Clermont, a municipal employee to serve as the clerk of the municipal court. The clerk of the municipal court shall attend all hearings and be responsible for all records of said municipal court.

SECTION 5.13. Convening.

The municipal court shall be convened at regular intervals as designated by procedure set by the chief judge of the Municipal Court of the Town of Clermont.

SECTION 5.14. Jurisdiction; power.

(a) The municipal court shall try and punish violations of all town ordinances and such violations of state law allowed to be tried in municipal court under the general laws of the State of Georgia. (b) The municipal court shall have authority to punish those in its presence for contempt, provided that such punishment shall not exceed $1,000.00 or 180 days in jail or both.

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(c) The municipal court may fix punishment for offenses within its jurisdiction not exceeding a fine of $1,000.00 or imprisonment for 180 days or both or may sentence any offender upon conviction to labor for the town on the streets, sidewalks, squares, or other public places for a period not exceeding 180 days. A fine levied by the municipal court shall not be subject to suspension, stay, or probation except that, if the fine will impose an economic hardship on the defendant, the judge of the municipal court, in his or her sole discretion, may order the defendant to pay such fine in installments or under an order of probation, and such order may be enforced through a contempt proceeding. (d) The municipal court shall have authority to establish a schedule of fees to defray the cost of operation and shall be entitled to reimbursement of the cost of meals, transportation, and caretaking of prisoners bound over to superior courts for violations of state law. The schedule of fees shall be in addition to any fines imposed, and may include assessments for court costs, probation fees, technology fees, and such other assessments as may be imposed by the municipal court. (e) The municipal court shall have authority to establish bail and recognizances to ensure the presence of those charged with violations before said court and shall have discretionary authority to accept cash or personal or real property as surety for the appearance of persons charged with violations. Whenever any person shall give bail for his or her appearance and shall fail to appear at the time fixed for trial, his or her bond shall be forfeited by the judge presiding at such time. In the event that cash or property is accepted in lieu of bond for security for the appearance of a defendant at trial and if such defendant fails to appear at the time and place fixed for trial, the cash so deposited shall be on order of the judge declared forfeited to the town, or the property so deposited shall have a lien against it for the value forfeited, which lien shall be enforceable in the same manner and to the same extent as a lien for town property taxes. (f) The municipal court shall have the authority to bind prisoners over to the appropriate court when it appears by probable cause that state law has been violated and a jury trial is requested. (g) The municipal court shall have the same authority as superior courts to compel the production of evidence in the possession of any party, to enforce obedience to its orders, judgments, and sentences, and to administer such oaths as are necessary. (h) The municipal court may compel the presence of all parties necessary to a proper disposal of each case by the issuance of summonses, subpoenas, and warrants which may be served as executed by an officer as authorized by this charter or by general state law. All judges of the municipal court and the clerk of the municipal court are authorized to issue warrants for the arrest of persons charged with offenses against any ordinance of the town or as to violations of state law. (i) The municipal court is specifically vested with all of the jurisdiction and powers throughout the entire area of the town granted by general state laws to mayor's, recorder's, and police courts, and particularly by such laws as that authorize the abatement of nuisances and prosecution of traffic violations.

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SECTION 5.15. Certiorari.

The right of certiorari from the decision and judgment of the municipal court shall exist in all cases, and such certiorari shall be obtained under the sanction of a judge of the appropriate court of Hall County under the laws of the State of Georgia regulating the granting and issuance of writs of certiorari.

SECTION 5.16. Rules for court.

With the approval of the town council, the judge shall have the full power and authority to make reasonable rules and regulations necessary to secure the proper administration of the municipal court and to require the prosecution by a prosecuting officer or by a council appointed solicitor; provided, however, that the town council may adopt in part or in toto the rules and regulations for procedure in the superior court under the general laws of the State of Georgia. The rules and regulations made or adopted shall be filed with the town clerk, shall be available for public inspection, and, upon request, a copy shall be furnished to all defendants in municipal court proceedings.

SECTION 5.17. Probation.

The Clermont Municipal Court may establish rules and regulations to allow those convicted of ordinances or violations of state law to serve their sentence pursuant to such terms of probation as may be set by the municipal judge. The municipal court may establish or contract for probation services as determined are necessary for the proper operation of the court by the municipal judge and as approved by the town council.

ARTICLE VI FINANCE
SECTION 6.10. Property tax.

The town council may assess, levy, and collect an ad valorem tax on all real and personal property within the corporate limits of the town that is subject to such taxation by the state and county. This tax is for the purpose of raising revenues to defray the costs of operating the town government, providing governmental services, for the repayment of principal and interest on general obligations, and for any other public purpose as determined by the town council in its discretion.

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SECTION 6.11. Millage rate; due dates; payment methods.

The town council, by ordinance, shall establish a millage rate for the town property tax, a due date, and in what length of time these taxes must be paid. The town council, by ordinance, may provide for the payment of these taxes by installments or in one lump sum and may authorize the voluntary payment of taxes prior to the time when due.

SECTION 6.12. Occupation and business taxes.

The town council, by ordinance, shall have the power to levy such occupation or business taxes as are not denied by general state law. Such taxes may be levied on both individuals and corporations who transact business in the town or who practice or offer to practice any profession or calling therein to the extent such persons have a constitutionally sufficient nexus to the town to be so taxed. The town council may classify businesses, occupations, professions, or callings for the purpose of such taxation in any way which may be lawful and compel the payment of such taxes as provided in Section 6.18.

SECTION 6.13. Licenses; permits; fees.

The town council, by ordinance, shall have the power to require any individuals or corporations who transact business in the town or who practice or offer to practice any profession or calling therein to obtain a license or permit for such activity from the town and pay a reasonable fee for such license or permit where such activities are not now regulated by general state law in such a way as to preclude town regulation. Such fees, if unpaid, shall be collected as provided in Section 6.18. The town council, by ordinance, may establish reasonable requirements for obtaining or keeping such licenses as the public health, safety, and welfare necessitates.

SECTION 6.14. Franchises.

The town council shall have the power to grant franchises for the use of the town's street and alleys for the purposes of railroads, street railways, telephone companies, electric companies, and other similar organizations. The town council shall determine the duration, provisions, terms, whether the same shall be exclusive or nonexclusive, and the consideration for such franchises. The town council shall have the right to set franchise fees as to state franchises as allowed by the general laws of the State of Georgia.

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SECTION 6.15. Services charges.

The town council, by ordinance, shall have the power to assess and collect fees, charges, and tolls for law enforcement, fire, emergency, water, zoning, sewer, sanitary, health services, and any other services rendered within and without the corporate limits of the town, or as to provide the availability of said services, or both. If unpaid, such charges shall be collected as provided in Section 6.18.

SECTION 6.16. Special assessments.

The town council, by ordinance, shall have the power to assess and collect the cost of constructing, reconstructing, widening, or improving any public way, street, sidewalk, curbing, gutters, sewers, or other utility mains and appurtenances from the abutting property owners under such terms and conditions as are reasonable. If unpaid, such charges shall be collected as provided in Section 6.18.

SECTION 6.17. Construction; other taxes.

The town council shall be empowered to levy any other tax allowed now or hereafter by state law and the special mention of any right, power, or authority in this article shall not be construed as limiting in any way the general powers of the town to govern its local affairs.

SECTION 6.18. Collection of delinquent taxes and fees.

The town council, by ordinance, may provide generally for the collection of delinquent taxes, fees, charges, or other revenue due the town by whatever reasonable means as are not precluded by general state law, including but not limited to the termination of town services such as water or sewer, or both. This shall include providing for the dates when the taxes or fees are due, late penalties or interest, issuance and execution of fi. fas., creation and priority of liens, making delinquent taxes and fees personal debts of the persons required to pay the taxes or fees imposed, revoking town licenses for failure to pay any town taxes or fees, allowing exceptions for hardship, and providing for the assignment or transfer of tax executions.

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SECTION 6.19. General obligation bonds.

The town council shall have the power to issue bonds for the purpose of raising revenue to carry out any project, program, or venture authorized under this charter or the general laws of the state. Such bonding authority shall be exercised in accordance with the laws governing bond issuances by municipalities in effect at the time said issue is undertaken.

SECTION 6.20. Revenue bonds.

Revenue bonds may be issued by the town council as state law now or hereafter provides. Such bonds are to be paid out of any revenue produced by the project, program, or venture for which they were issued.

SECTION 6.21. Short-term loans.

Any short-term loan obtained by the town must be repaid by December 31 of the year in which the loan was obtained unless otherwise provided by present or future state law.

SECTION 6.22. Fiscal year.

The town council shall set the fiscal year by resolution. This fiscal year shall constitute the budget year and the year for financial accounting and reporting of each and every office, department, agency, and activity of the town government, unless otherwise provided by general state or federal law.

SECTION 6.23. Action by town council on budget.

(a) The town council shall adopt and may thereafter amend an annual budget, by resolution, except that the budget as finally adopted and amended must provide for all expenditures required by state law or by other provisions of this charter and for all debt service requirements for the ensuing fiscal year and the total appropriations from any fund shall not exceed the estimated fund balance, reserves, and revenues. (b) The amount set out in the adopted budget for each organizational unit shall constitute the annual appropriation for such; and no expenditure shall be made or encumbrance created in excess of the otherwise unencumbered balance of the appropriations or allotment thereof to which it is chargeable unless by a majority vote of the town council.

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SECTION 6.24. Tax levies.

After adoption of the budget, in a timely fashion, the town council shall levy, by ordinance, such taxes as are necessary. The taxes and tax rates set by such ordinance shall be such that reasonable estimates of revenues from such levy shall at least be sufficient, together with other anticipated revenues, fund balances, and applicable reserves, to equal the total amount appropriated for each of the several funds set forth in the total amount of the operating budget for defraying the expenses of the general government of the town.

SECTION 6.25. Changes in appropriations.

The town council, by majority vote, may make changes by resolution in the appropriations contained in the current operating budget at any regular meeting or special or emergency meeting called for such purpose.

SECTION 6.26. Independent audit.

There shall be an independent audit of all town accounts, funds, and financial transactions by a certified public accountant selected by the town council as required by general state law. The audit shall be conducted according to generally accepted auditing standards. Any audit of any funds by the state or federal governments may be accepted by satisfying the requirements of this charter. Copies of all audit reports shall be available at printing cost to the public.

SECTION 6.27. Contracting procedures.

No contract with the town shall be binding on the town unless: (1) It is in writing; and (2) It is made or authorized by the town council and such approval is entered in the town council minutes.

SECTION 6.28. Centralized purchasing.

The town council may prescribe procedures for a system of centralized purchasing for the town.

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SECTION 6.29. Sale of town property.

(a) The town council may sell and convey any real or personal property owned or held by the town for governmental or other purposes as provided by general state law. (b) The town council may quitclaim any rights it may have in property not needed for public purposes upon and adoption of a resolution, both finding that the property is not needed for public or other purposes and that the interest of the town is of no readily ascertainable monetary value. (c) Whenever in opening, extending, or widening any street, avenue, alley, or public place of the town, a small parcel or tract is cut off or separated by such work from a larger tract or boundary of land owned by the town, the town council may authorize the town manager to execute and deliver in the name of the town a deed conveying said cut off or separated parcel or tract of land to an abutting or adjoining property owner or owners in exchange for rights of way of said street, avenue, alley, or public place or in settlement of any alleged damages sustained by said abutting or adjoining property owner. All deeds and conveyances heretofore and hereafter so executed and delivered shall convey all title and interest the town has in such property, notwithstanding the fact that no public sale after advertisement was or is hereafter made.

ARTICLE VII GENERAL PROVISIONS
SECTION 7.10. Official bonds.

The officers and employees of the town, both elective and appointive, shall execute such official bonds in such amounts and upon such terms and conditions as the town council shall from time to time require by ordinance or as may be provided by state law.

SECTION 7.11. Prior ordinances.

All ordinances, bylaws, rules, and regulations now in force in the town not inconsistent with this charter are declared valid and of full effect and force until amended or repealed by the town council.

SECTION 7.12. Pending matters.

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or cases shall be dealt with by such town agencies, personnel, or offices as may be provided by the town council.

SECTION 7.13. Effective dates.

Those provisions of Article III of this Act relating to municipal elections in November, 2015, shall become effective on the Governor's approval or this Act becoming effective without such approval. The remainder of this Act shall become effective on January 1, 2016.

SECTION 7.14. Repealer.

All laws and parts of laws in conflict with this Act are repealed.

NOTICE OF INTENTION TO INTRODUCE LOCAL LEGISLATION
Notice is given that there will be introduced at the regular 2015 session of the General Assembly of Georgia a bill to amend an Act incorporating the Town of Clermont in Hall County, approved April 5, 1994 (Ga. L. 1994, p. 4782), so as to completely revise such charter; to provide for incorporation, boundaries, and powers of the town; to provide for a governing authority of such town the powers, duties, authority, election, terms, vacancies, compensation, expenses, qualification, prohibitions, conflicts of interest, and suspension and removal from office relative to member of such governing authority; to provide for inquiries and investigations; to provide for oaths, organization, meetings, quorum, voting, rules, and procedures; to provide for ordinances and codes; to provide for a town manager, mayor, and mayor pro tempore, and certain duties, powers, and other matters relative thereto; to provide for administrative affairs and responsibilities; to provide for boards, commissions, and authorities; to provide for a town attorney, a town clerk, and other personnel and matters relating thereto; to provide for rules and regulations; to provide for a municipal court and the judge or judges thereof and other matters relative to those judges; to provide for the court's jurisdiction, powers, practices, and procedures; to provide for the right of certiorari; to provide for elections; to provide for taxation, licenses, and fees; to provide for franchises, service charges, and assessments; to provide for bonded and other indebtedness; to provide for auditing, accounting, budgeting, and appropriations; to provide for town contracts and purchasing; to provide for the conveyance of property and interests therein; to provide for bonds for officials; to provide for prior ordinances and rules, pending matters, and existing personnel; to provide for penalties; to provide for definitions and construction; to provide for other matters relative to the foregoing; to provide for effective dates; and for other purposes.

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GEORGIA, FULTON COUNTY

Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths, Lee Hawkins, who on oath deposes and says that he is the Representative from District 27 and further deposes and says that the attached Notice of Intention to Introduce Local Legislation was published in the Gainesville Times which is the official organ of Hall County on January 10, 2015, and that the notice requirements of Code Section 28-1-14 have been met.

s/ LEE HAWKINS Lee Hawkins Representative, District 27

Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 12th day of Feb., 2015.

s/ JENNIFER BURGESS Jennifer Burgess Notary Public, Fulton County, Georgia My Commission Expires December 29, 2018 (SEAL)

Approved May 6, 2015.

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WASHINGTON COUNTY BOARD OF ELECTIONS AND REGISTRATION; CREATION.

No. 164 (House Bill No. 403).

AN ACT

To create a board of elections and registration for Washington County and to provide for its powers and duties; to define certain terms; to provide for the composition of the board and the selection, qualifications, and terms of its members; to provide for the resignation, succession, and removal of members and for filling vacancies; to provide for oaths and privileges; to provide for meetings, procedures, and vacancies; to relieve a certain board and officers of certain powers and duties and provide for the transfer of certain items to the newly created board; to abolish a certain board and officers; to provide for meetings and procedures; to provide for an elections supervisor and the powers and duties of such elections supervisor; to provide for board employees and their compensation; to provide for

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expenditures of public funds for certain purposes; to provide for compensation of members of the board and personnel; to provide for offices and equipment; to provide for contracts with certain municipalities; to provide for related matters; to provide for effective dates; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF GEORGIA:

SECTION 1. As used in this Act, the term:
(1) "Board" means the Washington County Board of Elections and Registration. (2) "Commissioners" means the Washington County Board of Commissioners. (3) "County" means Washington County. (4) "Election," "elector," "primary," and "public office" shall have the same meanings as ascribed to those terms by Code Section 21-2-2 of the O.C.G.A., unless otherwise clearly apparent from the text of this Act.

SECTION 2. Pursuant to subsection (b) of Code Section 21-2-40 of the O.C.G.A., there is created a board of elections and registration for Washington County which shall have jurisdiction over the conduct of primaries and elections and the registration of electors in such county in accordance with the provisions of this Act. Such board shall be known as the Washington County Board of Elections and Registration. The board shall have the powers, duties, and responsibilities of the superintendent of elections of Washington County under Chapter 2 of Title 21 of the O.C.G.A., the "Georgia Election Code," currently being exercised by the judge of the Probate Court of Washington County, and the powers, duties, and responsibilities of the Board of Registrars of Washington County under Chapter 2 of Title 21 of the O.C.G.A., the "Georgia Election Code."

SECTION 3. (a) The board shall be composed of five members, each of whom shall be an elector of the county and who shall be appointed by the commissioners. (b) The initial members of the board shall be appointed for terms of office beginning January 1, 2016. All members of the board shall be appointed by the Washington County Board of Commissioners. The commissioners shall designate two of the initial members to serve for a term ending on December 31, 2018, and three of the initial members to serve for a term ending on December 31, 2020, and until their respective successors are appointed and qualified. The subsequent terms shall be for a four-year period. (c) No person who holds or qualifies as a candidate for elective public office shall be eligible to serve as a member of the board during the term of such office, and the position of any member of the board shall be deemed vacant upon such member's qualifying as a candidate for elective public office.

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SECTION 4. (a) The appointment of each member shall be made by the commissioners filing an affidavit with the clerk of the superior court no later than 30 days preceding the date upon which such member is to take office, stating the name and residential address of the person appointed and certifying that such member has been duly appointed as provided in this Act. The clerk of the superior court shall record each of such certifications on the minutes of the superior court and shall certify the name of each such appointed member to the Secretary of State and provide for the issuance of appropriate commissions to the members within the same time and in the same manner as provided by law for registrars. (b) If the commissioners do not certify in conformity with this Act an appointment to the board within 30 days after the beginning of a term of office or within 30 days after the creation of a vacancy in that office, then the judge of the Probate Court of Washington County shall immediately fill the vacancy by making the appointment and shall certify it as provided in this section. Any person appointed to fill a vacancy shall serve out the unexpired term of the office.

SECTION 5. Each member of the board shall be eligible to succeed himself or herself without limitation and shall have the right to resign at any time by giving written notice of his or her resignation to the commissioners and to the clerk of the Superior Court of Washington County. Each member shall be subject to removal for good cause from the board by the commissioners at any time after notice and hearing.

SECTION 6. Except as provided in subsection (b) of Section 4 of this Act, in the event a vacancy occurs in the office of any member of the board by removal, death, resignation, or otherwise, the commissioners shall appoint a successor for the remainder of the unexpired term. The clerk of superior court shall be notified of interim appointments and shall record and certify such appointments in the same manner as the regular appointments of members.

SECTION 7. Before entering upon his or her duties, each member of the board shall take substantially the same oath as required by law for registrars. Each member of the board shall have the same privileges from arrest as registrars.

SECTION 8. On January 1, 2016, the elections superintendent of Washington County and the board of registrars of Washington County shall be relieved of all powers and duties to which the board succeeds by the provisions of this Act. They shall deliver thereafter to the chairperson of the board, upon his or her written request, custody of all equipment, supplies, materials, books,

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papers, records, and facilities of every kind pertaining to such powers and duties. At such time, the board of registrars of Washington County shall stand abolished.

SECTION 9. The board shall be authorized and empowered to organize itself, elect its officers, determine its procedural rules and regulations, adopt bylaws, specify the functions and duties of the elections supervisor, and otherwise take such action as is appropriate to the management of the affairs committed to its supervision; provided, however, that no such action shall conflict with state law. Action and decision by the board shall be by a majority of the members of the board. Every year, the board shall elect one of its members to serve as chairperson for a one-year term.

SECTION 10. The board may hold regular meetings at the county courthouse or such other locations as the board may prescribe. Any specially called meetings held pursuant to the bylaws adopted by the board shall be held only after notification of the time and place of the holding of such meeting has been communicated in writing to the elections supervisor who shall provide public notice of the meeting as required by law. All meetings of the board of whatever kind shall be conducted pursuant to Chapter 14 of Title 50 of the O.C.G.A., relating to open meetings.

SECTION 11. There shall be a full-time elections supervisor to administer and supervise the conduct of elections and primaries and the registration of electors of the county. The board shall act within 60 days of its members taking office under this Act, or of the date of any vacancy in such position, to submit and recommend for the position one to three names of qualified individuals to the county administrator, who shall hire an elections supervisor based on a job description drawn by the board. The county administrator may either hire one of the candidates submitted and recommended by the board, or the county administrator may reject all the candidates submitted and recommended by the board and hire another qualified candidate. The elections supervisor shall not be eligible to serve as a member of the board. The elections supervisor shall be considered a county employee for purposes of pay, benefits, sick leave, vacation, termination of employment, and other purposes. The elections supervisor shall be subject to direction, evaluation, and corrective action by the county administrator.

SECTION 12. The elections supervisor may recommend to the county administrator for employment such full-time and part-time employees, including poll workers, as may be deemed necessary by the elections supervisor and as are approved in the annual budget adopted by the governing authority of the county. All such employees shall be considered county employees for

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purposes of pay, benefits, sick leave, vacation, and other purposes in accordance with policies adopted by the governing authority.

SECTION 13. With the consent of the commissioners, the board shall be authorized to expend public funds for the purpose of distributing sample ballots, voter information booklets, and other material designed to inform and instruct adequately the electors of the county with regard to elections. No material distributed by the board shall contain or express, in any manner or form, any commentary or expression of opinion or request for support for any political issue or matter of political concern.

SECTION 14. The compensation of the chairperson and other members of the board, the elections supervisor, clerical assistants, and other employees shall be as fixed by the commissioners of the county. Such compensation shall be paid from county funds.

SECTION 15. The commissioners shall provide the board and the elections supervisor with proper and suitable offices and equipment.

SECTION 16. The board shall have the authority to contract with any municipality located within the county for the holding by the board of any primary or election to be conducted within the municipality; provided, however, that any such contract shall be approved and ratified by the governing authority of the county.

SECTION 17. (a) For the purposes of making initial appointments to the board, this Act shall become effective on the first day of the month following the month in which it is approved by the Governor or becomes law without such approval. (b) For all other purposes, this Act shall become effective on the first day of the second month following the month in which it is approved by the Governor or becomes law without such approval.

SECTION 18. All laws and parts of laws in conflict with this Act are repealed.

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NOTICE OF INTENTION TO INTRODUCE LOCAL LEGISLATION

Notice is given that there will be introduced at the regular 2015 session of the General Assembly of Georgia a bill to create a board of elections and registration for Washington County and provide for its powers and duties; to provide for the composition of the board and the selection, qualifications, and terms of its members; to provide for the resignation, succession, and removal of members and for filling vacancies; to provide for oaths and privileges; to provide for meetings, procedures, and vacancies; to relieve a certain board and officers of certain powers and duties and provide for the transfer of certain items to the newly created board; to abolish a certain board and officers; to provide for meetings and procedures; to provide for an elections supervisor and the powers and duties of such elections supervisor; to provide for expenditures of public funds for certain purposes; to provide for compensation of members of the board and personnel; to provide for officers and equipment; to provide for contracts with certain municipalities; to provide for effective dates; and for other purposes.

GEORGIA, FULTON COUNTY

Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths, Mack Jackson, who on oath deposes and says that he is the Representative from District 128 and further deposes and says that the attached Notice of Intention to Introduce Local Legislation was published in the Sandersville Progress which is the official organ of Washington County on February 11, 2015, and that the notice requirements of Code Section 28-1-14 have been met.

s/ MACK JACKSON Mack Jackson Representative, District 128

Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 18th day of February, 2015.

s/ JENNIFER BURGESS Jennifer Burgess Notary Public, Fulton County, Georgia My Commission Expires December 29, 2018 (SEAL)

Approved May 6, 2015.

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GLASCOCK COUNTY TREASURER; ABOLISH.

No. 165 (House Bill No. 404).

AN ACT

To abolish the office of county treasurer of Glascock County; to repeal an Act entitled "An Act to fix the salary of the treasurer of Glascock County," approved August 4, 1917 (Ga. L. 1917, p. 363); to provide for an effective date; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF GEORGIA:

SECTION 1. Pursuant to the provisions of Code Section 36-6-1 of the O.C.G.A., the office of treasurer of Glascock County is abolished on January 1, 2017.

SECTION 2. An Act entitled "An Act to fix the salary of the treasurer of Glascock County," approved August 4, 1917 (Ga. L. 1917, p. 363), and all amendatory Acts thereto, are repealed.

SECTION 3. This Act shall become effective on January 1, 2015.

SECTION 4. All laws and parts of laws in conflict with this Act are repealed.

NOTICE OF INTENTION TO INTRODUCE LOCAL LEGISLATION
Notice is given that there will be introduced at the regular 2015 session of the General Assembly of Georgia a bill to abolish the office of county treasurer of Glascock County; and for other purposes.
GEORGIA, FULTON COUNTY
Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths, Mack Jackson, who on oath deposes and says that he is the Representative from District 128 and further deposes and says that the attached Notice of Intention to Introduce Local Legislation was published in the News and Farmer and Jefferson Reporter which is the

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official organ of Glascock County on February 5, 2015, and that the notice requirements of Code Section 28-1-14 have been met.

s/ MACK JACKSON Mack Jackson Representative, District 128

Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 18th day of February, 2015.

s/ JENNIFER BURGESS Jennifer Burgess Notary Public, Fulton County, Georgia My Commission Expires December 29, 2018 (SEAL)

Approved May 6, 2015.

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PUTNAM COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS; STAGGERED TERMS.

No. 168 (Senate Bill No. 75).

AN ACT

To amend an Act creating the board of commissioners for Putnam County, approved September 8, 1879 (Ga. L. 1878-79, p. 334), as amended, particularly by an Act approved February 15, 2012 (Ga. L. 2012, p. 3596), so as to provide for staggered terms; to provide for related matters; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF GEORGIA:

SECTION 1. An Act creating the board of commissioners for Putnam County, approved September 8, 1879 (Ga. L. 1878-79, p. 334), as amended, particularly by an Act approved February 15, 2012 (Ga. L. 2012, p. 3596), is amended by revising Section 3 as follows:

"SECTION 3. (a) In the event that any member elected from a district ceases to be a resident of his or her respective commissioner district during his or her term of office, a vacancy shall be created

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and shall be filled as provided by law. All members shall be nominated and elected in accordance with the provisions of Chapter 2 of Title 21 of the O.C.G.A., the 'Georgia Election Code,' as now or hereafter amended. (b) The members of the board holding office on the effective date of this section and any persons selected to fill vacancies in such offices shall serve out the terms of office to which they were elected and until their successors are elected and qualified. (c) In the general election in November, 2016, successors to the members from Districts 3 and 4 shall be elected for terms of two years beginning on January 1 following their election and until their respective successors are elected and qualified. Thereafter, successors to the members shall be elected at the November general election immediately preceding the end of their terms of office for terms of four years beginning on January 1 following their election and until their respective successors are elected and qualified. (d) In the general election in November, 2016, a successor to the chairperson of the board shall be elected for a term of two years beginning on January 1 following his or her election and until his or her respective successor is elected and qualified. Thereafter, a successor to the chairperson shall be elected at the November general election immediately preceding the end of the term of office of the chairperson for a term of four years beginning on January 1 following such election and until his or her respective successor is elected and qualified. (e) In the general election in November, 2016, successors to the members from Districts 1 and 2 shall be elected for terms of four years beginning on January 1 following their election and until their respective successors are elected and qualified. Thereafter, successors to the members shall be elected at the November general election immediately preceding the end of their terms of office for terms of four years beginning on January 1 following their election and until their respective successors are elected and qualified."

SECTION 2. All laws and parts of laws in conflict with this Act are repealed.

NOTICE OF INTENTION TO INTRODUCE LOCAL LEGISLATION
Notice is given that there will be introduced at the regular 2015 session of the General Assembly of Georgia a bill to amend an Act creating the board of commissioners for Putnam County, approved September 8, 1879 (Ga. L. 1878 79, p. 334), as amended, particularly by an Act approved February 15, 2012 (Ga. L. 2012, p. 3596), so as to provide for staggered terms; to provide for related matters; and for other purposes.
Burt Jones, Senator from District 25

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GEORGIA, FULTON COUNTY

Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths, Burt Jones, who on oath deposes and says that he is the Senator from District 25 and further deposes and says that the attached Notice of Intention to Introduce Local Legislation was published in the Eatonton Messenger which is the official organ of Putnam County on January 29, 2015, and that the notice requirements of Code Section 28-1-14 have been met.

s/ BURT JONES Burt Jones Senator, District 25

Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 2nd day of February, 2015

s/ JENNIFER BURGESS Jennifer Burgess Notary Public, Fulton County, Georgia My Commission Expires December 29, 2018 (SEAL)

Approved May 6, 2015.

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CITY OF TYBEE ISLAND CONSTRUCTION OF PUBLIC SWIMMING POOL; ADVISORY REFERENDUM.

No. 170 (Senate Bill No. 84).

AN ACT

To provide for an advisory referendum election to be held in the City of Tybee Island for the purpose of determining if the construction of a public swimming pool with municipal funds is desired by the people of said city; to provide for related matters; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF GEORGIA:

SECTION 1. (a) The election superintendent of the City of Tybee Island shall call and conduct an advisory referendum election as provided in this section for the purpose of submitting an

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advisory question to the voters of said city for approval or rejection. The election superintendent shall conduct that election on the date of the November, 2015, municipal election and shall issue the call and conduct that election as provided by general law. The superintendent shall cause the date and purpose of the election to be published once a week for two weeks immediately preceding the date thereof in the official organ of Chatham County. The ballot shall have written or printed thereon the words:
"ADVISORY REFERENDUM ELECTION
( ) YES Should municipal funds be used to construct a public swimming pool on ( ) NO city property?"
All persons desiring to vote for approval of the use of municipal funds to construct a public swimming pool on city property shall vote "Yes," and those persons desiring to vote for rejection of the use of municipal funds to construct a public swimming pool on city property shall vote "No." The expense of such election shall be borne by the City of Tybee Island. It shall be the election superintendent's duty to certify the result thereof to the Secretary of State. (b) It is found, determined, and declared that the holding of the advisory referendum election provided for in this section is in all respects for the benefit of the people of Tybee Island, is for a public purpose, and is an essential governmental function for which public funds may be expended.

SECTION 2. All laws and parts of laws in conflict with this Act are repealed.

NOTICE OF INTENTION TO INTRODUCE LOCAL LEGISLATION
Notice is given that there will be introduced at the regular 2015 session of the General Assembly of Georgia, a bill to provide for an advisory referendum election to be held in the City of Tybee Island for the purpose of determining if the construction of a public swimming pool with municipal funds is desired by the people of said city; to provide for related matters; to repeal conflicting laws and for other purposes.
GEORGIA, FULTON COUNTY
Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths, Ben Watson, who on oath deposes and says that he is the Senator from District 1 and further deposes and says that the attached Notice of Intention to Introduce Local Legislation was published in the Savannah Morning News which is the official organ of Chatham County on January 27, 2015, and that the notice requirements of Code Section 28-1-14 have been met.

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s/ BEN WATSON Ben Watson Senator, District 1

Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 3rd day of February, 2015.

s/ JENNIFER BURGESS Jennifer Burgess Notary Public, Fulton County, Georgia My Commission Expires December 29, 2018 (SEAL)

Approved May 6, 2015.

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SEMINOLE COUNTY JUDGE OF PROBATE COURT; NONPARTISAN ELECTIONS.

No. 172 (Senate Bill No. 93).

AN ACT

To provide that future elections for the office of probate judge of Seminole County shall be nonpartisan elections; to provide for related matters; to provide an effective date; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF GEORGIA:

SECTION 1. All elections for the office of probate judge of Seminole County conducted after the effective date of this Act shall be nonpartisan elections as provided for in Code Section 21-2-139 of the O.C.G.A. Such nonpartisan elections shall be conducted at the general nonpartisan election immediately preceding the expiration of the term of such office and conducted as provided in Chapter 2 of Title 21 of the O.C.G.A., the "Georgia Election Code."

SECTION 2. Nothing in this Act shall affect the term of office of the probate judge of Seminole County in office on the effective date of this Act. The sitting probate judge shall serve out the term of office for which he or she was elected and shall be eligible to succeed himself or herself as provided in this Act.

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SECTION 3. This Act shall become effective upon its approval by the Governor or upon its becoming law without such approval.

SECTION 4. All laws and parts of laws in conflict with this Act are repealed.

NOTICE OF INTENTION TO INTRODUCE LOCAL LEGISLATION

Notice is given that there will be introduced at the regular 2015 session of the General Assembly of Georgia a bill to provide that future elections for the office of probate judge of Seminole County shall be nonpartisan elections; and for other purposes.

GEORGIA, FULTON COUNTY

Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths, Dean Burke, who on oath deposes and says that he is the Senator from District 11 and further deposes and says that the attached Notice of Intention to Introduce Local Legislation was published in the Donalsonville News which is the official organ of Seminole County on January 22, 2015, and that the notice requirements of Code Section 28-1-14 have been met.

s/ DEAN BURKE Dean Burke Senator, District 11

Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 9th day of February, 2015.

s/ JENNIFER BURGESS Jennifer Burgess Notary Public, Fulton County, Georgia My Commission Expires December 29, 2018 (SEAL)

Approved May 6, 2015.

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DEKALB COUNTY BOARD OF ETHICS; JURISDICTION; MANNER OF APPOINTMENT; TERMS; QUALICFICATIONS; FUNDING; REFERENDUM.

No. 204 (House Bill No. 597).

AN ACT

To amend an Act revising, superseding, and consolidating the laws relating to the governing authority of DeKalb County and creating a chairman and board of commissioners of said county, approved March 8, 1956 (Ga. L. 1956, p. 3237), as amended, particularly by an Act approved April 9, 1981 (Ga. L. 1981, p. 4304), an Act approved March 20, 1990 (Ga. L. 1990, p. 3900), and an Act approved April 13, 1992 (Ga. L. 1992, p. 6137), so as to change the jurisdiction of the Board of Ethics of DeKalb County; to change the manner of appointment of the members of the board; to provide for terms of office of members of the board; to provide for qualifications of members of the board; to provide funding for the board; to provide for a referendum; to provide for contingent effective dates; to provide for related matters; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF GEORGIA:

SECTION 1. An Act revising, superseding, and consolidating the laws relating to the governing authority of DeKalb County and creating a chairman and board of commissioners of said county, approved March 8, 1956 (Ga. L. 1956, p. 3237), as amended, particularly by an Act approved April 9, 1981 (Ga. L. 1981, p. 4304), an Act approved March 20, 1990 (Ga. L. 1990, p. 3900), and an Act approved April 13, 1992 (Ga. L. 1992, p. 6137), is amended by repealing Section 22A in its entirety and inserting in lieu thereof a new Section 22A to read as follows:

"SECTION 22A. Code of Ethics

(a) Purpose. (1) It is essential to the proper administration and operation of the DeKalb County government that its officials and employees be, and give the appearance of being, independent and impartial, that public office not be used for private gain, and that there be public confidence in the integrity of DeKalb County officials and employees. Because the attainment of one or more of these ends is impaired whenever there exists in fact, or appears to exist, a conflict between the private interests and public responsibilities of officials and employees, the public interest requires that the General Assembly protect

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against such conflicts of interest by establishing by law appropriate ethical standards with respect to the conduct of the officials and employees of DeKalb County in situations where a conflict may exist. (2) The General Assembly recognizes that an appropriate and effective code of ethics for appointed officials and employees of DeKalb County is also essential for the proper administration and operation of the DeKalb County government. (b) Definitions. As used in this section, the term: (1) 'Agency' means any board, bureau, body, commission, committee, department, or office of DeKalb County to which the governing authority has appointment powers. (2) 'Business' means any corporation, partnership, organization, sole proprietorship, and any other entity operated for economic gain, whether professional, industrial, or commercial, and entities which for purposes of federal income taxation are treated as nonprofit organizations. (3) 'Confidential information' means information which has been obtained in the course of holding public office, employment, acting as an independent contractor, or otherwise acting as an official or employee and which information is not available to members of the public under state law or other law or regulation and which the official, independent contractor, or employee is not authorized to disclose. (4) 'Contract' means any claim or demand against or any lease, account, or agreement with any person, whether express or implied, executed or executory, verbal or in writing. (5) 'Emergency situation' means any circumstance or condition giving rise to an immediate necessity for the execution of a contract by and between DeKalb County and an official or employee or between DeKalb County and a business in which an official or employee has an interest and where, to the satisfaction of the Chief Executive, it is shown that there is no one other than such persons with whom the contract could have been made and that the necessity was not brought about by such persons' own fault or neglect. (6) 'Immediate family' means an official or employee and his or her spouse, parents, brothers, sisters, and natural or adopted children. (7) 'Interest' means any direct or indirect pecuniary or material benefit held by or accruing to the official or employee as a result of a contract or transaction which is or may be the subject of an official act or action by or with DeKalb County. Unless otherwise provided in this section, the term 'interest' does not include any remote interest. An official or employee shall be deemed to have an interest in transactions involving:
(A) Any person in the official's or employee's immediate family; (B) Any person, business, or entity that the official or employee knows or should know is seeking official action with DeKalb County, is seeking to do or does business with DeKalb County, has interests that may be substantially affected by performance or nonperformance of the official's or employee's official duties, or with whom a contractual relationship exists whereby the official or employee may receive any payment or other benefit;

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(C) Any business in which the official or employee is a director, officer, employee, shareholder, or consultant; or (D) Any person of whom the official or employee is a creditor, whether secured or unsecured. (8) 'Official or employee' means any person elected or appointed to or employed or retained by DeKalb County or any agency, whether paid or unpaid and whether part time or full time. This definition includes retired employees or former county employees during the period of time in which they are later employed or retained by the county or any agency. This definition does not include superior and state court judges and their immediate staffs, the district attorney, the solicitor of the state court, the clerks of the superior and state courts, magistrates, judges of the recorders court, the judge of the probate court, and their respective staffs. (9) 'Official act or action' means any legislative, administrative, appointive, or discretionary act of the Commission, the Chief Executive, or a commissioner. (10) 'Paid' means the receipt of, or right to receive, a salary, commission, percentage, brokerage, or contingent fee. (11) 'Participate' means to take part in official acts, actions, or proceedings personally as an official or employee through approval, disapproval, decision, recommendation, investigation, the rendering of advice, or the failure to act or perform a duty. (12) 'Person' means any individual, business, labor organization, representative, fiduciary, trust, or association, whether paid or unpaid, and includes any official or employee of DeKalb County. (13) 'Property' means any property, whether real or personal or tangible or intangible, and includes currency and commercial paper. (14) 'Remote interest' means the interest of: (A) A nonsalaried director, officer, or employee of a nonprofit organization; (B) A holder of less than 5 percent of the legal or beneficial ownership of the total shares of a business; (C) Any person in a representative capacity, such as a receiver, trustee, or administrator; or (D) Any person who, by determination of the Board of Ethics, is deemed to have such an interest. (15) 'Transaction' means the conduct of any activity that results in or may result in an official act or action of an official or employee of DeKalb County. (c) Proscribed Conduct. No official or employee of DeKalb County shall: (1) By his or her conduct give reasonable basis for the impression that any person can improperly influence him or her or unduly enjoy his or her favor in the performance of his or her official acts or actions or that he or she is affected unduly by the rank or position of or kinship or association with any person; (2)(A) Directly or indirectly request, exact, receive, or agree to receive a gift, loan, favor, promise, or thing of value for himself or herself or another person if:

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(i) It tends to influence him or her in the discharge of his or her official duties; or (ii) He or she recently has been, or is now, or in the near future may be, involved in any official act or action directly affecting the donor or lender. (B) Subparagraph (A) of this paragraph shall not apply in the case of: (i) An occasional nonpecuniary gift of value less than $100.00; (ii) An award publicly presented in recognition of public service; or (iii) A commercially reasonable loan made in the ordinary course of business by an institution authorized by the laws of Georgia to engage in the making of such a loan; (3) Disclose or otherwise use confidential information acquired by virtue of his or her position for his or her or another person's private gain; (4) Appear on his or her own personal behalf, or represent, advise, or appear on the personal behalf, whether paid or unpaid, of any person before any court or before any legislative, administrative, or quasi-judicial board, agency, commission, or committee of this state or of any county or municipality concerning any contract or transaction which is or may be the subject of an official act or action of DeKalb County or otherwise use or attempt to use his or her official position to secure unwarranted privileges or exemptions for himself or herself or other persons; (5) Engage in, accept employment with, or render services for any agency, private business, or professional activity when such employment or rendering of services is adverse to and incompatible with the proper discharge of his or her official duties; (6) Acquire an interest in any contract or transaction at a time when he or she believes or has reason to believe that such an interest will be affected directly or indirectly by his or her official act or actions or by the official acts or actions of other officials or employees of DeKalb County; or (7) Engage in any activity or transaction that is prohibited by law now existing or hereafter enacted which is applicable to him or her by virtue of his or her being an official or employee of DeKalb County. (d) Disclosure of interests. An official or employee who has an interest that he or she has reason to believe may be affected by his or her official acts or actions or by the official acts or actions of another official or employee of DeKalb County shall disclose the precise nature and value of such interest by sworn written statement to the Board of Ethics and ask for the board's opinion as to the property of such interest. Every official or employee who knowingly has any interest, direct or indirect, in any contract to which DeKalb County is or is about to become a party, or in any other business with DeKalb County, shall make full disclosure of such interest to the Chief Executive and the Commission and to the ethics officer and the Board of Ethics. The information disclosed by such sworn statements, except for the valuation attributed to the disclosed interest, shall be made a matter of public record by the Board of Ethics.

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(e) Participation in contracts. (1) An official or employee shall disqualify himself or herself from participating in any official act or action of DeKalb County directly affecting a business or activity in which he or she has any interest, whether or not a remote interest. (2) DeKalb County shall not enter into any contract involving services or property with an official or employee of the county or with a business in which an official or employee of the county has an interest. This subsection shall not apply in the case of: (A) The designation of a bank or trust company as a depository for county funds; (B) The borrowing of funds from any bank or lending institution which offers the lowest available rate of interest for such loans; (C) Contracts for services entered into with a business which is the only available source for such goods or services; or (D) Contracts entered into under circumstances which constitute an emergency situation, provided that a record explaining the emergency is prepared by the Chief Executive and submitted to the Board of Ethics at its next regular meeting and thereafter kept on file. (3) DeKalb County shall not enter into any contract with, or take any official act or action favorably affecting, any person, or business represented by such person, who has been within the preceding two-year period an official or employee of DeKalb County.
(f) Reporting violations. Any person who witnesses or becomes aware of a violation of this section may complain of the violation as follows:
(1) A complaint may be communicated anonymously to the ethics officer. Such complaint shall be made in good faith and with veracity and sufficient specificity so as to provide the ethics officer with salient and investigable facts. The ethics officer may require the anonymous complaint to be made in a manner and form that is intended only to obtain relevant facts related to the alleged violation of this section and that is not designed to reveal the identity of the complainant. (2) A sworn written complaint may be filed with the ethics officer of the Board of Ethics, as described in this paragraph. All written complaints to be considered by the Board of Ethics and the ethics officer shall contain the following, if applicable:
(A) The name and address of the person or persons filing the complaint; (B) The sworn verification and signature of the complainant; (C) The name and address of the party or parties against whom the complaint is filed and, if such party is a candidate, the office being sought; (D) A clear and concise statement of acts upon which the complaint is based along with an allegation that such facts constitute one or more violations of law under the jurisdiction of the Board of Ethics; (E) A general reference to the allegedly violated statutory provision(s) of the code of ethics within the jurisdiction of the Board of Ethics; and (F) Any further information which might support the allegations in the complaint including, but not limited to, the following:

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(i) The names and addresses of all other persons who have first-hand knowledge of the facts alleged in the complaint; and (ii) Any documentary evidence that supports the facts alleged in the complaint. (3) Upon receipt of a complaint, whether by the ethics officer or by the Board of Ethics, the ethics officer or the secretary of the Board of Ethics shall send a written notice to the subject of the complaint by the next business day. Both this notice and any subsequent documents shall be subject to Article 4 of Chapter 18 of Title 50 of the O.C.G.A. (4) Upon receipt of a written, nonanonymous complaint which does not conform to the applicable requirements of paragraph (2) of this subsection, the ethics officer shall by letter acknowledge receipt of the complaint and advise the complainant of the defect in the complaint and that the complaint will not be considered by the Board of Ethics unless the defect is corrected. (g) Enactment. (1) This section shall be construed liberally to effectuate its purpose and policies and to supplement such existing laws as may relate to the conduct of officials or employees. (2) The propriety of any official act or action taken by or transaction involving any officials or employees immediately prior to the time this section shall take effect shall not be affected by the enactment of this section. (3) The provisions of this section are severable, and if any of its provisions shall be held unconstitutional or invalid by a court of competent jurisdiction, the decision of the court shall not affect or impair any of the remaining provisions. (h) Board of Ethics. (1)(A) There is created the Board of Ethics of DeKalb County to be composed of seven citizens of DeKalb County to be appointed as provided in paragraph (2) of this subsection. (B) Each member of the Board of Ethics shall have been a resident of DeKalb County for at least one year immediately preceding the date of taking office and shall remain a resident of the county while serving as a member of the Board of Ethics. (C) No person shall serve as a member of the Board of Ethics if the person has, or has had within the immediately preceding two-year period, any interest in any contract, transaction, or official act or action of DeKalb County. (D) No member of the Board of Ethics shall be a member of an agency or an official or employee of DeKalb County or shall have served in such a capacity in the two-year period immediately preceding such person's appointment to the Board of Ethics. (E) No person shall serve as a member of the Board of Ethics if the person has been a candidate for, or was elected to, public office in the immediately preceding three-year period. Filing for an elective office shall constitute a resignation from the Board of Ethics on the date of filing. (F) Appointees to the Board of Ethics shall have professional knowledge or expertise in matters of ethics, finance, governance, or the law.

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(G) All proposed appointments to the Board of Ethics shall be subject to an education and employment background check as well as a criminal history check. Persons proposed to be appointed to the Board of Ethics shall execute all releases necessary for the appointing authority to accomplish such checks. If the nominee is determined to have committed a felony, the nomination shall be withdrawn. (2)(A) The members of the Board of Ethics in office on the effective date of this section shall serve until December 31, 2015, and then their terms shall terminate. A new board shall be appointed as provided in this paragraph to take office on January 1, 2016, and to serve for the terms prescribed in this paragraph. (B) Not later than December 31, 2015, the members of the new Board of Ethics shall be selected as follows:
(i) One member shall be appointed by the DeKalb Bar Association, chosen from the attorney members of the association; (ii) One member shall be appointed by the DeKalb County Chamber of Commerce, which member shall not be an attorney; (iii) One member shall be appointed by a majority vote of the DeKalb County legislative delegation; (iv) One member shall be appointed by the judge of the Probate Court of DeKalb County; (v) One member shall be appointed by Leadership DeKalb; (vi) One member shall be appointed by the six major universities and colleges located within DeKalb County (Agnes Scott College, Columbia Theological Seminary, Emory University, Georgia State University, Mercer University, and Oglethorpe University), which member shall not be an attorney; and (vii) One member shall be appointed by the chief judge of the Superior Court of DeKalb County. (C) The members shall each serve for terms of three years; provided, however, that the initial terms of the first DeKalb County Chamber of Commerce appointee, the first Leadership DeKalb appointee, and the first DeKalb County legislative delegation appointee shall be two years; and provided, further, that the initial terms of the six major institutes of higher learning within DeKalb County appointee and the judge of the Probate Court appointee shall be one year. (D) Successors to all members of the Board of Ethics and future successors shall be appointed by the respective appointing authorities not less than 30 days prior to the expiration of each such member's term of office, and such successors shall take office on January 1 following such appointment and shall serve terms of three years and until their respective successors are appointed and qualified. (3) If a member of the Board of Ethics ceases to be a resident of DeKalb County, that member's position on the Board of Ethics, by operation of law, shall become vacant upon the establishment of the fact of such nonresidency, if contested, by a court of competent jurisdiction. A vacancy in the Board of Ethics shall exist by reason of death, the

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disability or incapacity of a member for more than 90 days, resignation, or loss of residency as described in this paragraph. A member of the Board of Ethics may be removed from office during a term if the member becomes ineligible to hold civil office within the meaning of Code Section 45-2-1 of the O.C.G.A. and that ineligibility is established by decision of a court of competent jurisdiction which declares the office vacant because of such ineligibility or for good cause by a majority vote of the Board of Ethics. The ethics officer shall notify the appointing authority of a vacancy upon its occurrence, and such vacancy shall be filled for the unexpired term by the respective appointing authority. (4) The members of the Board of Ethics shall serve without compensation and shall elect from their own membership a chairperson and otherwise provide for their own internal organization. The Commission shall provide adequate office and meeting space and pay all administrative costs, including those specifically stipulated in this section, pertaining to the operation of the Board of Ethics. The Board of Ethics shall be authorized to employ its own staff and clerical personnel and contract for the services of a competent court reporter, an attorney, and a private investigator as it deems necessary. The members of the Board of Ethics shall have the authority to propose the budget of the board and shall recommend the budget to the Commission, who shall fund it as a priority. In the event that the proposed budget is in excess of $300,000.00, the Commission shall have the authority to authorize the additional funds requested in accordance with standard budgetary procedures and requirements. The Board of Ethics shall be completely independent and shall not be subject to control or supervision by the Chief Executive, the Commission, or any other official or employee or agency of the county government. (5) The Board of Ethics shall have the following duties:
(A) To establish procedures, rules, and regulations governing its internal organization and the conduct of its affairs; (B) To render advisory opinions with respect to the interpretation and application of this section to all officials or employees who seek advice as to whether a particular course of conduct would constitute a violation of the standards imposed in this section or other applicable ethical standards. Such opinions shall be binding on the Board of Ethics in any subsequent complaint concerning the official or employee who sought the opinion and acted in good faith, unless material facts were omitted or misstated in the request for the advisory opinion; (C) To prescribe forms for the disclosures required in this section and to make available to the public the information disclosed as provided in this section; (D) To receive and hear complaints of violations of the standards required by this section over which it has personal and subject matter jurisdiction; (E) To make such investigations as it deems necessary to determine whether any official or employee has violated or is about to violate any provisions of this section; and

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(F) To hold such hearings and make such inquiries as it deems necessary for it to carry out properly its functions and powers. (i) Ethics officer. (1) There is hereby created as a full-time salaried position an ethics officer for DeKalb County. The ethics officer must be an active member of the Georgia Bar Association in good standing with five years' experience in the practice of law. The ethics officer shall be appointed by a majority of the members of the Board of Ethics, subject to confirmation by a majority of the Commission and approval by the Chief Executive, for a period not to exceed six years. Removal of the ethics officer before the expiration of the designated term shall be for cause by a majority vote of the members of the Board of Ethics. The ethics officer need not be a resident of the county at the time of his or her appointment, but he or she shall reside in DeKalb County within six months of such appointment and continue to reside therein throughout such appointment. (2) The ethics officer shall not be involved in partisan or nonpartisan political activities or the political affairs of DeKalb County. (3) The duties of the ethics officer shall include, but not be limited to, the following: (A) Educating and training all city officials and employees to have an awareness and understanding of the mandate for and enforcement of ethical conduct and advising them of the provisions of the code of ethics of DeKalb County; (B) Maintaining the records of the Board of Ethics as required by Article 4 of Chapter 18 of Title 50 of the O.C.G.A.; (C) Meeting with the Board of Ethics; (D) Advising officials and employees regarding disclosure statements and reviewing the same to ensure full and complete financial reporting; (E) Urging compliance with the code of ethics by calling to the attention of the Board of Ethics any failure to comply or any issues, including the furnishing of false or misleading information, that the ethics officer believes should be investigated by the Board of Ethics so that the Board of Ethics may take such action as it deems appropriate; (F) Monitoring, evaluating, and acting upon information obtained from an 'ethics hotline' which shall be a city telephone number for the receipt of information about ethical violations. Each complaint, as of the time it is reported, whether by telephone or otherwise, shall be deemed to be a separate pending investigation of a complaint against a public officer or employee as provided by Article 4 of Chapter 18 of Title 50 of the O.C.G.A.; (G) Notifying the subject of a report of any alleged violation of the ethics code, whether the report is anonymous, made by an identified individual, or is written. Such notice shall be given in writing, by facsimile, or hand delivered to the subject of the complaint at the same time and in the same form that any disclosure of information is required by Article 4 of Chapter 18 of Title 50 of the O.C.G.A.;

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(H) Notifying the Board of Ethics of any report of an alleged violation of the ethics code received by the ethics officer; (I) Reporting, as appropriate, suspected ethical violations to the Board of Ethics; (J) Reporting, as appropriate, suspected criminal violations to state or federal law enforcement agencies; and (K) Filing with the Board of Ethics, the Chief Executive, and the Commission on the first Tuesday of each February a written report describing the activities of the ethics officer in carrying out the goals of his or her office and the code of ethics and reporting on the ethical health of DeKalb County. (j) Investigations and hearings. The Board of Ethics shall conduct investigations into alleged violations of the code of ethics, hold hearings, and issue decisions as prescribed in this subsection: (1) The proceedings and records of the Board of Ethics shall be open unless otherwise permitted by state law. (2) Upon request of the Board of Ethics, the Solicitor of DeKalb County or any attorney representing the office of the Solicitor of DeKalb County, or in the event of a conflict any attorney who shall be selected by a majority vote of the Board of Ethics, shall advise the Board of Ethics. (3) A complaint may be filed by the ethics officer, any resident, or a group of residents of DeKalb County by submitting to the office of the ethics officer a written, verified, and sworn complaint under the penalty of perjury or false swearing. The complaint shall specifically identify all provisions of the DeKalb County code of ethics which the subject of the complaint is alleged to have violated, set forth facts as would be admissible in evidence in a court proceeding, and show affirmatively that the complainant or affiant (if in addition to or different from the complainant) is competent to testify to the matter set forth therein. All documents referenced in the complaint as well as supporting affidavits shall be attached to the complaint. (4) Upon receipt of the complaint, the ethics officer shall conduct a preliminary investigation to determine whether it meets the jurisdictional requirements as set forth in this section. If in the opinion of the ethics officer the complaint fails to meet these requirements, the ethics officer shall notify the person who filed the complaint and he or she shall have ten days from the date of notice to correct and refile the complaint directly with the ethics officer. A complaint which fails to satisfy the jurisdictional requirements as established by this section and by the rules and procedures established by the Board of Ethics shall be dismissed by the Board of Ethics no later than 30 days after the complaint is filed with the office of the ethics officer, unless extended by a majority vote of the Board of Ethics. (5) The ethics officer will report his or her findings and recommendation to the Board of Ethics and advise whether there is probable cause for belief that the code of ethics has been violated, warranting a formal hearing. If the Board of Ethics determines, after the preliminary investigation of a complaint by the ethics officer, that there does not exist

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probable cause for belief that this section has been violated, the Board of Ethics shall so notify the complainant and the subject of the investigation, and the complaint will be dismissed. If the Board of Ethics determines, after a preliminary investigation of the complaint by the ethics officer, that there does exist probable cause for belief that this section has been violated, the Board of Ethics shall give notice to the person involved to attend a hearing to determine whether there has been a violation of this section. (6) For use in proceedings under this section, the Board of Ethics shall have the power to issue subpoenas to compel any person to appear, give sworn testimony, or produce documentary or other evidence. Any person who fails to respond to such subpoenas may be subjected to the penalties set forth in subsection (k) of this section. (7) All hearings of the Board of Ethics pursuant to this section shall be as follows:
(A) All testimony shall be under oath, which shall be administered by a member of the Board of Ethics. Any person who appears before the Board of Ethics shall have all of the due process rights, privileges, and responsibilities of a witness appearing before the courts of this state. Any person whose name is mentioned during a proceeding of the Board of Ethics and who may be adversely affected thereby may appear personally before the Board of Ethics on such person's own behalf or may file a written sworn statement for incorporation into the record to be made part of all proceedings pursuant to this subsection. (B) The decision of the Board of Ethics shall be governed by a preponderance of the evidence standard. (C) At the conclusion of proceedings concerning an alleged violation, the Board of Ethics shall immediately begin deliberations on the evidence and proceed to determine by a majority vote of members present whether there has been a violation of this section. The findings of the Board of Ethics concerning a violation and the record of the proceedings shall be made public by the ethics officer as soon as practicable after the determination has been made. (k) Violations; appeals. (1) Any intentional violation of this section, furnishing of false or misleading information to the Board of Ethics or the ethics officer, failure to follow an opinion rendered by the Board of Ethics, or failure to comply with a subpoena issued by the Board of Ethics pursuant to this section shall subject the violator to any one or more of the following: (A) Administrative sanction of not more than $1,000.00 assessed by the Board of Ethics; (B) Public reprimand by the Board of Ethics; and (C) Prosecution by the DeKalb County Solicitor in municipal court and, upon conviction, a fine of up to $1,000.00 per violation and up to six months imprisonment, whether the official or employee is elected or appointed, paid or unpaid. Nothing in this section shall be interpreted to conflict with state law. An action for violation of this section or the furnishing of false or misleading information or the failure to comply

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with a subpoena issued by the Board of Ethics must be brought within two years after the violation is discovered. (2) With regard to violations by persons other than officials or employees, in addition to the remedies in paragraph (1) of this subsection, the Board of Ethics may recommend to the Chief Executive and the Commission any one or more of the following: (A) Suspension of a contractor; and (B) Disqualification or debarment from contracting or subcontracting with DeKalb County. (3) The decision of the Board of Ethics after a hearing shall be final; provided, however, that such proceeding shall be subject to review by writ of certiorari to the DeKalb County Superior Court. The designee of the Board of Ethics shall be authorized to acknowledge service of any such writ and shall, within the time provided by law, certify and cause to be filed with the clerk of the superior court a record of the proceedings before the Board of Ethics, the decision of the Board of Ethics, and the notice of the final actions of the Board of Ethics."

SECTION 2. The election superintendent of DeKalb County shall call and conduct an election as provided in this section for the purpose of submitting this Act to the electors of DeKalb County for approval or rejection. The election superintendent shall conduct that election on the Tuesday next following the first Monday in November, 2015, and shall issue the call and conduct that election as provided by general law. The election superintendent shall cause the date and purpose of the election to be published once a week for two weeks immediately preceding the date thereof in the official organ of DeKalb County. The ballot shall have written or printed thereon the words:
"( ) YES Shall the Act be approved which revises the Board of Ethics for DeKalb ( ) NO County?"
All persons desiring to vote for approval of the Act shall vote "Yes," and all persons desiring to vote for rejection of the Act shall vote "No." If more than one-half of the votes cast on such question are for approval of the Act, Section 1 of this Act shall become of full force and effect immediately. If the Act is not so approved or if the election is not conducted as provided in this section, Section 1 of this Act shall not become effective, and this Act shall be automatically repealed on the first day of January immediately following that election date. The expense of such election shall be borne by DeKalb County. It shall be the election superintendent's duty to certify the result thereof to the Secretary of State.

SECTION 3. Except as otherwise provided in Section 2 of this Act, this Act shall become effective upon its approval by the Governor or upon its becoming law without such approval.

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SECTION 4. All laws and parts of laws in conflict with this Act are repealed.

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Notice is given that there will be introduced at the regular 2015 session of the General Assembly of Georgia a bill to amend an Act revising, superseding, and consolidating the laws relating to the governing authority of DeKalb County and creating a chairman and board of commissioners of said county, approved March 8, 1956 (Ga. L. 1956, p. 3237), as amended, particularly by an Act approved April 9, 1981 (Ga. L. 1981, p. 4304), an Act approved March 20, 1990 (Ga. L. 1990, p. 3900), and an Act approved April 13, 1992 (Ga. L. 1992, p. 6137), so as to change the manner of appointment of the members of the Board of Ethics of DeKalb County; to provide for terms of office of members of the board; to provide for qualifications for members of the board; to provide funding for the board; to provide for a referendum; to provide for contingent effective dates; to provide for related matters; and for other purposes.
GEORGIA, FULTON COUNTY
Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths, Scott Holcomb, who on oath deposes and says that he is the Representative from District 81 and further deposes and says that the attached Notice of Intention to Introduce Local Legislation was published in the Champion which is the official organ of DeKalb County on January 15, 2015, and that the notice requirements of Code Section 28-1-14 have been met.
s/ SCOTT HOLCOMB Scott Holcomb Representative, District 81
Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 9th day of March, 2015.
s/ JENNIFER BURGESS Jennifer Burgess Notary Public, Fulton County, Georgia My Commission Expires December 29, 2018 (SEAL)
Approved May 12, 2015.

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DEKALB COUNTY PURCHASING; PROCEDURES; LIMITATIONS; DISCLOSURES; PUBLICATIONS.

No. 205 (House Bill No. 598).

AN ACT

To amend an Act revising, superseding, and consolidating the laws relating to the governing authority of DeKalb County and creating a chairman and board of commissioners of said county, approved March 8, 1956 (Ga. L. 1956, p. 3237), as amended, particularly by an Act approved April 9, 1981 (Ga. L. 1981, p. 4304), and an Act approved May 23, 2007 (Ga. L. 2007, p. 4073), so as to provide for the manner of purchasing by DeKalb County; to provide for procedures and limitations; to provide for certain disclosures and publications; to provide for related matters; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF GEORGIA:

SECTION 1. An Act revising, superseding, and consolidating the laws relating to the governing authority of DeKalb County and creating a chairman and board of commissioners of said county, approved March 8, 1956 (Ga. L. 1956, p. 3237), as amended, particularly by an Act approved April 9, 1981 (Ga. L. 1981, p. 4304), and an Act approved May 23, 2007 (Ga. L. 2007, p. 4073), is amended by revising Section 18 as follows:

"SECTION 18. Purchases; contracts.

(a) The Chief Executive, subject to the approval of the Commission, shall establish rules to regulate purchasing for all county departments, offices, and agencies of the county government, with exception of the tax commissioner, clerk of the superior court, district attorney, and sheriff. Formal sealed bids, after notice of same has been published one time in the official organ of DeKalb County, must be obtained on all purchases exceeding $50,000.00. (b) Except for contracts of employment, the Commission shall authorize all contracts involving the expenditure of county funds in excess of $100,000.00. (c) No more than one contract involving the expenditure of county funds during a fiscal year may be made with any vendor without approval of the Commission. (d) Subdividing a proposed contract which is for an amount above the threshold specified in subsection (a) or (b) of this section into smaller contracts or subcontracts for the purpose of avoiding the requirement of subsection (a) or (b) of this section shall be prohibited and such contracts or subcontracts shall be void ab initio.

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(e) Except for contracts of employment, all contracts for purchase shall be published on the county website within 30 days of approval of such contracts."

SECTION 2. All laws and parts of laws in conflict with this Act are repealed.

NOTICE OF INTENTION TO INTRODUCE LOCAL LEGISLATION
Notice is given that there will be introduced at the regular 2015 session of the General Assembly of Georgia a bill to amend an Act revising, superseding, and consolidating the laws relating to the governing authority of DeKalb County and creating a chairman and board of commissioners of said county, approved March 8, 1956 (Ga. L. 1956, p. 3237), as amended, particularly by an Act approved April 9, 1981 (Ga. L. 1981, p. 4304), and an Act approved May 23, 2007 (Ga. L. 2007, p. 4073), so as to provide for the manner of purchasing by DeKalb County; to provide for procedures and limitations; to provide for certain disclosures and publications; to provide for related matters; and for other purposes.
GEORGIA, FULTON COUNTY
Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths, Scott Holcomb, who on oath deposes and says that he is the Representative from District 81 and further deposes and says that the attached Notice of Intention to Introduce Local Legislation was published in the Champion which is the official organ of DeKalb County on January 15, 2015, and that the notice requirements of Code Section 28-1-14 have been met.
s/ SCOTT HOLCOMB Scott Holcomb Representative, District 81
Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 9th day of March 2015.
s/ JENNIFER BURGESS Jennifer Burgess Notary Public, Fulton County, Georgia My Commission Expires December 29, 2018 (SEAL)
Approved May 12, 2015.

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DEKALB COUNTY INDEPENDENT INTERNAL AUDITS.

No. 206 (House Bill No. 599).

AN ACT

To amend an Act revising, superseding, and consolidating the laws relating to the governing authority of DeKalb County and creating a chairman and board of commissioners of said county, approved March 8, 1956 (Ga. L. 1956, p. 3237), as amended, particularly by an Act approved April 9, 1981 (Ga. L. 1981, p. 4304), so as to provide for independent internal audits for DeKalb County; to provide for procedures, policies, and limitations; to provide for certain reports; to provide for funding; to provide for oversight; to provide for related matters; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF GEORGIA:

SECTION 1. An Act revising, superseding, and consolidating the laws relating to the governing authority of DeKalb County and creating a chairman and board of commissioners of said county, approved March 8, 1956 (Ga. L. 1956, p. 3237), as amended, particularly by an Act approved April 9, 1981 (Ga. L. 1981, p. 4304), is amended by repealing subsection (d) of Section 10 in its entirety.

SECTION 2. Said Act is further amended by adding a new Section 10A to read as follows:

"SECTION 10A. Independent Internal Audit. (a)(1) It is essential to the proper administration and operation of the DeKalb County government that public officials, government managers, and private citizens know not only whether government funds are handled properly and in compliance with laws and regulations but also whether public programs are achieving the purposes for which they were authorized and funded, and whether they are doing so efficiently, effectively, and equitably. An independent internal audit function can provide objective information on the operations of government programs, assist managers in carrying out their responsibilities, and help ensure full transparency and accountability to the public. Internal auditing is defined as an independent, objective assurance and consulting activity designed to add value and improve an organization's operations by bringing a systematic, disciplined approach to evaluate and improve the effectiveness of risk management, control, and governance processes.

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(2) The public interest requires that the General Assembly provide for the proper administration and operation of the DeKalb County government by establishing by law an independent internal audit function to assist the governing authority to accomplish its objectives by bringing a systematic, disciplined approach to evaluate and improve the effectiveness of risk management, control, and governance processes. (b) The Office of Internal Audit is hereby established which shall consist of the Chief Audit Executive ('Auditor') and those assistants, employees, and personnel as deemed necessary by such Auditor for the efficient and effective administration of the affairs of the office, and over whom the Auditor shall have the sole authority to appoint, employ, and remove. (c) The Office of Internal Audit shall be completely independent and shall not be subject to control or supervision by the Chief Executive, the Commission, or any other official, employee, department, or agency of the county government. (d) The Auditor shall be appointed by a majority vote of the DeKalb County Board of Commissioners from a list of not fewer than two nor more than three candidates provided to the board by the audit oversight committee. Such appointment shall be made within 30 days of receipt of the list of nominees by the board. In the event that the Commission fails to appoint a nominee within 30 days, the Auditor shall be appointed by a majority vote of the audit oversight committee. (d) The term of office of the Auditor shall be five years and until his or her successor is qualified and appointed. The Auditor shall be limited to a maximum of two terms in office. A vacancy in the position of Auditor shall exist by reason of expiration of term, resignation, death, removal from office by the vote of a supermajority of the members of the Commission, or if the Auditor becomes ineligible to hold civil office within the meaning of Code Section 45-2-1 of the O.C.G.A. and that ineligibility is established by decision of a court of competent jurisdiction which declares the office vacant because of such ineligibility. A vacancy shall be filled within 60 days by a majority vote of the audit oversight committee for the remainder of the term of office. (e) The Auditor must have adequate professional proficiency for the job and shall: (1) Be a certified public accountant or a certified internal auditor; (2) Have a bachelor's degree in public policy, accounting, business administration, economics, or a related field; and (3) Have at least five years of experience in government auditing, evaluation, or analysis. (f) The position of the Auditor shall be nonpartisan. Qualifying for election to a public office shall constitute a resignation from the position as of the date of qualifying. (g) The Auditor shall have authority to conduct financial and performance audits of all departments, offices, boards, activities, agencies, and programs of the county in order to independently and objectively determine whether: (1) Activities and programs being implemented have been authorized by this Act, Georgia law, or applicable federal law or regulations and are being conducted and funds expended in compliance with applicable laws;

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(2) The department, office, board, or agency is acquiring, managing, protecting, and using its resources, including public funds, personnel, property, equipment, and space, economically, efficiently, effectively, and in a manner consistent with the objectives intended by the authorizing entity or enabling legislation; (3) The entity, programs, activities, functions, or policies are effective, including the identification of any causes of inefficiencies or uneconomical practices; (4) The desired results or benefits are being achieved; (5) Financial and other reports are being provided that disclose fairly, accurately, and fully all information required by law, to ascertain the nature and scope of programs and activities, and to establish a proper basis for evaluating the programs and activities including the collection of, accounting for, and depositing of, revenues and other resources; (6) Management has established adequate operating and administrative procedures and practices, systems or accounting internal control systems, and internal management controls; and (7) Indications of fraud, abuse, or illegal acts are valid and need further investigation. (h) All officers and employees of DeKalb County shall furnish to the Auditor unrestricted access to employees, information, and records including electronic data within their custody regarding powers, duties, activities, organization, property, financial transactions, contracts, and methods of business required to conduct an audit or otherwise perform audit duties. In addition, they shall provide access for the Auditor to inspect all property, equipment, and facilities within their custody. If such officers or employees fail to provide or produce such access and information, the Auditor may initiate a search to be made and exhibits to be taken from any book, paper, or record of any such official or employee or outside contractor or subcontractor, except as governed by statute. Further, all contracts with outside contractors and subcontractors shall contain a 'right-to-audit' clause and provide for Auditor access to the contractors' employees and to all financial and performance related records, property, and equipment purchased in whole or in part with governmental funds. For the purpose of this subsection, the Auditor shall have the authority to issue subpoenas and may apply to the Superior Court of DeKalb County for the enforcement of any subpoena issued by the Auditor. (i) The Auditor may obtain the services of certified public accountants, qualified management consultants, or other professional experts necessary to perform audit work. An audit that is performed by contract must be conducted by persons who have no financial interests in the affairs of the governmental entity or its officers. The Auditor shall coordinate and monitor auditing performed by certified public accounting firms or other organizations employed under contract by the governing authority to assist with audit related activities. Contracting for the external audit will follow the normal contracting processes of the governing authority of DeKalb County except for the participation and oversight by the audit oversight committee and Auditor. The selection of a certified public accounting firm for the annual financial audit must be approved by the Commission.

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(j)(1) Audits shall be conducted in accordance with recognized government auditing standards. (2) At the beginning of each fiscal year, the Auditor shall submit a one-to-five-year audit schedule to the audit oversight committee and the Commission for review and comment. The schedule shall include the proposed plan, and the rationale for the selections, for auditing departments, offices, boards, activities, programs, policies, contractors, subcontractors, and agencies for the period. This schedule may be amended after review with the audit oversight committee and the Commission, but the Auditor shall have final authority to select the audits planned. (3) In the selection of audit areas and audit objectives, the determination of audit scope and the timing of audit work, the Auditor shall consult with federal and state auditors and external auditors so that the desirable audit coverage is provided and audit efforts are properly coordinated. (4) A final draft of the audit report shall be forwarded to the audit oversight committee, the Chief Executive, the Commission, and the audited agency for review and comment regarding factual content prior to its release. The agency shall respond in writing, specifying the agreement with audit findings and recommendations or reasons for disagreement with findings and recommendations, plans for implementing solutions to issues identified, and a timetable to complete such activities. The response shall be forwarded to the Auditor within 60 days. The Auditor shall review and report on information included in the agency's response. If no response is received, the Auditor shall note that fact in the transmittal letter and shall release the audit report. (5) Each audit shall result in a final report, in written or some other retrievable form. The report shall contain relevant background information and findings and recommendations and shall communicate results to the audit oversight committee, the audited agency, and the governing authority. (6) The Auditor shall submit an annual report to the audit oversight committee, Chief Executive, and the Commission indicating audits completed, major findings, corrective actions taken by administrative managers, and significant issues which have not been fully addressed by management. The annual report, in written or some other retrievable form, shall be made available to the public through the county website within ten days of submission to the Commission. (k) If, during an audit, the Auditor becomes aware of abuse or illegal acts or indications of such acts that could affect the governmental entity, the Auditor shall report the irregularities to the audit oversight committee, the Chief Executive, and the Commission. If a member of the governing authority is believed to be a party to abuse or illegal acts, the Auditor shall report the acts directly to the audit oversight committee, the Chief Executive, and the Commission. If it appears that the irregularity is criminal in nature, the Auditor shall notify the district attorney in addition to those officials previously identified in this subsection.

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(l) The Auditor shall follow up on audit recommendations to determine if corrective action has been taken. The Auditor shall request periodic status reports from audited agencies regarding actions taken to address reported deficiencies and audit recommendations.
(m)(1) The audit activities of the Office of Internal Audit shall be subject to a peer review in accordance with applicable government auditing standards by a professional, nonpartisan objective group utilizing guidelines endorsed by the Association of Local Government Auditors (ALGA). (2) The peer review shall use applicable government auditing standards to evaluate the quality of audit effort and reporting. Specific quality review areas shall include staff qualifications, adequacy of planning and supervision, sufficiency of work paper preparation and evidence, and the adequacy of systems for reviewing internal controls, fraud and abuse, program compliance, and automated systems. The peer review shall also assess the content, presentation, form, timelines, and distribution of audit reports. The Commission shall pay for the costs of the peer review. (3) A copy of the written report of such independent review shall be furnished to each member of the governing authority and to the audit oversight committee. (n)(1) To ensure independence of the audit function, an audit oversight committee is hereby established. The audit oversight committee shall consist of five voting members. (2) All members of the audit oversight committee shall:
(A) Be residents of DeKalb County; (B) Have expertise in performance auditing; and (C) Have a minimum of five years' experience as a certified public accountant, a certified internal auditor, a certified performance auditor, a certified management accountant, or ten years of other relevant professional experience. (3) Not later than October 31, 2015, the members of the audit oversight committee shall be selected as follows: (A) One member shall be appointed by the chairperson of the DeKalb County delegation in the Georgia House of Representatives; (B) One member shall be appointed by the chairperson of the DeKalb County delegation in the Georgia Senate; (C) One member shall be appointed by the Chief Executive of DeKalb County; and (D) Two members shall be appointed by the Commission. (4) The members shall serve for terms of five years; provided, however, that the initial term of the first appointee of the Commission shall be one year and until his or her respective successor is appointed and qualified; the initial term of the appointee of the chairperson of the DeKalb County delegation in the Georgia House of Representatives shall be two years and until his or her respective successor is appointed and qualified; the initial term of the appointee of the Chief Executive shall be three years and until his or her respective successor is appointed and qualified; the initial term of the second appointee of the Commission shall be four years and until his or her respective successor is appointed and qualified; and the initial term of the appointee of the chairperson of the

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DeKalb County delegation in the Georgia Senate shall be five years and until his or her respective successor is appointed and qualified. (5) Successors to all members of the audit oversight committee and future successors shall be appointed by the respective appointing authorities not less than 30 days prior to the expiration of each such member's term of office, and such successors shall take office on January 1 following such appointment and shall serve terms of five years and until their respective successors are appointed and qualified. (6) If a member of the audit oversight committee ceases to be a resident of DeKalb County, that member's position on the board, by operation of law, shall become vacant upon the establishment of the fact of such nonresidency, if contested, by a court of competent jurisdiction. A vacancy on the audit oversight committee shall exist by reason of death, resignation, incapacity to serve for 90 days or longer, or loss of residency as described in this subsection. A member of the audit oversight committee may also be removed from office during a term if the member becomes ineligible to hold civil office within the meaning of Code Section 45-2-1 of the O.C.G.A. and that ineligibility is established by decision of a court of competent jurisdiction which declares the office vacant because of such ineligibility or by a vote of two-thirds of the members of the legislative delegation. A vacancy shall be filled within 60 days by the legislative delegation for the remainder of the unexpired term. (7) The members of the audit oversight committee shall elect from their own membership a chairperson and otherwise provide for their own internal organization. (8) The audit oversight committee shall consult with the Auditor regarding technical issues and work to assure maximum coordination between the work of the Auditor's office and external audit efforts. (9) The audit oversight committee shall meet as needed to perform its duties but shall not meet less than once quarterly and shall be responsible for:
(A) Selecting not fewer than two nor more than three nominees for the position of Auditor who meet the requirements outlined in subsection (e) of this section which shall be submitted to the Commission for selection and appointment of one of the nominees to the position of Auditor; (B) Performing regular evaluations of the DeKalb County audit function; (C) Providing suggestions and comments for the annual audit plan; (D) Ensuring that audit reports are transmitted to the governing authority and to the public; (E) Monitoring follow-up on reported findings to assure corrective action is taken by management; (F) Reporting to the governing authority on problems or problem areas at such times as deemed appropriate; (G) Conducting or overseeing the requests for proposal and selection process for the firm conducting the annual financial statement audits, and ranking and recommending in order of preference no fewer than three firms deemed to be the most highly qualified

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to perform the required services. If fewer than three firms respond to the request for proposal, the audit oversight committee shall recommend such firms as it deems to be the most highly qualified. (H) Evaluating the firm providing annual financial statement auditing services and providing oversight of that audit, including ensuring transmission of reports and follow-up on corrective action by management; (I) Evaluating the findings and recommendations of the peer review as required by recognized government auditing standards; (J) Consulting with the Auditor regarding technical issues with the external audit firm and working to assure maximum coordination between the work of the Office of Internal Audit and contracted audit efforts and other consulting engagements; (K) Maintaining the confidentiality of personnel matters while taking responsibility for appropriate disclosure to the governing authority, the legislature, or to the public; and (L) Annually meeting with members of the Commission to discuss controls, systems and risk, and performance of the audit firm, and to discuss other matters that the audit firm, the Auditor, or staff desires or is required to bring to the Commission's attention such as fraud, illegal acts, and financial and control weaknesses. (10) The audit oversight committee shall have the authority to hire outside experts, including legal counsel, when necessary. (11) The audit oversight committee shall have the authority to propose the budget of the Office of Internal Audit, including the Auditor's salary and staffing, and shall then recommend the budget to the Commission for approval, who shall fund it as a priority. (12) Sufficient resources as requested by the audit oversight committee shall be provided by the Commission to enable the audit oversight committee to carry out its responsibilities. (o) The provisions of this section are severable, and if any of its provisions shall be held unconstitutional or invalid by a court of competent jurisdiction, the decision of the court shall not affect or impair any of the remaining provisions."

SECTION 3. All laws and parts of laws in conflict with this Act are repealed.

NOTICE OF INTENTION TO INTRODUCE LOCAL LEGISLATION
Notice is given that there will be introduced at the regular 2015 session of the General Assembly of Georgia a bill to amend an Act revising, superseding, and consolidating the laws relating to the governing authority of DeKalb County and creating a chairman and board of commissioners of said county, approved March 8, 1956 (Ga. L. 1956, p. 3237), as amended, particularly by an Act approved April 9, 1981 (Ga. L. 1981, p. 4304), so as to provide for independent internal audits for DeKalb County; to provide for procedures,

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policies, and limitations; to provide for certain reports; to provide for funding; to provide for oversight; to provide for related matters; and for other purposes.

GEORGIA, FULTON COUNTY

Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths, Scott Holcomb, who on oath deposes and says that he is the Representative from District 81 and further deposes and says that the attached Notice of Intention to Introduce Local Legislation was published in the Champion which is the official organ of DeKalb County on January 15, 2015, and that the notice requirements of Code Section 28-1-14 have been met.

s/ SCOTT HOLCOMB Scott Holcomb Representative, District 81

Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 9th day of March, 2015.

s/ JENNIFER BURGESS Jennifer Burgess Notary Public, Fulton County, Georgia My Commission Expires December 29, 2018 (SEAL)

Approved May 12, 2015.

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SATILLA REGIONAL WATER AND SEWER AUTHORITY MEMBERS OF THE AUTHORITY; MANNER OF SELECTION; REPEAL PROVISIONS REGARDING PAYMENTS, LATE FEES, SERVICE DISCONNECTION, AND SERVICE RECONNECTION.

No. 212 (House Bill No. 518).

AN ACT

To amend an Act creating the Satilla Regional Water and Sewer Authority, previously known as the Ware County Water and Sewer Authority, approved October 1, 2001 (Ga. L. 2001, Ex. Sess., p. 705), as amended, so as to revise the manner of selection of the members of the

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authority; to repeal provisions regarding receipts for payments, late fees, service disconnection, and service reconnection; to provide for related matters; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF GEORGIA:

SECTION 1. An Act creating the Satilla Regional Water and Sewer Authority, previously known as the Ware County Water and Sewer Authority, approved October 1, 2001 (Ga. L. 2001, Ex. Sess., p. 705), as amended, is amended by revising paragraph (1) of subsection (d) of Section 2 as follows:
"(1) Prior to each election for the position of a member of the authority, the authority shall establish a period of time for the submission of nominations of candidates. Each sitting member of the authority shall be entitled to nominate one candidate. Additionally, any account holder shall be entitled to submit one petition for nomination of a candidate, provided that such petition, to be valid, shall be accompanied by the signatures of at least 15 other account holders. Following the close of the nominations period, the authority shall designate for inclusion on the election ballot the name of each candidate nominated by a sitting authority member, as well as the name of each candidate for which a valid petition for nomination was submitted;".

SECTION 2. Section 24.1 of the Act is repealed in its entirety.

SECTION 3. All laws and parts of laws in conflict with this Act are repealed.

Notice of Intent to Introduce Local Legislation
Notice is given that there will be introduce at the regular 2015 session of the General Assembly of Georgia a bill to amend an Act creating the Satilla Regional Water and Sewer Authority, previously known as Ware County Water and Sewer Authority, approved October 1, 2001 (Ga. L. 2001. Ex. Sess., p. 705), as amended, so as to revise the manner of selection of the members of the authority; to repeal provisions regarding receipts for payments, late fees, service disconnection, and service reconnection; to provide for related matters; and for other purposes.

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GEORGIA, FULTON COUNTY

Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths, John Corbett, who on oath deposes and says that he is the Representative from District 174 and further deposes and says that the attached Notice of Intention to Introduce Local Legislation was published in the Waycross Journal Herald which is the official organ of Ware County on February 25, 2015, and that the notice requirements of Code Section 28-1-14 have been met.

s/ JOHN CORBETT John Corbett Representative, District 174

Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 2nd day of March, 2015.

s/ JENNIFER BURGESS Jennifer Burgess Notary Public, Fulton County, Georgia My Commission Expires December 29, 2018 (SEAL)

Approved May 12, 2015.

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COBB COUNTY STATE COURT; JUDGES; COMPENSATION.

No. 213 (House Bill No. 410).

AN ACT

To amend an Act creating the State Court of Cobb County, approved March 26, 1964 (Ga. L. 1964, p. 3211), as amended, particularly by an Act approved April 10, 2014 (Ga. L. 2014, p. 4102), so as to change the compensation of the judges of the state court; to provide an effective date; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF GEORGIA:

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SECTION 1. An Act creating the State Court of Cobb County, approved March 26, 1964 (Ga. L. 1964, p. 3211), as amended, particularly by an Act approved April 10, 2014 (Ga. L. 2014, p. 4102), is amended by deleting from Section 23 of Part 1 the following:
"The salary of the judges of Division 1 of the State Court of Cobb County shall be $166,511.00 per annum.", and inserting in lieu thereof the following: "The salary of the judges of Division 1 of the State Court of Cobb County shall be $171,506.00 per annum."

SECTION 2. Said Act is further amended by deleting from Section 3 the following:
"The chief judge of the State Court of Cobb County shall receive as additional compensation $3,952.00 per annum." and inserting in lieu thereof the following: "The chief judge of the State Court of Cobb County shall receive as additional compensation $4,071.00 per annum."

SECTION 3. This Act shall become effective upon its approval by the Governor or upon its becoming law without such approval.

SECTION 4. All laws and parts of laws in conflict with this Act are repealed.

NOTICE OF INTENTION TO INTRODUCE LOCAL LEGISLATION
Notice is given that there will be introduced at the regular 2015 session of the General Assembly of Georgia a bill to amend an Act creating the State Court of Cobb County, approved March 26, 1964 (Ga. L. 1964, p. 3211), as amended, particularly by an Act approved April 10, 2014 (Ga. L. 2014, p. 4102); and for other purposes.
GEORGIA, FULTON COUNTY
Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths, Stacey Evans, who on oath deposes and says that she is the Representative from District 42 and further deposes and says that the attached Notice of Intention to Introduce Local Legislation was published in the Marietta Daily Journal which is the official organ of Cobb County on February 13, 2015, and that the notice requirements of Code Section 28-1-14 have been met.

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s/ STACEY EVANS Stacey Evans Representative, District 42

Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 19th day of February, 2015.

s/ JENNIFER BURGESS Jennifer Burgess Notary Public, Fulton County, Georgia My Commission Expires December 29, 2018 (SEAL)

Approved May 12, 2015.

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CHEROKEE COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS; RESIDENCY.

No. 214 (House Bill No. 413).

AN ACT

To amend an Act creating the office of commissioner of Cherokee County, approved August 9, 1915 (Ga. L. 1915, p. 177), as amended, particularly by an Act approved March 30, 1989 (Ga. L. 1989, p. 4295), so as to provide that candidates for the board of commissioners shall have resided within the respective district from which they seek election for a period of at least 12 months immediately preceding their election; to provide for related matters; to provide contingent effective dates; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF GEORGIA:

SECTION 1. An Act creating the office of commissioner of Cherokee County, approved August 9, 1915 (Ga. L. 1915, p. 177), as amended, particularly by an Act approved March 30, 1989 (Ga. L. 1989, p. 4295), is amended by revising subsection (g) of Section 2 as follows:
"(g) Members of the commission, other than the chairperson, shall be citizens of this state who have attained the age of 21 years and who have been residents of their respective commissioner districts for not less than 12 months immediately preceding their election and shall hold no other elective public office."

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SECTION 2. This Act shall become effective upon its approval by the Governor or upon its becoming law without such approval, provided that legislation is enacted during the regular 2015 session of the General Assembly amending Code Section 45-2-1 of the O.C.G.A. to authorize the imposition by local law of district residency requirements for county commissioners. Otherwise, this Act shall be repealed by operation of law on July 1, 2015.

SECTION 3. All laws and parts of laws in conflict with this Act are repealed.

NOTICE OF INTENTION TO INTRODUCE LOCAL LEGISLATION
Notice is given that there will be introduced at the regular 2015 session of the General Assembly of Georgia a bill to amend an Act creating the office of commissioner of Cherokee County, approved August 9, 1915 (GA L. 1915, p. 177), as amended, particularly by an Act approved March 30, 1989 (GA L. 1989, p. 4295), so as to provide that candidates for the board of commissioners shall have resided within the respective district from which they seek election for a period of at least 12 months immediately preceding their election; to provide for related matters; to provide contingent effective dates; and for other purposes.
GEORGIA, FULTON COUNTY
Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths, Scot Turner, who on oath deposes and says that he is the Representative from District 21 and further deposes and says that the attached Notice of Intention to Introduce Local Legislation was published in the Cherokee Tribune which is the official organ of Cherokee County on January 22, 2015, and that the notice requirements of Code Section 28-1-14 have been met.
s/ SCOT TURNER Scot Turner Representative, District 21
Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 17th day of February, 2015.
s/ JENNIFER BURGESS Jennifer Burgess Notary Public, Fulton County, Georgia

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Approved May 12, 2015.

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CITY OF AMERICUS CITY MANAGER; APPOINTMENT, QUALIFICATIONS, TERMS, REMOVAL, VACANCIES, DUTIES, POWERS, AND RESPONSIBILITIES; CITY CLERK; FINANCE DIRECTOR.

No. 215 (House Bill No. 425).

AN ACT

To amend an Act providing a new charter for the City of Americus, approved April 13, 1992 (Ga. L. 1992, p. 5985), as amended, so as to provide for a city manager; to provide for appointment, qualifications, terms, removal, and vacancies; to provide for duties, powers, and responsibilities; to provide for appointment of a city clerk and finance director; to provide for related matters; to provide for applicability; to provide for an effective date; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF GEORGIA:

SECTION 1. An Act providing a new charter for the City of Americus, approved April 13, 1992 (Ga. L. 1992, p. 5985), as amended, is amended by revising Chapter 1 of Article III as follows:

"CHAPTER 1 City Council Section 3-101. Appointment; qualifications; compensation; removal.

(a) The city council shall have the right, power, and authority to employ and to appoint in their discretion an officer whose title shall be 'city manager.'
(b)(1) The city manager shall be appointed solely on the basis of executive and administrative qualifications. The city manager shall hold at least a bachelor's degree from a four-year college or university and shall have such other qualifications as may be determined by the city council. Such person need not be a resident of the city or state at the time of appointment but shall reside in the city while in office.

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(2) The city may enter into an employment contract with the city manager for a term not to exceed two years. No such contract shall be automatically renewable, but any such contract may be renewed by mutual agreement of the city council and city manager. Any such contract may provide for a severance payment of salary and benefits to the city manager for a term to be agreed upon between the city and the city manager at the time the contract is executed, but any such severance payments shall only be payable in the event that the city manager is removed by the city without cause. (c) In the event that there is a permanent vacancy in the position of city manager due to resignation, termination, death, or incapacity, the city council shall be authorized to appoint a successor. In the event of a temporary vacancy, the city manager may, by letter filed with the city clerk, designate a qualified administrative officer to exercise the powers and perform the duties of city manager during such temporary vacancy. Such designation shall be subject to the approval of the city council and may be revoked at any time, in which case the city council shall appoint an alternative to serve as city manager during such temporary vacancy. (d) The city council may remove the city manager at any time, with or without cause, by adopting a resolution to that effect. The city council shall have such authority whether or not there is an existing employment contract as provided in paragraph (2) of subsection (b) of this section, but such removal shall comply with the terms of any such contract which do not conflict with the provisions of this subsection. Within five days of adopting such resolution, the council shall provide written notice thereof to the city manager. The city manager, within ten calendar days after receipt of such notice, may in writing request a public hearing regarding the decision of the city council. Such hearing shall be held not earlier than 20 nor more than 30 calendar days after the submission of such hearing request. Any determination of the city council following any such hearing, however, shall be final. Upon the removal of the city manager, any severance required pursuant to such contract shall be paid in accordance with its terms.

Section 3-102. Duties and responsibilities.

(a) The city manager shall be the chief administrative officer of the city and shall be responsible to the city council for the administration of all city affairs placed in the city manager's charge in accordance with this charter. (b) The city manager shall have the additional power, duty, and responsibility to:
(1) Ensure that the laws of the state and all ordinances, resolutions, rules, and regulations of the city which are subject to the city manager's direction and supervision are faithfully executed and enforced; (2) Prepare the agenda for meetings of the city council, subject to inclusion of matters requested by a member of the city council; (3) Recommend for adoption any measures deemed expedient;

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(4) Direct and supervise, subject to the general direction of the city council, the administration of all departments, boards, offices, agencies, commissions, authorities, properties, and operations of the city unless otherwise provided by this charter or by law; (5) Serve as a liaison between the city council and the departments, boards, offices, agencies, commissions, and authorities of the city government; (6) Attend all meetings of the city council, including subcommittee meetings, and take part in discussion; provided, however, that the city manager shall not be authorized to vote and shall not be authorized to attend those portions of public meetings held in executive session for the purpose of deliberating upon the appointment, discipline, compensation, or removal of the city manager unless requested by the city council to be present at such executive sessions; (7) Make reports to the city council from time to time on the affairs of the city and keep the city council fully advised of the city's financial condition and future financial needs and requirements; (8) Prepare and submit the annual operating budget and capital improvements program to the city council; (9) Investigate the affairs, records, accounts, and expenditures of the various departments, boards, offices, agencies, commissions, and authorities of the city and report thereon at least every six months to the city council regarding such matters; (10) Appoint, suspend, remove, or terminate city employees, including department heads other than the municipal judge, city attorney, and city clerk, in accordance with the personnel rules, regulations, policies, and ordinances that the city council may adopt; provided, however, that the city manager may delegate such authority in whole or in part to any administrative officer or department head who is subject to the city manager's direction and supervision; and (11) Exercise any other powers and perform any other duties as shall be required or authorized by the city council and which are not inconsistent with this charter. (c) The city manager shall have the right to request the counsel, advice, and opinion of the city attorney concerning any matter affecting the interest of the city.

Section 3-103. Council interference with supervision.

No member of the city council shall direct or request the city manager to appoint any person to or remove any person from office as a city employee or take part in any other manner in the appointment, discipline, or removal of employees of the city except as to offices which are subject to appointment by the city council and except to the extent that the city council is required to hear and determine appeals of disciplinary actions taken with respect to any employee of the city pursuant to the city's personnel policies. Except for the purpose of inquiries and investigations under the provisions of this charter or pursuant to ordinances enacted thereunder, or for other good cause shown, neither the mayor nor city

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council shall supervise or attempt to supervise city officers or employees who are subject to the direction and supervision of the city manager."

SECTION 2. Said Act is further amended by revising Chapter 2 of Article 3 as follows:

"CHAPTER 2 City clerk and finance director
Section 3-201. Appointment and qualification.

The city manager shall appoint a city clerk who shall not be a councilmember. The city clerk shall be the custodian of the official city seal; shall maintain records of the city council required by this charter, ordinance, or law; and perform such other duties as may be required by the city council. The city clerk shall not be deemed a department head of the city.

Section 3-202. City finance director.

The city manager shall appoint a city finance director who shall not be a councilmember. The city finance director shall collect all taxes, fees, and other monies owed to the city, subject to applicable provisions of this charter, ordinances, or state law. The city finance director shall also enforce all laws and city ordinances related to the collection of delinquent taxes and the sale or foreclosure for nonpayment of taxes and other indebtedness to the city. The city finance director shall be responsible for carrying out the general duties of a fiscal officer of the city and shall perform such other duties as may be provided by the governing body or the city manager. The city finance director shall be the head of the city finance department."

SECTION 3. Said Act is further amended by revising Section 3-401 as follows:

"Section 3-401. Administrative and service departments.

(a) Except as otherwise provided in this charter, the city council by ordinance shall prescribe the functions or duties and establish, abolish, or alter all nonelective offices, positions of employment, departments, and agencies of the city as necessary for the proper administration of the affairs and government of this city.

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(b) Except as otherwise provided by this charter or by law, the directors of departments and other officers of the city shall be appointed solely on the basis of their respective administrative and professional qualifications. (c) All appointed officers and directors of departments shall receive such compensation as prescribed by ordinance. (d) There shall be a department head for each department of the city who shall be its principal officer. Each department head shall, subject to the direction and supervision of the city manager, be responsible for the administration and direction of the affairs and operations of his or her department. (e) All department heads shall be appointed by, and serve at the pleasure of, the city manager."

SECTION 4. Said Act is further amended by revising Chapter 5 of Article 6 as follows:

"CHAPTER 5 Fiscal Control Section 6-501.
Fiscal year.

The city council shall set the fiscal year by ordinance. This fiscal year shall constitute the budget year and the year for financial accounting and reporting of each and every office, department, agency, and activity of the city government.

Section 6-502. Preparation of budgets.

The city council shall provide an ordinance on the procedures and requirements for the preparation and execution of an annual budget, which shall include an annual operating budget, a capital improvement program, and a capital budget and may also include requirements as to the scope, content, and form of such budgets and programs of the city.

Section 6-503. Submission of operating budget to city council.

On or before a date fixed by the city council but not later than 45 days prior to the beginning of each fiscal year, the city manager shall submit to the city council a proposed budget for the ensuing fiscal year, which budget shall include both an operating budget and a capital budget. The budget shall be accompanied by a message from the city manager containing a statement of the general fiscal policies of the city, the important features of the budget, explanations of major changes recommended for the next fiscal year, a general

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summary of the budget, and such other comments and information as he or she may deem pertinent. The proposed budget, the budget message, and all supporting documents shall be filed in the office of the city clerk and shall be open to public inspection.

Section 6-504. Action by city council on budget.

(a) The city council may amend the budget proposed by the city manager, except that the budget as finally amended and adopted must provide for all expenditures required by state law or by other provisions of this charter and for all debt service requirements for the ensuing fiscal year and for all capital improvements required for the ensuing fiscal year and the total appropriations from any fund shall not exceed the estimated fund balance, reserves, and revenues. (b) The city council by ordinance shall adopt a final budget for the ensuing fiscal year not later than the last day of the current fiscal year. If the city council fails to adopt the budget by this date, the amounts appropriated for the current fiscal year shall be deemed adopted for the ensuing fiscal year on a month-to-month basis, with all items prorated accordingly, until such time as the city council adopts a budget for the ensuing fiscal year. Adoption of the budget shall take the form of an appropriations ordinance setting out the estimated revenues in detail by sources and making appropriations according to fund and by organizational unit, purpose, or activity as set out in the budget preparation ordinance adopted pursuant to Section 6-502 of this charter. (c) The amount set out in the adopted budget for each organizational unit shall constitute the annual appropriation for such, and no expenditure shall be made or encumbrance created in excess of the otherwise unencumbered balance of the appropriations or allotments thereof to which it is chargeable. The city council shall not authorize an expenditure for the construction of any building, structure, work, or improvement unless the appropriations for such project are included in the capital improvements budget, except to meet a public emergency as provided in this charter, or where the funds required for such improvement are otherwise provided for in accord with this charter or applicable state laws.

Section 6-505. Tax levies.

The city council shall annually levy by ordinance such taxes as are necessary to fund the budget. The taxes and tax rates set by such ordinance shall be such that reasonable estimates of revenues from such levy shall at least be sufficient, together with other budgeted revenues, fund balances, and applicable reserves, to equal the total amount appropriated for each of the several funds set forth in the annual operating budget for defraying the expenses of the general government of this city.

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Section 6-506. Changes in appropriations.

The city manager may submit amendments to the budget to the city council at any time during the fiscal year, accompanied by his or her recommendations. The city council by ordinance may make changes or amendments in the appropriations contained in the current budget at any regular meeting or special or emergency meeting called for such purpose, but any additional appropriations may be made only from an existing unexpended surplus. Any such amendments to the budget shall become effective only upon adoption by ordinance.

Section 6-507. Independent audit.

There shall be an annual independent audit of all city accounts, funds, and financial transactions by a certified public accountant selected by the city council. The audit shall be conducted according to generally accepted accounting principles. Any audit of any funds by the state or federal government may be accepted as satisfying the requirements of this charter. Copies of all audit reports shall be available at printing costs to the public."

SECTION 5. Said Act is further amended by revising Section 6-604 as follows:

"Section 6-604. Sale and disposition of property.

(a) The city council may sell, lease, transfer, and convey any real or personal property owned or held by the city for governmental or other purposes as now or hereafter provided by law. (b) The city council may quitclaim any rights it may have in property not needed for public purposes upon report by the city manager and adoption of a resolution, both finding that the property is not needed for public or other purposes and that the interest of the city has no readily ascertainable monetary value. (c) Whenever in opening, extending, or widening any street, avenue, alley, or public place of the city a small parcel or tract of land is cut off or separated by such work from a larger tract or boundary of land owned by the city, the city council may authorize the mayor to execute and deliver in the name of the city a deed conveying said cut-off or separated parcel or tract of land to an abutting or adjoining property owner or owners in exchange for rights of way of said street, avenue, alley, or public place when such exchange is deemed to be in the best interest of the city. All deeds and conveyances heretofore and hereafter

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so executed and delivered shall convey all title and interest the city has in such property, notwithstanding the fact that no public sale after advertisement was or is hereafter made."

SECTION 6. This Act shall not be applied to shorten or lengthen the current term of any person holding elective office on the date this Act becomes effective. The person serving as chief administrative officer as of June 30, 2015, shall automatically commence serving as city manager upon the effective date of this Act and shall so serve unless and until removed in accordance with the provisions of this charter. Those department heads appointed by the city council prior to June 30, 2015, who remain employed in such positions as of June 30, 2015, shall continue to serve in such positions commencing July 1, 2015, as if they were appointed by the city manager as of the effective date of this Act.

SECTION 7. This Act shall become effective on July 1, 2015.

SECTION 8. All laws and parts of laws in conflict with this Act are repealed.

NOTICE OF INTENTION TO INTRODUCE LOCAL LEGISLATION
Notice is given that there will be introduced at the regular 2015 session of the General Assembly of Georgia a bill to amend an Act providing a new charter for the City of Americus, approved April 13, 1992 (Ga. L. 1992, p. 5985), as amended; and for other purposes.
GEORGIA, FULTON COUNTY
Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths, Mike Cheokas, who on oath deposes and says that he is the Representative from District 138 and further deposes and says that the attached Notice of Intention to Introduce Local Legislation was published in the Americus Times-Recorder which is the official organ of Sumter County on February 6, 2015, and that the notice requirements of Code Section 28-1-14 have been met.
s/ MIKE CHEOKAS Mike Cheokas Representative, District 138

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Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 19th day of February, 2015.

s/ JENNIFER BURGESS Jennifer Burgess Notary Public, Fulton County, Georgia My Commission Expires December 29, 2018 (SEAL)

Approved May 12, 2015.

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LOWNDES COUNTY HOTEL/MOTEL TAX.

No. 216 (House Bill No. 431).

AN ACT

To authorize the governing authority of Lowndes County to levy an excise tax pursuant to subsection (b) of Code Section 48-13-51 of the O.C.G.A.; to provide procedures, conditions, and limitations; to provide for related matters; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF GEORGIA:

SECTION 1. Pursuant to the authority of subsection (b) of Code Section 48-13-51 of the O.C.G.A., the governing authority of Lowndes County is authorized to levy an excise tax pursuant to such subsection at a rate not to exceed 7 percent of the charge for the furnishing for value to the public of any room or rooms, lodgings, or accommodations by any person or legal entity licensed by, or required to pay business or occupation taxes to, the county for operating a hotel, motel, inn, lodge, tourist camp, tourist cabin, campground, or any other place in which rooms, lodgings, or accommodations are regularly or periodically furnished for value.

SECTION 2. The enactment of this Act is subsequent to the adoption of a resolution of the governing authority of Lowndes County on January 13, 2015, which specifies the subsequent tax rate, identifies the projects or tourism product development purposes, and specifies the allocation of proceeds.

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SECTION 3. In accordance with the terms of such resolution of the governing authority of Lowndes County adopted January 13, 2015:
(1) In each fiscal year during which a tax is collected pursuant to paragraph (3) of subsection (b) of Code Section 48-13-51 of the O.C.G.A., an amount equal to not less than 50 percent of the total amount of taxes collected that exceeds the amount of taxes that would be collected at the rate of 5 percent shall be expended for promoting tourism, conventions, and trade shows by the destination marketing organization designated by Lowndes County or through a contract or contracts with an entity other than a destination marketing organization with which the county may continue to expend the proceeds of the tax pursuant to paragraph (2) of subsection (e) of Code Section 48-13-5; and (2) The remaining amount of taxes collected that exceeds the amount of taxes that would be collected at the rate of 5 percent which are not otherwise expended under paragraph (1) of this section shall be expended for tourism product development.

SECTION 4. All laws and parts of laws in conflict with this Act are repealed.

NOTICE OF INTENTION TO INTRODUCE LOCAL LEGISLATION
Notice is given that there will be introduced at the regular 2015 session of the General Assembly of Georgia a bill to authorize the governing authority of Lowndes County to levy an excise tax pursuant to subsection (b) of Code Section 48-13-51 of the O.C.G.A.; to provide procedures, conditions, and limitations; to provide for related matters; and for other purposes.
GEORGIA, FULTON COUNTY
Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths, Jason Shaw, who on oath deposes and says that he is the Representative from District 176 and further deposes and says that the attached Notice of Intention to Introduce Local Legislation was published in the Valdosta Daily Times which is the official organ of Lowndes County on February 13, 2015, and that the notice requirements of Code Section 28-1-14 have been met.
s/ JASON SHAW Jason Shaw Representative, District 176

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Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 19th day of February, 2015.

s/ JENNIFER BURGESS Jennifer Burgess Notary Public, Fulton County, Georgia My Commission Expires December 29, 2018 (SEAL)

Approved May 12, 2015.

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MACON WATER AUTHORITY COMPENSATION OF MEMBERS OF THE AUTHORITY.

No. 219 (House Bill No. 447).

AN ACT

To amend an Act known as the "Macon Water Authority Act," approved March 23, 1992 (Ga. L. 1992, p. 4991), as amended, so as to change the compensation of members of the authority; to provide for future changes in compensation; to provide for related matters; to provide an effective date; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF GEORGIA:

SECTION 1. An Act known as the "Macon Water Authority Act," approved March 23, 1992 (Ga. L. 1992, p. 4991), as amended, is amended by revising subsection (h) of Section 2 as follows:
"(h)(1) The salary of each elected district member of the authority from Districts 1, 2, 3, and 4 shall be $10,800.00 per year, payable in equal monthly installments. The salary of the chairperson shall be $16,200.00 per year, payable in equal monthly installments. (2) In addition, all members of the authority, elected and appointed, shall be reimbursed for the actual expenses necessarily incurred by them in the performance of their duties. (3) The salary and expenses of members of the authority may be changed by resolution of the authority, subject to the following conditions:
(A) No action to increase the salary of elected members of the authority or the expenses of members of the authority shall be taken until notice of intent to take the action has been published in the official legal organ of Macon-Bibb County at least once a week for three successive weeks immediately preceding the week during which the action is taken;

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(B) Any action to increase the salary of elected members of the authority shall not become effective until the date of commencement of the terms of those members of the authority elected at the next regular election following such action; and (C) No action to increase the salary of elected members of the authority shall be taken during the period between the date when candidates for election to the authority may first qualify as candidates and the date when members of the authority take office following their election."

SECTION 2. This Act shall become effective on October 1, 2015.

SECTION 3. All laws and parts of laws in conflict with this Act are repealed.

NOTICE OF INTENTION TO INTRODUCE LOCAL LEGISLATION

Notice is given pursuant to Section 28-1-14 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated that there will be introduced at the regular 2015 session of the General Assembly of Georgia a bill to amend an Act known as the "Macon-Bibb County Water and Sewerage Authority Act," approved March 2, 1966 (Ga. L. 1966 (Ga. L. 1966, p2737), as amended; and for other purposes.

GEORGIA, FULTON COUNTY

Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths, Bubber Epps, who on oath deposes and says that he is the Representative from District 144 and further deposes and says that the attached Notice of Intention to Introduce Local Legislation was published in the Telegraph which is the official organ of Bibb County on January 31, 2015, and that the notice requirements of Code Section 28-1-14 have been met.

s/ BUBBER EPPS Bubber Epps Representative, District 144

Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 18th day of February, 2015.

s/ JENNIFER BURGESS Jennifer Burgess Notary Public, Fulton County, Georgia

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Approved May 12, 2015.

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BARROW COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION; VACANCIES.

No. 220 (House Bill No. 448).

AN ACT

To amend an Act providing authority for members of the Board of Education of Barrow County, approved April 19, 1971 (Ga. L. 1971, p. 3919), as amended, particularly by an Act approved January 29, 1988 (Ga. L. 1988, p. 3501), so as to revise a provision relating to the time to appoint a member to a vacancy on the board; to provide for related matters; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF GEORGIA:

SECTION 1. An Act providing authority for members of the Board of Education of Barrow County, approved April 19, 1971 (Ga. L. 1971, p. 3919), as amended, particularly by an Act approved January 29, 1988 (Ga. L. 1988, p. 3501), is amended by revising subsection (e) of Section 2 as follows:
"(e) In the event of a vacancy occurring in the membership of the board, for any reason other than expiration of term, the remaining members of the board shall appoint, within 45 days after the vacancy occurs, a successor to serve out the remaining unexpired term and until a successor is elected and qualified."

SECTION 2. All laws and parts of laws in conflict with this Act are repealed.

NOTICE OF INTENTION TO INTRODUCE LOCAL LEGISLATION
Notice is given that there will be introduced at the regular 2015 session of the General Assembly of Georgia a bill to amend an Act providing authority for members of the Board of Education of Barrow County, approved April 19, 1971 (Ga. L. 1971, p. 3919), as amended, particularly by an Act approved January 29, 1988 (Ga. L. 1988, p. 3501), so as to revise a provision relating to vacancies, and for other purposes.

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Representative Terry England District 116

GEORGIA, FULTON COUNTY

Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths, Terry England, who on oath deposes and says that he is the Representative from District 116 and further deposes and says that the attached Notice of Intention to Introduce Local Legislation was published in the Barrow County News which is the official organ of Barrow County on January 25, 2015, and that the notice requirements of Code Section 28-1-14 have been met.

s/ TERRY ENGLAND Terry England Representative, District 116

Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 23rd day of February, 2015.

s/ JENNIFER BURGESS Jennifer Burgess Notary Public, Fulton County, Georgia My Commission Expires December 29, 2018 (SEAL)

Approved May 12, 2015.

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BARROW COUNTY HOMESTEAD EXEMPTION; SCHOOL TAXES; MANNER OF APPLICATION; REFERENDUM.

No. 221 (House Bill No. 449).

AN ACT

To amend an Act providing for a homestead exemption from certain Barrow County school district ad valorem taxes for educational purposes, approved May 1, 2006 (Ga. L. 2006, p. 3974), so as to eliminate the requirement to submit a new application for the exemption in the year following a reevaluation; to provide for a referendum, effective dates, and automatic repeal; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes.

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BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF GEORGIA:

SECTION 1. An Act providing for a homestead exemption from certain Barrow County school district ad valorem taxes for educational purposes, approved May 1, 2006 (Ga. L. 2006, p. 3974), is amended by revising subsection (d) of Section 1 to read as follows:
"(d) The exemption shall be claimed and returned as provided in Code Section 48-5-50.1 of the O.C.G.A., as amended. The exemption shall be renewed from year to year as long as the owner occupies the residence as a homestead. After a person has filed the proper application as provided in subsection (c) of this section, it shall not be necessary to make application thereafter for any year, and the exemption shall continue to be allowed to such person. It shall be the duty of any person granted the homestead exemption under this Act to notify the tax commissioner of Barrow County in the event that person for any reason becomes ineligible for that exemption."

SECTION 2. The election superintendent of Barrow County shall call and conduct an election as provided in this section for the purpose of submitting this Act to the electors of Barrow County for approval or rejection. The election superintendent shall issue the call and conduct such election as provided by general law. The election superintendent shall cause the date and purpose of the election to be published once a week for two weeks immediately preceding the date thereof in the official organ of Barrow County. The ballot shall have written or printed thereon the words:

"( ) YES ( ) NO

Shall the Act be approved which amends the homestead exemption from certain Barrow County school district ad valorem taxes for educational purposes, approved May 1, 2006 (Ga. L. 2006, p. 3974), so as to eliminate the requirement to submit a new application for the exemption in the year following a reevaluation?"

All persons desiring to vote for approval of the Act shall vote "Yes," and all persons desiring to vote for rejection of the Act shall vote "No." If more than one-half of the votes cast on such question are for approval of the Act, Section 1 of this Act shall become of full force and effect on January 1, 2016, and shall apply to all taxable years beginning on or after that date. If the Act is not so approved or if the election is not conducted as provided in this section, Section 1 of this Act shall not become effective and this Act shall be automatically repealed on the first day of January immediately following such election date. The expense of such election shall be borne by Barrow County. It shall be the duty of the election superintendent of Barrow County to certify the results thereof to the Secretary of State.

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SECTION 3. Except as otherwise provided in Section 2 of this Act, this Act shall become effective upon its approval by the Governor or upon its becoming law without such approval.

SECTION 4. All laws and parts of laws in conflict with this Act are repealed.

NOTICE OF INTENTION TO INTRODUCE LOCAL LEGISLATION

Notice is given that there will be introduced at the regular 2015 session of the General Assembly of Georgia a bill to amend an Act providing for a homestead exemption from certain Barrow County school district ad valorem taxes for educational purposes, approved May 1, 2006 (GA. L. 2006, p. 3974); and for other purposes.

GEORGIA, FULTON COUNTY

Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths, Terry England, who on oath deposes and says that he is the Representative from District 116 and further deposes and says that the attached Notice of Intention to Introduce Local Legislation was published in the Barrow County News which is the official organ of Barrow County on February 1, 2015, and that the notice requirements of Code Section 28-1-14 have been met.

s/ TERRY ENGLAND Terry England Representative, District 116

Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 23rd day of February, 2015.

s/ JENNIFER BURGESS Jennifer Burgess Notary Public, Fulton County, Georgia My Commission Expires December 29, 2018 (SEAL)

Approved May 12, 2015.

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CITY OF KINGSLAND MAYOR AND COUNCIL; ELECTION BY MAJORITY VOTE; REFERENDUM.

No. 223 (House Bill No. 453).

AN ACT

To amend an Act to incorporate the City of Kingsland in Camden County, Georgia, approved August 15, 1927 (Ga. L. 1927, p. 1241), as amended, so as to provide for election of the mayor and council by majority vote; to provide for related matters; to provide for a referendum; to provide for a contingent effective date; to provide for automatic repeal under certain circumstances; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF GEORGIA:

SECTION 1. An Act to incorporate the City of Kingsland in Camden County, Georgia, approved August 15, 1927 (Ga. L. 1927, p. 1241), as amended, is amended by revising Section 10 as follows:

"SECTION 10. The candidate for the office of mayor or councilmember who receives a majority of the votes cast for such office shall be declared duly elected."

SECTION 2. The election superintendent of the City of Kingsland shall call and conduct an election as provided in this section for the purpose of submitting this Act to the electors of the City of Kingsland for approval or rejection. The election superintendent shall conduct such election on the Tuesday next following the first Monday in November, 2015. The election superintendent shall issue the call and conduct such election as provided by general law. The election superintendent shall cause the date and purpose of the election to be published once a week for two weeks immediately preceding the date thereof in the official organ of the City of Kingsland. The ballot shall have written or printed thereon the words:
"( ) YES Shall the Act be approved which changes the manner of election for the ( ) NO mayor and council from a plurality vote to a majority vote?"
All persons desiring to vote for approval of the Act shall vote "Yes," and all persons desiring to vote for rejection of the Act shall vote "No." If more than one-half of the votes cast on such question are for approval of the Act, Section 1 of this Act shall become of full force and effect immediately. If the Act is not so approved or if the election is not conducted as

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provided in this section, Section 1 of this Act shall not become effective and this Act shall be automatically repealed on the first day of January immediately following such election date. The expense of such election shall be borne by the City of Kingsland. It shall be the duty of the election superintendent of the City of Kingsland to certify the results thereof to the Secretary of State.

SECTION 3. Except as otherwise provided in Section 2 of this Act, this Act shall become effective upon its approval by the Governor or upon its becoming law without such approval.

SECTION 4. All laws and parts of laws in conflict with this Act are repealed.

NOTICE OF INTENTION TO INTRODUCE LOCAL LEGISLATION
Notice is given that there will be introduced at the regular 2015 session of the General Assembly of Georgia a bill to amend an Act to incorporate the City of Kingsland in Camden County, Georgia, approved August 15, 1927 (Ga. L. 1927, p. 1241), as amended, particularly by an Act approved March 5, 1976 (Ga. L. 1976, p. 2833), so as to provide for the holding of elections in even-numbered years; to provide for related matters; to provide for a referendum; to provide for a contingent effective date; to provide automatic repeal under certain circumstances; and for other purposes.
GEORGIA, FULTON COUNTY
Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths, Jason Spencer, who on oath deposes and says that he is the Representative from District 180 and further deposes and says that the attached Notice of Intention to Introduce Local Legislation was published in the Tribune and Georgian which is the official organ of Camden County on February 19, 2015, and that the notice requirements of Code Section 28-1-14 have been met.
s/ JASON SPENCER Jason Spencer Representative, District 180

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Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 20th day of February 2015.

s/ JENNIFER BURGESS Jennifer Burgess Notary Public, Fulton County, Georgia My Commission Expires December 29, 2018 (SEAL)

Approved May 12, 2015.

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CITY OF KINGSLAND MAYOR AND COUNCIL; MANNER OF ELECTION; REFERENDUM.

No. 224 (House Bill No. 454).

AN ACT

To amend an Act to incorporate the City of Kingsland in Camden County, Georgia, approved August 15, 1927 (Ga. L. 1927, p. 1241), as amended, particularly by an Act approved March 5, 1976 (Ga. L. 1976, p. 2833), so as to provide for the holding of elections in even-numbered years; to provide for related matters; to provide for a referendum; to provide for a contingent effective date; to provide for automatic repeal under certain circumstances; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF GEORGIA:

SECTION 1. An Act to incorporate the City of Kingsland in Camden County, Georgia, approved August 15, 1927 (Ga. L. 1927, p. 1241), as amended, particularly by an Act approved March 5, 1976 (Ga. L. 1976, p. 2833), is amended by revising Section 2 as follows:

"SECTION 2. The government of the city shall consist of a mayor and four councilmembers who shall constitute the legislative body for the city and all of whom shall be elected in accordance with this charter and Chapter 2 of Title 21 of the O.C.G.A., the Georgia Election Code. All such officers shall serve for terms of four years and until their respective successors are duly elected and qualified, except as otherwise provided in Section 3 of this charter. The mayor and councilmembers shall each take an appropriate oath provided by ordinance before entering upon the duties of their respective offices, which may be administered by

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any person authorized by law to administer oaths under the laws of this state. The council may elect or appoint such subordinate officers as may become necessary at any time for the enforcement of the provisions of this charter or any ordinance passed by the council in the pursuance of the rights and powers herein conferred. All such subordinate officers thus appointed or elected shall be deemed and held to be lawful officers of this state and the City of Kingsland. All such subordinate officers shall hold their offices at the will of the council and receive such salary as may be fixed by the council. Each such officer shall take an appropriate oath before entering upon the discharge of their respective duties and give such bond as the council may require, payable to the City of Kingsland, conditioned upon the faithful performance of the duties of their respective offices."

SECTION 2. Said Act is further amended by revising Section 3 as follows:

"SECTION 3. (a) Beginning in 2018, the municipal general election for the City of Kingsland shall be conducted on the Tuesday next following the first Monday in November in each even-numbered year. The election shall be held and conducted in accordance with Chapter 2 of Title 21 of the O.C.G.A., the Georgia Election Code. (b) For the purposes of electing candidates to the office of councilmember, positions of membership on the council shall be numbered as Posts 1 through 4, respectively. Candidates offering for election to the council shall designate by number that position on the council for which they offer as a candidate. In the general election conducted in 2015, the mayor and the candidates elected to Posts 3 and 4 shall serve for an initial term of three years and until their respective successors are duly elected and qualified. In the general election conducted in 2017, the candidates elected to Posts 1 and 2 shall serve for an initial term of three years and until their respective successors are elected and qualified. Thereafter, the mayor and councilmembers shall be elected on the Tuesday next following the first Monday in November immediately prior to the end of their respective terms of office for terms of office of four years and until their respective successors are duly elected and qualified. (c) To be elected to an office, a candidate shall receive a plurality of the votes cast for such office."

SECTION 3. The election superintendent of the City of Kingsland shall call and conduct an election as provided in this section for the purpose of submitting this Act to the electors of the City of Kingsland for approval or rejection. The election superintendent shall conduct such election on the Tuesday next following the first Monday in November, 2015. The election superintendent shall issue the call and conduct such election as provided by general law. The election superintendent shall cause the date and purpose of the election to be published once

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a week for two weeks immediately preceding the date thereof in the official organ of the City of Kingsland. The ballot shall have written or printed thereon the words:
"( ) YES Shall the Act be approved which moves the date of election of the mayor and ( ) NO council to even-numbered years?"
All persons desiring to vote for approval of the Act shall vote "Yes," and all persons desiring to vote for rejection of the Act shall vote "No." If more than one-half of the votes cast on such question are for approval of the Act, Sections 1 and 2 of this Act shall become of full force and effect immediately. If the Act is not so approved or if the election is not conducted as provided in this section, Sections 1 and 2 of this Act shall not become effective and this Act shall be automatically repealed on the first day of January immediately following such election date. The expense of such election shall be borne by the City of Kingsland. It shall be the duty of the election superintendent of the City of Kingsland to certify the results thereof to the Secretary of State.

SECTION 4. Except as otherwise provided in Section 3 of this Act, this Act shall become effective upon its approval by the Governor or upon its becoming law without such approval.

SECTION 5. All laws and parts of laws in conflict with this Act are repealed.

NOTICE OF INTENTION TO INTRODUCE LOCAL LEGISLATION
Notice is given that there will be introduced at the regular 2015 session of the General Assembly of Georgia a bill to amend an Act to incorporate the City of Kingsland in Camden County, Georgia, approved August 15, 1927 (Ga. L. 1927, p. 1241), as amended, so as to provide for election of the mayor and council by majority vote; to provide for related matters; to provide for a referendum; to provide for a contingent effective date; to provide for automatic repeal under certain circumstances; and for other purposes.
GEORGIA, FULTON COUNTY
Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths, Jason Spencer, who on oath deposes and says that he is the Representative from District 180 and further deposes and says that the attached Notice of Intention to Introduce Local Legislation was published in the Tribune and Georgian which is the official organ of Camden County on February 19, 2015, and that the notice requirements of Code Section 28-1-14 have been met.

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s/ JASON SPENCER Jason Spencer Representative, District 180

Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 20th day of February 2015.

s/ JENNIFER BURGESS Jennifer Burgess Notary Public, Fulton County, Georgia My Commission Expires December 29, 2018 (SEAL)

Approved May 12, 2015.

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PUTNAM COUNTY HOTEL/MOTEL TAX.

No. 226 (House Bill No. 465).

AN ACT

To authorize the governing authority of Putnam County to levy an excise tax pursuant to subsection (b) of Code Section 48-13-51 of the O.C.G.A.; to provide procedures, conditions, and limitations; to provide for related matters; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF GEORGIA:

SECTION 1. Pursuant to the authority of subsection (b) of Code Section 48-13-51 of the O.C.G.A., the governing authority of Putnam County is authorized within the territorial limits of the special district located within Putnam County to levy an excise tax at a rate not to exceed 8 percent of the charge for the furnishing for value to the public of any room or rooms, lodgings, or accommodations by any person or legal entity licensed by, or required to pay business or occupation taxes to, the county for operating a hotel, motel, inn, lodge, tourist camp, tourist cabin, campground, or any other place in which rooms, lodgings, or accommodations are regularly or periodically furnished for value.

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SECTION 2. The enactment of this Act is subsequent to the adoption of a resolution of the governing authority of Putnam County which specifies the subsequent tax rate, identifies the projects or tourism product development purposes, and specifies the allocation of proceeds.

SECTION 3. In accordance with the terms of the resolution of the governing authority of Putnam County:
(1) In each fiscal year during which a tax is collected pursuant to paragraph (3) of subsection (b) of Code Section 48-13-51 of the O.C.G.A., an amount equal to not less than 50 percent of the total amount of taxes collected that exceeds the amount of taxes that would be collected at the rate of 5 percent shall be expended for promoting tourism, conventions, and trade shows by the destination marketing organization designated by Putnam County; and (2) The remaining amount of taxes collected that exceeds the amount of taxes that would be collected at the rate of 5 percent which are not otherwise expended under paragraph (1) of this section shall be expended for tourism product development.

SECTION 4. All laws and parts of laws in conflict with this Act are repealed.

NOTICE OF INTENTION TO INTRODUCE LOCAL LEGISLATION
Notice is given that there will be introduced at the regular 2015 session of the General Assembly of Georgia a bill to authorize the governing authority of Putnam County to levy an excise tax pursuant to subsection (b) of the Code Section 48-13-51 of the O.C.G.A.; to provide procedures, conditions, and limitations; to provide for related matters; and for other purposes.
GEORGIA, FULTON COUNTY
Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths, Rusty Kidd, who on oath deposes and says that he is the Representative from District 145 and further deposes and says that the attached Notice of Intention to Introduce Local Legislation was published in the Eatonton Messenger which is the official organ of Putnam County on February 5, 2015, and that the notice requirements of Code Section 28-1-14 have been met.
s/ RUSTY KIDD Rusty Kidd Representative, District 145

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Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 18th day of February, 2015.

s/ JENNIFER BURGESS Jennifer Burgess Notary Public, Fulton County, Georgia My Commission Expires December 29, 2018 (SEAL)

Approved May 12, 2015.

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CITY OF MOUNT ZION NEW CHARTER.

No. 227 (House Bill No. 468).

AN ACT

To provide a new charter for the City of Mount Zion; to provide for incorporation, boundaries, and powers of the city; to provide for a governing authority of such city and the powers, duties, authority, election, terms, vacancies, compensation, expenses, qualifications, prohibitions, conflicts of interest, and suspension and removal from office relative to members of such governing authority; to provide for inquiries and investigations; to provide for oaths, organization, meetings, quorum, voting, rules, and procedures; to provide for ordinances and codes; to provide for a city manager, mayor, and mayor pro tempore, and certain duties, powers, and other matters relative thereto; to provide for administrative affairs and responsibilities; to provide for boards, commissions, and authorities; to provide for a city attorney, a city clerk, police chief and other personnel and matters relating thereto; to provide for rules and regulations; to provide for a municipal court and the judge or judges thereof and other matters relative to those judges; to provide for the court's jurisdiction, powers, practices, and procedures; to provide for the right of certiorari; to provide for elections; to provide for taxation, licenses, and fees; to provide for franchises, service charges, and assessments; to provide for bonded and other indebtedness; to provide for auditing, accounting, budgeting, and appropriations; to provide for city contracts and purchasing; to provide for the conveyance of property and interests therein; to provide for regulation of streets, utilities, rights-of-way and eminent domain; to provide for bonds for officials; to provide for prior ordinances and rules, pending matters, and existing personnel; to provide for penalties; to provide for definitions and construction; to provide for other matters relative to the foregoing; to provide for effective dates; to provide a specific repealer; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes.

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BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF GEORGIA:

ARTICLE I INCORPORATION AND POWERS
SECTION 1.10. Incorporation.

The City of Mount Zion in Carroll County is reincorporated by the enactment of this charter and is constituted and declared a body politic and corporate under the name of the "City of Mount Zion." References in this charter to "the city" refer to the City of Mount Zion. The city shall have perpetual existence. The legal situs of the city shall be Carroll County.

SECTION 1.11. City property.

Title to any property, real or personal, within or without the corporate limits of said city, heretofore acquired by the City of Mount Zion, with or without proper charter authority, is vested in the City of Mount Zion created by this Act, the acquisition thereof being ratified and made lawful. The City of Mount Zion, created by this Act, is authorized and empowered to purchase, hold, rent, lease, and receive by gift or otherwise, and to enjoy, possess and retain, temporarily or permanently, any property, real or personal, of any kind whatsoever, either within or without the corporate limits of said city, for corporate purposes.

SECTION 1.12. Corporate boundaries.

(a) The boundaries of this city shall be those existing on the effective date of this charter with such alterations as may be made from time to time by local law or the manner provided by general state law. The boundaries of this city at all times shall be shown on a map, a written description, or any combination thereof, to be retained permanently in the office of the city clerk and to be designated, as the case may be: "the official map or description of the corporate limits of the City of Mount Zion, Georgia." Photographic, typed, or other copies of such map or description certified by the city clerk shall be admitted as evidence in all courts and shall have the same force and effect as the original map or description. (b) The city council may provide for the redrawing of any such map by ordinance to reflect lawful changes in the corporate boundaries. A redrawn map shall supersede, for all purposes, the earlier map or maps which it is designated to replace but such earlier maps shall be retained in the office of the city clerk.

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SECTION 1.13. Examples of powers.

The powers of this city shall include, but not be limited to, the following powers: (1) Ad Valorem taxation. To levy, assess, and collect ad valorem taxes on all taxable property in the city; (2) Other taxes. To levy, assess, and collect other taxes allowed by general law; (3) Business regulation and taxation. To levy, assess, and collect occupational and business taxes and to license and regulate occupations and businesses; (4) Appropriations. To make appropriations and expend funds for the support of the city and other lawful purposes; (5) Municipal debts. To borrow money and issue bonds as authorized by general law; (6) Gifts. To accept gifts and grants for any purpose related to the powers and duties of the city on such terms as the donor may impose; (7) Municipal utilities. To acquire, lease, operate, and dispose of public utilities; (8) Public utilities. To grant franchises or make contracts for public utilities and to prescribe the conditions of such franchises and contracts; (9) Roadways. To open, maintain, improve, and close streets and roads and to grant franchises and right-of-way thereon; (10) Public facilities. To acquire, operate, and dispose of public buildings, public projects, parks, cemeteries, golf courses, and other public improvements, inside or outside the city; (11) Building regulation. To regulate the building trades and the construction of buildings and to adopt and enforce building, housing, plumbing, electrical, gas, heating, and air-conditioning codes; (12) Planning and zoning. To provide for city planning by zoning, subdivision regulations, and the like; (13) Police powers. To exercise the police power for the public safety, peace, order, and well-being of the city; (14) Roadside regulation. To prohibit or regulate signs, billboards, and other items upon or adjacent to streets and roads; (15) Health. To prescribe and enforce health and sanitation standards; (16) Pollution. To regulate and enforce standards of emissions which pollute the air, water, or soil; (17) Fire safety. To fix fire limits and to prescribe and enforce fire safety regulations; (18) Public hazards. To provide for the destruction or removal of public hazards; (19) Waste disposal. To provide for and regulate the collection, disposal, and recycling of garbage and wastes; (20) Garbage fees. To fix and collect garbage fees; (21) Sewer fees. To fix and collect sewer fees; (22) Water fees. To fix and collect water-use fees; (23) Nuisances. To define and provide for the abatement of nuisances;

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(24) Property protection. To preserve and protect the property of the city and its citizens; (25) Animal control. To regulate, enforce, or provide for the keeping of animals; (26) Prisoners. To provide for the public work by municipal prisoners and their confinement; (27) Motor vehicles. To regulate the operation and parking of motor vehicles; (28) Taxicabs. To regulate vehicles operated for hire in the city; (29) Special assessments. To levy, assess, and collect special assessments to cover the cost of public improvements; (30) Contracts. To enter into lawful contracts and agreements; (31) City agencies. To create, alter, or abolish departments, offices, boards, commissions, and agencies of the city and to confer appropriate authority upon them; (32) Penalties. To provide penalties for violations of municipal ordinances; (33) Police and fire protection. To exercise the power of arrest through duly appointed policemen and to establish, operate, and contract for a police and a fire-fighting agency; (34) Emergencies. To provide for the determining, proclamation, and combating of emergencies; (35) Urban redevelopment. To organize and operate an urban redevelopment program; (36) Public transportation. To organize and operate public transportation systems; (37) General health, safety, and welfare. To define, regulate, and prohibit any act, practice, conduct, or use of property which is detrimental to health, sanitation, cleanliness, welfare, and safety of the inhabitants of the city; (38) Quality of life. To develop or cause to be developed areas conducive to the establishment of retail and wholesale businesses; (39) Other powers. To exercise and enjoy all other powers, functions, rights, privileges, and immunities necessary or desirable to promote and protect the safety or general welfare of the city and its inhabitants; to exercise all implied powers necessary to carry into execution all powers granted in this charter, and to exercise all powers now or in the future authorized or exercised by other municipal governments under other laws of the state of Georgia. No listing of particular powers in the charter shall be held to be exclusive of others, nor restrictive of general words and phrases granting powers. (40) Condemnation. To condemn property inside or outside the corporate limits of the city, for present or future use and for any corporate purpose deemed necessary by the governing authority, utilizing procedures enumerated in Title 22 of the O.C.G.A., or such other laws as are or may hereafter be enacted. (41) To provide and maintain a system of pensions and retirement for officers and employees of the city.

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SECTION 1.14. Exercise of powers.

All powers, functions, rights, privileges, and immunities of the city or its officers, agencies, or employees shall be carried into execution by the Constitution of the State of Georgia, by general law, or by this charter. If general law and this charter make no provision, such shall be carried into execution as provided by ordinance.

ARTICLE II GOVERNMENT STRUCTURE, ELECTIONS, AND REMOVAL
SECTION 2.10. City council creation, composition, number, election.

The legislative authority of the government of this city, except as otherwise specifically provided in this charter, shall be vested in a city council to be composed of a mayor and four council members who will be elected at large. The mayor and council members shall be elected in a manner provided in Article V of this charter.

SECTION 2.11. City council terms and qualifications for office.

The mayor of the city shall serve for a term of four years consecutive and until his or her successor is elected and qualified. The members of the city council shall serve for terms of four years consecutive and until their respective successors are elected and qualified. No person shall be eligible to serve as mayor or council member unless he or she is a qualified municipal voter and shall have been a resident of the city for one year immediately prior to the date of his or her qualifying for said position. The mayor and each council member shall continue to reside within the city limits proper during his or her period of service.

SECTION 2.12. Vacancy: filling of vacancies.

(a) The office of mayor and council member shall become vacant upon the incumbent's death, resignation, forfeiture of office, relocation of residency outside the city limits proper, or removal from office in any manner authorized by this charter or the general laws of the State of Georgia. (b) A vacancy in the office of mayor shall be filled by the mayor pro tempore, to serve until the next general election where a mayor shall be elected to serve for the remainder of the unexpired term. (c) A vacancy in the office of one or more council members shall be filled by the mayor and city council by the election of any citizens of said city eligible to hold such office, who shall

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serve until the next election, to be held every two years, where a council member or members shall be elected to fill the remainder of the unexpired term. Should the mayor and council be unable to agree upon the appointment by majority vote of the remaining council, the mayor shall appoint any citizen of said city eligible to hold such office, who shall serve until the earliest special election or general election, whichever could occur first, where a council member or members shall be elected to fill the remainder of the unexpired term.

SECTION 2.13. Compensation and expenses.

(a) Until changed as provided in subsection (b) of this section, the mayor and city council members shall continue to receive the same compensation to which they were entitled immediately prior to the effective date of this charter. (b) The compensation of the mayor and city council members may be changed by ordinance; but any increase shall be subject to Code Section 36-35-4 of the O.C.G.A. or any similar law hereafter enacted. (c) The mayor and city council members shall be entitled to receive their actual and necessary expenses incurred in the performance of their duties of office in accordance with the standard policies of the city as set forth by the city council.

SECTION 2.14. Holding other office.

Except as authorized by general state law, the mayor or any city council shall not hold any other city office during the term for which he or she was elected.

SECTION 2.15. Conflict of office.

No elected official, appointed officer, or employee of the city or any agency or political entity to which this charter applies shall knowingly engage in any business or transaction or have a financial or other personal interest, direct or indirect, which is incompatible with the proper discharge of his or her official duties or which would tend to impair his or her performance of his or her official duties.

SECTION 2.16. Inquiries and investigations.

The mayor and/or the city council may make inquiries and investigations into the affairs of the city and the conduct of any department, office, or agency thereof and for this purpose may subpoena witnesses, administer oaths, take testimony, and require the production of

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evidence. Any person who fails or refuses to obey a lawful order issued in exercise of these powers by the mayor and/or the city council shall be punished as provided by ordinance.

SECTION 2.17. General power and authority of mayor and city council.

Except as otherwise provided by this charter, the mayor and city council shall be vested with all powers of government as provided in Article 1 of this charter.

SECTION 2.18. Oath of office.

Upon taking office, the mayor and each council member shall take an oath of office as follows:
"I do solemnly swear that I will faithfully perform the duties of Mayor (or Council member as the case may be) of the City of Mount Zion, Georgia, and that I will support and defend the charter thereof as well as the Constitution and laws of the State of Georgia and of the Constitution of the United States of America."

SECTION 2.19. Regular and special meetings.

(a) The city council shall hold regular meetings at such times and locations as prescribed by ordinance. (b) Special meetings of the city shall be held on call of the mayor or three members of the city council. Notice of such special meetings shall be served on all members personally, or by telephone personally, at least 24 hours in advance of the meeting. Such notice of any special meeting may be waived by a council member before or after such a meeting, and attendance at the meeting shall also constitute a waiver of notice on any business transacted in such council member's presence. Except where waived by all members, if affected by their presence or in writing, only the business stated in the call may be transacted at the special meeting. (c) All meetings of the city council shall be public to the extent required by general state law and notice to the public of all meetings shall be made as required by general state law.

SECTION 2.20. Rules of procedure.

(a) The city council shall adopt its rules of procedures and order of business consistent with the provisions of this charter and shall provide for keeping minutes of its proceedings, which shall be a public record.

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(b) All officers of the city council, committees, and committee chairpersons shall be appointed by the mayor, followed by a majority vote of approval of the city council. The mayor shall have the power to remove members of any committee and the power to appoint new members to any committee, at any time, within the mayor's discretion, followed by a majority vote of approval of the city council.

SECTION 2.21. Quorum: voting.

Two city council members and the mayor or the mayor pro tempore shall constitute a quorum and shall be authorized to transact business of the city council. Voting on the adoption of ordinances shall be taken by voice vote and the "ayes" and "nays" shall be recorded in the minutes, but any member of city council shall have the right to request a roll-call vote. The affirmative vote of a majority of the votes cast shall be required for the adoption of any ordinance, resolution, or motion except as otherwise provided in this charter.

SECTION 2.22. Ordinance form: procedure.

(a) Every proposed ordinance shall be introduced in writing and in the form required for final adoption. The enacting clause shall be "The Council of the City of Mount Zion, Georgia hereby ordains ..." and every ordinance shall contain this enacting clause. (b) An ordinance may be introduced by any city council member, the mayor, or the city manager, if any, and read at any regular or special meeting of the city council. (c) Upon passage, all ordinances must be signed by the mayor, or mayor pro tempore if presiding, and the city clerk. (d) Failure to comply with the technical requirements of this section shall not invalidate an ordinance if the intention of the governing authority that the ordinance be effective is evident.

SECTION 2.23. Action requiring an ordinance.

In addition to other acts required by general law or by specific provisions of the charter to be done by ordinance, acts of the city council which have the force and effect of law shall be done by ordinance.

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SECTION 2.24. Emergencies.

To meet a public emergency affecting life, health, property, or public peace, the city council may convene on the call of the mayor or three city council members and promptly adopt an emergency ordinance, but such ordinance may not levy taxes, grant, renew, or extend a franchise, regulate the rate charged by any public utility for its service, or authorize the borrowing of moneys except for loans to be repaid within 30 days. An emergency ordinance shall be introduced in the form prescribed for ordinance generally, except that it shall be plainly designated as an emergency ordinance and shall contain, after the enacting clause, a declaration stating that an emergency exists and describing it in clear and specific terms. It shall become effective upon adoption or at such later time as it may specify. An emergency ordinance may also be repealed by adoption of a repealing ordinance in the manner specified in this section for adoption of emergency ordinances. A state of emergency may be declared by the mayor prior to the convening of the city council providing public safety personnel the resources and authority to ensure the safety of the citizens of the city. The state of emergency proclamation of the mayor shall have all the authority and power provided by general and state law and the Constitution of the State of Georgia.

SECTION 2.25. Codes of technical regulations.

(a) The city council may adopt any standard code of technical regulations by reference thereto in an adopting ordinance. The procedure and requirements governing such adopting ordinance shall be as prescribed for ordinances generally. (b) Copies of any adopted code of technical regulations shall be made available by the city clerk for distribution or for purchase at a reasonable price.

SECTION 2.26. Signing, authenticating, recording codification, printing.

(a) The city clerk shall authenticate by his or her signature and record in full in a properly identified book or file kept for the purpose, all ordinances adopted by the city council. (b) All ordinances of the city having the force and effect of law, together with all amendments thereto and such codes of technical regulations and other rules and regulations that the city council may specify, shall be compiled, known, and cited officially as "The Code of Ordinances of the City of Mount Zion, Georgia." Copies of the code shall be furnished to all officers, city council members, departments, and agencies of the city, and made available for purchase by the public at a reasonable price as fixed by the city council. (c) The city council shall cause each ordinance and each amendment to the charter to be published as soon as is practical following its adoption, and the published ordinances and

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charter amendments shall be made available for purchase by the public at reasonable prices to be fixed by the city council. The ordinances and charter amendments shall be printed in substantially the same style as the code currently in effect and shall be suitable in form for incorporation therein.

SECTION 2.27. Chief executive officer.

The mayor shall be the chief executive officer of the City of Mount Zion, Georgia. He or she shall possess all the executive powers granted to the city under the Constitution and laws of the State of Georgia and all the executive powers contained in this charter.

SECTION 2.28. Powers and duties of mayor.

(1) See that all laws and ordinances and duties of the city are faithfully executed. (2) Preside over all meetings of the mayor and city council and have the right to take part in the deliberations of said council, and to vote on all matters. (3) Sign all deeds and contracts, except deeds for property sold under execution at a public sale. (4) Be clothed with veto power as set out in this charter. (5) Keep the city council advised from time to time of the general condition of the city and recommend such measures as he or she may deem necessary or expedient for the welfare of the city. (6) Call the city council together at any time when deemed necessary by him or her. (7) Be responsible for the administration of personnel matters subject to policies and rules created by the mayor and/or the council. (8) Be the chief economic/operations officer of the city in all day to day activities and functions.

SECTION 2.29. Mayor pro tempore.

The mayor and city council shall elect by a majority vote from among the city council members a mayor pro tempore who shall assume the duties and powers of the mayor upon the mayor's disability or absence.

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SECTION 2.30. Veto power.

Every ordinance and resolution passed and every election of an officer or employee by the mayor and city council shall be subject to the veto of the mayor and in the following manner. The mayor shall, within five days, write out his or her objections to such resolution, ordinance, or election and the mayor and city council shall, at the next regular or called meeting at which a quorum shall be present, order said objections entered on the minutes and take a vote on the question as to whether said ordinance, resolution, or other action shall become adopted over said veto. Should as many as three city council members vote in the affirmative, said resolution, ordinance, or other action shall stand affirmed and become effective without the approval of the mayor, otherwise not. The "ayes" and "nays" shall in all cases be entered upon the minutes. Any resolution, ordinance, or other action failing to receive three or more affirmative votes necessary to circumvent a veto shall not be reintroduced for consideration by the council for a period of one year. The mayor may disapprove or reduce any item or items of appropriation in any ordinance. The approved part or parts of any ordinance making appropriations shall become law, and the part or parts disapproved shall not become law unless subsequently passed by the city council over the mayor's veto. The reduced part or parts shall be presented to the city council as though disapproved and shall not become law unless overridden by the council.

ARTICLE III ADMINISTRATIVE AFFAIRS
SECTION 3.10. Appointment of city manager.

The mayor and city council may appoint a city manager to serve subject to the pleasure of the mayor and city council and shall fix the salary of the city manager. The city manager shall be chosen on the basis of his or her character and his or her executive and administrative qualification, with special reference to his or her actual training and experience in his or her knowledge of accepted practices of his or her duties.

SECTION 3.11. Removal of city manager.

The mayor and city council may remove the city manager by majority vote. The mayor may suspend the city manager without notice for reason prior to consideration by the city council.

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SECTION 3.12. Temporary city manager.

If, on account of the temporary absence or disability of the city manager, it should be necessary in the judgment of the mayor and city council members to designate some person to serve as acting city manager during the temporary absence or disability of the city manager, the mayor and city council may execute one of the following options:
(1) The mayor may assume the responsibilities of the duties of the city manager until the city manager returns to his or her office; (2) The mayor and city council may appoint the city clerk to assume the responsibilities and duties of the city manager; (3) The mayor and city council may appoint any qualified person to temporarily serve as city manager and fix his or her compensation.

SECTION 3.13. City manager: duties and powers.

In addition to those elsewhere in this charter provided, the following powers are conferred on the city manager and the following duties are required of him or her:
(1) He or she shall be the chief administrative officer of the city and head of the administrative branch of the city government. (2) He or she shall be responsible to the mayor and city council for the proper administration of the affairs committed to this charge. (3) He or she shall have the right to request the counsel, advice, or opinion of the city attorney and assistant city attorneys concerning any matter affecting the interest of the city; and it shall be his or her duty to respond to such request to the best of his or her abilities. (4) He or she shall have the power, subject to the approval of the mayor and council, to change, consolidate, or abolish any of the offices, departments, or functions over which he or she exercises supervision and control, and create in lieu thereof, such other offices, departments, and functions as he or she may deem best, which offices, department, and functions when so created, shall be under his or her supervision and control. (5) He or she shall have jurisdiction over, to remove when he or she deems it for the good of the city, all of the employees of each and every department of the city. (6) No claim against or in favor of the city shall be paid or collected without prior approval of the city manager. (7) All bonds required of the officers and employees shall be subject to the approval of the city manager. (8) He or she shall attend all meetings, stated and special, of the city council with the right to take part in the discussions, but not vote. (9) He or she shall have the right to recommend to the mayor and city council for its adoption such measures as he or she may deem necessary or expedient.

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(10) He or she shall see that all terms and conditions in favor of the city and its inhabitants in contracts with public utilities and others are faithfully kept and performed. (11) He or she shall prepare the budget of the city annually and submit it to the mayor and city council and be responsible for its administration after its adoption by the city council. (12) He or she shall have the power to investigate the affairs, records, accounts, and expenditures of the various commissions, boards, and agencies created either by ordinances of the mayor and city council or by Acts of the General Assembly or the State of Georgia in relation to the affairs of the city and to report thereof at least once a year to the mayor and city council such matters in reference thereof as he or she deems advisable. (13) He or she shall keep the mayor and city council advised of the financial condition of the city and make such recommendations as may seem desirable to him or her. (14) He or she shall perform such other duties as may be required of him or her by the mayor and city council, this charter, or by general state law.

SECTION 3.14. City attorney.

The mayor shall appoint a city attorney, without necessity of periodic reappointment, upon approval by the city council, together with such assistant city attorney as may be authorized, to serve subject to the pleasure of the mayor and council and subjected to removal as provided below. The mayor and council shall provide for the payment of such attorney or attorneys for services rendered to the city. The city attorney shall be responsible for representing and defending the city in all litigation in which the city is a party, may be the prosecuting officer in the municipal court, shall attend the meetings of the city council as directed, shall advise the city council, mayor, city manager, and other officers and employees of the city concerning legal aspects of the city's affairs, and shall perform such other duties as may be required of him or her by virtue of his or her position as city attorney. The mayor may remove the city attorney or assistant city attorneys by a majority vote of the mayor and city council with all members present.

SECTION 3.15. City clerk.

The mayor shall appoint a city clerk, without the need for periodic reappointment, upon approval by the city council, who shall not be a city council member. The city clerk shall be the custodian of the official city seal, maintain city council records and minutes as required by this charter, serve as the city treasurer, and perform other duties as may be required by the mayor or city council. The city clerk should also be qualified to maintain and control the city's financial records and general bookkeeping.

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SECTION 3.16. Police chief.

The mayor shall appoint a qualified person to serve as Chief of Police of the City of Mount Zion, without the need for periodic reappointment, upon approval of the city council. The police chief will be responsible for the enforcement of the police powers of the city and shall perform the duties allocated to him or her by the mayor and city council, this charter, ordinances, and general state laws. He or she shall supervise and control all employees of the City of Mount Zion Police Department.

SECTION 3.17. Boards, commissions, and authorities.

The mayor and city council shall create by ordinance such boards, commissions, and authorities to fulfill any investigative, or quasi-judicial, or quasi-legislative functions as the mayor and city council deems necessary and shall by ordinance establish the composition, period of existence, duties, and powers thereof. All boards, commissions, and authorities should be bound by the following general regulations:
(1) All members of boards, commissions, and authorities of the City of Mount Zion shall be appointed by the mayor, upon approval of the city council, for such terms of office and in such a manner as shall be provided by ordinance, except where other appointing authority, term of office, or manner of appointment is prescribed by this charter or general state law. (2) The mayor and city council, by ordinance, may provide for the compensation and reimbursement for actual and necessary expenses of the members of any board, commission, or authority. (3) Except as specifically authorized by general law, no member of any board, commission, or authority shall hold any elective office in the city. (4) Any vacancy on a board, commission, or authority of the city shall be filled for the unexpired term in the manner prescribed for original appointment, except as otherwise provided by this charter, general law, or by ordinance. (5) No member of a board, commission, or authority shall assume the office until he or she has executed and filed with the city clerk, an oath obligating himself or herself to faithfully and impartially perform the duties of his or her office, such oath to be prescribed by ordinance and administered by the mayor. (6) Any member of a board, commission, or authority may be removed from office for cause by the mayor with the right to appeal to the city council for reinstatement by majority vote. (7) Except as otherwise provided by this charter or by general state law, each board, commission, or authority of the city shall elect one of its members as chairperson and may elect one member as vice chairperson and one member as secretary.

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(8) Each board, commission, or authority of the city government may establish such bylaws, rules, and regulations, not inconsistent with this charter, ordinances of the city, or general state law, as it deems appropriate and necessary for the fulfillment of its duties or the conduct of its affairs, copies of which shall be filed with the city clerk, subject to approval of the mayor and city council.

SECTION 3.18. Personnel policies.

The mayor and city council may adopt rules and regulations consistent with this charter concerning:
(1) The method of employees' selection and probationary periods of employment. (2) The administration of a position classification and pay plan, methods of promotion, and application of service ratings thereto, and transfer of employees within the classification plan. (3) Vacation, sick leave, and other leaves of absence, overtime pay, and the order and manner of which layoff shall be affected. (4) Such dismissal hearings as due process may require. (5) Such other personnel policies as may be necessary to provide for adequate and systematic handling of personnel affairs.

ARTICLE IV JUDICIAL BRANCH
SECTION 4.10. Creation, name.

There shall be a court to be known as the Municipal Court of Mount Zion, Georgia.

SECTION 4.11. Chief judge, associate judges.

(a) The municipal court shall be presided over by a chief judge and such part-time, full-time, or standby associate judges as shall be provided by ordinance. The method of selection and terms of such judges shall be provided by ordinance. (b) No person shall be qualified or eligible to serve as a judge of the municipal court unless he or she shall have obtained the age of 21 years and is a member of the State Bar of Georgia. (c) Compensation for the judges shall be set by the mayor and council. (d) Judges shall serve at the pleasure of the mayor and council, without the need for periodic reappointment, and may be removed from office by majority vote of the mayor and council with all members present.

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(e) Before entering on duties of his or her office, each judge shall take an oath given by the mayor that he or she will honestly and faithfully discharge the duties of his or her office to the best of his or her ability without fear, favor, or partiality. The oath shall be entered upon the minutes of the city council.

SECTION 4.12. Convening.

The municipal court shall be convened at regular intervals as provided by ordinance.

SECTION 4.13. Jurisdiction, powers.

(a) The municipal court shall try and punish violations of all city ordinances and state offenses as provided by state law. (b) The municipal court shall have the authority to punish those in its presence for contempt, provided that such punishment shall not exceed $1,000.00 and six months in jail. (c) The municipal court may fix punishment for state misdemeanor offenses within its jurisdiction not exceeding a fine of $1,000.00 or imprisonment for 360 days or both, or any part of the maximum fine or imprisonment, and a $1,000.00 fine or imprisonment for six months for city ordinance violations.

SECTION 4.14. Certiorari.

The right of certiorari from the decision and judgment of the municipal court shall exist in all criminal cases. And such certiorari shall be obtained under the sanction of a Judge of the Superior Court of Carroll County under the laws of the State of Georgia regulating the granting and issuance of writs of certiorari.

SECTION 4.15. Rules for court.

With the approval of the city council, the judge shall have full power and authority to make rules and regulations necessary and proper to secure the efficient and successful administration of the municipal court, provided, however, that the city council may adopt in part or in toto, the rules and regulations for procedure in the municipal court under the general laws of the State of Georgia. The rules and regulations made or adopted shall be filed with the city clerk, shall be available for public inspection, and upon request, shall be furnished to all defendants in municipal court proceedings.

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ARTICLE V ELECTIONS SECTION 5.10. Applicability of general law.

All primaries and elections shall be held and conducted in accordance with Chapter 2 of Title 21 of the O.C.G.A., the "Georgia Municipal Election Code," as now or hereafter amended.

SECTION 5.11. Regular elections, time for holding.

(a) On the first Tuesday following the first Monday in November, 2015, and on that day every two years thereafter, there shall be an election for successors to the city council members and mayor, if applicable, whose terms will expire the following January. The terms of office shall begin at the time of taking the oath of office as provided in Section 2.18 of the charter. (b) The mayor shall be elected in 2015 and every four years thereafter. (c) The city council members from Post 3 and Post 4 shall be elected in 2013 and every four years thereafter. (d) The city council members from Post 1 and Post 2 shall be elected in 2015 and every four years thereafter. (e) The mayor and city council members in office on the effective date of this charter shall remain in office until their successors are elected and take office as provided in this charter.

SECTION 5.12. Nonpartisan election.

Political parties shall not conduct primaries for city offices and all names of candidates for city offices shall be listed without party labels.

SECTION 5.13. Election by majority.

(a) The person receiving a majority (50 percent plus one) of the votes cast for any city office shall be elected. (b) In the event that no candidate receives a majority of the votes cast, then a run-off election will be held in accordance with ordinance and Chapter 2 of Title 21 of the O.C.G.A., the "Georgia Municipal Election Code."

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(c) In the event that there is a tie vote between the two candidates receiving the most votes, then a special election will be held in accordance with ordinances and Chapter 2 Title 21 of the O.C.G.A., the "Georgia Municipal Election Code."

ARTICLE VI FINANCE
SECTION 6.10. Property tax.

The city council may assess, levy, and collect an ad valorem tax on all real and personal property within the corporate limits of the city that is subject to such taxation by the state and county. The tax is for the purpose of raising revenues to defray the cost of operating the city government, providing governmental services, for the repayment of principal and interest on general obligations, and for any other public purpose as determined by the city council at its discretion.

SECTION 6.11. Millage rate, due dates, payment methods.

The city council, by ordinance, shall establish a millage rate for the city property tax, a due date, and in what length of time these taxes must be paid. The city council, by ordinance, may provide for the payment of these taxes by installments or in one lump sum and may authorize the voluntary payment of taxes prior to the time when due.

SECTION 6.12. Licenses, permits, fees.

The city council, by ordinance, shall have the power to require any individuals or corporations who transact business in the City of Mount Zion or who practice or offer to practice a calling therein to obtain a license of permit for such activity or permit where such activities are not now regulated by general state law in such a way to preclude city regulation. Such fee, if unpaid, shall be collected as provided in Section 6.16 of this charter. The city council, by ordinance, may establish reasonable requirements for obtaining or keeping such licenses as the public health, safety, and welfare necessitates.

SECTION 6.13. Franchises.

The city council shall have the power to grant franchises for the use of the city's streets and alleys for the purpose of railroads, street railways, telephone companies, electric companies, cable companies, gas companies, transportation companies, and other similar organizations.

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The city council shall determine the duration, provisions, terms, whether the same shall be exclusive or nonexclusive, and the consideration for such franchises.

SECTION 6.14. Service charges.

The city council, by ordinance, shall have the power to assess and collect fees, charges, and tolls for water, sewer, sanitary, health services, or any other services rendered within and without the corporate limits of the city. If unpaid, such charges shall be collected as provided in Section 6.16 of this charter.

SECTION 6.15. Construction, other taxes.

The city shall be empowered to levy any other tax allowed now or hereafter by state law and the specific mention of any right, power, or authority in this article shall not be construed as limiting in any way the general powers of the City of Mount Zion to govern its local affairs.

SECTION 6.16. Collection of delinquent taxes and fees.

The city council, by ordinance, may provide generally for the collection of delinquent taxes, fees, or other revenue due the city by whatever reasonable means which are not precluded by general state law. This shall include providing for the dates when taxes or fees are due, late penalties or interest, issuance and execution of fi. fa's., creation and priority of liens, making delinquent taxes and fees personal debts of the persons required to pay the taxes of fees imposed, revoking city licenses and failure to pay any city taxes or fees, allowing exceptions for hardships, and providing for the assignment or transfer of tax executions.

SECTION 6.17. General obligation bonds.

The city council shall have the power to issue bonds for the purpose of raising revenue to carry out any project, program, or venture authorized under this charter or the general laws of the state. Such bonding authority shall be exercised in accordance with the laws governing bond issuances by municipalities in effect at the time said issue is undertaken.

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SECTION 6.18. Revenue bonds.

Revenue bonds may be issued by the city council as state law now or hereafter provides. Such bonds are to be paid out of any revenue produced by the projects, programs, or venture for which they were issued.

SECTION 6.19. Short-term loans.

Any short-term loan obtained by the city must be repaid by the end of the City of Mount Zion's fiscal year of the year in which the loan was obtained unless otherwise provided by state law.

SECTION 6.20. Fiscal year.

The city council shall set the fiscal year by ordinance. This fiscal year shall constitute the budget year and the year for the financial accounting and reporting of each and every department, office, agency, and activity of the city government, unless otherwise provided by general state or federal law.

SECTION 6.21. Action by city council on budget.

(a) The city council shall adopt and may thereafter amend an annual budget, except that the budget as finally adopted and amended must provide for all expenditures required by state law or by other provisions of this charter and for all debt service requirements for the ensuing fiscal year and the total appropriations from any fund shall not exceed the estimated fund balance, reserves, and revenues. (b) The city council, by ordinance, shall adopt the final budget for the ensuing fiscal year not later than the first day of the fiscal year. If the city council fails to adopt the budget by this date, the amounts appropriated for their operation for the current fiscal year shall be deemed adopted for the ensuing fiscal year on a month to month basis, with all items prorated accordingly until such time as the city council adopts a budget for the ensuing year. Such adoption shall take the form of an appropriations ordinance, setting out the estimated revenues in detail by sources and making appropriations according to fund and by organizational unit, purpose, or activity. (c) The amount set out in the adopted budget for each organizational unit shall constitute the annual appropriation for such; and no expenditure shall be made or encumbrance created in

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excess of the otherwise unencumbered balance of the appropriations or allotment thereof to which it is chargeable unless by a majority vote of the city council.

SECTION 6.22. Tax levies.

As soon as possible after adoption of the budget, the city council shall levy, by ordinance, such taxes as are necessary. The taxes and tax rates set by such ordinance shall be such that reasonable estimates of revenues from such levy shall at least be sufficient, together with other anticipated applicable revenues, fund balances, and applicable reserves, to equal the total amount appropriated for each of the several funds set forth in the annual operating budget for defraying the expenses of the general government of the city.

SECTION 6.23. Changes in appropriations.

The city council, by majority vote, may make changes in the appropriations contained in the current operating budget at any regular meeting or special or emergency meeting called for such purpose.

SECTION 6.24. Independent audit.

There shall be an annual independent audit of all city accounts, funds, and financial transactions by a certified public accountant selected by the city council. The audit shall be conducted according to generally accepted accounting principles. Any audit of any funds by the state or federal governments may be accepted as satisfying the requirements of this charter. Copies of all audit reports shall be available at printing cost to the public. The city council may prescribe procedures for a system of centralized purchasing for the city.

SECTION 6.25. Sale of city property.

(a) The city council may sell and convey any real or personal property owned or held by the city for governmental or other purposes as provided by general state law. (b) The city council may quit claim any rights it may have in property not needed for public purposes upon a report by the mayor or city manager and adoption of a resolution, both finding that the property is not needed for public or other purposes and that the interest of the city is of no readily ascertainable monetary value. (c) Whenever in opening, extending, or widening any street, avenue, alley, or public place of the city, a small parcel or tract of land is cut off or separated by such work from a larger

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tract or boundary of land owned by the city, the city council may authorize the mayor to execute and deliver in the name of the city a deed conveying said cutoff or separated parcel or tract of land to an abutting or adjoining property owner or owners in exchange for rights-of-way of said street, avenue, alley, or public place or in settlement of any alleged damages sustained by said abutting or adjoining property owner. All deeds and conveyances hereafter so executed and delivered shall convey all title and interest the city has in such property, notwithstanding the fact that no public sale after advertisement was or is hereafter made.

ARTICLE VII MUNICIPAL SERVICES AND REGULATORY FUNCTIONS
SECTION 7.10. Streets.

The council is hereby vested with the power to lay out, open, widen, change, straighten, alter, improve, vacate, abandon, and otherwise to exercise complete control over the streets, alleys, squares, and sidewalks of the City of Mount Zion. The council shall provide for the removal of any and all obstacles and nuisances in regard to the streets, alleys, or sidewalks or other public places within the city and shall adopt appropriate ordinances to accomplish this purpose.

SECTION 7.11. Municipal utilities.

The city council shall have the power and authority to acquire, own, hold, build, maintain, and operate a system of waterworks and sewerage, and to establish rates and charge fees for services rendered in any of said systems and to finance any of said systems through appropriate bond issues in accordance with the laws of the State of Georgia. The city council shall have the power to exercise the power of eminent domain in regard to any of said systems, both within and without the corporate limits and to contract to furnish the services of any of said systems to consumers outside the corporate limits of the City of Mount Zion.

SECTION 7.12. Sewers and drains.

The council shall have the power and authority to provide for the establishment, extension, and maintenance of a system of sewers and drains, together with a sewerage disposal system. This power includes the authority to extend said system beyond the corporate limits. For these purposes the city is granted the power of eminent domain both within and without its corporate limits. The council may provide by ordinance for reasonable connection fees for

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tapping onto the water and sewer lines of said city, and may compel citizens to tap onto the same when such service is made available.

SECTION 7.13. Right-of-way.

The City of Mount Zion shall have the right, easement, and franchise of laying the necessary mains, pipes, conduits, and drains for waterworks and sewerage system purposes along the highways in the County of Carroll. The city council shall have full power and authority to enact and enforce such rules, regulations, and ordinances as may be necessary to protect any water basins and watersheds, which are located within its corporate limits from contamination and to protect said waterworks and sewerage system, including the mains, pipes, and conduits whether the same be situated within or without the corporate limits of said city.

SECTION 7.14. Eminent domain.

The city council is hereby empowered to acquire, construct, build, operate public grounds, markets, market houses, and charitable, educational, sport, corrective, detentional, penal, and medical institutions, agencies, and facilities, and any other public improvements inside or outside the city, and to regulate the use thereof, and for such purposes, property may be taken pursuant to Paragraph V of Section II of Article IX of the Georgia Constitution and any applicable Georgia law.

SECTION 7.15. Franchises.

The council shall have the authority to exercise control over the use of streets of the City of Mount Zion. The power is hereby conferred upon the council to grant franchises for the use of said city streets and alleys, for the purposes of railroads, street railways, telephone companies, electric companies, gas companies, transportation companies, cable television, and other communication companies. The franchise right extends to, but is not limited to, the erection of poles, stringing of wire, laying of pipes, lines, or conduits both above and below the ground surface. The council shall determine the duration, provisions, terms, whether the same shall be exclusive or nonexclusive, and the consideration of such franchises; provided, however, that no franchise shall be granted unless the city receives just and adequate compensation therefor. The council shall provide for the registration of all franchises with the city clerk in the registration book to be kept by said clerk. The council may provide by ordinance for the registration within a reasonable time of all franchises previously granted.

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SECTION 7.16. Building, housing, electrical, and plumbing regulations.

The council shall have the power and the authority to enact such reasonable rules and regulations as it may deem necessary or expedient regarding the construction and maintenance of buildings, remodeling of buildings, plumbing, and electrical wiring and equipping of buildings, in order to promote the safety and welfare of its citizens, and to guard against fire or other property damage. The power may, in the discretion of the council, be exercised by adoption of any such standard building, housing, gas, heating and air conditioning, electrical, and plumbing codes as may be deemed appropriate. The council shall be empowered to engage the necessary personnel to enforce such rules and regulations as adopted and to charge reasonable fees for inspections and permits, and may require the obtaining of a permit as a condition precedent to any construction, building, electrical, or plumbing work. The council may enact all ordinances necessary to enforce such rules and regulations.

ARTICLE VIII GENERAL PROVISIONS
SECTION 8.10. Official bonds.

The officers and employees of this city, both elective and appointive, shall execute such bonds in such amounts and upon such terms and conditions as the city council shall from time to time require by ordinance or as may be provided by state law.

SECTION 8.11. Prior ordinances.

All ordinances, bylaws, and regulations now in force in the city not inconsistent with this charter are declared valid and of full effect and force until amended or repealed by the city council.

SECTION 8.12. Severability.

If, for any reason, any section, provision, clause, sentence, phrase, word, or part of this charter shall be held to be unconstitutional or invalid, then that fact shall not affect or destroy the validity or constitutionality of any other section, provision, clause, or part of this charter which is not in and of itself unconstitutional or invalid, and the remaining portions of this charter shall be enforced without regard to the provisions, clause, or part so held to be invalid or unconstitutional.

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SECTION 8.13. Pending matters.

Except as specifically provided otherwise by this charter, all rights, claims, actions, orders, contracts, and legal or administrative proceedings shall continue; and any such ongoing work or cases shall be dealt with by such city agencies, personnel, or offices as may be provided by the city council.

SECTION 8.14. Effective dates.

Those provisions of Article V of this Act relating to municipal elections in November, 2015, and November, 2017, shall become effective upon the Governor's approval or upon this Act becoming effective without such approval. The remainder of this Act shall become effective on January 1, 2018.

SECTION 8.15. Specific repealer.

An Act approved March 24, 1978 (Ga. L. 1978, p. 4171), and all amendatory Acts thereto are hereby repealed.

SECTION 8.16. General repealer.

All laws and parts of laws in conflict with this Act are repealed.

NOTICE OF INTENTION TO INTRODUCE LOCAL LEGISLATION
Notice is given that there will be introduced at the regular 2015 session of the General Assembly of Georgia a bill provide a new charter for the City of Mount Zion; to provide for incorporation, boundaries, and powers of the city; to provide a governing authority of such city and the powers, duties, authority, election, terms, vacancies, compensation, expenses, qualifications, prohibitions, conflicts of interest, and suspension and removal from office relative to members of such governing authority; to provide for inquiries and investigations; to provide for oaths, organization, meetings, quorum, voting, rules and procedures; to provide for ordinances and codes; to provide for a city manager, mayor and mayor pro tempore, and certain duties, powers and other matters relative thereto; to provide for administrative affairs and responsibilities; to provide for boards, commissions, and authorities; to provide for a city attorney, a city clerk, police chief and other personnel and

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matters relating thereto; to provide for rules and regulations; to provide for a municipal court and the judge or judges thereof and other matters relative to those judges; to provide for the court's jurisdiction, powers, practices, and procedures; to provide for the right of certiorari; to provide for elections; to provide for taxation, licenses, and fees; to provide for franchises, service charges, and assessments; to provide for bonded and other indebtedness; to provide for auditing, accounting, budgeting, and appropriations; to provide for city contracts and purchasing; to provide for the conveyance of property and interest therein; to provide for regulation of street, utilities, rights-of-way and eminent domain; to provide for bonds of officials; to provide for prior ordinances and rules, pending matters, and existing personnel; to provide for penalties; to provide for definitions and construction; to provide for other matters relative to the foregoing; to provide for effective dates; to provide a specific repealer; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes.

GEORGIA, FULTON COUNTY

Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths, Kevin Cooke, who on oath deposes and says that he is the Representative from District 18 and further deposes and says that the attached Notice of Intention to Introduce Local Legislation was published in the Times-Georgian which is the official organ of Carroll County on February 13, 2015, and that the notice requirements of Code Section 28-1-14 have been met.

s/ KEVIN COOKE Kevin Cooke Representative, District 18

Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 23rd day of February 2015.

s/ JENNIFER BURGESS Jennifer Burgess Notary Public, Fulton County, Georgia My Commission Expires December 29, 2018 (SEAL)

Approved May 12, 2015.

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CANDLER COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS; STAGGERED TERMS.

No. 230 (House Bill No. 478).

AN ACT

To amend an Act creating a Board of Commissioners of Candler County, approved March 23, 1933 (Ga. L. 1933, p. 430), as amended, particularly by an Act approved March 28, 1985 (Ga. L. 1985, p. 4975), so as to provide for staggered terms for the commissioners; to provide for currently serving commissioners; to provide for related matters; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF GEORGIA:

SECTION 1. An Act creating a Board of Commissioners of Candler County, approved March 23, 1933 (Ga. L. 1933, p. 430), as amended, particularly by an Act approved March 28, 1985 (Ga. L. 1985, p. 4975), is amended by revising subsection (b) of Section 3 as follows:
"(b) The chairperson and four commissioners serving on the effective date of this Act shall continue to serve for the remainder of their terms and until their successors are duly elected and qualified. At the general election in November, 2016, the successors to the commissioners elected from Commissioner Districts 2 and 4 shall be elected to serve terms of two years and until their successors are duly elected and qualified, and the chairperson and the successors to the commissioners elected from Commissioner Districts 1 and 3 shall be elected to serve terms of four years and until their successors are duly elected and qualified. Thereafter, the chairperson and all commissioners shall serve terms of four years and until their successors are duly elected and qualified."

SECTION 2. All laws and parts of laws in conflict with this Act are repealed.

NOTICE OF INTENTION TO INTRODUCE LOCAL LEGISLATION
Notice is given that there will be introduced at the regular 2015 session of the General Assembly of Georgia a bill to amend an Act creating a Board of Commissioners of Candler County, approved March 23, 1933 (Ga. L. 1933, p. 430), as amended, particularly by an Act approved March 28, 1985 (Ga. L. 1985, p. 4975); and for other purposes.

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GEORGIA, FULTON COUNTY

Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths, Butch Parrish, who on oath deposes and says that he is the Representative from District 158 and further deposes and says that the attached Notice of Intention to Introduce Local Legislation was published in the Metter Advertiser which is the official organ of Candler County on February 18, 2015, and that the notice requirements of Code Section 28-1-14 have been met.

s/ BUTCH PARRISH Butch Parrish Representative, District 158

Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 23rd day of February 2015.

s/ JENNIFER BURGESS Jennifer Burgess Notary Public, Fulton County, Georgia My Commission Expires December 29, 2018 (SEAL)

Approved May 12, 2015.

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CHEROKEE COUNTY STATE COURT; SOLICITOR-GENERAL; INVESTIGATORS.

No. 231 (House Bill No. 489).

AN ACT

To amend an Act entitled "An Act to create the State Court of Cherokee County," approved April 15, 1996 (Ga. L. 1996, p. 4427), as amended, so as to provide for the appointment of solicitor-general investigators; to provide for qualifications; to provide for powers; to provide for a chief investigator; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF GEORGIA:

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SECTION 1. An Act entitled "An Act to create the State Court of Cherokee County," approved April 15, 1996 (Ga. L. 1996, p. 4427), as amended, is amended by adding a new section to read as follows:

"Section 21.1. (a) The governing authority of Cherokee County is authorized, but not required, to provide for the employment of investigators by the solicitor-general. Any investigator appointed pursuant to this Act or Code Section 15-18-71 of the O.C.G.A. shall meet the qualifications for certification as a peace officer as provided in Chapter 8 of Title 35 of the O.C.G.A., the 'Georgia Peace Officer Standards and Training Act.' Such investigators shall exercise all the powers of a peace officer including the power to make arrests and to apply for, execute, and return any warrant, rule, order, or process in any county of this state. (b) The solicitor-general may appoint one investigator as the chief investigator to supervise such investigators in the performance of their duties as designated by the solicitor-general or his or her designee. The chief investigator shall serve at the pleasure of the solicitor-general."

SECTION 2. All laws and parts of laws in conflict with this Act are repealed.

NOTICE OF INTENTION TO INTRODUCE LOCAL LEGISLATION
Notice is given that there will be introduced at the regular 2015 session of the General Assembly of Georgia a bill to amend and Act entitled "An Act to create the State Court of Cherokee County," approved April 15, 1996 (Ga. L. 1996, p. 4427) as amended; and for other purposes.
GEORGIA, FULTON COUNTY
Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths, Mandi Ballinger, who on oath deposes and says that she is the Representative from District 23 and further deposes and says that the attached Notice of Intention to Introduce Local Legislation was published in the Cherokee Tribune which is the official organ of Cherokee County on February 13, 2015, and that the notice requirements of Code Section 28-1-14 have been met.
s/ MANDI BALLINGER Mandi Ballinger Representative, District 23

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Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 25th day of February 2015.

s/ DIANA GRAVER Diana Graver Notary Public, Fulton County, Georgia My Commission Expires December 17, 2016 [SEAL]

Approved May 12, 2015.

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BLUE RIDGE JUDICIAL CIRCUIT DISTRICT ATTORNEY; INVESTIGATORS.

No. 232 (House Bill No. 490).

AN ACT

To provide for the appointment of district attorney investigators in the Blue Ridge Judicial Circuit; to provide for qualifications; to provide for powers; to provide for a chief investigator; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF GEORGIA:

SECTION 1. (a) The governing authority of Cherokee County is authorized, but not required, to provide for the employment of investigators by the district attorney for the Blue Ridge Judicial Circuit. Any investigator appointed pursuant to this Act or Code Section 15-18-14.1 of the O.C.G.A. for the Blue Ridge Judicial Circuit shall meet the qualifications for certification as a peace officer as provided in Chapter 8 of Title 35 of the O.C.G.A., the 'Georgia Peace Officer Standards and Training Act.' Such investigators shall exercise all the powers of a peace officer including the power to make arrests and to apply for, execute, and return any warrant, rule, order, or process in any county of this state. (b) The district attorney may appoint one investigator as the chief investigator to supervise such investigators in the performance of their duties as designated by the district attorney or his or her designee. The chief investigator shall serve at the pleasure of the district attorney.

SECTION 2. All laws and parts of laws in conflict with this Act are repealed.

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NOTICE OF INTENTION TO INTRODUCE LOCAL LEGISLATION

Notice is hereby given that there will be introduced in the regular 2015 session of the General Assembly of Georgia a bill to provide for the appointment of district attorney investigators in the Blue Ridge Judicial Circuit; to provide for qualifications; to provide for powers; to provide a chief investigator; and for other purposes.

GEORGIA, FULTON COUNTY

Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths, Mandi Ballinger, who on oath deposes and says that she is the Representative from District 23 and further deposes and says that the attached Notice of Intention to Introduce Local Legislation was published in the Cherokee Tribune which is the official organ of Cherokee County on February 13, 2015, and that the notice requirements of Code Section 28-1-14 have been met.

s/ MANDI BALLINGER Mandi Ballinger Representative, District 23

Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 25th day of February 2015.

s/ DIANA GRAVER Diana Graver Notary Public, Fulton County, Georgia My Commission Expires December 17, 2016 (SEAL)

Approved May 12, 2015.

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CITY OF BRUNSWICK REDEVELOPMENT POWERS; REFERENDUM.

No. 233 (House Bill No. 493).

AN ACT

To authorize the City of Brunswick to exercise all redevelopment and other powers under Article IX, Section II, Paragraph VII(b) of the Constitution and Chapter 44 of Title 36 of the O.C.G.A., the "Redevelopment Powers Law," as amended; to provide for a referendum; to

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provide effective dates; to provide for automatic repeal under certain circumstances; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF GEORGIA:

SECTION 1. The City of Brunswick shall be and is authorized to exercise all redevelopment and other powers under Chapter 44 of Title 36 of the O.C.G.A., the "Redevelopment Powers Law," as amended. The intention of this Act is to authorize the City of Brunswick to undertake and carry out community redevelopment, to create tax allocation districts, to issue tax allocation bonds, and to incur other obligations within the meaning of and as fully permitted under the provisions of Article IX, Section II, Paragraph VII(b) of the Constitution of the State of Georgia of 1983, as amended, and to authorize the City of Brunswick to exercise redevelopment powers as fully as the "Redevelopment Powers Law" may now or hereafter permit and not to limit any redevelopment powers permitted under the "Redevelopment Powers Law."

SECTION 2. The election superintendent of the City of Brunswick shall call and conduct an election as provided in this section for the purpose of submitting this Act to the electors of the City of Brunswick for approval or rejection. The election superintendent shall conduct that election on any permissible special election date under Code Section 21-2-540 of the O.C.G.A. but not later than November, 2015, and shall issue the call and conduct that election as provided by general law. The superintendent shall cause the date and purpose of the election to be published once a week for two weeks immediately preceding the date thereof in the official organ of Glynn County. The ballot shall have written or printed thereon the words:
"( ) YES Shall the Act be approved which authorizes the City of Brunswick to exercise redevelopment powers under the 'Redevelopment Powers Law,' as
( ) NO it may be amended from time to time?"
All persons desiring to vote for approval of the Act shall vote "Yes," and those persons desiring to vote for rejection of the Act shall vote "No." If more than one-half of the votes cast on such question are for approval of the Act, then Section 1 of this Act shall become of full force and effect immediately. If Section 1 of this Act is not so approved or if the election is not conducted as provided in this section, Section 1 of this Act shall not become effective and this Act shall be automatically repealed on the first day of January immediately following that election date. The expense of such election shall be borne by the City of Brunswick. It shall be the election superintendent's duty to certify the result thereof to the Secretary of State.

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SECTION 3. Except as otherwise provided in Section 2 of this Act, this Act shall become effective upon its approval by the Governor or upon its becoming law without such approval.

SECTION 4. All laws and parts of laws in conflict with this Act are repealed.

Notice is given that there will be introduced at the regular 2015 session of the General Assembly of Georgia a bill to authorize the City of Brunswick to exercise all redevelopment and other powers under Article IX, Section II, Paragraph VII(b) of the Constitution and Chapter 44 of Title 36 of the O.C.G.A., the "Redevelopment Powers Law," as amended; to provide for a referendum; to provide effective dates; to provide for automatic repeal under certain circumstances; and for other purposes.

GEORGIA, FULTON COUNTY

Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths, Jeff Jones, who on oath deposes and says that he is the Representative from District 167 and further deposes and says that the attached Notice of Intention to Introduce Local Legislation was published in The Brunswick News which is the official organ of Glynn County on February 11. 2015, and that the notice requirements of Code Section 28-1-14 have been met.

s/ JEFF JONES Jeff Jones Representative, District 167

Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 25th day of February 2015.

s/ DIANA GRAVER Diana Graver Notary Public, Fulton County, Georgia My Commission Expires December 17, 2016 [SEAL]

Approved May 12, 2015.

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CITY OF PEACHTREE CITY REDEVELOPMENT POWERS; REFERENDUM.

No. 234 (House Bill No. 495).

AN ACT

To authorize the City of Peachtree City to exercise all redevelopment and other powers under Article IX, Section II, Paragraph VII(b) of the Constitution and Chapter 44 of Title 36 of the O.C.G.A., the "Redevelopment Powers Law," as amended; to provide for a referendum; to provide effective dates; to provide for automatic repeal under certain circumstances; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF GEORGIA:

SECTION 1. The City of Peachtree City shall be and is authorized to exercise all redevelopment and other powers under Chapter 44 of Title 36 of the O.C.G.A., the "Redevelopment Powers Law," as amended. The intention of this Act is to authorize the City of Peachtree City to undertake and carry out community redevelopment, to create tax allocation districts, to issue tax allocation bonds, and to incur other obligations within the meaning of and as fully permitted under the provisions of Article IX, Section II, Paragraph VII(b) of the Constitution of the State of Georgia of 1983, as amended, and to authorize the City of Peachtree City to exercise redevelopment powers as fully as the "Redevelopment Powers Law" may now or hereafter permit and not to limit any redevelopment powers permitted under the "Redevelopment Powers Law."

SECTION 2. The municipal election superintendent of the City of Peachtree City shall call and conduct an election as provided in this section for the purpose of submitting this Act to the electors of the City of Peachtree City for approval or rejection. The municipal election superintendent shall conduct that election on any permissible special election date under Code Section 21-2-540 of the O.C.G.A. but not later than November, 2015, and shall issue the call and conduct the election as provided by general law. The municipal election superintendent shall cause the date and purpose of the election to be published once a week for two weeks immediately preceding the date thereof in the official organ of Fayette County. The ballot shall have written or printed thereon the words:
"( ) YES Shall the Act be approved which authorizes the City of Peachtree City to exercise all redevelopment powers allowed under the 'Redevelopment
( ) NO Powers Law,' as it may be amended from time to time?"

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All persons desiring to vote for approval of the Act shall vote "Yes," and all persons desiring to vote for rejection of the Act shall vote "No." If more than one-half of the votes cast on such question are for approval of the Act, then Section 1 of the Act shall become of full force and effect immediately. If Section 1 of this Act is not so approved or if the election is not conducted as provided in this section, Section 1 of this Act shall not become effective and this Act shall be automatically repealed on the first day of January immediately following that election date. The expense of such election shall be borne by the City of Peachtree City. It shall be the municipal election superintendent's duty to certify the result thereof to the Secretary of State.

SECTION 3. Except as otherwise provided in Section 2 of this Act, this Act shall become effective upon its approval by the Governor or upon its becoming law without such approval.

SECTION 4. All laws and parts of laws in conflict with this Act are repealed.

Notice of Intention to Introduce Local Legislation
GEORGIA, FAYETTE COUNTY NOTICE OF INTENTION TO INTRODUCE LOCAL LEGISLATION - NOTICE OF INTENTION TO INTRODUCE LOCAL LEGISLATION Pursuant to Article III, Section V, Paragraph IX of the Constitution of the State of Georgia of 1983 and O.C.G.A. 28-1-14, notice is given that there will be introduced at the regular 2015 session of the General Assembly of Georgia a bill for the restoration of municipal redevelopment powers to the City of Peachtree City pursuant to O.C.G.A. 36-44-22; to provide for a voter referendum for approval of said municipal redevelopment powers on November 3, 2015; to provide for the expiration of the legislation should the referendum result in voter rejection of the act or if the election is not conducted as provided; to provide for related matters; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes.
GEORGIA, FULTON COUNTY
Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths, Matt Ramsey, who on oath deposes and says that he is the Representative from District 72 and further deposes and says that the attached Notice of Intention to Introduce Local Legislation was published in the Fayette County News which is the official organ of Fayette County on February 4, 2015, and that the notice requirements of Code Section 28-1-14 have been met.

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s/ MATT RAMSEY Matt Ramsey Representative, District 72

Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 19th day of February, 2015.

s/ JENNIFER BURGESS Jennifer Burgess Notary Public, Fulton County, Georgia My Commission Expires December 29, 2018 (SEAL)

Approved May 12, 2015.

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CITY OF TUCKER INCORPORATION; REFERENDUM.

No. 237 (House Bill No. 515).

AN ACT

To incorporate the City of Tucker in DeKalb County; to provide for a charter for the City of Tucker; to provide for incorporation, boundaries, and powers of the city; to provide for general powers and limitations on powers; to provide for a governing authority of such city and the powers, duties, authority, election, terms, method of filling vacancies, compensation, expenses, qualifications, prohibitions, and districts relative to members of such governing authority; to provide for inquiries and investigations; to provide for organization and procedures; to provide for ordinances; to provide for codes; to provide for a charter commission; to provide for the office of mayor and certain duties and powers relative to the office of mayor; to provide for administrative responsibilities; to provide for boards, commissions, courts, and authorities; to provide for a city manager, a city attorney, a city clerk, a tax collector, a city accountant, and other personnel; to provide for a municipal court and the judge or judges thereof; to provide for practices and procedures; to provide for ethics and disclosures; to provide for taxation, licenses, and fees; to provide for franchises, service charges, and assessments; to provide for bonded and other indebtedness; to provide for accounting and budgeting; to provide for purchases; to provide for homestead exemptions; to provide for bonds for officials; to provide for other matters relative to the foregoing; to provide for a referendum; to provide effective dates and transitional provisions governing the transfer of various functions and responsibilities from DeKalb County to the City of Tucker;

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to provide for severability; to provide an effective date; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF GEORGIA:

ARTICLE I CREATION, INCORPORATION, AND POWERS
SECTION 1.01. Incorporation.

This Act shall constitute the charter of the City of Tucker, Georgia. The City of Tucker, Georgia, in the County of DeKalb, and the inhabitants thereof, are constituted and declared a body politic and corporate under the same name and style of the "City of Tucker" and by that name shall have perpetual succession, may sue and be sued, plead and be impleaded, in all courts of law and equity, and in all actions whatsoever, and may have and use a common seal for all other purposes as authorized by the laws of the State of Georgia and the Constitution of the State of Georgia.

SECTION 1.02. Corporate boundaries.

The boundaries of the City of Tucker shall be those set forth and described in Appendix A of this charter, and such Appendix A is incorporated into and made a part of this charter. The city clerk shall maintain a current map and written legal description of the corporate boundaries of the city, and such map and description shall incorporate any changes which may hereafter be made in such corporate boundaries.

SECTION 1.03. Powers and construction.

(a) Except as provided in subsection (b) of this section, the city shall have the following powers:
(1) Animal regulations. To regulate and license or to prohibit the keeping or running at-large of animals and fowl, and to provide for the impoundment of same if in violation of any ordinance or lawful order; to provide for the disposition by sale, gift, or humane destruction of animals and fowl when not redeemed as provided by ordinance; and to provide punishment for violation of ordinances enacted hereunder; (2) Appropriations and expenditures. To make appropriations for the support of the government of the city; to authorize the expenditure of money for any purposes authorized by this charter and for any purpose for which a municipality is authorized by the laws of the State of Georgia; and to provide for the payment of expenses of the city;

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(3) Building regulation. To regulate and to license the erection and construction of buildings and all other structures; to adopt building, housing, plumbing, electrical, gas, and heating and air conditioning codes; and to regulate all housing and building trades to the extent permitted by general law; (4) Business regulation and taxation. To levy and to provide for the collection of regulatory fees and taxes on privileges, occupations, trades, and professions as authorized by Title 48 of the O.C.G.A. or such other applicable laws as are or may hereafter be enacted; to permit and regulate the same; to provide for the manner and method of payment of such regulatory fees and taxes; and to revoke such permits after due process for failure to pay any city taxes or fees; (5) Condemnation.
(A) To condemn property inside the corporate limits of the city for present or future use and for any public purpose deemed necessary by the city council, utilizing procedures enumerated in Title 22 of the O.C.G.A. or such other applicable laws as are or may hereafter be enacted; and (B) To condemn and cause to be remediated or removed any building, structure, or existing condition within its corporate limits that is dangerous to life, limb, or property, by reasons of decay, dilapidation, or unsanitary condition. Nothing in this subparagraph shall be construed to relieve the city of any duty to give owners or interested persons reasonable notice and opportunity to remedy the situation. Nothing in this subparagraph shall be construed as relieving the city of liability to any owner or interested person for damages to person or property taken or destroyed in furtherance of this subparagraph. This subparagraph shall not be construed as authorizing the doing of any act or thing contrary to the Constitution of this state and the policy of the general laws of this state. The city shall have authority to adopt reasonable ordinances and resolutions for the purpose of carrying out this subparagraph; (6) Contracts. To enter into contracts and agreements with other governmental entities and with private persons, firms, and corporations; (7) Emergencies. To establish procedures for determining and proclaiming that an emergency situation exists within or without the city and to make and carry out all reasonable provisions deemed necessary to deal with or meet such an emergency for the protection, safety, health, or well-being of the citizens of the city; (8) Environmental protection. To protect and preserve the natural resources, environment, and vital areas of the city, the region, and the state through the enactment of ordinances that preserve and improve air quality, restore and maintain water resources, control erosion and sedimentation, manage storm water and establish a storm-water utility, manage solid and hazardous waste, and provide other necessary or beneficial actions for the protection of the environment; (9) Ethics. To adopt ethics ordinances and regulations governing such things as, but not limited to, the conduct of municipal elected officials, appointed officials, contractors,

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vendors, and employees; establishing procedures for ethics complaints; and setting forth penalties for violations of such rules and procedures; (10) Fire regulations. To fix and establish fire limits and from time to time to extend, enlarge, or restrict the same; to prescribe fire safety regulations not inconsistent with general law, relating to both fire prevention and detection and to fire fighting; and to prescribe penalties and punishment for violations thereof; (11) Garbage fees. To levy, fix, assess, and collect a garbage, refuse, and trash collection and disposal and other sanitary service charge, tax, or fee for such services as may be necessary in the operation of the city from all individuals, firms, and corporations residing in or doing business therein benefiting from such services; to enforce the payment of such charges, taxes, or fees; and to provide for the manner and method of collecting such service charges, taxes, or fees; (12) General health, safety, and welfare. To define, regulate, and prohibit any act, practice, conduct, or use of property which is detrimental to health, sanitation, cleanliness, welfare, and safety of the inhabitants of the city and to provide for the enforcement of such standards; (13) Gifts. To accept or refuse gifts, donations, bequests, or grants from any source for any purpose related to powers and duties of the city and the general welfare of its citizens on such terms and conditions as the donor or grantor may impose; (14) Health and sanitation. To prescribe standards of health and sanitation and to provide for the enforcement of such standards; (15) Homestead exemption. To establish and maintain procedures for offering homestead exemptions to residents of the city and maintaining current homestead exemptions of residents of the city as authorized by Act of the General Assembly; (16) Jail sentences. To provide that persons given jail sentences in the city's court may work out such sentences in any public works or on the streets, roads, drains, and other public property in the city; to provide for commitment of such persons to any jail; to provide for the use of pretrial diversion and any alternative sentencing allowed by Georgia law; or to provide for commitment of such persons to any county work camp or county jail by agreement with the appropriate county officials; (17) Motor vehicles. To regulate the operation of motor vehicles and exercise control over all traffic, including parking upon or across the streets, roads, alleys, and walkways of the city; (18) Municipal agencies and delegation of power. To create, alter, or abolish departments, boards, offices not specified in this charter, commissions, authorities, and agencies of the city and to confer upon such agencies the necessary and appropriate authority for carrying out all the powers conferred upon or delegated to the same; (19) Municipal courts. To create a municipal court with a judge or judge and associate judges as may be necessary and to authorize the creation of a municipal court clerk's office or make said clerk's duties a part of the duties of the city clerk as designated by the city council;

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(20) Municipal debts. To appropriate and borrow money for the payment of debts of the city and to issue bonds for the purpose of raising revenue to carry out any project, program, or venture authorized by this charter or the laws of the State of Georgia; (21) Municipal property ownership. To acquire, dispose of, lease, and hold in trust or otherwise any real, personal, or mixed property, in fee simple or lesser interest, inside or outside the property limits of the city; (22) Municipal property protection. To provide for the preservation and protection of property and equipment of the city and the administration and use of same by the public and to prescribe penalties and punishment for violations thereof; (23) Municipal utilities. To acquire, lease, construct, operate, maintain, sell, and dispose of public utilities, including, but not limited to, a system of waterworks, sewers and drains, sewage disposal, storm-water management, gas works, electricity generating plants, cable television and other telecommunications, transportation facilities, public airports, and any other public utility; to fix the taxes, charges, rates, fares, fees, assessments, regulations, and penalties; and to provide for the withdrawal of service for refusal or failure to pay the same; (24) Nuisance. To define a nuisance and provide for its abatement whether on public or private property; (25) Penalties. To provide penalties for violation of any ordinances adopted pursuant to the authority of this charter and the laws of the State of Georgia; (26) Planning and zoning. To provide comprehensive city planning for city land use, signage, and outside advertising, and development by zoning; and to provide subdivision regulation and the like as the city council deems necessary and reasonable to ensure a safe, healthy, and esthetically pleasing community; (27) Police and fire protection. To exercise the power of arrest through duly appointed police officers and to establish, operate, or contract for a police and a fire-fighting agency; (28) Public hazards: removal. To provide for the destruction and removal of any building or other structure which is or may become dangerous or detrimental to the public; (29) Public improvements. To provide for the acquisition, construction, building, operation, maintenance, or abolition of public ways, parks and playgrounds, recreational facilities, cemeteries, public buildings, libraries, public housing, parking facilities, and charitable, cultural, educational, recreational, conservation, sport, detentional, penal, and medical institutions, agencies, and facilities; to provide any other public improvements, inside the corporate limits of the city and to regulate the use of public improvements; and for such purposes, property may be acquired by condemnation under Title 22 of the O.C.G.A. or such other applicable laws as are or may hereafter be enacted; (30) Public peace. To provide for the prevention and punishment of loitering, disorderly conduct, drunkenness, riots, and public disturbances; (31) Public transportation. To organize and operate such public transportation systems as are deemed beneficial;

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(32) Public utilities and services. To grant franchises or make contracts for, or impose taxes on, public utilities and public service companies; and to prescribe the rates, fares, regulations, and standards and conditions of service applicable to the service to be provided by the franchise grantee or contractor, insofar as not in conflict with valid regulations of the Public Service Commission; (33) Regulation of roadside areas. To prohibit or regulate and control the erection, removal, and maintenance of signs, billboards, trees, shrubs, fences, buildings, and any and all other structures or obstructions upon or adjacent to the rights of way of streets and roads or within view thereof, within or abutting the corporate limits of the city; and to prescribe penalties and punishment for violation of such ordinances; (34) Retirement and employee benefits. To provide and maintain a retirement plan, insurance, and such other employee benefits for appointed officers and employees of the city, as are determined by the city council; (35) Roadways. To lay out, open, extend, widen, narrow, establish or change the grade of, abandon or close, construct, pave, curb, gutter, adorn with shade trees, or otherwise improve, maintain, repair, clean, prevent erosion of, and light the roads, alleys, and walkways within the corporate limits of the city; to grant franchises and rights of way throughout the streets and roads and over the bridges and viaducts for the use of public utilities; and to require real estate owners to repair and maintain in a safe condition the sidewalks adjoining their lots or lands and to impose penalties for failure to do so; (36) Solid waste disposal. To provide for the collection and disposal of garbage, rubbish, and refuse and to regulate the collection and disposal of garbage, rubbish, and refuse by others; and to provide for the separate collection of glass, tin, aluminum, cardboard, paper, and other recyclable materials and to provide for the sale of such items; (37) Special assessments. To levy and provide for the collection of special assessments to cover the costs for any public improvements, subject to referendum; (38) Taxes: ad valorem. To levy and provide for the assessment, valuation, revaluation, and collection of taxes on all property subject to taxation to a maximum of 1 mill without a referendum; (39) Taxes: other. To levy and collect such other taxes and fees as may be allowed now or in the future by law; (40) Taxicabs. To regulate and license vehicles operated for hire in the city; to limit the number of such vehicles; to require the operators thereof to be licensed; to require public liability insurance on such vehicles in the amounts to be prescribed by ordinance; to inspect such vehicles and mandate standards of safety and cleanliness; and to regulate the parking of such vehicles; (41) Tourism, conventions, and trade shows. To provide for the structure, operation, and management of the Tucker Convention and Visitors Bureau created pursuant to Section 1.05 of this charter and to authorize the City of Tucker to contract with private sector nonprofit organizations or other governmental agencies to promote tourism, conventions, and trade shows;

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(42) Urban redevelopment. To organize and operate an urban redevelopment program; and (43) Other powers. To exercise and enjoy all other powers, functions, rights, privileges, and immunities necessary or desirable to promote or protect the safety, health, peace, security, good order, comfort, convenience, or general welfare of the city and its inhabitants; to exercise all implied powers necessary or desirable to carry into execution all powers granted in this charter as fully and completely as if such powers were fully stated herein; and to exercise all powers now or in the future authorized to be exercised by other municipal governments under other laws of the State of Georgia; and any listing of particular powers in this charter shall not be held to be exclusive of others or restrictive of general words and phrases granting powers but shall be held to be in addition to such powers unless expressly prohibited to municipalities under the Constitution or applicable laws of the State of Georgia. (b) Except as provided in subsection (c) of this section, the city shall exercise the powers enumerated in subsection (a) of this section only for the purposes of planning and zoning, code adoption and enforcement, and parks and recreation services and those items directly related to the provision of such services and for the general administration of the city in providing such services. (c) In the event that the city desires to provide services in addition to those services enumerated in subsection (b) of this section, the city council shall pass a resolution specifically stating the services sought to be offered by the city and shall submit such resolution for ratification by the electors of the city in a referendum. If the electors of the city vote in favor of ratifying such resolution, then the city shall be authorized to exercise the powers enumerated in subsection (a) of this section for the purpose of providing such services stated in such resolution and those items directly related to the provision of such services and for the general administration of the city in providing such services. If the electors of the city disapprove such resolution, such resolution shall immediately be null and void and of no force and effect.

SECTION 1.04. Exercise of powers.

All powers, functions, rights, privileges, and immunities of the city, its officers, agencies, or employees shall be carried into execution as provided by this charter. If this charter makes no provision, such shall be carried into execution as provided by ordinance or as provided by pertinent laws of the State of Georgia.

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SECTION 1.05. Tourism, conventions, and trade shows.

The Tucker Convention and Visitors Bureau is hereby authorized to be created by an ordinance of the city council. When created, the bureau shall consist of a board of seven members appointed by the city council. The bureau shall report to the city manager on a regular basis and shall send an annual report to the city council in January of each year.

ARTICLE II GOVERNMENT STRUCTURE, ELECTIONS, AND LEGISLATIVE BRANCH
SECTION 2.01. City council creation; number; election.

(a) The legislative authority of the government of the City of Tucker, except as otherwise specifically provided in this charter, shall be vested in a city council of which the mayor shall be a voting member.
(b)(1) The city council of the City of Tucker shall consist of six members, plus the mayor. (2) There shall be three council districts, designated as Council Districts 1 through 3, as described in Appendix B of this charter, which is attached to and made a part of this charter of the City of Tucker. (3) Two councilmembers shall be elected from each of the three council districts and shall hold Council District 1, Post 1; Council District 1, Post 2; Council District 2, Post 1; Council District 2, Post 2; Council District 3, Post 1; and Council District 3, Post 2, respectively. Each person desiring to offer as a candidate for councilmember for such posts shall designate the council post for which he or she is offering. Councilmembers shall be elected by a majority vote of the qualified electors of the respective council districts voting at the elections of the city. In the event that no candidate for a council post obtains a majority vote of the qualified electors of the council district voting in the election, then a run-off election shall be held. The candidates receiving the two highest numbers of votes in the election for such council post shall be included in the run-off election. The person receiving the highest number of votes of the qualified electors of the council district voting at such run-off election shall be elected. Each candidate for election to the city council shall reside in the district which he or she seeks to represent. (c) With the exception of the initial terms set forth in subsection (d) of this section, councilmembers shall be elected to terms of four years and until their respective successors are elected and qualified on a staggered basis in alternate election cycles such that every two years three councilmembers are up for election. (d) In order to assure staggered elections of the councilmembers, in the first election of the city council, the terms for the candidates elected for Council District 1, Post 1; Council District 2, Post 1; and Council District 3, Post 1 shall expire upon the administration of the oath of office to their successors elected in the regular elections held in November, 2017, as

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provided in subsection (b) of Section 2.02 of this charter. The terms for the candidates elected for Council District 1, Post 2; Council District 2, Post 2; and Council District 3, Post 2 shall expire upon the administration of the oath of office to their successors elected in the regular elections held in November, 2019, as provided in subsection (b) of Section 2.02 of this charter. Thereafter, a successor to each councilmember shall be elected at the November election immediately preceding the end of such councilmember's term of office, and the term of each councilmember shall expire upon the administration of the oath of office to his or her successor. (e) With the exception of the initial term of office, the mayor of the City of Tucker, with the powers and duties specified in this charter, shall be elected to a term of four years and until his or her successor is elected and qualified. The mayor shall be elected by a majority vote of the qualified electors of the city at large voting at the elections of the city. In the event that no candidate for mayor obtains a majority vote of the qualified electors of the city at large voting at the elections of the city, then a run-off election shall be held. The candidates receiving the two highest numbers of votes in the election shall be included in the run-off election, and the candidate receiving the highest number of votes in the runoff of the qualified electors of the city at large voting in such runoff shall be elected. The term of the first elected mayor shall expire upon the administration of the oath of office to his or her successor elected in the regular election held in November, 2017, as provided in subsection (b) of Section 2.02 of this charter. Thereafter, a successor to each mayor shall be elected at the November election immediately preceding the end of such mayor's term of office and the term of each mayor shall expire upon the administration of the oath of office to his or her successor.

SECTION 2.02. Mayor and councilmembers; terms and qualifications for office.

(a) For all elections subsequent to the first election, the mayor and councilmembers shall serve for terms of four years and until their terms shall expire upon the administration of the oath of office to their respective successors. No person shall be eligible to serve as mayor or councilmember unless that person shall have been a resident of the City of Tucker for a continuous period of at least 12 months immediately prior to the date of election for mayor or councilmember, shall continue to reside therein during that person's period of service, and shall continue to be registered and qualified to vote in municipal elections of the City of Tucker. In addition to the above requirements, no person shall be eligible to serve as a councilmember representing a council district unless that person continues to reside in such district during that person's period of service. (b) An election shall be held on the date of and in conjunction with the 2016 presidential preference primary to elect the first mayor and city council. At such election, the first mayor and council shall be elected to serve for the initial terms of office specified in subsections (d) and (e) of Section 2.01. Thereafter, the time for holding regular municipal elections shall be

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on the Tuesday after the first Monday in November of each odd-numbered year beginning in 2017. (c) The number of successive terms an individual may hold a position as a councilmember shall be limited to two terms. (d) The number of successive terms an individual may hold the position of mayor shall be limited to three terms.

SECTION 2.03. Vacancy; filling of vacancies; suspensions.

(a) Elected officials of the city shall not hold other elective or public offices. The elective offices of the city's government shall become vacant upon the incumbent's death, resignation, removal, or forfeiture of office. The following shall result in an elected city official forfeiting his or her office:
(1) Failing to reside in the city or the district from which such person was elected; (2) Being convicted of, or pleading guilty or nolo contendere to, a felony or any misdemeanor involving theft or deception; or (3) Failing to attend one-third of the regular meetings of the council in a three-month period without being excused by the council. (b) The office of mayor shall become vacant upon the incumbent's death, resignation, forfeiture of office, or removal from office in any manner authorized by this charter or the general laws of the State of Georgia. A vacancy in the office of mayor shall be filled for the remainder of the unexpired term by a special election if such vacancy occurs 12 months or more prior to the expiration of the term of that office. If such vacancy occurs within 12 months of the expiration of the term of that office, the city council or those members remaining shall appoint a successor for the remainder of the term. This provision shall also apply to a temporary vacancy created by the suspension from office of the mayor. (c) The office of a councilmember shall become vacant upon the incumbent's death, resignation, forfeiture of office, or removal from office in any manner authorized by this charter or the general laws of the State of Georgia. A vacancy in the office of a councilmember shall be filled for the remainder of the unexpired term by a special election if such vacancy occurs 12 months or more prior to the expiration of the term of that office. If such vacancy occurs within 12 months of the expiration of the term of that office, the mayor shall appoint a successor for the remainder of the term, subject to the approval of the city council or those members remaining. This provision shall also apply to a temporary vacancy created by the suspension from office of a councilmember.

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SECTION 2.04. Nonpartisan elections.

Political parties shall not conduct primaries for city offices, and all names of candidates for city offices shall be listed without party designation.

SECTION 2.05. Election votes.

The candidate for mayor who receives the majority vote of the qualified electors of the city at large voting in the elections of the city and the candidates for the city council who receive the majority vote of the qualified electors of their respective districts voting in the elections of the city shall be elected to a term of office.

SECTION 2.06. Applicability of general laws; qualifying; other provisions.

All elections shall be held and conducted in accordance with Chapter 2 of Title 21 of the O.C.G.A, the "Georgia Election Code," as now or hereafter amended or otherwise provided by law. Except as otherwise provided by this charter, the city council shall, by ordinance or resolution, prescribe such rules and regulations as it deems appropriate, including, but not limited to, the establishment of qualifying fees, to fulfill any options and duties under Chapter 2 of Title 21 of the O.C.G.A, the "Georgia Election Code," as now or hereafter amended or otherwise provided by law.

SECTION 2.07. Compensation and expenses.

The annual salary of the mayor shall be $20,000.00, and the annual salary for each councilmember shall be $14,000.00. Such salaries shall be paid from municipal funds in monthly installments. The mayor shall be provided an annual expense allowance of $5,000.00 and e