Local and special acts and resolutions of the General Assembly of the state of Georgia 1998 volume two [volume 2]



Acts of the General Assembly of the State of Georgia Georgia Law, Georgia Georgia. Acts and resolutions of the General Assembly of the State of Georgia 19980000 English

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LOCAL AND SPECIAL ACTS AND RESOLUTIONS OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF GEORGIA 1998 Volume Two 19980000 COMPILED AND PUBLISHED BY AUTHORITY OF THE STATE

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TABLE OF CONTENTS VOLUME ONE Acts and Resolutions of General Application 1 Resolutions Proposing Amendments to the Constitution of the State of Georgia 1681 VOLUME TWO Acts and Resolutions of Local Application 3501 County and Consolidated Government Home Rule Actions 4695 Municipal Home Rule Actions 4755 VOLUME THREE Acts by Numbers-Page References I Bills and Resolutions-Act Number References VII Appellate Courts-Personnel XIII Superior Courts-Personnel and Calendars XIV Index-Tabular XXVII Index-General LXV Population of Georgia Counties-Alphabetically CXVII Population of Georgia Counties-Numerically CXXIV Population of Municipalities CXXV Population of Judicial Circuits CXXXII Georgia Senate Districts, Alphabetically by County CXXXVI Georgia Senators, Alphabetically by Name CXXXII Georgia Senators, Numerically by District CXLI Georgia House Districts, Alphabetically by County CXL Georgia Representatives, Alphabetically by Name CXLV Georgia Representatives, Numerically by District CL Status of Referendum Elections CLXI State Auditor's Report on Funding of Retirement Bills CCCXV Vetoes by the Governor CCCXI

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COMPILER'S NOTE General Acts and Resolutions of the 1998 session of the General Assembly of Georgia will be found in Volume I beginning at page 1. Proposed amendments to the Constitution of the State of Georgia will be found in Volume I beginning at page 1681. Local and Special Acts and Resolutions will be found in Volume II 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 April 18, 1997, and April 1, 1998, are printed in Volume II beginning at pages 4695 and 4755, respectively. There are no numbered pages between page 1689, the last page of Volume I, and page 3501, the first page of Volume II. This allows both volumes to be printed simultaneously. In order to eliminate the need for hand stitching of thick books and to reduce costs, the index and other material is now in a separate Volume III, and Volumes I or II, or both, may be divided into two or more books. Page numbers will run consecutively between books in the same volume. 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; the report of the state auditor on concurrent funding of retirement bills; and the Governor's veto message are printed in Volume III. Indexes cover material in both Volumes I and II. 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 Cde 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 Bill or Senate Bill number which it was given when it was introduced in the General Assembly. The caption for each Resolution contains the Resolution Act number assigned by the Governor and the House Resolution or Senate Resolution number. 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. CLARKE COUNTYBOARD OF EDUCATION; ELECTIONS. No. 497 (House Bill No. 1148). AN ACT To amend an Act providing for the Board of Education of Clarke County, approved March 7, 1955 (Ga. L. 1955, p. 3057), as amended, particularly by an Act approved January 15, 1993 (Ga. L. 1993, p. 3514), so as to change the provisions relating to elections of members of said board; 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 Clarke County, approved March 7, 1955 (Ga. L. 1955, p. 3057), as amended, particularly by an Act approved January 15, 1993 (Ga. L. 1993, p. 3514), is amended by striking subsection (d) of Section 5 thereof, which reads as follows: (d) Except as provided in subsection (e) of this section, the members of the board of education shall be nominated and elected in nonpartisan primaries and elections as provided for in Code Section 21-2-139 of the O.C.G.A. The nonpartisan primaries shall be held on the same date as the state-wide general primary in the years during which state-wide general primaries are held and the nonpartisan elections shall be held on the same date as the state-wide general election in the years during which state-wide general elections are held. Except for being elected from education districts as provided for in this section, each member of the board of education shall be nominated and elected at said nonpartisan primaries and elections as provided in the applicable provisions of Chapter 2 of Title 21 of the O.C.G.A., known as the `Georgia Election Code.' and inserting in its place a new subsection to read as follows: (d) Except as provided in subsection (e) of this section, the members of the board of education shall be elected in nonpartisan elections without a nonpartisan primary as provided for in Code Section 21-2-139 of the O.C.G.A. The nonpartisan elections shall be held on the same date as the state-wide general election in the years during which state-wide general elections are held. Except for being elected from education districts as provided for in this section, each member of the board of education shall be elected at said nonpartisan elections as provided in the applicable provisions of Chapter 2 of Title 21 of the O.C.G.A., the `Georgia Election Code.'

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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 STATE OF GEORGIA, ATHENS-CLARKE COUNTY. Notice is hereby given that there will be introduced at the regular 1998 Session of the General Assembly of Georgia, a bill to provide for the election of Members of the Clarke County Board of Education in nonpartisan elections without a prior nonpartisan primary; to provide for related matters; and for other purposes. This 2nd day of December, 1997. /s/ VERNON PAYNE, President Clarke County Board of Education GEORGIA, FULTON COUNTY Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths, Louise McBee, who on oath deposes and says that she is the Representative from the 88th District and further deposes and says as follows: (1) That the attached Notice of Intention to Introduce Local Legislation was published in the Athens Observer which is the official organ of Clarke County on the following date: December 11, 1997. (2) That the laws requiring notice of local legislation were further complied with in the manner checked below: A copy of the notice of intention was mailed, transmitted by facsimile, or otherwise provided to the governing authority of any county, municipality, or consolidated government whose charter or enabling Act is amended, as required by subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill was requested by resolution or other written notification of the governing authority of the affected county, municipality, or consolidated government and a copy of such resolution or other written notification is attached hereto. [UNK] The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill does not amend the charter of a municipality or the enabling Act of a county or consolidated government or the bill affects a local school system. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill is an annexation bill and a copy of the bill was provided to the county governing authority within which the area proposed to be annexed is located at the time the notice was published, as required by Code Section 28-1-14.1.

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s/ LOUISE MCBEE Representative, 88th District Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 6th day of January, 1998. s/ TERESA ADKINS Notary Public, Clayton County, Georgia My Commission Expires Jan. 5, 2001 (SEAL) Approved January 16, 1998. CARROLL COUNTYSALES TAX FOR EDUCATIONAL PURPOSES; DISTRIBUTION. No. 498 (House Bill No. 1168). AN ACT To provide for a method of distribution of the net proceeds of the sales tax for education purposes levied in Carroll County; to provide for the method of distribution of proceeds of such tax between the Carroll County School District and the independent school districts located wholly or partially within Carroll County, including particularly the City of Carrollton School System and the City of Bremen School System; to provide for authority under Article VIII, Section VI, Paragraph IV of the Constitution; 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 . The net proceeds of the sales tax for educational purposes imposed in Carroll County pursuant to the election held on September 16, 1997, under the authority of Article VIII, Section VI, Paragraph IV of the Constitution shall be distributed as provided in this Act between the Carroll County School System and the independent school districts, or portion thereof, located in Carroll County. The Georgia Department of Revenue shall distribute the net proceeds of such tax to such school districts on the following basis: City of Bremen School System4.4 percent of the total net proceeds; City of Carrollton School System23.8 percent of the total net proceeds; and Carroll County School System71.8 percent of the total net proceeds. Each installment of net proceeds for any period or periods of collection shall be distributed by the Department of Revenue to the three school systems, with each system receiving its pro rata share according to the foregoing formula.

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SECTION 2 . This Act is enacted pursuant to the specific authority provided for in Article VIII, Section VI, Paragraph IV(g) of the Constitution. SECTION 3 . This Act shall become effective upon its approval by the Governor or upon its becoming law without such approval and shall apply with respect to all distributions made by the Georgia Department of Revenue on or after such effective date. 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 1998 session of the General Assembly of Georgia a bill to provide for a method of distribution of the net proceeds of the sales tax for education purposes levied in Carroll County approved for the method of distribution of proceeds of the tax between the Carroll County School District and the independent school districts located wholly or partially within Carroll COunty, including particularly the City of Carrollton School System and the City of Bremen School System; to provide for authority under Article VIII, Section VI, Paragraph IV of the Constitution of the State of Georgia; to provide for related matters; and for other purposes. This 5th day of January, 1998 s/ Thomas B. Murphy Representative 18th District GEORGIA, FULTON COUNTY Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths, Thomas B. Murphy, who on oath deposes and says that he is the Representative from the 18th District and further deposes and says as follows: (1) That the attached Notice of Intention to Introduce Local Legislation was published in the Haralson Gateway-Beacon which is the official organ of Haralson County on the following date: January 8, 1998. (2) That the laws requiring notice of local legislation were further complied with in the manner checked below: A copy of the notice of intention was mailed, transmitted by facsimile, or otherwise provided to the governing authority of any county, municipality,

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or consolidated government whose charter or enabling Act is amended, as required by subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill was requested by resolution or other written notification of the governing authority of the affected county, municipality, or consolidated government and a copy of such resolution or other written notification is attached hereto. [UNK] The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill does not amend the charter of a municipality or the enabling Act of a county or consolidated government or the bill affects a local school system. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill is an annexation bill and a copy of the bill was provided to the county governing authority within which the area proposed to be annexed is located at the time the notice was published, as required by Code Section 28-1-14.1. s/ THOMAS B. MURPHY Representative, 18th District Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 12th day of January, 1998. s/ TERESA ADKINS Notary Public, Clayton County, Georgia My Commission Expires Jan. 5, 2001 (SEAL) NOTICE OF INTENTION TO INTRODUCE LOCAL LEGISLATION Notice is given that there will be introduced at the regular 1998 session of the General Assembly of Georgia a bill to provide for a method of distribution of the net proceeds of the sales tax, for education purposes levied in Carroll County approved by the election held on September 16, 1997; to provide for the method of distribution of proceeds of the tax between the Carroll County School District and the independent school districts located wholly or partially within Carroll County, including particularly the City of Carrollton School System and the City of Bremen School System; to provide for authority under Article VIII, Section VI, Paragraph IV of the Constitution of the State of Georgia; to provide for related matters; and for other purposes. This 9th day of January, 1998 s/ Tracy Stallings
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s/ Jack E. West GEORGIA, FULTON COUNTY Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths, Thomas Murphy, who on oath deposes and says that he is the Representative from the 18th District and further deposes and says as follows: (1) 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 the following date: January 10, 1998. (2) That the laws requiring notice of local legislation were further complied with in the manner checked below: A copy of the notice of intention was mailed, transmitted by facsimile, or otherwise provided to the governing authority of any county, municipality, or consolidated government whose charter or enabling Act is amended, as required by subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill was requested by resolution or other written notification of the governing authority of the affected county, municipality, or consolidated government and a copy of such resolution or other written notification is attached hereto. [UNK] The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill does not amend the charter of a municipality or the enabling Act of a county or consolidated government or the bill affects a local school system. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill is an annexation bill and a copy of the bill was provided to the county governing authority within which the area proposed to be annexed is located at the time the notice was published, as required by Code Section 28-1-14.1. s/ THOMAS B. MURPHY Representative, 18th District Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 12th day of January, 1998. s/ TERESA ADKINS Notary Public, Clayton County, Georgia My Commission Expires Jan. 5, 2001 (SEAL) Approved January 16, 1998.

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CITY OF COHUTTAMAYOR; VOTING ON MATTERS BEFORE COUNCIL. No. 501 (House Bill No. 1358). AN ACT To amend an Act creating a new charter for the City of Cohutta, approved April 10, 1969 (Ga. L. 1969, p. 2529), as amended, so as to provide for the power of the mayor to vote on matters before the city council; 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 creating a new charter for the City of Cohutta, approved April 10, 1969 (Ga. L. 1969, p. 2529), as amended, is amended by striking Section 2.05 and inserting in lieu thereof a new Section 2.05 to read as follows: SECTION 2.05. Mayor as presiding officer. The mayor shall preside at meetings of the council, shall have a vote only where it is the third vote for or against a matter, shall have no veto power, shall be the ceremonial head of the city, shall sign ordinances and resolutions on their final passage, shall sign deeds, bonds, and contracts when authorized by the council to do so, shall be the officer to accept process against the city, and shall perform other duties imposed by this Act and ordinances not inconsistent with this Act. 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. PUBLIC NOTICE Notice is given that there will be introduced at the regular 1998 session of the General Assembly of Georgia a bill to amend an Act creating a new charter for the City of Cohutta, approved April 10, 1969 (Ga. L. 1969, p. 2529), as amended, so as to change provisions relating to the powers of the mayor; and for other purposes. This 20th day of January, 1998. Representative Allen Hammontree 4th District 1/23

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GEORGIA, FULTON COUNTY Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths, Allen Hammontree, who on oath deposes and says that he is the Representative from the 4th District and further deposes and says as follows: (1) That the attached Notice of Intention to Introduce Local Legislation was published in the Daily Citizen-News which is the official organ of Whitfield County on the following date: January 23, 1998. (2) That the laws requiring notice of local legislation were further complied with in the manner checked below: [UNK] A copy of the notice of intention was mailed, transmitted by facsimile, or otherwise provided to the governing authority of any county, municipality, or consolidated government whose charter or enabling Act is amended, as required by subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill was requested by resolution or other written notification of the governing authority of the affected county, municipality, or consolidated government and a copy of such resolution or other written notification is attached hereto. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill does not amend the charter of a municipality or the enabling Act of a county or consolidated government or the bill affects a local school system. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill is an annexation bill and a copy of the bill was provided to the county governing authority within which the area proposed to be annexed is located at the time the notice was published, as required by Code Section 28-1-14.1. s/ ALLEN HAMMONTREE Representative, 4th District Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 26th day of January, 1998. s/ TERESA ADKINS Notary Public, Clayton County, Georgia My Commission Expires Jan. 5, 2001 (SEAL) Approved February 6, 1998.

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SPALDING COUNTYBOARD OF COMMISSIONERS; RESIDENCY. No. 504 (House Bill No. 1443). AN ACT To amend an Act creating a board of commissioners of Spalding County, approved February 5, 1873 (Ga. L. 1873, p. 289), as amended, particularly by an Act approved March 14, 1985 (Ga. L. 1985, p. 3615), so as to change the residency requirements with respect to candidates for membership on the board; 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 Spalding County, approved February 5, 1873 (Ga. L. 1873, p. 289), as amended, particularly by an Act approved March 14, 1985 (Ga. L. 1985, p. 3615), is amended by striking subsection (d) of Section 1 and inserting in its place a new subsection (d) to read as follows: (d) Each candidate for commissioner in any primary or election shall be a resident of the State of Georgia and a qualified voter and shall have been a resident of Spalding County for at least one year prior to the date of the election of the members of the board of commissioners. Each commissioner shall remain a resident of the respective single-member district from which he is elected (or appointed), and which he represents, during his term of office as a member of said board. Should a member of the board, who is elected (or appointed) to represent a particular single-member district, change his residence from the district which he was elected (or appointed) to represent, a vacancy of such office shall thereby be created and shall thereafter be filled as provided in this Act. Each candidate for commissioner shall be nominated and elected by a majority of the qualified electors voting in his singlemember district. A candidate for commissioner shall specify the singlemember district for which he is offering for election. Otherwise said commissioners shall be nominated and elected in the same manner and according to the same procedure as members of the House of Representatives. 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 1998 session of the General Assembly of Georgia a bill to amend an Act creating a board

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of commissioners of Spalding County, approved February 5, 1873 (Ga. L. 1873, p. 289), as amended; and for other purposes. This 19th day of January, 1998. John P. Yates House of Representatives District 106 GEORGIA, FULTON COUNTY Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths, John Yates, who on oath deposes and says that he is the Representative from the 106th District and further deposes and says as follows: (1) That the attached Notice of Intention to Introduce Local Legislation was published in the Griffin Daily News which is the official organ of Spalding County on the following date: January 23, 1998. (2) That the laws requiring notice of local legislation were further complied with in the manner checked below: [UNK] A copy of the notice of intention was mailed, transmitted by facsimile, or otherwise provided to the governing authority of any county, municipality, or consolidated government whose charter or enabling Act is amended, as required by subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill was requested by resolution or other written notification of the governing authority of the affected county, municipality, or consolidated government and a copy of such resolution or other written notification is attached hereto. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill does not amend the charter of a municipality or the enabling Act of a county or consolidated government or the bill affects a local school system. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill is an annexation bill and a copy of the bill was provided to the county governing authority within which the area proposed to be annexed is located at the time the notice was published, as required by Code Section 28-1-14.1. s/ JOHN YATES Representative, 106th District Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 27th day of January, 1998.

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s/ TERESA ADKINS Notary Public, Clayton County, Georgia My Commission Expires Jan. 5, 2001 (SEAL) Approved February 19, 1998. CITY OF TIFTONCORPORATE LIMITS; EFFECTIVE DATE; REFERENDUM. No. 505 (House Bill No. 1278). AN ACT To amend an Act amending an Act entitled An Act to provide a new charter for the City of Tifton, approved April 4, 1997 (Ga. L. 1997, p. 3962), so as to provide a date for a referendum; to provide an effective date for such Act; 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 amending an Act entitled An Act to provide a new charter for the City of Tifton, approved April 4, 1997 (Ga. L. 1997, p. 3962), is amended by striking in its entirety Sections 3 and 4 and inserting in lieu thereof, respectively, the following: SECTION 3. On March 17, 1998, or if there is a legal impediment to the election being held on such date then on such subsequent legal election date as is reasonably practical, the election superintendent of Tift County shall call and conduct an election for the purpose of submitting this Act to the electors of Tift County residing in the area described in Section 1 of this Act but outside the existing municipal boundaries of the City of Tifton for approval or rejection. 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 Tift County. The ballot shall have written or printed thereon the words: `() YES () NO Shall the Act be approved which annexes certain territory into the corporate limits of the City of Tifton?' 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, it shall become of full force and effect January 1, 1999; otherwise

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it shall be void and of no force and effect and shall be authomatically repealed upon the date the election results are certified under this section. The expense of such election shall be borne by the City of Tifton. It shall be the superintendent's duty to certify the result thereof to the Secretary of State. SECTION 4. Section 3 of this Act shall become effective upon its approval by the Governor or upon its becoming law without such approval. The remainder of this Act shall become effective on January 1, 1999. 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 1998 Session of the General Assembly of Georgia a bill to amend an Act amending An Act to provide a new charter for the City of Tifton approved April 4, 1997 (GA. L. 1997, p. 3962) and for other purposes. This 7 day of January, 1998. (S) Gregory C. Sowel City Attorney January 10,1998 GEORGIA, FULTON COUNTY Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths, Austin Scott, who on oath deposes and says that he is the Representative from the 165th District and further deposes and says as follows: (1) That the attached Notice of Intention to Introduce Local Legislation was published in the Tifton Gazette which is the official organ of Tift County on the following date: January 10, 1998. (2) That the laws requiring notice of local legislation were further complied with in the manner checked below: A copy of the notice of intention was mailed, transmitted by facsimile, or otherwise provided to the governing authority of any county, municipality,

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or consolidated government whose charter or enabling Act is amended, as required by subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill was requested by resolution or other written notification of the governing authority of the affected county, municipality, or consolidated government and a copy of such resolution or other written notification is attached hereto. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill does not amend the charter of a municipality or the enabling Act of a county or consolidated government or the bill affects a local school system. [UNK] The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill is an annexation bill and a copy of the bill was provided to the county governing authority within which the area proposed to be annexed is located at the time the notice was published, as required by Code Section 28-1-14.1. s/ J. AUSTIN SCOTT Representative, 165th District Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 14th day of January, 1998. s/ TERESA ADKINS Notary Public, Clayton County, Georgia My Commission Expires Jan. 5, 2001 (SEAL) Approved February 25, 1998. CITY OF TIFTONCOUNCIL; TERMS; DISTRICTS. No. 506 (House Bill No. 1279). AN ACT To amend an Act entitled An Act to provide a new charter for the City of Tifton, approved April 4, 1997 (Ga. L. 1997, p. 3970), so as to change the terms of office of certain council districts; to amend certain council districts; 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 provide a new charter for the City of Tifton, approved April 4, 1997 (Ga. L. 1997, p. 3970), is amended by striking Section 7.12 and inserting in lieu thereof the following:

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ALTERNATIVE ONE (IF ANNEXATION PASSES) SECTION 7.12. First election under this charter. If that Act Number 178 enacted during the regular 1997 session of the General Assembly providing for the annexation of property into the corporate limits of the City of Tifton is approved by the electors, the city council seats held by Richard Chalfant, David L. Hetzel, W. Joe Lewis, and Roosevelt Russell, Sr., shall be designated Districts 1, 3, 4, and 5, respectively. David L. Hetzel shall serve as councilmember representing District 3 from the end of his term in 1999 through 2001. A special election shall be held on the third Tuesday of September, 1998, at which the councilmembers' positions for Districts 2 and 6 shall be filled for terms ending December 31, 1999, and December 31, 2001, respectively, as provided in Appendix E. All persons giving notice of candidacy for a city council seat shall be a resident of the district represented by that particular seat. Districts are designated under the official district map showing the geographical boundaries of each district. This map shall be maintained by the city clerk and shall be available for public inspection. Successful candidates shall likewise meet the other residency requirements for maintaining office as set forth in Section 2.11 of this charter. In order to establish continuity, some of the initial council terms shall be for two years but each councilmember elected thereafter shall serve a full term as provided in Section 2.11 of this charter. The initial terms of office and the year in which each council seat shall be up for election, until all such seats are established on a quadrennial cycle, is attached hereto as Appendix E. SECTION 2 . Said Act is further amended by striking Appendices E and F thereto and inserting in lieu thereof, respectively, the following: APPENDIX `E' (IF ANNEXATION PASSES) STAGGERED ELECTIONS UNDER NEW CHARTER INCLUDING ANNEXED AREA Post Term 1998 Elections: 2 1 6 3 1999 Elections: Mayor 4 2 4 4 4 5 4 2001 Elections: 1 4 3 4 6 4 2003 Elections: Mayor 4 2 4 4 4 5 4

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APPENDIX `F' {IF ANNEXATION FAILS} STAGGERED ELECTIONS UNDER ROPOSED NEW CHARTER FOR CURRENT CITY LIMITS Post Term 1997 Elections: Mayor 2 years District #1 4 years District #2 2 years District #3 4 years 1999 Elections: Mayor 4 years District #2 4 years District #4 4 years 2001 Elections: District #1 4 years District #3 4 years 2003 Elections: Mayor 4 years District #2 4 years District #4 4 years SECTION 3 . Said Act is further amended by deleting the description of Council Districts 1 and 4 as they appear in Appendix C to such Act and inserting in lieu thereof the descriptions of such council districts attached to this Act as Appendix A and further identified as Operator: local; Client: Tifton; Plan: tiftwk8. SECTION 4 . All laws and parts of laws in conflict with this Act are repealed. Operator: local Client: tifton Plan: tiftwk8 District No. 1 TIFT Tract: 9901. Block: 170, 171 Tract: 9903. Block 101, 102, 103B, 103C, 103D, 157A, 157B, 158, 159, 160, 166, 167, 301, 302, 303 Tract: 9904. Block Group: 1 Block Group: 2 Block Group: 3 Block: 401A, 401B, 401C, 402, 403, 404, 405, 406, 409, 410, 411, 415, 416, 417A, 417B, 501, 502, 503, 504, 505, 506, 507, 513, 514, 515 District No. 2 TIFT Tract: 9903. Block Group: 5 Tract: 9906. Block: 406, 412, 413, 414, 415, 416, 417, 418, 419, 420, 421, 422, [Illegible Text]

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Tract: 9907. Block: 103B, 104, 105, 106, 107, 108B, 426, 427, 428, 429, 430, 432, 433, 434, 435A, 435B, 436, 437, 438, 439, 440A, 440B, 441, 442, 443, 448A, 448B, 449A, 449B, 450, 451, 452, 453, 454, 455, 456, 457, 458, 459, 460, 461, 462, 463, 464, 465, 466, 470, 471, 472, 474, 475, 476, 477, 478 Tract: 9909. Block: 103, 105, 106, 108, 109, 110, 111, 112, 114, 115, 116 District No. 3 TIFT Tract: 9901. Block: 169, 280, 281 Tract: 9903. Block: 103A, 104A, 104B, 105A, 105B, 106A, 106B, 107, 108, 120A, 120B, 121A, 121B, 121C, 122A, 122B, 123, 124, 125A, 125B, 126, 127, 128, 129, 130, 131A, 131B, 132A, 132B, 133A, 133B, 134A, 134B, 135A, 135B, 136A, 136B, 137A, 137B, 138A, 138B, 139, 140, 141A, 141B, 142A, 142B, 143, 144, 145, 146, 147, 148, 149, 150, 151, 152, 153, 154, 155A, 155B, 156, 161, 162, 163, 164, 165 Block Group: 2 Block: 304, 305, 306, 307, 308, 309, 310, 311, 312, 313, 314, 315, 316, 317, 318, 319, 320, 321, 322, 401, 402, 403, 404, 405, 406, 407, 408, 409, 410, 414, 415, 420, 421, 422, 423, 424, 425 Tract: 9907 Block: 411, 412, 413, 414, 415, 416A, 416B, 417, 418, 419, 420, 421, 422, 423, 424A, 424B, 425A, 425B, 425C, 467 District No. 4 TIFT Tract: 9903. Block: 411, 412, 413, 416, 417, 418, 419, 426, 427, 428, 429 Block Group: 6 Tract: 9904. Block: 407, 408A, 408B, 412, 413A, 413B, 414A, 414B, 508, 509, 510, 511, 512, 516, 517, 518, 519, 520, 521, 522, 523, 524, 525, 526, 527, 528, 529, 530, 531, 532, 533A, 533B, 534, 535, 536, 537, 538 Block Group: 6 Tract: 9906. Block: 101A, 101B, 102A, 102B, 103A, 103B, 104, 105, 106, 107, 108, 109, 110, 111, 112, 113, 114, 115, 116, 117A, 117B, 118, 119, 120A, 120B, 121, 122, 123, 124, 125, 126, 127, 128, 129, 130A, 130B, 131A, 131B, 132, 133, 134, 137, 138A, 138B, 139A, 139B, 172, 173 Tract: 9907. Block: 101, 102, 110, 111, 112, 113, 114, 115 District No. 5 TIFT Tract: 9906.

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Block: 135, 136, 142, 143, 144, 145, 146, 147, 148, 149, 151, 152, 153, 154, 155, 156A, 156B, 157, 158, 159, 160, 161, 162, 163, 164A, 164B, 165A, 165B, 166A, 166B, 167A, 167B, 230A, 230B, 303, 401A, 401B Tract: 9907. Block: 103A, 108A, 109, 116, 117, 118, 119, 120, 121, 122, 123, 124, 125, 126A, 126B, 127, 128, 129, 130, 131, 132 Block Group: 2 Block Group: 3 Block: 431, 444, 445, 446, 447 District No. 6 TIFT Tract: 9906. Block: 140A, 140B, 141, 150, 168, 169, 170, 171A, 171B, 201A, 201B, 201C, 202A, 202B, 203, 204, 205, 206, 207, 208, 209A, 209B, 210, 211, 212, 213, 214, 215, 216, 217, 218A, 218B, 219, 220A, 220B, 221A, 221B, 222, 223, 224, 225A, 225B, 225C, 225D, 226, 227, 228, 229, 231, 232A, 232B, 233, 234, 235, 236, 301, 302, 304, 305, 306, 307, 308, 309, 310, 311, 312, 313, 314, 315, 316, 317, 318, 319, 320, 321, 322, 323, 324, 325, 326, 327, 328, 329, 330, 331, 332, 333, 334, 402, 403, 404, 405, 407, 408, 409, 410, 411 Tract: 9909. Block: 101, 102, 104, 214, 215, 216, 217, 218, 219, 220, 221, 222, 223, 224, 225, 226, 227, 228, 229 NOTICE OF INTENTION TO INTRODUCE LOCAL LEGISLATION Notice is given that there will be introduced at the regular 1998 Session of the General Assembly of Georgia a bill to amend an Act entitled An Act to provide a new charter for the City of Tifton approved April 4, 1997 (Ga. L. 1997, p. 3962) and for other purposes This 7 day of January, 1998. (S) Gregory C. Sowel City Attorney January 10, 1998 GEORGIA, FULTON COUNTY Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths, Austin Scott, who on oath deposes and says that he is the Representative from the 165th District and further deposes and says as follows: (1) That the attached Notice of Intention to Introduce Local Legislation was published in the Tifton Gazette which is the official organ of Tift County on the following date: January 10, 1998.

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(2) That the laws requiring notice of local legislation were further complied with in the manner checked below: [UNK] A copy of the notice of intention was mailed, transmitted by facsimile, or otherwise provided to the governing authority of any county, municipality, or consolidated government whose charter or enabling Act is amended, as required by subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill was requested by resolution or other written notification of the governing authority of the affected county, municipality, or consolidated government and a copy of such resolution or other written notification is attached hereto. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill does not amned the charter of a municipality or the enabling Act of a county or consolidated government or the bill affects a local school system. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill is an annexation bill and a copy of the bill was provided to the county governing authority within which the area proposed to be annexed is located at the time the notice was published, as required by Code Section 28-1-14.1. s/ J. AUSTIN SCOTT Representative, 165th District Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 14th day of January, 1998. s/ TERESA ADKINS Notary Public, Clayton County, Georgia My Commission Expires Jan. 5, 2001 (SEAL) Approved February 25, 1998. BARROW COUNTYBOARD OF COMMISSIONERS; DISTRICTS; TERMS; ELECTIONS. No. 508 (House Bill No. 1533). AN ACT To amend an Act re-creating and establishing a Board of Commissioners of Barrow County, approved April 2, 1976 (Ga. L. 1976, p. 4033), as amended, particularly by an Act approved March 23, 1992 (Ga. L. 1992, p. 4970), so as to provide for redistricting; to define certain terms; to provide for continuation in office of persons serving as members of the board on a

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certain date; to provide for related matters; to provide for submission of this Act to the United States Attorney General; to repeal this Act in the event of a certain contingency; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes. BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF GEORGIA: SECTION 1 . An Act re-creating and establishing a Board of Commissioners of Barrow County, approved April 2, 1976 (Ga. L. 1976, p. 4033), as amended, particularly by an Act approved March 23, 1992 (Ga. L. 1992, p. 4970), is amended by striking Section 4 and inserting in lieu thereof the following: SECTION 4. (a) For the purposes of electing the members of the board other than the chairperson, Barrow County shall be divided into six commissioner districts. Those districts shall consist of the described territory of Barrow County attached to this Act and made a part hereof and further identified as `Operator: local Client: barrow Plan: barcc97.' (b) For purposes of this section: (1) The terms `tract,' `block,' and `block group' 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 1990 for the State of Georgia; (2) Any part of Barrow County which is not included in any commissioner district described in this section shall be included within that commissioner district contiguous to such part which contains the least population according to the United States decennial census of 1990 for the State of Georgia; and (3) Any part of Barrow County which is described in this section as being included in a particular commissioner district shall nevertheless not be included within such commissioner district if such part is not contiguous to such commissioner district. Such noncontiguous part shall instead be included within that commissioner district contiguous to such part which contains the least population according to the United States decennial census of 1990 for the State of Georgia. SECTION 2 . Said Act is further amended by striking Section 5 and inserting in lieu thereof the following: SECTION 5. (a) The members of the board serving in office on the effective date of this subsection shall continue to serve until the expiration of the terms

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for which they were elected and until their successors are elected and qualified. (b) (1) All members of the board representing commissioner districts and elected at or subsequent to the election in 1998 shall be elected from the commissioner districts described in Section 4. (2) Members of the board representing Commissioner Districts 4, 5, and 6 shall be elected at the general election in 1998 and quadrennially thereafter and shall take office on the first day of January immediately following their election for terms of four years and until their successors are elected and qualified. (3) The chairperson and members of the board representing Commissioner Districts 1, 2, and 3 shall be elected at the general election in 2000 and quadrennially thereafter and shall take office on the first day of January immediately following their election for terms of four years and until their successors are elected and qualified. SECTION 3 . Pursuant to Section 5 of the federal Voting Rights Act of 1965, as amended, it shall be the duty of the attorney of the Board of Commissioners of Barrow County to submit this Act to the United States Attorney General for approval. If, as of the first date upon which candidates may begin qualifying for the general primary in 1998, implementation of this Act is not permissible under the federal Voting Rights Act of 1965, as amended, then as of such date this Act shall be void and stand repealed in its entirety. SECTION 4 . All laws and parts of laws in conflict with this Act are repealed. Operator: local Client: barrow Plan: barcc97 District No. 1 BARROW Tract: 1801. Block: 188, 189, 190, 191, 193 Tract: 1802. Block: 101A, 101B, 103, 104, 105, 106A, 106B, 106C, 107, 108, 111A, 111B, 111C, 112A, 112B, 113A, 113B, 113C, 113D, 113E, 113F, 114, 115, 116, 117, 118, 119, 120, 121, 122, 123, 124, 125, 126, 141, 142, 143, 144, 145, 146, 147, 148, 149, 150, 151, 201, 202A, 202B, 202C, 203A, 203B, 204A, 204B, 206, 217, 218, 219, 220, 221, 222, 226, 227, 228, 229, 230, 231A, 231B, 232A, 232B, 232C, 233A, 233B, 357, 430B, 431, 432, 433, 434, 435B, 457, 458B, 459, 460, 461, 462, 463, 464, 465, 466 Tract: 1803. Block: 233A, 233C, 234 Tract: 1805.

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Block: 104, 106A, 106B, 107, 108, 109, 110, 112, 113, 114, 115, 116, 117, 118, 119, 120, 121, 122, 123A, 123B, 124, 125, 126, 127, 128, 129, 130, 131, 132, 133, 134, 135, 136, 137, 203A, 203B, 204, 205, 206, 207, 208, 209, 210, 211, 212, 213, 214, 215, 216, 220, 223, 234, 235, 236, 237, 238, 239, 240, 241, 242, 243, 244, 245, 246, 247, 248 District No. 2 BARROW Tract: 1802. Block: 127, 128, 129, 130, 131, 132, 133, 134, 135, 136, 137, 138, 139, 140 Tract: 1803. Block: 101, 102, 103, 104, 105, 106, 144, 145, 146, 147, 148, 149A, 149B, 150, 151, 152, 153, 154, 155A, 155B, 155C, 156, 157, 158, 159, 201, 202, 203, 204, 205, 206, 207, 208, 209, 210, 211, 212, 213, 214, 215, 216, 217, 218, 219A, 219B, 219C, 219D, 219E, 219F, 219G, 220, 221, 222, 223, 224, 225, 226, 227, 228, 229, 230, 231, 232A, 232B, 233B, 235, 236, 237, 238, 239, 240, 241, 242, 243, 244, 245, 246, 247, 248, 249, 250, 251, 252, 253, 254, 255, 256, 257, 258, 259, 260, 261, 262, 263, 264, 265, 266, 267, 268, 269, 270, 271A, 271B, 272, 273, 274A, 274B, 275, 276, 277, 278, 279, 280, 281, 282A, 282B, 283 Tract: 1804. Block: 131 Tract: 1805. Block: 201, 202, 217, 218, 219A, 219B, 221, 222, 224A, 224B, 225A, 225B, 225C, 226, 227A, 227B, 227C, 228, 229, 230A, 230B, 231, 232, 233, 249, 250, 251A, 251B, 252A, 252B, 253A, 253B, 254A, 254B, 254C, 259, 260, 261, 262, 263, 264, 265, 266, 267, 268, 269 Block Group: 3 Block: 401, 402, 403, 415, 416, 417, 418, 419, 420A, 420B, 421, 422 District No. 3 BARROW Tract: 1804. Block: 101, 102, 103, 104, 105, 106, 107, 108, 109, 110, 111, 112, 113, 114, 115, 116, 117, 118, 119, 120, 121, 122, Block: 123, 124, 125, 126, 127, 128, 129, 130, 132, 133, 134A, 134B, 135, 136, 137, 138, 139, 140A, 140B, 141, 142, 143, 144, 145, 146, 147, 148, 149, 150, 151, 152, 153, 154, 155, 156, 157, 158A, 158B, 159, 160, 161A, 161B, 162, 163A, 163B, 164A, 164B, 165, 166, 167A, 167B, 168, 169, 170, 171, 172, 173, 174, 175, 176, 177, 178, 179, 180A, 180B, 181A, 181B, 182, 183, 184, 185, 186, 187, 188, 189, 190, 191, 192, 193, 194, 195, 196A, 196B, 197A, 197B Block Group: 2

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Block Group: 3 Tract: 1805. Block: 255, 256, 257, 258, 270, 271, 272, 404, 405, 406, 407, 408, 409, 410, 411, 412, 413, 414, 423, 424, 425, 426, 427, 428, 429, 430, 431, 432, 433, 434, 435, 436, 437, 438, 439, 440, 441, 442 District No. 4 BARROW Tract: 1801. Block: 105, 106, 107A, 107B, 108A, 108B, 108C, 108D, 109A, 109B, 109C, 110, 111A, 111B, 112A, 112B, 112C, 112D, 113, 114A, 114B, 122A, 122B, 122C, 124, 125A, 125B, 125D, 125E, 126, 127, 128A, 128C, 129A, 129C, 130A, 130B, 130D, 131A, 131B, 131C, 131D, 131E, 132, 133A, 133B, 133C, 133D, 134A, 134B, 134C, 134D, 134E, 134F, 135A, 135B, 135C, 136, 137, 138A, 138B, 138C, 139, 140, 141A, 141B, 141C, 141D, 142A, 142B, 142C, 143A, 143B, 144A, 144B, 145, 146A, 146B, 147, 148A, 148B, 148C, 149A, 149B, 150A, 150B, 150C, 150D, 195A, 234, 235, 236, 237, 238, 239, 240, 241, 242, 243, 244, 245, 246, 247, 248 Block Group: 3 District No. 5 BARROW Tract: 1801. Block: 118, 119, 120, 121A, 121B, 123, 125C, 128B, 129B, 130C, 151A, 151B, 152A, 152B, 152C, 152D, 153, 154A, 154B, 155, 156A, 156B, 157, 158, 159, 160, 161, 162, 163, 164, 165, 166, 167, 168A, 168B, 168C, 169A, 169B, 170, 171, 172, 173, 174, 175, 176, 177, 178, 179, 180, 181, 182, 183, 184, 185, 186, 187A, 187B, 192, 194, 195B, 196, 197 Tract: 1802. Block: 205A, 205B, 205C, 207, 208A, 208B, 209, 210, 211, 212, 213, 214, 215, 216, 223, 224, 225, 302, 303, 304, 305, 306, 307, 308, 309, 312, 313, 316, 317, 320, 321, 322, 323, 324, 325, 326, 327, 328, 329A, 329B, 329C, 330A, 330B, 331, 332, 333, 334, 335, 337, 339, 340, 341, 342, 343, 344, 345, 346, 347, 348, 349, 350, 351, 352A, 352B, 353, 354, 355, 356A, 356B, 358, 427, 428, 429, 430A, 435A, 458A, 548, 549 Tract: 1803. Block: 116, 117A, 117B, 117C, 117D, 118A, 118B, 118C, 130, 131, 132, 133A, 133B, 134, 136B, 138, 139, 140A, 140B, 141A, 141B, 142, 143 Tract: 1805. Block: 101, 102, 103, 105, 111 District No. 6 BARROW Tract: 1801.

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Block: 101, 102, 103, 104, 115, 116, 117, 201, 202A, 202B, 203A, 203B, 204, 205, 206A, 206B, 206C, 207A, 207B, 207C, 207D, 208A, Block: 208B, 209, 210A, 210B, 210C, 211A, 211B, 212A, 212B, 213A, 213B, 214A, 214B, 215A, 215B, 216, 217, 218, 219, 220, 221, 222, 223, 224, 225, 226, 227, 228, 229, 230, 231, 232, 233, 249, 250, 251 Tract: 1802. Block: 102, 109, 110, 301A, 301B, 310, 311, 314, 315, 318, 319, 336, 338, 401, 402, 403, 404, 405, 406, 407, 408, 409, 410, 411, 412, 413, 414, 415, 416, 417, 418, 419, 420, 421, 422, 423, 424, 425, 426, 436, 437, 438, 439, 440, 441, 442, 443, 444, 445, 446, 447, 448, 449, 450, 451, 452, 453, 454, 455, 456, 501A, 501B, 501C, 502A, 502B, 503, 504A, 504B, 504C, 505A, 505B, 506A, 506B, 506C, 507A, 507B, 508, 509, 510, 511, 512, 513, 514, 515, 516, 517, 518, 519, 520, 521, 522, 523, 524, 525, 526, 527, 528, 529, 530, 531, 532, 533, 534, 535, 536, 537, 538, 539, 540, 541, 542, 543, 544, 545, 546, 547 Tract: 1803. Block: 107, 108, 109, 110, 111, 112, 113, 114, 115, 119, 120, 121, 122, 123, 124, 125, 126, 127, 128, 129, 135, 136A, 137 NOTICE OF INTENTION TO INTRODUCE LOCAL LEGISLATION Notice is given that there will be introduced at the regular 1998 session of the General Assembly of Georgia a bill to amend an act re-creating and establishing a Board of Commissioners of Barrow County, approved April 2, 1976 (Ga. L. 1976, p. 4033), as amended; and for other purposes. This 18th day of January, 1998. -s- Warren Massey State Representative GEORGIA, FULTON COUNTY Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths, Warren Massey, who on oath deposes and says that he is the Representative from the 86th District and further deposes and says as follows: (1) That the attached Notice of Intention to Introduce Local Legislation was published in the Barrow Eagle which is the official organ of Barrow County on the following date: January 28, 1998. (2) That the laws requiring notice of local legislation were further complied with in the manner checked below:

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A copy of the notice of intention was mailed, transmitted by facsimile, or otherwise provided to the governing authority of any county, municipality, or consolidated government whose charter or enabling Act is amended, as required by subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill was requested by resolution or other written notification of the governing authority of the affected county, municipality, or consolidated government and a copy of such resolution or other written notification is attached hereto. [UNK] The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill does not amend the charter of a municipality or the enabling Act of a county or consolidated government or the bill affects a local school system. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill is an annexation bill and a copy of the bill was provided to the county governing authority within which the area proposed to be annexed is located at the time the notice was published, as required by Code Section 28-1-14.1. s/ WARREN MASSEY Representative, 86th District Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 3rd day of February, 1998. s/ TERESA ADKINS Notary Public, Clayton County, Georgia My Commission Expires Jan. 5, 2001 (SEAL) Approved March 3, 1998. BARROW COUNTYBOARD OF EDUCATION; DISTRICTS; TERMS; ELECTIONS. No. 509 (House Bill No. 1534). 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 March 23, 1992 (Ga. L. 1992, p. 4961), so as to provide for redistricting; to define certain terms; to provide for continuation in office of persons serving as members of the board on a certain date; to provide for related matters; to provide for submission of this Act to the United States Attorney General; to repeal this

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Act in the event of a certain contingency; 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 March 23, 1992 (Ga. L. 1992, p. 4961), is amended by striking subsection (b) of Section 2 and inserting in lieu thereof the following: (b) (1) (A) For purposes of electing members of the Board of Education of Barrow County under this section, Barrow County shall be divided into nine education districts. (B) Education Districts 1, 2, 5, 6, 8, and 9 shall consist of the described territory of Barrow County attached to this Act and made a part hereof and further identified as `operator: local Client; barrow Plan: barrsb97', and each member representing each such district shall be elected by the qualified electors residing in that district only. (C) Education Districts 3, 4, and 7 shall each be an at large district, and each member representing each such district shall be elected by the qualified electors of the entire county. (2) For purposes of this section: (A) The terms `Tract,' `Block,' and `Block Group' 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 1990 for the State of Georgia; (B) Any part of Barrow County which is not included in any education district described in subparagraph (B) of paragraph (1) of this subsection shall be included within that education district described in said subparagraph which is contiguous to such part and which contains the least population according to the United States decennial census of 1990 for the State of Georgia; and (C) Any part of Barrow County which is described in subparagraph (B) of paragraph (1) of this subsection as being included in a particular education district shall nevertheless not be included within such education district if such part is not contiguous to such education district. Such noncontiguous part shall instead be included within that education district described in said subparagraph which is contiguous to such part and which contains the least population according to the United States decennial census of 1990 for the State of Georgia.

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SECTION 2 . Said Act is further amended by striking subsection (d) of Section 2 and inserting a new subsection to read as follows: (d) (1) The members of the board serving in office on the effective date of this subsection shall continue to serve until the expiration of the term for which they were elected and until their successors are elected and qualified. (2) (A) All members of the board elected at or subsequent to the election in 1998 shall be elected from the education districts described in subsection (b) of this section. (B) Members of the board representing Education Districts 1, 3, 5, 7, and 9 shall be elected at the general election in 1998 and quadrennially thereafter and shall take office on the first day of January immediately following their election for terms of four years and until their successors are elected and qualified. (C) Members of the board representing Education Districts 2, 4, 6, and 8 shall be elected at the general election in 2000 and quadrennially thereafter and shall take office on the first day of January immediately following their election for terms of four years and until their successors are elected and qualified. SECTION 3 . Pursuant to Section 5 of the federal Voting Rights Act of 1965, as amended, it shall be the duty of the attorney of the board of education of Barrow County to submit this Act to the United States Attorney General for approval. If, as of the first date upon which candidates may begin qualifying for the general primary in 1998, implementation of this Act is not permissible under the federal Voting Rights Act of 1965, as amended, then as of such date this Act shall be void and stand repealed in its entirety. SECTION 4 . All laws and parts of laws in conflict with this Act are repealed. Operator: local Client: barrow Plan: barrsb97 District No. 1 BARROW Tract: 1804. Block: 101, 102, 103, 104, 105, 106, 107, 108, 109, 110, 111, 112, 113, 114, 115, 116, 117, 118, 119, 120, 121, 122, 123, 124, 125, 126, 127, 128, 129, 130, 132, 133, 134A, 134B, 135, 136, 137, 138, 139, 140A, 140B, 141, 142, 143, 144, 145, 146, 147, 148, 149, 150, 151, 152, 153, 154, 155, 156, 157, 158A, 158B, 159, 160, 161A, 161B, 162, 163A, 163B, 164A, 164B, 165, 166, 167A, 167B, 168, 169, 170, 171, 172, 173, 174, 175, 176, 177, 178, 179,

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180A, 180B, 181A, 181B, 182, 183, 184, 185, 186, 187, 188, 189, 190, 191, 192, 193, 194, 195, 196A, 196B, 197A, 197B Block Group: 2 Block Group: 3 Tract: 1805. Block: 255, 256, 257, 258, 270, 271, 272, 404, 405, 406, 407, 408, 409, 410, 411, 412, 413, 414, 423, 424, 425, 426, 427, 428, 429, 430, 431, 432, 433, 434, 435, 436, 437, 438, 439, 440, 441, 442 District No. 2 BARROW Tract: 1802. Block: 127, 128, 129, 130, 131, 132, 133, 134, 135, 136, 137, 138, 139, 140 Tract: 1803. Block: 101, 102, 103, 104, 105, 106, 144, 145, 146, 147, 148, 149A, 149B, 150, 151, 152, 153, 154, 155A, 155B, 155C, 156, 157, 158, 159, 201, 202, 203, 204, 205, 206, 207, 208, 209, 210, 211, 212, 213, 214, 215, 216, 217, 218, 219A, 219B, 219C, 219D, 219E, 219F, 219G, 220, 221, 222, 223, 224, 225, 226, 227, 228, 229, 230, 231, 232A, 232B, 233B, 235, 236, 237, 238, 239, 240, 241, 242, 243, 244, 245, 246, 247, 248, 249, 250, 251, 252, 253, 254, 255, 256, 257, 258, 259, 260, 261, 262, 263, 264, 265, 266, 267, 268, 269, 270, 271A, 271B, 272, 273, 274A, 274B, 275, 276, 277, 278, 279, 280, 281, 282A, 282B, 283 Tract: 1804. Block: 131 Tract: 1805. Block: 201, 202, 217, 218, 219A, 219B, 221, 222, 224A, 224B, 225A, 225B, 225C, 226, 227A, 227B, 227C, 228, 229, 230A, 230B, 231, 232, 233, 249, 250, 251A, 251B, 252A, 252B, 253A, 253B, 254A, 254B, 254C, 259, 260, 261, 262, 263, 264, 265, 266, 267, 268, 269 Block Group: 3 Block: 401, 402, 403, 415, 416, 417, 418, 419, 420A, 420B, 421, 422 District No. 5 BARROW Tract: 1801. Block: 188, 189, 190, 191, 193 Tract: 1802. Block: 101A, 101B, 103, 104, 105, 106A, 106B, 106C, 107, 108, 111A, 111B, 111C, 112A, 112B, 113A, 113B, 113C, 113D, 113E, 113F, 114, 115, 116, 117, 118, 119, 120, 121, 122, 123, 124, 125, 126, 141, 142, 143, 144, 145, 146, 147, 148, 149, 150, Block: 151, 201, 202A, 202B, 202C, 203A, 203B, 204A, 204B, 206, 217, 218, 219, 220, 221, 222, 226, 227, 228, 229, 230, 231A, 231B, 232A, 232B, 232C, 233A, 233B, 357, 430B, 431, 432, 433, 434, 435B, 457, 458B, 459, 460, 461, 462, 463, 464, 465, 466

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Tract: 1803. Block: 233A, 233C, 234 Tract: 1805. Block: 104, 106A, 106B, 107, 108, 109, 110, 112, 113, 114, 115, 116, 117, 118, 119, 120, 121, 122, 123A, 123B, 124, 125, 126, 127, 128, 129, 130, 131, 132, 133, 134, 135, 136, 137, 203A, 203B, 204, 205, 206, 207, 208, 209, 210, 211, 212, 213, 214, 215, 216, 220, 223, 234, 235, 236, 237, 238, 239, 240, 241, 242, 243, 244, 245, 246, 247, 248 District No. 6 BARROW Tract: 1801. Block: 101, 102, 103, 104, 115, 116, 117, 201, 202A, 202B, 203A, 203B, 204, 205, 206A, 206B, 206C, 207A, 207B, 207C, 207D, 208A, 208B, 209, 210A, 210B, 210C, 211A, 211B, 212A, 212B, 213A, 213B, 214A, 214B, 215A, 215B, 216, 217, 218, 219, 220, 221, 222, 223, 224, 225, 226, 227, 228, 229, 230, 231, 232, 233, 249, 250, 251 Tract: 1802. Block: 102, 109, 110, 301A, 301B, 310, 311, 314, 315, 318, 319, 336, 338, 401, 402, 403, 404, 405, 406, 407, 408, 409, 410, 411, 412, 413, 414, 415, 416, 417, 418, 419, 420, 421, 422, 423, 424, 425, 426, 436, 437, 438, 439, 440, 441, 442, 443, 444, 445, 446, 447, 448, 449, 450, 451, 452, 453, 454, 455, 456, 501A, 501B, 501C, 502A, 502B, 503, 504A, 504B, 504C, 505A, 505B, 506A, 506B, 506C, 507A, 507B, 508, 509, 510, 511, 512, 513, 514, 515, 516, 517, 518, 519, 520, 521, 522, 523, 524, 525, 526, 527, 528, 529, 530, 531, 532, 533, 534, 535, 536, 537, 538, 539, 540, 541, 542, 543, 544, 545, 546, 547 Tract: 1803. Block: 107, 108, 109, 110, 111, 112, 113, 114, 115, 119, 120, 121, 122, 123, 124, 125, 126, 127, 128, 129, 135, 136A, 137 District No. 8 BARROW Tract: 1801. Block: 105, 106, 107A, 107B, 108A, 108B, 108C, 108D, 109A, 109B, 109C, 110, 111A, 111B, 112A, 112B, 112C, 112D, 113, 114A, 114B, 122A, 122B, 122C, 124, 125A, 125B, 125D, 125E, 126, 127, 128A, 128C, 129A, 129C, 130A, 130B, 130D, 131A, 131B, 131C, 131D, 131E, 132, 133A, 133B, 133C, 133D, 134A, 134B, 134C, 134D, 134E, 134F, 135A, 135B, 135C, 136, 137, 138A, 138B, 138C, 139, 140, 141A, 141B, 141C, 141D, 142A, 142B, 142C, 143A, 143B, 144A, 144B, 145, 146A, 146B, 147, 148A, 148B, 148C, 149A, 149B, 150A, 150B, 150C, 150D, 195A, 234, 235, 236, 237, 238, 239, 240, 241, 242, 243, 244, 245, 246, 247, 248 Block Group: 3

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District No. 9 BARROW Tract: 1801. Block: 118, 119, 120, 121A, 121B, 123, 125C, 128B, 129B, 130C, 151A, 151B, 152A, 152B, 152C, 152D, 153, 154A, 154B, 155, 156A, 156B, Block: 157, 158, 159, 160, 161, 162, 163, 164, 165, 166, 167, 168A, 168B, 168C, 169A, 169B, 170, 171, 172, 173, 174, 175, 176, 177, 178, 179, 180, 181, 182, 183, 184, 185, 186, 187A, 187B, 192, 194, 195B, 196, 197 Tract: 1802. Block: 205A, 205B, 205C, 207, 208A, 208B, 209, 210, 211, 212, 213, 214, 215, 216, 223, 224, 225, 302, 303, 304, 305, 306, 307, 308, 309, 312, 313, 316, 317, 320, 321, 322, 323, 324, 325, 326, 327, 328, 329A, 329B, 329C, 330A, 330B, 331, 332, 333, 334, 335, 337, 339, 340, 341, 342, 343, 344, 345, 346, 347, 348, 349, 350, 351, 352A, 352B, 353, 354, 355, 356A, 356B, 358, 427, 428, 429, 430A, 435A, 458A, 548, 549 Tract: 1803. Block: 116, 117A, 117B, 117C, 117D, 118A, 118B, 118C, 130, 131, 132, 133A, 133B, 134, 136B, 138, 139, 140A, 140B, 141A, 141B, 142, 143 Tract: 1805. Block: 101, 102, 103, 105, 111 NOTICE OF INTENTION TO INTRODUCE LOCAL LEGISLATION Notice is given that there will be introduced at the regular 1998 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); and for other purposes. This 18th day of January, 1998. -s- Warren Massey State Representative GEORGIA, FULTON COUNTY Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths, Warren Massey, who on oath deposes and says that he is the Representative from the 86th District and further deposes and says as follows: (1) That the attached Notice of Intention to Introduce Local Legislation was published in the Barrow Eagle which is the official organ of Barrow County on the following date: January 28, 1998.

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(2) That the laws requiring notice of local legislation were further complied with in the manner checked below: A copy of the notice of intention was mailed, transmitted by facsimile, or otherwise provided to the governing authority of any county, municipality, or consolidated government whose charter or enabling Act is amended, as required by subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill was requested by resolution or other written notification of the governing authority of the affected county, municipality, or consolidated government and a copy of such resolution or other written notification is attached hereto. [UNK] The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill does not amend the charter of a municipality or the enabling Act of a county or consolidated government or the bill affects a local school system. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill is an annexation bill and a copy of the bill was provided to the county governing authority within which the area proposed to be annexed is located at the time the notice was published, as required by Code Section 28-1-14.1. s/ WARREN MASSEY Representative, 86th District Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 29th day of January, 1998. s/ SUSAN GORDON Notary Public, Rockdale County, Georgia My Commission Expires Nov. 18, 2001 (SEAL) Approved March 3, 1998. HALL COUNTYSALES AND USE TAX FOR EDUCATIONAL PURPOSES; DISTRIBUTION AMONG HALL COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT, CITY OF GAINESVILLE INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT, AND CITY OF BUFORD INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT. No. 511 (Senate Bill No. 646). AN ACT To provide for an alternative method of distribution of the net proceeds of the sales and use tax for educational purposes authorized under Article

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VIII, Section VI, Paragraph IV of the Constitution among the Hall County School District, City of Gainesville Independent School District, and the City of Buford Independent School District; to provide for the authority for this Act; to provide an effective date; to provide for automatic repeal; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes. BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF GEORGIA: SECTION 1 . The net proceeds of the sales and use tax for educational purposes authorized under Article VIII, Section VI, Paragraph IV of the Constitution and imposed beginning October 1, 1997, shall, upon the filing of the proper distribution certificate with the Georgia Department of Revenue after the effective date of this Act, be distributed among the Hall County School District, the City of Gainesville Independent School District, and the City of Buford Independent School District, as follows: (1) From the gross receipts of the sales and use tax, $50,000.00 per month shall be distributed to the City of Buford Independent School District; provided, however, that in no event shall the City of Buford Independent School District receive more or less than $3 million; and (2) After the monthly remittance to the City of Buford Independent School District, the proceeds of the sales and use tax shall be distributed between the Hall County School District and the City of Gainesville Independent School District and shall be distributed according to the ratio the student enrollment in each of the two districts bears to the total student enrollment in said districts. That is, the City of Gainesville Independent School District shall receive 15.62 percent and the Hall County School District shall receive 84.38 percent of the proceeds remaining after the remittance to the City of Buford Independent School District. SECTION 2 . This Act is enacted pursuant to the specific authority provided for in Article VIII, Section VI, Paragraph IV(g) of the Constitution. SECTION 3 . This Act shall become effective upon its approval by the Governor or upon its becoming law without such approval and shall apply with respect to all distributions made by the Georgia Department of Revenue on or after such effective date pursuant to the filing of the proper distribution certificate. SECTION 4 . This Act shall stand repealed in its entirety on September 30, 2002. SECTION 5 . 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 1998 session of the General Assembly of Georgia a bill to provide for an alternative method of distribution of the net proceeds of the sales and use tax for educational purposes authorized under Article VIII, Section VI, Paragraph IV of the Constitution among the Hall County School District, City of Gainesville Independent School District, and the City of Buford Independent School District; and for other purposes. This 9 day of February, 1998. -s- Keith Breedlove Representative 85 District GEORGIA, FULTON COUNTY Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths, Casey Cagle, who on oath deposes and says that he is the Senator from the 49th District and further deposes and says as follows: (1) 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 the following date: February 12, 1998. (2) That the laws requiring notice of local legislation were further complied with in the manner checked below: A copy of the notice of intention was mailed, transmitted by facsimile, or otherwise provided to the governing authority of any county, municipality, or consolidated government whose charter or enabling Act is amended, as required by subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill was requested by resolution or other written notification of the governing authority of the affected county, municipality, or consolidated government and a copy of such resolution or other written notification is attached hereto. [UNK] The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill does not amend the charter of a municipality or the enabling Act of a county or consolidated government or the bill affects a local school system. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill is an annexation bill and a copy of the bill was provided to the county governing authority within which the area proposed to be annexed is located at the time the notice was published,

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as required by Code Section 28-1-14.1. s/ CASEY CAGLE Senator, 49th District Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 13th day of February, 1998. s/ TERESA ADKINS Notary Public, Clayton County, Georgia My Commission Expires Jan. 5, 2001 (SEAL) NOTICE OF INTENTION TO INTRODUCE LOCAL LEGISLATION Notice is given that there will be introduced at the regular 1998 session of the General Assembly of Georgia a bill to provide for a method of distribution of the net proceeds of the sales tax for education purposes levied in Hall County; to provide for the method of distribution of proceeds of such tax between the Hall County School District and the independent school districts located wholly or partially within Hall County, including particularly the City of Gainesville School System and the City of Buford School System; to provide for authority under Article VII, Section VI, Paragraph IV of the Constitution; to provide for related matters; to provide an effective date; and for other purposes. This 14th day of January, 1998 Senator Casey Cagle 49th District #520577-1/16 GEORGIA, FULTON COUNTY Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths, Casey Cagle, who on oath deposes and says that he is the Senator from the 49th District and further deposes and says as follows: (1) That the attached Notice of Intention to Introduce Local Legislation was published in the Times which is the official organ of Hall County on the following date: January 16, 1998. (2) That the laws requiring notice of local legislation were further complied with in the manner checked below: A copy of the notice of intention was mailed, transmitted by facsimile, or otherwise provided to the governing authority of any county, municipality, or consolidated government whose charter or enabling Act is amended, as required by subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14.

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The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill was requested by resolution or other written notification of the governing authority of the affected county, municipality, or consolidated government and a copy of such resolution or other written notification is attached hereto. [UNK] The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill does not amend the charter of a municipality or the enabling Act of a county or consolidated government or the bill affects a local school system. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill is an annexation bill and a copy of the bill was provided to the county governing authority within which the area proposed to be annexed is located at the time the notice was published, as required by Code Section 28-1-14.1. s/ CASEY CAGLE Senator, 49th District Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 13th day of February, 1998. s/ TERESA ADKINS Notary Public, Clayton County, Georgia My Commission Expires Jan. 5, 2001 (SEAL) Approved March 3, 1998. CITY OF SAVANNAHCORPORATE LIMITS. No. 513 (House Bill No. 1646). AN ACT To amend the several Acts relating to and incorporating the mayor and aldermen of the City of Savannah, so as to change and expand the corporate limits of the City of Savannah; 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 . The several Acts relating to and incorporating the mayor and aldermen of the City of Savannah, are amended so that the city limits of the City of Savannah, known as the Mayor and Aldermen of the City of Savannah, in addition to all the territory, land, and improvements now included in the corporate limits of the City of Savannah shall be extended to include

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all of the territory, land, and improvements located within the following described boundaries, to-wit: Tract 1 Part A All that certain tract or parcel of land situated, lying and being in the County of Chatham, State of Georgia, in the 7th G.M. District, and being a portion of Lots 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 7 of a Subdivision of the northern portion of Silk Hope Plantation, a portion of the Bourquin Tract and a Portion of lands now or formerly of Fulton Bell and containing Four Hundred Fifty-six and Sixty-eight one-hundredths (456.68) acres located west of the Dean Forest Road and being more particularly described on a plat of said tract prepared by Hussey, Gay, Bell, Engineers, dated November 7, 1981, and recorded in the Office of the Clerk of the Superior Court of Chatham County, Georgia, in Plat Record Book 3-P, Page 214, which plat is incorporated herein and made a part of this description. Part B AND ALSO ALL of those certain tracts or parcels of land in the 7th G.M. District of Chatham County, Georgia on the West side of Dean Forest Road comprising the original 1022.78 acres described in that certain Deed of Trust dated April 30, 1969, and recorded in Deed Book 95-T, Page 493 of Chatham County, Georgia Records, EXCEPTING THEREFROM that certain tract containing 456.68 acres conveyed to The Mayor and Aldermen of the City of Savannah by Deed dated November 23, 1981, and recorded in Deed Book 117-R, Page 521 of said Chatham County, Georgia Records and shown on a plat of survey by Hussey, Gay Bell of record in Plat Book 3-P, Page 214 of Chatham County, Georgia Records, and FURTHER EXCEPTING THEREFROM that certain portion of said tract fronting on Dean Forest Road North of the Harden Canal and extending Westward for a depth of 700 feet. Tract 2 Beginning at the point of intersection of the southern R/W line of the Central of Georgia Railroad R/W and the western R/W line of Coleman Boulevard; thence northeasterly following the western R/W of Coleman Boulevard/S.P.A. Industrial Park Property Line to the northern Property Line of S.P.A. Industrial Park (N/F SEDA (Savannah Economic Development Authority) Property) thence easterly; thence southerly along the Property Line of S.P.A. Industrial Park (N/F SEDA Property) to the southern R/W Line of the Central of Georgia Railroad R/W thence westerly along Central of Georgia Railroad R/W (Pooler City Limits) to the point of the Beginning. The following described property being bounded westerly by now or formerly Rockdale Industrial Inc. (Patillo Tract); northerly by N/F Hood, Reynolds, Laughlin, Jones, Dotson,

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Dotson, Calhoun; easterly by a 60' Drainage R/W then N/F Kahn, Solomon, Etal; southerly byPooler City Limits. Tract 3 Beginning at a concrete monument located on the northerly right-of-way line of U.S. Highway No. 17 (Ogeechee Road) and marking the southeastern corner of Lot Number One (1) of a resubdivision of Lots 1, 2, and 3 Silk Hope Farms and a portion of the Mary Roubakalis Constantine Estate, as shown on a subdivision map recorded in the Office of the Clerk of the Superior Court of Chatham County, Georgia, in Subdivision Map Book 12-S, Page 39; running thence North 20 degrees 00'40 East for a distance of 309.63 feet to an existing concrete monument; running thence North 69 degrees 59'20 West for a distance of 571.05 feet to an existing concrete monument; running thence North 20 degrees 00'40 East for a distance of 1,878.98 feet to an existing old stone; turning thence and running North 68 degrees 08'20 West for a distance of 1,020.85 feet to a concrete monument; turning thence and running North 31 degrees 26'50 East for a distance of 6,244.82 feet to an existing concrete monument; turning thence and running North 68 degrees 16'30 West for a distance of 744.30 feet to the southerly right-of-way line of Interstate No. 16 (City of Savannah limits), there being a concrete monument set at this point; running thence in an easterly direction along the southerly right-of-way line of U.S. Interstate No. 16 (City of Savannah limits) to the western city limits of the City of Savannah; running thence in a southerly direction along the western city limits of the City of Savannah to a point where said city limits intersects with the northerly right-of-way of U.S. Highway No. 17 (Ogeechee Road); thence westerly along northerly right-of-way of U.S. Highway 17 (Ogeechee Road) to point of beginning. The above-described parcel is generally bounded as follows: On the North by the southerly right-of-way line of Interstate No. 16 (City of Savannah limits); on the East by the city limits of Savannah; on the South by the northerly right-of-way line of U.S. Highway 17 (Ogeechee Road); and on the West generally by properties now or formerly belonging to Hassell, Ubele, Sapp, Bacon, Hassell, Redding, Shuman, Hodge, Shuman, Hadden, Lee, Silk Hope Community Club, Inc., and Constantine. SECTION 2 . This Act shall become effective on January 1, 1999. SECTION 3 . All laws and parts of laws in conflict with this Act are repealed.

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Mayor and Aldermen of the City of Savannah so as to change the corporation limits of said City and for other purposes. This 28th day of January, 1998. James B. Blackburn City Attorney GEORGIA, FULTON COUNTY Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths, Ron Stephens, who on oath deposes and says that he is the Representative from the 150th District and further deposes and says as follows: (1) 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 the following date: January 31, 1998. (2) That the laws requiring notice of local legislation were further complied with in the manner checked below: A copy of the notice of intention was mailed, transmitted by facsimile, or otherwise provided to the governing authority of any county, municipality, or consolidated government whose charter or enabling Act is amended, as required by subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill was requested by resolution or other written notification of the governing authority of the affected county, municipality, or consolidated government and a copy of such resolution or other written notification is attached hereto. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill does not amend the charter of a municipality or the enabling Act of a county or consolidated government or the bill affects a local school system. [UNK] The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill is an annexation bill and a copy of the bill was provided to the county governing authority within which the area proposed to be annexed is located at the time the notice was published, as required by Code Section 28-1-14.1. s/ RON STEPHENS Representative, 150th District Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 12th day of February, 1998.

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s/ TERESA ADKINS Notary Public, Clayton County, Georgia My Commission Expires Jan. 5, 2001 (SEAL) Approved March 6, 1998. MARION COUNTYBOARD OF EDUCATION; COMPENSATION. No. 514 (House Bill No. 1559). AN ACT To change the compensation of the members of the Marion County Board of Education; to provide for the amount of such 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 . The members of the Marion County Board of Education shall be compensated as provided in this Act. Each board member other than the chairperson shall receive a per diem of $100.00 for each day of attendance at meetings of the board and while meeting and traveling within or outside the state as a member of a committee of the board on official business first authorized by a majority of the board, plus reimbursement for actual expenses necessarily incurred in connection therewith. The chairperson of the board shall receive the same per diem and expenses as other members of the board and shall also receive an additional allowance of $200.00 per month. All such amounts shall be paid from local tax funds available to the Marion County School District. SECTION 2 . This Act shall become effective upon the first day of the month following the month in which this Act is approved by the Governor or becomes 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 1998 session of the General Assembly of Georgia a bill to change the compensation of the members of the Marion County Board of Education; to provide for the amount of such compensation; to provide for related matters; to provide an effective date; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes. This 16th day of January, 1998.

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Marion County Board of Education GEORGIA, FULTON COUNTY Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths, Jimmy Skipper, who on oath deposes and says that he is the Representative from the 137th District and further deposes and says as follows: (1) That the attached Notice of Intention to Introduce Local Legislation was published in the Patriot-Citizen which is the official organ of Marion County on the following date: January 21, 1998. (2) That the laws requiring notice of local legislation were further complied with in the manner checked below: A copy of the notice of intention was mailed, transmitted by facsimile, or otherwise provided to the governing authority of any county, municipality, or consolidated government whose charter or enabling Act is amended, as required by subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill was requested by resolution or other written notification of the governing authority of the affected county, municipality, or consolidated government and a copy of such resolution or other written notification is attached hereto. [UNK] The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill does not amend the charter of a municipality or the enabling Act of a county or consolidated government or the bill affects a local school system. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill is an annexation bill and a copy of the bill was provided to the county governing authority within which the area proposed to be annexed is located at the time the notice was published, as required by Code Section 28-1-14.1. s/ JIMMY SKIPPER Representative, 137th District Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 23rd day of January, 1998. s/ TERESA ADKINS Notary Public, Clayton County, Georgia My Commission Expires Jan. 5, 2001 (SEAL) Approved March 10, 1998.

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ROCKDALE COUNTYBOARD OF COMMISSIONERS; VACANCIES. No. 515 (House Bill No. 1721). AN ACT To amend an Act creating a board of commissioners for Rockdale County, approved March 4, 1977 (Ga. L. 1977, p. 2817), as amended, particularly by an Act approved March 22, 1989 (Ga. L. 1989, p. 4059), so as to change the method of filling vacancies; 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 creating a board of commissioners for Rockdale County, approved March 4, 1977 (Ga. L. 1977, p. 2817), as amended, particularly by an Act approved March 22, 1989 (Ga. L. 1989, p. 4059), is amended by striking subsection (b) of Section 5 in its entirety and inserting in lieu thereof a new subsection (b) to read as follows: (b) In the event of a vacancy in the office of chairperson of the board of commissioners or of a commissioner or commissioners, either of whose unexpired term equals or exceeds 365 days, it shall be the duty of the judge of the Probate Court of Rockdale County to petition the Board of Elections of Rockdale county to call, and said board shall call, a special election for the filling of such vacancy or vacancies, which election shall be governed by the provisions of said `Georgia Election Code' relative to special elections for the filling of vacancies. Such special election shall be held not less than 75 days from the date of the creation of the vacancy; provided, however, that if a primary or general election is to be held not less than 75 nor more than 150 days after such call is issued the election shall be conducted on the primary or general election date. It shall be the further duty of the judge of the Probate Court of Rockdale County to appoint within ten days following the vacancy or vacancies an interim chairperson or commissioner or commissioners as appropriate to serve pending the election of a new chairperson or commissioner or commissioners. Said interim appointee(s) shall be subject to the same qualifications, oath, and bond as a duly elected or permanently appointed chairperson or commissioner or commissioners. 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.

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LEGAL NOTICE OF INTENTION TO INTRODUCE LOCAL LEGISLATION Notice is given that there will be introduced at the regular 1998 session of the General Assembly of Georgia a bill to amend an Act creating a board of commissioners for Rockdale County, approved March 4, 1977 (Ga. L. 1977, p. 2817), as amended, particularly by an Act approved March 22, 1989 (Ga. L. 1989, p. 4059), so as to change provisions relating to the method of filling vacancies on said board; and for other purposes. This 6th day of February, 1998. Representative Barbara Jean Bunn 74th District GEORGIA, FULTON COUNTY Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths, Barbara J. Bunn, who on oath deposes and says that she is the Representative from the 74th District and further deposes and says as follows: (1) That the attached Notice of Intention to Introduce Local Legislation was published in the Rockdale Citizen which is the official organ of Rockdale County on the following date: February 12, 1998. (2) That the laws requiring notice of local legislation were further complied with in the manner checked below: A copy of the notice of intention was mailed, transmitted by facsimile, or otherwise provided to the governing authority of any county, municipality, or consolidated government whose charter or enabling Act is amended, as required by subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill was requested by resolution or other written notification of the governing authority of the affected county, municipality, or consolidated government and a copy of such resolution or other written notification is attached hereto. [UNK] The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill does not amend the charter of a municipality or the enabling Act of a county or consolidated government or the bill affects a local school system. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill is an annexation bill and a copy of the bill was provided to the county governing authority within which the area proposed to be annexed is located at the time the notice was published,

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as required by Code Section 28-1-14.1. s/ BARBARA J. BUNN Representative, 74th District Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 18th day of February, 1998. s/ TERESA ADKINS Notary Public, Clayton County, Georgia My Commission Expires Jan. 5, 2001 (SEAL) Approved March 19, 1998. CITY OF HOMELANDCORPORATE LIMITS. No. 516 (House Bill No. 1733). AN ACT To amend an Act creating a new charter for the City of Homeland in Charlton County, approved April 8, 1968 (Ga. L. 1968, p. 2984), as amended, so as to change the corporate limits of the 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 . An Act creating a new charter for the City of Homeland in Charlton County, approved April 8, 1968 (Ga. L. 1968, p. 2984), as amended, is amended by adding after Section 102.1 a new Section 102.2 to read as follows: SECTION 102.2. On and after the effective date of this section, the corporate limits of the City of Homeland shall include the following tracts or parcels of land: PARCEL A: Commencing at the current west Homeland city limits on Paxton Road and continuing westward along that road, taking in the full road right of way width for a distance of 2019 feet, ending at and abutting the current city limits of the City of Folkston. PARCEL B: Commencing at the current north Homeland city limits on the Old Dixie Highway, also known as El Terrace Street, and continuing north along that highway, taking in the full right of way width for a distance of 3,051 feet. PARCEL C: Commencing where the current north Homeland city limits crosses U. S. Highway #1 and continuing north taking in the full

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right of way width of both the north and south bound lanes of said highway for a distance of 2,315 feet on the north lane and 2,075 feet on the south lane, with both ending where said highway crosses the northwest outer boundary line of the 1906 Homeland Colony Company Domains. The aforementioned Colony Company boundary line is shown on Plat 4 of the 1906 Homeland Colony Company Domains lands. PARCEL D: Commencing where the current north Homeland city limits cross U.S. Highway #301 and continuing north along said highway, taking in the full right of way width of both north and south bound lanes for a distance of 7,187 feet, ending where said U. S. Highway #301 crosses the north line of Tract 510, which is also the northern outer boundary line of the 1906 Homeland Colony Company Domains. Said tract #510 is shown on plat one of the said 1906 Homeland Colony Company Domains Land. 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 1998 session of the General Assembly of Georgia a bill to amend an Act creating a new charter for the City of Homeland in Charlton County, approved April 8, 1968 (Ga. L. 1968, p. 2984), as amended; and for other purposes. This 11th day of February 1998. Charlie Smith Jr. Representative, District 175 GEORGIA, FULTON COUNTY Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths, Charlie Smith, Jr., who on oath deposes and says that he is the Representative from the 175th District and further deposes and says as follows: (1) That the attached Notice of Intention to Introduce Local Legislation was published in the Charlton County Herald which is the official organ of Charlton County on the following date: February 11, 1998. (2) That the laws requiring notice of local legislation were further complied with in the manner checked below: [UNK] A copy of the notice of intention was mailed, transmitted by facsimile, or otherwise provided to the governing authority of any county, municipality,

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or consolidated government whose charter or enabling Act is amended, as required by subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill was requested by resolution or other written notification of the governing authority of the affected county, municipality, or consolidated government and a copy of such resolution or other written notification is attached hereto. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill does not amend the charter of a municipality or the enabling Act of a county or consolidated government or the bill affects a local school system. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill is an annexation bill and a copy of the bill was provided to the county governing authority within which the area proposed to be annexed is located at the time the notice was published, as required by Code Section 28-1-14.1. s/ CHARLIE SMITH, JR. Representative, 175th District Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 17th day of February, 1998. s/ TERESA ADKINS Notary Public, Clayton County, Georgia My Commission Expires Jan. 5, 2001 (SEAL) Approved March 19, 1998. CITY OF FOLKSTONCORPORATE LIMITS. No. 517 (House Bill No. 1732). AN ACT To amend an Act providing a new charter for the City of Folkston in Charlton County, approved April 11, 1979 (Ga. L. 1979, p. 4390), as amended, so as to change the corporate limits of the 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 . An Act providing a new charter for the City of Folkston in Charlton County, approved April 11, 1979 (Ga. L. 1979, p. 4390), as amended, is amended by adding at the end of Section 1.11 a new subsection (d) to read as follows:

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(d) On and after the effective date of this subsection the following tracts or parcels of land shall be included within the corporate limits of the City of Folkston and shall be a part of the city: TRACT ONE All that tract or parcel of land lying and being in the 32nd G. M. District of Charlton County, Georgia, more particularly described as follows: begin at the point which is the intersection of the corporate city limit of Folkston, Georgia with the eastern boundary of the right-of-way of Georgia Highway No. 252, and from said POINT OF BEGINNING proceed along the said boundary of the right-of-way in a northeasterly direction a distance of 16,875 feet, more or less, to a point which is designated X= 320 214.4536 and Y= 715 661.9672 according to the Georgia Coordinate System, then proceed south 78 degrees 35 minutes 39 seconds west a distance of 130 feet, more or less, to a point along the western boundary of the right-of-way of the said Georgia Highway No. 252, then proceed along the said western boundary of the right-of-way of Georgia Highway No. 252 a distance of 16,875 feet, more or less, to the point which is the intersection of the said western boundary of the right-of-way with the corporate city limit of Folkston, Georgia, then proceed in an easterly direction along the boundary of said corporate city limit across the said Georgia Highway No. 252 back to the said POINT OF BEGINNING. TRACT TWO All that tract or parcel of land lying and being in 32nd G. M. District of Charlton County, Georgia, more particularly described with reference to that certain plat prepared by Henry Associates, and approved by Leonard E. Henry, G.R.L.S., dated June 16, 1997, and last revised on November 16, 1997, being Page 3 of 3 Pages of that certain annexation survey for the City of Folkston as recorded with the land records of the Clerk for the Charlton County Superior Court in Folkston, Georgia in Plat Book A ,Page 27-AAA; begin at the point which is designated X= 320 214.4536 and Y= 715 661.9672 according to the GA. East Zone Coordinates, and from said POINT OF BEGINNING proceed north 78 degrees 35 minutes 39 seconds east a distance of 95.68 feet to a point, then proceed south 11 degrees 24 minutes 21 seconds east a distance of 2,687.58 feet to a point, then proceed south 78 degrees 33 minutes 23 seconds west a distance of 673.33 feet to a point, then proceed south 11 degrees 25 minutes 26 seconds east a distance of 671.42 feet to a point, then proceed south 11 degrees 23 minutes 57 seconds east a distance of 60.58 feet to a point, then proceed south 78 degrees 26 minutes 03 seconds west a distance of 2,224.98 feet to a point along the eastern boundary of the right-of-way of Georgia Hwy. 252, then proceed along the said right-of-way north 27 degrees 55 minutes 41 seconds east a distance of 77.57 feet to a point, then proceed north 78 degrees 36 minutes 03 seconds east a distance

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of 829.48 feet to a point, then proceed north 11 degrees 23 minutes 19 seconds west a distance of 1,012.67 feet to a point along the said eastern boundary of the right-of-way of Georgia Hwy. 252, then continue along the said right-of-way north 27 degrees 55 minutes 41 seconds east a distance of 3,034.65 feet back to the said POINT OF BEGINNING; said tract or parcel containing 96.57 acres, according to said plat. Reference is made to the aforesaid plat for descriptive and all other legal purposes. TRACT THREE All that tract or parcel of land lying and being in the 32nd G. M. District of Charlton County, Georgia, more particularly described as follows: begin at the point which is the intersection of the southern corporate city limit of Folkston, Georgia with the eastern boundary of the right-of-way of Georgia Highway No. 121, and from said POINT OF BEGINNING proceed along the said eastern boundary of the right-of-way of Georgia Highway No. 121 in a southerly direction a distance of 2,900 feet, more or less, to a point which is intersection of the said eastern boundary of the right-of-way of Georgia Highway No. 121 with the southern boundary of the right-of-way of Little Phebe Church Road, then proceed along the same course as the said southern boundary of the right-of-way of Little Phebe Church Road in a westerly direction across the said Georgia Highway No. 121 to a point in the western boundary of the right-of-way of Georgia Highway No. 121, then proceed along the said western boundary of the right-of-way of Georgia Highway No. 121 in a northerly direction a distance of 2,900 feet, more or less, to the point which is the intersection of the said western boundary of the right-of-way of Georgia Highway No. 121 with the southern corporate city limit of Folkston, Georgia, then proceed in an easterly direction along the boundary of the said corporate city limit across the said Georgia Highway No. 121 back to the said POINT OF BEGINNING. TRACT FOUR All that tract or parcel of land lying and being in the 32nd G. M. District of Charlton County, Georgia, more particularly described as follows: begin at the point which is the intersection of the corporate city limit of Folkston, Georgia with the northern boundary of the right-of-way of Georgia Highway No. 40, and from said POINT OF BEGINNING proceed along the said northern boundary of the right-of-way of Georgia Highway No. 40 in an easterly direction a distance of 5,810 feet, more or less, to a point which is intersection of the said northern boundary of the right-of-way of Georgia Highway No. 40 with the eastern boundary of the right-of-way of Reynolds Road, then proceed along the same course as the said eastern boundary of the right-of-way of Reynolds Road in a southerly direction across the said Georgia Highway No. 40 to a point in the southern

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boundary of the right-of-way of Georgia Highway No. 40, then proceed along the said southern boundary of the right-of-way of Georgia Highway No. 40 in a westerly direction a distance of 5,810 feet, more or less, to the point which is the intersection of the said southern boundary of the right-of-way of Georgia Highway No. 40 with the corporate city limit of Folkston, Georgia, then proceed in a northern direction along the boundary of the said corporate city limit across the said Georgia Highway No. 40 back to the said POINT OF BEGINNING. TRACT FIVE All that tract or parcel of land lying and being in the 32nd G. M. District of Charlton County, Georgia, more particularly described as follows: begin at the point which is the intersection of the southern corporate city limit of Folkston, Georgia with the eastern boundary of the right-of-way of U. S. Highway Nos. 1 and 301 (a/k/a Georgia Highway No. 4), and from said POINT OF BEGINNING proceed along the said eastern boundary of the right-of-way of U.S. Highway Nos. 1 and 301 in a southerly direction a distance of 3,345 feet, more or less, to a point which is intersection of the said eastern boundary of the right-of-way of U. S. Highway Nos. 1 and 301 with the eastern boundary of the right-of-way of Old U. S. Highway No. 1 (a/k/a South Third Street), then continue along the said eastern boundary of the right-of-way of U. S. Highway Nos. 1 and 301 in a southerly direction a distance of 605.22 feet to a point, then proceed south 50 degrees 42 minutes 02 seconds west across the said U. S. Highway Nos. 1 and 301 to a point in the western boundary of the right-of-way of U. S. Highway Nos. 1 and 301, then proceed in a northerly direction along the said western boundary of the right-of-way.of U. S. Highway Nos. 1 and 301 a distance of 3,545 feet, more or less, to the point which is the intersection of the said western boundary of the right-of-way of U. S. Highway Nos. 1 and 301 with the southern corporate city limit of Folkston, Georgia, then proceed in an easterly direction along the boundary of the said corporate city limit across the said U. S. Highway Nos. 1 and 301 back to the said POINT OF BEGINNING. 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 1998 session of the General Assembly of Georgia a bill to amend an Act providing a new charter for the City of Folkston in Charlton County, approved April, 11 1979 (Ga. L. 1979, p. 4390), as amended, so as to change the corporate limits of the city; and for other purposes.

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This 11th day of February 1998. Representative Charlie Smith, Jr. District 175 GEORGIA, FULTON COUNTY Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths, Charlie Smith, Jr. who on oath deposes and says that he is the Representative from the 175th District, and further deposes and says as follows: (1) That the attached Notice of Intention to Introduce Local Legislation was published in the Charlton County Herald, which is the offical organ of Charlton County, on the following date: February 11, 1998. (2) That the laws requiring notice of local legislation were further complied with in the manner checked below: [UNK] A copy of the notice of intention was mailed, transmitted by facsimile, or otherwise provided to the governing authority of any county, municipality, or consolidated government whose charter or enabling Act is amended, as required by subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill was requested by resolution or other written notification of the governing authority of the affected county, municipality, or consolidated government and a copy of such resolution or other written notification is attached hereto. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill does not amend the charter of a municipality or the enabling Act of a county or consolidated government or the bill affects a local school system. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill is an annexation bill and a copy of the bill was provided to the county governing authority within which the area proposed to be annexed is located at the time the notice was published, as required by Code Section 28-1-14.1. s/ CHARLIE SMITH, JR. Representative, 175th District Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 17th day of February, 1998. s/ TERESA ADKINS Notary Public, Clayton County, Georgia My Commission Expires Jan. 5, 2001 (SEAL) Approved March 19, 1998.

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BARROW COUNTYHOMESTEAD EXEMPTION; SCHOOL DISTRICT TAXES; REFERENDUM. No. 541 (House Bill No. 985). AN ACT To provide a homestead exemption from Barrow County School District ad valorem taxes for educational purposes in the amount of $20,000.00 of the assessed value of the homestead for certain residents of that school district who have annual incomes not exceeding $20,000.00 and who are 62 years of age or over; to provide for definitions; to specify the terms and conditions of the exemption and the procedures relating thereto; to provide for the specific repeal of an Act approved March 10, 1988 (Ga. L. 1988, p. 3674), relating to a homestead exemption for such school district; 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 . For purposes of this Act, the term: (1) Ad valorem taxes for educational purposes means all ad valorem taxes for educational purposes levied by, for, or on behalf of the Barrow County School District, including, but not limited to, taxes to pay interest on and to retire school bond indebtedness. (2) Homestead means homestead as defined and qualified in Code Section 48-5-40 of the O.C.G.A. (3) Income means net income, as defined by Georgia law, from all sources. For the purposes of this Act, net income shall not include income received as retirement, survivor, or disability benefits under the federal Social Security Act or under any other public or private retirement, disability, or pension system, except such income which is in excess of the maximum amount authorized to be paid to an individual and such individual's spouse under the federal Social Security Act, and income from such sources in excess of such maximum amount shall be included as net income for the purposes of this Act. (4) Senior citizen means a person who is 62 years of age or over on or before January 1 of the year in which application for the exemption under this Act is made.

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SECTION 2 . (a) Each resident of the Barrow County School District who is a senior citizen is granted an exemption on that person's homestead from all Barrow County School District ad valorem taxes for educational purposes in the amount of $20,000.00 of the assessed value of that homestead, if that person's income, together with the income of the spouse of such person who resides within such homestead, does not exceed $20,000.00 for the immediately preceding taxable year. The value of that property in excess of such exempted amount shall remain subject to taxation. (b) A person shall not receive the homestead exemption granted by subsection (a) of this section unless the person or person's agent files an affidavit with the tax commissioner of Barrow County giving the person's age, the amount of income which the person and the person's spouse residing within such homestead received during the last taxable year, and such additional information relative to receiving such exemption as will enable the tax commissioner to make a determination as to whether such owner is entitled to such exemption. The tax commissioner shall provide affidavit forms for this purpose. SECTION 3 . The tax commissioner of Barrow County or the designee thereof shall provide application forms for the exemption granted by this Act and shall require such information as may be necessary to determine the initial and continuing eligibility of the owner for the exemption. SECTION 4 . The exemption shall be claimed and returned as provided in Code Section 48-5-50.1 of the O.C.G.A. The exemption shall be automatically renewed from year to year as long as the owner occupies the residence as a homestead. After a person has filed the proper affidavit as provided in subsection (b) of Section 2 of this Act, it shall not be necessary to make application and file such affidavit 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 or the designee thereof in the event that person for any reason becomes ineligible for that exemption. Any person who, as of January 1, 1999, has applied for and is eligible for the homestead exemption from Barrow County School District ad valorem taxes for educational purposes pursuant to an Act approved March 10, 1988 (Ga. L. 1988, p. 3674), shall be eligible for the exemption granted by this Act without further application if that person has applied for and been eligible for the immediately preceding year for such exemption. SECTION 5 . The exemption granted by this Act shall not apply to or affect any state taxes, municipal taxes, or Barrow County taxes for county purposes. The

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homestead exemption granted by this Act shall be in lieu of and not in addition to any other homestead exemption applicable to Barrow County School District ad valorem taxes for educational purposes. SECTION 6 . The exemption granted by this Act shall apply to all taxable years beginning on or after January 1, 1999. SECTION 7 . If this Act is approved in the referendum provided for in Section 8 of this Act, an Act providing a homestead exemption from Barrow County School District ad valorem taxes for educational purposes, approved March 10, 1988 (Ga. L. 1988, p. 3674), is repealed effective at the last moment of December 31, 1998. SECTION 8 . Unless prohibited by the federal Voting Rights Act of 1965, as amended, 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 the Barrow County School District for approval or rejection. The election superintendent shall conduct that election on the date of the 1998 general primary 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 Barrow County. The ballot shall have written or printed thereon the words: () YES () NO Shall the Act be approved which provides a homestead exemption from Barrow County School District ad valorem taxes for educational purposes in the amount of $20,000.00 of the assessed value of the homestead for residents of that school district who are 62 years of age or over and who have annual incomes not exceeding $20,000.00 and which repeals the current local law provisions? 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, Sections 1 through 7 shall become of full force and effect on January 1, 1999. If the Act is not so approved or if the election is not conducted as provided in this section, Sections 1 through 7 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 Barrow County. It shall be the election superintendent's duty to certify the result thereof to the Secretary of State.

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SECTION 9 . Except as otherwise provided in Section 8 of this Act, this Act shall become effective upon its approval by the Governor or upon its becoming law without such approval. 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 1997 session of the General Assembly of Georgia a bill to provide homestead exemptions from Barrow County School District ad valorem taxes for educational purposes for certain residents of such school district; and for other purposes. This 26th day of February, 1997. -s- Warren Massey Representative Warren Massey 86th District GEORGIA, FULTON COUNTY Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths, Warren Massey, who on oath deposes and says that he is the Representative from the 86th District and further deposes and says as follows: (1) That the attached Notice of Intention to Introduce Local Legislation was published in the Barrow Eagle which is the official organ of Barrow County on the following date: March 5, 1997. (2) That the laws requiring notice of local legislation were further complied with in the manner checked below: A copy of the notice of intention was mailed, transmitted by facsimile, or otherwise provided to the governing authority of any county, municipality, or consolidated government whose charter or enabling Act is amended, as required by subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill was requested by resolution or other written notification of the governing authority of the affected county, municipality, or consolidated government and a copy of such resolution or other written notification is attached hereto. [UNK] The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill does not amend the charter of a

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municipality or the enabling Act of a county or consolidated government or the bill affects a local school system. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill is an annexation bill and a copy of the bill was provided to the county governing authority within which the area proposed to be annexed is located at the time the notice was published, as required by Code Section 28-1-14.1. s/ WARREN MASSEY Representative, 86th District Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 12th day of March, 1997. s/ TERESA ADKINS Notary Public, Clayton County, Georgia My Commission Expires Jan. 5, 2001 (SEAL) Approved March 27, 1998. MADISON COUNTYBOARD OF COMMISSIONERS; MANDATORY RETIREMENT OF EMPLOYEES; REPEAL. No. 542 (House Bill No. 1017). AN ACT To amend an Act establishing the board of commissioners of Madison County, approved March 27, 1965 (Ga. L. 1965, p. 2667), as amended, particularly by an Act approved March 28, 1985 (Ga. L. 1985, p. 4802), so as to eliminate a provision relating to mandatory retirement of county employees; 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 establishing the board of commissioners of Madison County, approved March 27, 1965 (Ga. L. 1965, p. 2667), as amended, particularly by an Act approved March 28, 1985 (Ga. L. 1985, p. 4802), is amended by striking in its entirety Section 24, relating to mandatory retirement, and inserting in lieu thereof the following: SECTION 24. Reserved.

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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. 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 1997 session of the General Assembly of Georgia a bill to amend an Act establishing the Board of commissioners of Madison County, approved March 27, 1965 (Ga. L. 1965, p. 2667), as amended, particularly by an Act approved March 28, 1985 (Ga. L. 1985, p. 4802), an Act approved March 24, 1988 (Ga. L. 1988, p. 4692), and an Act approved March 24, 1988 (Ga. L. 1988, p. 4775), so as to allow the board to change the day for meetings of the board; to eliminate a provision relating to replacement of motor vehicles furnished to the chairperson of the board of commissioners and the foreman of the county public works, to eliminate certain provision relating to purchasing to eliminate the vote to the chairperson; except to break a tie vote; to eliminate a provision requiring Saturday hours of operation for county offices during a portion of the year; to eliminate a provision relating to mandatory retirement of county employees, to provide for related matters; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes. This 3rd day of March, 1997. Ralph T. Hudgens Representative 24th District GEORGIA, FULTON COUNTY Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths, Ralph T. Hudgens, who on oath deposes and says that he is the Representative from the 24th District and further deposes and says as follows: (1) That the attached Notice of Intention to Introduce Local Legislation was published in the Danielsville Monitor which is the official organ of Madison County on the following date: March 7, 1997. (2) That the laws requiring notice of local legislation were further complied with in the manner checked below: [UNK] A copy of the notice of intention was mailed, transmitted by facsimile, or otherwise provided to the governing authority of any county, municipality, or consolidated government whose charter or enabling Act is amended, as required by subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14.

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The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill was requested by resolution or other written notification of the governing authority of the affected county, municipality, or consolidated government and a copy of such resolution or other written notification is attached hereto. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill does not amend the charter of a municipality or the enabling Act of a county or consolidated government or the bill affects a local school system. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill is an annexation bill and a copy of the bill was provided to the county governing authority within which the area proposed to be annexed is located at the time the notice was published, as required by Code Section 28-1-14.1. s/ RALPH T. HUDGENS Representative, 24th District Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 14th day of March, 1997. s/ Teresa Adkins Notary Public, Clayton County, Georgia My Commission Expires Jan. 5, 2001. (SEAL) Approved March 27, 1998. CITY OF SAVANNAHCITY MANAGER; RECORDER'S COURT OF CHATHAM COUNTY; DIRECTOR. No. 543 (House Bill No. 1031). AN ACT To amend the several Acts relating to and incorporating the Mayor and Aldermen of the City of Savannah, so as to change the provisions relating to the authority and jurisdiction of the City Manager of the City of Savannah; to provide for the supervision of and certain duties to be performed by the director of the Recorder's Court of Chatham County; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes. BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF GEORGIA: SECTION 1 . The several Acts relating to and incorporating the Mayor and Aldermen of the City of Savannah are amended by striking subsection (a) of Section

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3-109 of the Charter and inserting in lieu thereof a new subsection (a) to read as follows: (a) Except for the director of the Recorder's Court who shall be under the supervision of the chief judge of said court and who shall report to the chief judge or his or her designee, the City Manager shall have jurisdiction over and power to appoint to serve during his or her pleasure, to remove when he or she deems it in the best interest of the City, and to fix the compensation for the following officers, heads of departments, and functionaries of the City, all of whom shall be in the unclassified service of the City: (1) The clerical staff secretaries and assistants of the City Manager; (2) Assistant City Manager; (3) Heads of the departments or bureaus of the City; (4) Functionaries having fiduciary responsibilities, construction codes and related code enforcement powers, sanitation and fire code enforcement powers, and zoning code enforcement powers; (5) Other functionaries or positions as may from time to time be designated by ordinance. 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 1997 session of the General Assembly of Georgia a bill to amend the charter of the Mayor and Alderman of the City of Savannah to change the provisions relating to the authority of the city manager to provide for the supervision of and certain duties to be performed by the director of the Recorders Court of Chatham County; and for other purposes. This 4th day of March, 1997. TOM BORDEAUX Representative 151st District GEORGIA, FULTON COUNTY Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths, Tom Bordeaux, who on oath deposes and says that he is the Representative from the 151st District and further deposes and says as follows:

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(1) 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 the following date: March 7, 1997. (2) That the laws requiring notice of local legislation were further complied with in the manner checked below: [UNK] A copy of the notice of intention was mailed, transmitted by facsimile, or otherwise provided to the governing authority of any county, municipality, or consolidated government whose charter or enabling Act is amended, as required by subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill was requested by resolution or other written notification of the governing authority of the affected county, municipality, or consolidated government and a copy of such resolution or other written notification is attached hereto. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill does not amend the charter of a municipality or the enabling Act of a county or consolidated government or the bill affects a local school system. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill is an annexation bill and a copy of the bill was provided to the county governing authority within which the area proposed to be annexed is located at the time the notice was published, as required by Code Section 28-1-14.1. s/ THOMAS C. BORDEAUX Representative, 151st District Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 7th day of March, 1997. s/ TERESA ADKINS Notary Public, Clayton County, Georgia My Commission Expires Jan. 5, 2001 (SEAL) Approved March 27, 1998. CHATHAM COUNTYRECORDER'S COURT; DIRECTOR; SUPERVISION BY CHIEF JUDGE. No. 544 (House Bill No. 1032). AN ACT To amend an Act providing for a chief judge of the Recorder's Court of Chatham County, approved March 31, 1987 (Ga. L. 1987, p. 5156), as

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amended, so as to provide that the chief judge shall be responsible for the supervision of the director of the recorder's court and the director shall report to the chief judge or his or her designee; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes. BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF GEORGIA: SECTION 1 . An Act providing for a chief judge of the Recorder's Court of Chatham County, approved March 31, 1987 (Ga. L. 1987, p. 5156), as amended, is amended by striking Section 1 of said Act and inserting in lieu thereof a new Section 1 to read as follows: SECTION 1. The judge of the Recorder's Court of Chatham County, Georgia, who has served for the longest period of continuous time as recorder's court judge shall be designated as the chief judge of the recorder's court. The chief judge shall be responsible for the supervision of the court personnel, including the director of the recorder's court as such position is created within the government of the City of Savannah, and all employees of the court, including the director, shall report to the chief judge or his or her designee. SECTION 2 . 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 introduced at the regular 1997 session of the General Assembly of Georgia a bill to amend an Act providing for a chief judge of the Recorders' Court of Chatham County, approved March 21, 1997, (Ga. L. 1997, p. 5186) as amended; and for other purposes. This 4th day of March, 1997. TOM BORDEAUX Representative 151st District GEORGIA, FULTON COUNTY Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths, Tom Bordeaux, who on oath deposes and says that he is the Representative from the 151st District and further deposes and says as follows: (1) 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 the following date: March 7, 1997.

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(2) That the laws requiring notice of local legislation were further complied with in the manner checked below: A copy of the notice of intention was mailed, transmitted by facsimile, or otherwise provided to the governing authority of any county, municipality, or consolidated government whose charter or enabling Act is amended, as required by subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill was requested by resolution or other written notification of the governing authority of the affected county, municipality, or consolidated government and a copy of such resolution or other written notification is attached hereto. [UNK] The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill does not amend the charter of a municipality or the enabling Act of a county or consolidated government or the bill affects a local school system. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill is an annexation bill and a copy of the bill was provided to the county governing authority within which the area proposed to be annexed is located at the time the notice was published, as required by Code Section 28-1-14.1. s/ THOMAS C. BORDEAUX Representative, 151st District Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 7th day of March, 1997. s/ TERESA ADKINS Notary Public, Clayton County, Georgia My Commission Expires Jan. 5, 2001 (SEAL) Approved March 27, 1998. MERIWETHER COUNTYBOARD OF EDUCATION; PER DIEM ALLOWANCE. No. 551 (House Bill No. 1181). AN ACT To amend an Act reconstituting the Meriwether County Board of Education, approved March 28, 1985 (Ga. L. 1985, p. 4611), as amended by an Act approved April 5, 1993 (Ga. L. 1993, p. 4295), so as to provide a per diem allowance for the members of such board; to provide for related matters; to provide an effective date; 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 reconstituting the Meriwether County Board of Education, approved March 28, 1985 (Ga. L. 1985, p. 4611), as amended by an Act approved April 5, 1993 (Ga. L. 1993, p. 4295), is amended by adding between Section 3 and Section 4 a new section to read as follows: SECTION 3.1. The members of the board of education shall, when approved by the board, receive a per diem of $100.00 for each day of attendance at meetings of the board and while meeting and traveling within or outside the state as a member of a committee of the board on official business first authorized by a majority of the board, plus reimbursement for actual expenses necessarily incurred in connection therewith. SECTION 2 . This Act shall become effective on January 1, 1999. 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 1998 session of the General Assembly of Georgia a bill to amend an Act reconstituting the Meriwether County Board of Education, approved March 28, 1985 (Ga. L. 1985, p. 4611), as amended, so as to provide a per diem allowance for the members of such board; and for other purposes. This 18th day of December, 1997. Carl Von Epps Representative 131st District GEORGIA, FULTON COUNTY Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths, Carl Von Epps, who on oath deposes and says that he is the Representative from the 131st District and further deposes and says as follows: (1) That the attached Notice of Intention to Introduce Local Legislation was published in the Meriwether Vindicator which is the official organ of Meriwether County on the following date: December 18, 1997. (2) That the laws requiring notice of local legislation were further complied with in the manner checked below:

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A copy of the notice of intention was mailed, transmitted by facsimile, or otherwise provided to the governing authority of any county, municipality, or consolidated government whose charter or enabling Act is amended, as required by subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill was requested by resolution or other written notification of the governing authority of the affected county, municipality, or consolidated government and a copy of such resolution or other written notification is attached hereto. [UNK] The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill does not amend the charter of a municipality or the enabling Act of a county or consolidated government or the bill affects a local school system. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill is an annexation bill and a copy of the bill was provided to the county governing authority within which the area proposed to be annexed is located at the time the notice was published, as required by Code Section 28-1-14.1. s/ CARL VON EPPS Representative, 131st District Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 12th day of January, 1998. s/ TERESA ADKINS Notary Public, Clayton County, Georgia My Commission Expires Jan. 5, 2001 (SEAL) Approved March 27, 1998. METROPOLITAN ATLANTA RAPID TRANSIT AUTHORITYINVESTMENT OF RESERVE FUNDS. No. 561 (House Bill No. 1219). 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 authorize the investment of certain reserve funds in additional investments; to provide for 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 known as the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority Act of 1965, approved March 10, 1965 (Ga. L. 1965, p. 2243), as amended, is amended by adding the following at the end of subsection (u) of Section 10: Funds held for purposes other than debt retirement may, in addition or alternatively, be invested in any other obligation or financial instrument in which local governments are authorized to invest under Code Section 36-80-3 or paragraph (1) of subsection (a) of Code Section 36-83-4 of the O.C.G.A., as amended, including the local government investment pool established by Code Section 36-83-8 of the O.C.G.A., as amended., so that when so amended the said subsection (u) shall read as follows: (u) The Authority may invest and reinvest any idle monies, including funds held in reserve or debt retirement funds not required for immediate disbursement, in bonds or notes of the United States or unconditionally guaranteed by the United States or in bonds or notes of the State of Georgia or unconditionally guaranteed by the State of Georgia or in bonds, notes, or other obligations of any corporation, agency, or instrumentality of the United States government, and reconvert same when their proceeds are necessary for disbursement. Funds held for purposes other than debt retirement may, in addition or alternatively, be invested in any other obligation or financial instrument in which local governments are authorized to invest under Code Section 36-80-3 or paragraph (1) of subsection (a) of Code Section 36-83-4 of the O.C.G.A., as amended, including the local government investment pool established by Code Section 36-83-8 of the O.C.G.A., as amended. 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 1998 session of the General Assembly a bill to amend the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority Act of 1965, approved March 10, 1965 (Ga. L. 1965, p. 2243), as amended, so as to authorize the investment of certain reserve funds in additional investments; to repeal conflicting laws; and to provide an effective date. This 4th day of December, 1997.

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GEORGIA, FULTON COUNTY Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths, Richard Royal, who on oath deposes and says that he is the Representative from the 164th District and further deposes and says as follows: (1) 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 the following date: December 12, 1997. (2) That the laws requiring notice of local legislation were further complied with in the manner checked below: A copy of the notice of intention was mailed, transmitted by facsimile, or otherwise provided to the governing authority of any county, municipality, or consolidated government whose charter or enabling Act is amended, as required by subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill was requested by resolution or other written notification of the governing authority of the affected county, municipality, or consolidated government and a copy of such resolution or other written notification is attached hereto. [UNK] The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill does not amend the charter of a municipality or the enabling Act of a county or consolidated government or the bill affects a local school system. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill is an annexation bill and a copy of the bill was provided to the county governing authority within which the area proposed to be annexed is located at the time the notice was published, as required by Code Section 28-1-14.1. s/ A. RICHARD ROYAL Representative, 164th District Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 13th day of January, 1998. s/ TERESA ADKINS Notary Public, Clayton County, Georgia My Commission Expires Jan. 5, 2001 (SEAL) MISCELLANEOUS NOTICE OF INTENTION TO INTRODUCE LOCAL LEGISLATION Notice is given that there will be introduced at the regular 1998 session of the General Assembly a bill to amend the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid

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Transit Authority Act of 1965, approved March 10, 1965 (Ga. L. 1965, p. 2243), as amended, so as to authorize the investment of certain reserve funds in additional investments; to repeal conflicting laws; and to provide an effective date. This 4th day of December, 1997. GEORGIA, FULTON COUNTY Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths, Richard Royal, who on oath deposes and says that he is the Representative from the 164th District and further deposes and says as follows: (1) That the attached Notice of Intention to Introduce Local Legislation was published in the Clayton News/Daily which is the official organ of Clayton County on the following date: December 12, 1997. (2) That the laws requiring notice of local legislation were further complied with in the manner checked below: A copy of the notice of intention was mailed, transmitted by facsimile, or otherwise provided to the governing authority of any county, municipality, or consolidated government whose charter or enabling Act is amended, as required by subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill was requested by resolution or other written notification of the governing authority of the affected county, municipality, or consolidated government and a copy of such resolution or other written notification is attached hereto. [UNK] The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill does not amend the charter of a municipality or the enabling Act of a county or consolidated government or the bill affects a local school system. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill is an annexation bill and a copy of the bill was provided to the county governing authority within which the area proposed to be annexed is located at the time the notice was published, as required by Code Section 28-1-14.1. s/ A. RICHARD ROYAL Representative, 164th District Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 13th day of January, 1998.

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s/ TERESA ADKINS Notary Public, Clayton County, Georgia My Commission Expires Jan. 5, 2001 (SEAL) NOTICE OF INTENTION TO INTRODUCE LOCAL LEGISLATION Notice is given that there will be introduced at the regular 1998 session of the General Assembly a bill to amend the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority Act of 1965, approved March 10, 1965 (ga. L. 1965, p. 2243), as amended, so as to authorize the investment of certain reserve funds in additional investments; to repeal conflicting laws; and to provide an effective date. This 4th day of December, 1997. GEORGIA, FULTON COUNTY Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths, Richard Royal, who on oath deposes and says that he is the Representative from the 164th District and further deposes and says as follows: (1) That the attached Notice of Intention to Introduce Local Legislation was published in the Fulton County Daily Report which is the official organ of Fulton County on the following date: December 8, 1997. (2) That the laws requiring notice of local legislation were further complied with in the manner checked below: A copy of the notice of intention was mailed, transmitted by facsimile, or otherwise provided to the governing authority of any county, municipality, or consolidated government whose charter or enabling Act is amended, as required by subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill was requested by resolution or other written notification of the governing authority of the affected county, municipality, or consolidated government and a copy of such resolution or other written notification is attached hereto. [UNK] The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill does not amend the charter of a municipality or the enabling Act of a county or consolidated government or the bill affects a local school system. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill is an annexation bill and a copy of the bill was provided to the county governing authority within which the area proposed to be annexed is located at the time the notice was published, as required by Code Section 28-1-14.1.

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s/ A. RICHARD ROYAL Representative, 164th District Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 13th day of January, 1998. s/ TERESA ADKINS Notary Public, Clayton County, Georgia My Commission Expires Jan. 5, 2001 (SEAL) NOTICE OF INTENTION TO INTRODUCE LOCAL LEGISLATION Notice is given that there will be introduced at the regular 1998 session of the General Assembly a bill to amend the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority Act of 1965, approved March 10, 1965 (Ga. L. 1965, p. 2243), as amended, so as to authorize the investment of certain reserve funds in additional investments; to repeal conflicting laws; and to provide an effective date. This 4th day of December, 1997. GEORGIA, FULTON COUNTY Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths, Richard Royal, who on oath deposes and says that he is the Representative from the 164th District and further deposes and says as follows: (1) That the attached Notice of Intention to Introduce Local Legislation was published in the Champion which is the official organ of DeKalb County on the following date: December 11, 1997. (2) That the laws requiring notice of local legislation were further complied with in the manner checked below: A copy of the notice of intention was mailed, transmitted by facsimile, or otherwise provided to the governing authority of any county, municipality, or consolidated government whose charter or enabling Act is amended, as required by subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill was requested by resolution or other written notification of the governing authority of the affected county, municipality, or consolidated government and a copy of such resolution or other written notification is attached hereto. [UNK] The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill does not amend the charter of a

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municipality or the enabling Act of a county or consolidated government or the bill affects a local school system. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill is an annexation bill and a copy of the bill was provided to the county governing authority within which the area proposed to be annexed is located at the time the notice was published, as required by Code Section 28-1-14.1. s/ A. RICHARD ROYAL Representative, 164th District Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 13th day of January, 1998. s/ TERESA ADKINS Notary Public, Clayton County, Georgia My Commission Expires Jan. 5, 2001 (SEAL) NOTICE OF INTENTION TO INTRODUCE LOCAL LEGISLATION Notice is given that there will be introduced at the regular 1998 session of the General Assembly a bill to amend the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority Act of 1965, approved March 10, 1965 (Ga. L. 1965, p. 2243), as amended, so as to authorize the investment of certain reserve funds in additional investments; to repeal conflicting laws; and to provide an effective date. This 4th day of December, 1997. GEORGIA, FULTON COUNTY Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths, Richard Royal, who on oath deposes and says that he is the Representative from the 164th District and further deposes and says as follows: (1) 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 the following date: December 6, 1997. (2) That the laws requiring notice of local legislation were further complied with in the manner checked below: A copy of the notice of intention was mailed, transmitted by facsimile, or otherwise provided to the governing authority of any county, municipality, or consolidated government whose charter or enabling Act is amended, as required by subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill was requested by resolution or other

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written notification of the governing authority of the affected county, municipality, or consolidated government and a copy of such resolution or other written notification is attached hereto. [UNK] The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill does not amend the charter of a municipality or the enabling Act of a county or consolidated government or the bill affects a local school system. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill is an annexation bill and a copy of the bill was provided to the county governing authority within which the area proposed to be annexed is located at the time the notice was published, as required by Code Section 28-1-14.1. s/ A. RICHARD ROYAL Representative, 164th District Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 13th day of January, 1998. s/ TERESA ADKINS Notary Public, Clayton County, Georgia My Commission Expires Jan. 5, 2001 (SEAL) Approved March 27, 1998. OCONEE COUNTYHOMESTEAD EXEMPTION; SCHOOL DISTRICT TAXES; REFERENDUM. No. 569 (House Bill No. 1334). AN ACT To provide a homestead exemption from Oconee County School District ad valorem taxes for educational purposes in the amount of $10,000.00 of the assessed value of the homestead for the taxable year beginning on January 1, 1999, and $15,000.00 of the assessed value of the homestead for taxable years beginning on or after January 1, 2000, for certain residents of that school district who have annual incomes not exceeding $15,000.00 and who are 65 years of age or over; 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 . For purposes of this Act, the term:

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(1) Ad valorem taxes for educational purposes means all ad valorem taxes for educational purposes levied by, for, or on behalf of the Oconee County School District, including, but not limited to, taxes to pay interest on and to retire school bond indebtedness. (2) Homestead means homestead as defined and qualified in Code Section 48-5-40 of the O.C.G.A. (3) Income means net income, as defined by Georgia law, from all sources, except that net income shall not include income received as retirement, survivor, or disability benefits under the federal Social Security Act or under any other public or private retirement, disability, or pension system, except such income which is in excess of the maximum amount authorized to be paid to an individual and such individual's spouse under the federal Social Security Act, and income from all sources in excess of such maximum amount shall be included as net income for the purposes of this paragraph. (4) Senior citizen means a person who is 65 years of age or over on or before January 1 of the year in which application for the exemption under this Act is made. SECTION 2 . (a) Each resident of the Oconee County School District who is a senior citizen is granted an exemption on that person's homestead from all Oconee County School District ad valorem taxes for educational purposes in the amount of $10,000.00 of the assessed value of the homestead for the taxable year beginning on January 1, 1999, and $15,000.00 of the assessed value of the homestead for taxable years beginning on or after January 1, 2000, if that person's income, together with the income of the spouse of such person who resides within such homestead, does not exceed $15,000.00 for the immediately preceding taxable year. The value of that property in excess of such exempted amount shall remain subject to taxation. (b) A person shall not receive the homestead exemption granted by subsection (a) of this section unless the person or the person's agent files an affidavit with the tax commissioner of Oconee County giving the person's age, the amount of gross income which the person and the person's spouse residing within such homestead received during the last taxable year, and such additional information relative to receiving such exemption as will enable the tax commissioner to make a determination as to whether such owner is entitled to such exemption. The tax commissioner shall provide affidavit forms for this purpose. SECTION 3 . The tax commissioner of Oconee County or the designee thereof shall provide application forms for the exemption granted by this Act and shall

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require such information as may be necessary to determine the initial and continuing eligibility of the owner for the exemption. SECTION 4 . The exemption shall be claimed and returned as provided in Code Section 48-5-50.1 of the O.C.G.A. The exemption shall be automatically renewed from year to year as long as the owner occupies the residence as a homestead. After the person has filed the proper affidavit as provided in subsection (b) of Section 2 of this Act, it shall not be necessary to make application and file such affidavit 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 Oconee County or the designee thereof in the event that person for any reason becomes ineligible for that exemption. SECTION 5 . The exemption granted by this Act shall not apply to or affect any state taxes, municipal taxes, or Oconee County taxes for county purposes. The homestead exemption granted by this Act shall be in lieu of and not in addition to any other homestead exemption applicable to Oconee County School District ad valorem taxes for educational purposes. SECTION 6 . The exemptions granted by this Act shall apply to all taxable years beginning on or after January 1, 1999, or as otherwise specified in Section 2 of this Act. SECTION 7 . Unless prohibited by the federal Voting Rights Act of 1965, as amended, the election superintendent of Oconee County shall call and conduct an election as provided in this section for the purpose of submitting this Act to the electors of the Oconee County School District for approval or rejection. The election superintendent shall conduct that election on November 3, 1998, 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 Oconee County. The ballot shall have written or printed thereon the words:

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() YES () NO Shall the Act be approved which provides a homestead exemption from Oconee County School District ad valorem taxes for educational purposes in the amount of $10,000.00 of the assessed value of the homestead for the taxable year beginning on January 1, 1999, and $15,000.00 of the assessed value of the homestead for taxable years beginning on or after January 1, 2000, for certain residents of the Oconee County School District who are 65 years of age or over and who have annual incomes not exceeding $15,000.00? 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, Sections 1 through 6 of this Act shall become of full force and effect on January 1, 1999. If the Act is not so approved or if the election is not conducted as provided in this section, Sections 1 through 6 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 Oconee County. It shall be the election superintendent's duty to certify the result thereof to the Secretary of State. SECTION 8 . Except as otherwise provided in Section 7 of this Act, this Act shall become effective upon its approval by the Governor or upon its becoming law without such approval. SECTION 9 . 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 1998 session of the General Assembly of Georgia a bill to increase the S 4 homestead exemption qualifying gross income level from $10,000 to $15,000 for calendar year 1999 and thereafter; and to increase the exemption amount from $10,000 to $15,000 for calendar year 2000 and thereafter; to provide that said exemption would apply to all property taxes including county maintenance and operations, school maintenance and operations, and school bond tax; and to provide for other matters relative to the foregoing; to provide effective dates; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other reasons. This 7th day of January, 1998. PAUL C. BROUN Senator District 46

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FRANK E. STANCIL Representative District 91 GEORGIA, FULTON COUNTY Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths, Frank E. Stancil, who on oath deposes and says that he is the Representative from the 91st District and further deposes and says as follows: (1) 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 the following date: January 8, 1998. (2) That the laws requiring notice of local legislation were further complied with in the manner checked below: A copy of the notice of intention was mailed, transmitted by facsimile, or otherwise provided to the governing authority of any county, municipality, or consolidated government whose charter or enabling Act is amended, as required by subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill was requested by resolution or other written notification of the governing authority of the affected county, municipality, or consolidated government and a copy of such resolution or other written notification is attached hereto. [UNK] The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill does not amend the charter of a municipality or the enabling Act of a county or consolidated government or the bill affects a local school system. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill is an annexation bill and a copy of the bill was provided to the county governing authority within which the area proposed to be annexed is located at the time the notice was published, as required by Code Section 28-1-14.1. s/ FRANK E. STANCIL Representative, 91st District Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 14th day of January, 1998. s/ TERESA ADKINS Notary Public, Clayton County, Georgia My Commission Expires Jan. 5, 2001 (SEAL) Approved March 27, 1998.

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OCONEE COUNTYBOARD OF COMMISSIONERS; BONDS; CHAIRPERSON'S POWERS AND DUTIES; COMPENSATION. No. 570 (House Bill No. 1335). AN ACT To amend an Act creating the Board of Commissioners of Oconee County, approved August 18, 1917 (Ga. L. 1917, p. 384), as amended, so as to change the provisions relating to bonds of the chairperson and members of the board of commissioners; to change the provisions relating to the powers and duties of the chairperson of the board of commissioners; to change the provisions relating to the compensation of the chairperson and the members of the board of commissioners; 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 creating the Board of Commissioners of Oconee County, approved August 18, 1917 (Ga. L. 1917, p. 384), as amended, is amended by striking Section 6 of said Act and inserting in its place the following: SECTION 6. Before entering the duties of the office of chairperson or commissioner, the chairperson and each member of the board of commissioners shall take the oath required of all civil officers of this state and shall be bonded in the amount of $25,000.00 by a good and solvent bonding company authorized to do business in this state. Such bond shall be approved by the judge of the Probate Court of Oconee County, shall be filed in the office of the judge of the probate court, and shall be payable to the Governor of this state and the Governor's successor in office for the use of Oconee County. Such bond shall be conditioned on the faithful performance of the duties of the office of chairperson or commissioner. The cost of said bond shall be paid from the general funds of Oconee County. SECTION 2 . Said Act is further amended by striking Section 9 of said Act and inserting in its place the following: SECTION 9. (a) The chairperson of the board of commissioners shall have the following duties and responsibilities: (1) To act as the chief executive officer of the county; (2) To act as presiding officer at all meetings of the board, including the duty of preserving order and decorum at such meetings;

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(3) To state every question coming before the board and to announce the decision of the board on all subjects and to decide all questions of order, subject, however, to an appeal to the board, in which event a majority vote of the board shall govern and conclusively determine such question; (4) To exercise the right to vote to break a tie vote; (5) To execute all ordinances, resolutions, and contracts in behalf of the county; (6) To execute all evidences of indebtedness incurred by the county; (7) To act as ceremonial head of the county government; and (8) To exercise other duties that may be delegated to the chairperson by the board of commissioners. (b) In the event of a vacancy in the office of the chairperson or the illness, incapacity, absence, or failure to act, the duties of the chairperson may be exercised by the vice chairperson. In the event of a vacancy, illness, absence, incapacity, or failure to act by the chairperson for a period exceeding 30 days, the vice chairperson, on approval of the board of commissioners, shall be compensated in the same amount as that provided for the office of chairperson. SECTION 3 . Said Act is further amended by striking Section 12 of said Act and inserting in its place the following: SECTION 12. (a) The chairperson of the Board of Commissioners of Oconee County shall receive a base salary of 113 percent of the highest base salary payable to the following county officers: the sheriff, probate judge, tax commissioner, and clerk of superior court. `Base salary' means the base salary determined by local law for said offices. (b) The members of the board of commissioners shall each be paid a salary of 27 percent of the highest base salary payable to the following county officers: the sheriff, probate judge, tax commissioner, and clerk of superior court. (c) The chairperson and members shall receive an additional amount of 5 percent of their respective salaries for each four-year term as a commissioner completed by such chairperson or member and an annual cost-of-living adjustment. Cost-of-living adjustments shall be determined in the same manner as for the county officers whose salary is used in the calculation of the salaries due the chairperson or the member. (d) Said compensation shall be paid in equal monthly installments from the funds of the county.

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(e) The chairperson and members shall also be entitled to participate in the county's retirement program, health insurance coverage, life insurance coverage, and other benefits available to county employees, to be paid by the county. SECTION 4 . This Act shall become effective on January 1, 1999. 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 1998 session of the General Assembly of Georgia a bill to amend an Act creating the board of commissioners of Oconee County, approved August 18, 1917 (Ga. L. 1917, p. 384), as amended, so as to change the duties of the chairman; to prescribe the bond and compensation for the chairman and members of the board of commissioners; to provide for other matters relative to the foregoing; to provide effective dates; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes. This 7th day of January, 1998. PAUL C. BROUN Senator District 46 FRANK E. STANCIL Representative District 91 GEORGIA, FULTON COUNTY Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths, Frank E. Stancil, who on oath deposes and says that he is the Representative from the 91st District and further deposes and says as follows: (1) 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 the following date: January 8, 1998. (2) That the laws requiring notice of local legislation were further complied with in the manner checked below: [UNK] A copy of the notice of intention was mailed, transmitted by facsimile, or otherwise provided to the governing authority of any county, municipality, or consolidated government whose charter or enabling Act is amended, as required by subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14.

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The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill was requested by resolution or other written notification of the governing authority of the affected county, municipality, or consolidated government and a copy of such resolution or other written notification is attached hereto. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill does not amend the charter of a municipality or the enabling Act of a county or consolidated government or the bill affects a local school system. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill is an annexation bill and a copy of the bill was provided to the county governing authority within which the area proposed to be annexed is located at the time the notice was published, as required by Code Section 28-1-14.1. s/ FRANK E. STANCIL Representative, 91st District Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 14th day of January, 1998. s/ TERESA ADKINS Notary Public, Clayton County, Georgia My Commission Expires Jan. 5, 2001 (SEAL) Approved March 27, 1998. OCONEE COUNTYHOMESTEAD EXEMPTION; COUNTY TAXES; REFERENDUM. No. 571 (House Bill No. 1336). AN ACT To provide a homestead exemption from Oconee County ad valorem taxes for county purposes in the amount of $10,000.00 of the assessed value of the homestead for the taxable year beginning on January 1, 1999, and $15,000.00 of the assessed value of the homestead for taxable years beginning on or after January 1, 2000, for certain residents of that county who have annual incomes not exceeding $15,000.00 and who are 65 years of age or over; 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:

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SECTION 1 . For purposes of this Act, the term: (1) Ad valorem taxes for county purposes means all ad valorem taxes for county purposes levied by, for, or on behalf of Oconee County, including, but not limited to, taxes for maintenance, operations, fire protection services, and hospital services and taxes to pay interest on and to retire bonded indebtedness. (2) Homestead means homestead as defined and qualified in Code Section 48-5-40 of the O.C.G.A. (3) Income means net income, as defined by Georgia law, from all sources, except that net income shall not include income received as retirement, survivor, or disability benefits under the federal Social Security Act or under any other public or private retirement, disability, or pension system, except such income which is in excess of the maximum amount authorized to be paid to an individual and such individual's spouse under the federal Social Security Act, and income from all sources in excess of such maximum amount shall be included as net income for the purposes of this paragraph. (4) Senior citizen means a person who is 65 years of age or over on or before January 1 of the year in which application for the exemption under this Act is made. SECTION 2 . (a) Each resident of Oconee County who is a senior citizen is granted an exemption on that person's homestead from all Oconee County ad valorem taxes for county purposes in the amount of $10,000.00 of the assessed value of the homestead for the taxable year beginning on January 1, 1999, and $15,000.00 of the assessed value of the homestead for taxable years beginning on or after January 1, 2000, if that person's income, together with the income of the spouse of such person who resides within such homestead, does not exceed $15,000.00 for the immediately preceding taxable year. The value of that property in excess of such exempted amount shall remain subject to taxation. (b) A person shall not receive the homestead exemption granted by subsection (a) of this section unless the person or the person's agent files an affidavit with the tax commissioner of Oconee County giving the person's age, the amount of gross income which the person and the person's spouse residing within such homestead received during the last taxable year, and such additional information relative to receiving such exemption as will enable the tax commissioner to make a determination as to whether such owner is entitled to such exemption. The tax commissioner shall provide affidavit forms for this purpose.

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SECTION 3 . The tax commissioner of Oconee County or the designee thereof shall provide application forms for the exemption granted by this Act and shall require such information as may be necessary to determine the initial and continuing eligibility of the owner for the exemption. SECTION 4 . The exemption shall be claimed and returned as provided in Code Section 48-5-50.1 of the O.C.G.A. The exemption shall be automatically renewed from year to year as long as the owner occupies the residence as a homestead. After the person has filed the proper affidavit as provided in subsection (b) of Section 2 of this Act, it shall not be necessary to make application and file such affidavit 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 Oconee County or the designee thereof in the event that person for any reason becomes ineligible for that exemption. SECTION 5 . The exemption granted by this Act shall not apply to or affect any state taxes, municipal taxes, or Oconee County School District taxes for educational purposes. The homestead exemption granted by this Act shall be in lieu of and not in addition to any other homestead exemption applicable to Oconee County ad valorem taxes for county purposes. SECTION 6 . The exemptions granted by this Act shall apply to all taxable years beginning on or after January 1, 1999, or as otherwise specified in Section 2 of this Act. SECTION 7 . Unless prohibited by the federal Voting Rights Act of 1965, as amended, the election superintendent of Oconee County shall call and conduct an election as provided in this section for the purpose of submitting this Act to the electors of Oconee County for approval or rejection. The election superintendent shall conduct that election on November 3, 1998, 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 Oconee County. The ballot shall have written or printed thereon the words:

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() YES () NO Shall the Act be approved which provides a homestead exemption from Oconee County ad valorem taxes for county purposes in the amount of $10,000.00 of the assessed value of the homestead for the taxable year beginning on January 1, 1999, and $15,000.00 of the assessed value of the homestead for taxable years beginning on or after January 1, 2000, for certain residents of Oconee County who are 65 years of age or over and who have annual incomes not exceeding $15,000.00? 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, Sections 1 through 6 of this Act shall become of full force and effect on January 1, 1999. If the Act is not so approved or if the election is not conducted as provided in this section, Sections 1 through 6 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 Oconee County. It shall be the election superintendent's duty to certify the result thereof to the Secretary of State. SECTION 8 . Except as otherwise provided in Section 7 of this Act, this Act shall become effective upon its approval by the Governor or upon its becoming law without such approval. SECTION 9 . All laws and parts of laws in conflict with this Act are repealed. Notice is given that there will be introduced at the regular 1998 session of the Geneal Assembly of Georgia a bill to increase the S 4 homestead exemption qualifying gross income level from $10,000 to $15,000 for calendary year 1999 and thereafter; and to increase the exemption amount from $10,000 to $15,000 for calendar year 2000 and thereafter; to provide that said exemption would apply to all property taxes including county maintenance and operations, school maintenance and operations, and school bond tax; and to provide for other matters relative to the foregoing; to provide effective dates; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other reasons. This 7th day of January, 1998. PAUL C. BROUN Senator District 46 FRANK E. STANCIL Representative District 91

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GEORGIA, FULTON COUNTY Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths, Frank E. Stancil, who on oath deposes and says that he is the Representative from the 91st District and further deposes and says as follows: (1) 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 the following date: January 8, 1998. (2) That the laws requiring notice of local legislation were further complied with in the manner checked below: A copy of the notice of intention was mailed, transmitted by facsimile, or otherwise provided to the governing authority of any county, municipality, or consolidated government whose charter or enabling Act is amended, as required by subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill was requested by resolution or other written notification of the governing authority of the affected county, municipality, or consolidated government and a copy of such resolution or other written notification is attached hereto. [UNK] The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill does not amend the charter of a municipality or the enabling Act of a county or consolidated government or the bill affects a local school system. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill is an annexation bill and a copy of the bill was provided to the county governing authority within which the area proposed to be annexed is located at the time the notice was published, as required by Code Section 28-1-14.1. s/ FRANK E. STANCIL Representative, 91st District Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 14th day of January, 1998. s/ TERESA ADKINS Notary Public, Clayton County, Georgia My Commission Expires Jan. 5, 2001 (SEAL) Approved March 27, 1998.

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OCONEE COUNTYBOARD OF ELECTIONS AND REGISTRATION; MEMBERSHIP; TERMS. No. 572 (House Bill No. 1338). AN ACT To amend an Act creating the Board of Elections and Registration of Oconee County, approved March 24, 1994 (Ga. L. 1994, p. 3767), so as to change the membership of the board; to provide for terms of office; 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 creating the Board of Elections and Registration of Oconee County, approved March 24, 1994 (Ga. L. 1994, p. 3767), is amended by striking Section 2 of said Act and inserting in its place the following: SECTION 2. The board shall be composed of five members, each of whom shall be an elector and resident of the county and who shall be appointed as provided in this section. One member of the board shall be appointed by the political party which received the highest number of votes within the county for its candidate for governor in the general election immediately preceding the appointment of the member. One member of the board shall be appointed by the political party which received the second highest number of votes within the county for its candidate for governor in the general election immediately preceding the appointment of such member. Each of these two respective members appointed by political parties shall be nominated by the chairperson and ratified by the county executive committee of the respective political party at least 30 days before the beginning of the term of office or within 30 days after the creation of a vacancy in the office. The remaining three members of the board shall be selected by the Board of Commissioners of Oconee County, and one of such members shall be designated by the board of commissioners as the chairperson of the board. Successors to the three members of the board whose terms expire on December 31, 1998, shall be appointed for terms of four years and until their successors are duly appointed and qualified. The two additional members added to the board on January 1, 1999, shall take office on such date for initial terms ending December 31, 2001, and until their successors are duly appointed and qualified. Following such initial terms, all members and their successors shall be appointed for terms of four years and until their successors are duly appointed and qualified. SECTION 2 . This Act shall become effective on January 1, 1999.

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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 1998 session of the General Assembly of Georgia a bill to amend an Act creating the Board of Elections and Registration of Oconee County approved March 24, 1994. (GA Laws 1994, p. 3767), to enlarge the Oconee County Board of Elections and Registration from three to five members; to provide for the method of appointment; to provide for other matters relative to the foregoing; to provide effective dates; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes. This 7th day of January, 1998. PAUL C. BROUN Senator District 46 FRANK E. STANCIL Representative District 91 GEORGIA, FULTON COUNTY Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths, Frank E. Stancil, who on oath deposes and says that he is the Representative from the 91st District and further deposes and says as follows: (1) 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 the following date: January 8, 1998. (2) That the laws requiring notice of local legislation were further complied with in the manner checked below: A copy of the notice of intention was mailed, transmitted by facsimile, or otherwise provided to the governing authority of any county, municipality, or consolidated government whose charter or enabling Act is amended, as required by subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill was requested by resolution or other written notification of the governing authority of the affected county, municipality, or consolidated government and a copy of such resolution or other written notification is attached hereto. [UNK] The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill does not amend the charter of a

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municipality or the enabling Act of a county or consolidated government or the bill affects a local school system. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill is an annexation bill and a copy of the bill was provided to the county governing authority within which the area proposed to be annexed is located at the time the notice was published, as required by Code Section 28-1-14.1. s/ FRANK E. STANCIL Representative, 91st District Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 14th day of January, 1998. s/ TERESA ADKINS Notary Public, Clayton County, Georgia My Commission Expires Jan. 5, 2001 (SEAL) Approved March 27, 1998. HARRIS COUNTYSHERIFF; COMPENSATION. No. 574 (House Bill No. 1397). AN ACT To amend an Act to change the compensation of the sheriff of Harris County from a fee system to a salary system, approved March 17, 1960 (Ga. L. 1960, p. 2923), as amended, particularly by an Act approved April 25, 1969 (Ga. L. 1969, p. 3632), by an Act approved March 30, 1971 (Ga. L. 1971, p. 2549), and an Act approved March 25, 1974 (Ga. L. 1974, p. 3343), so as to authorize the governing authority to pay to the sheriff of Harris County a salary supplement of up to $5,500.00 per year; to validate and confirm certain prior expenditures of county funds; to provide for the selection and compensation of deputies; to repeal certain obsolete provisions; 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 to change the compensation of the sheriff of Harris County from a fee system to a salary system, approved March 17, 1960 (Ga. L. 1960, p. 2923), as amended, particularly by an Act approved April 25, 1969 (Ga. L. 1969, p. 3632), by an Act approved March 30, 1971 (Ga. L. 1971, p. 2549), and an Act approved March 25, 1974 (Ga. L. 1974, p. 3343), is amended by striking in its entirety Section 2 and inserting in lieu thereof a new Section 2 to read as follows:

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SECTION 2. (a) The governing authority of Harris County is authorized to pay to the sheriff of Harris County a supplement of up to $5,500.00 per year, payable in equal monthly installments from county funds, which supplement shall be in addition to the compensation, salary, expenses, and allowances presently being received by the sheriff of Harris County from the State of Georgia or any other source. In setting the amount of the supplement, the governing authority may take into consideration the sheriff's level of formal education, professional training, law enforcement experience, and management experience. (b) Any prior expenditure by the governing authority of county funds in a manner authorized by this section is validated and confirmed. SECTION 2 . Said Act is further amended by striking in its entirety Section 3 and inserting in lieu thereof a new Section 3 to read as follows: SECTION 3. The sheriff of Harris County is authorized to select and determine the number of deputies. The governing authority of Harris county shall fix the salary of each of said deputies, to be paid in equal monthly installments out of county funds. SECTION 3 . Said Act is further amended by repealing in its entirety Section 2A, which reads as follows: SECTION 2A. The governing authority of Harris County shall be authorized to increase the compensation of the sheriff up to $500.00 per annum on and after January 1, 1972. SECTION 4 . Said Act is further amended by repealing in its entirety Section 4, which reads as follows: SECTION 4. Two radio equipped automobiles, expenses for the maintenance thereof, including gas and oil consumed, used for county business, all necessary office expenses, rent, supplies, utilities, and materials, and all actual expenses for hotel, meals, and travel, when out of the county on county business, shall be furnished by Harris County to the sheriff of said county. The sheriff shall have an allowance for uniforms not to exceed $500.00 for each uniformed deputy for the year 1967, and not to exceed $150.00 for each such uniformed deputy for each year thereafter. The

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sheriff shall also have an allowance for uniforms not to exceed $500.00 for the first year for each new or additional uniformed deputy, and not to exceed $150.00 for each such deputy for each year thereafter. The sheriff shall consult with the governing authority of the county prior to purchasing any uniforms, and the governing authority shall pay for any such uniforms purchased upon itemized bills being submitted and certified by the sheriff. All such uniforms shall be and remain the property of the county. No other personal equipment shall be furnished. In the event the radio equipped automobiles as provided above have traveled 85,000 miles or more, the governing authority of Harris County shall replace either or both of the automobiles which have exceeded such maximum mileage limitation. SECTION 5 . This Act shall become effective on April 1, 1998. 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 1998 session of the General Assembly of Georgia a bill to amend an Act to change the compensation of the sheriff of Harris County from a fee system to a salary system, approved March 17, 1960 (Ga. L. 1960, p. 2923), as amended, particularly by an Act approved April 25, 1969 (Ga. L. 1969, p. 3632), by an Act approved March 30, 1971 (Ga. L. 1971, p. 2549), and an Act approved March 25, 1974 (Ga. L. 1974, p. 3343); and for other purposes. This 12th day of January, 1998. Representative Vance C. Smith, Jr. 102nd District GEORGIA, FULTON COUNTY Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths, Vance C. Smith, Jr. who on oath deposes and says that he is the Representative from the 102nd District and further deposes and says as follows: (1) That the attached Notice of Intention to Introduce Local Legislation was published in the Harris County Journal which is the official organ of Harris County on the following date: January 15, 1998. (2) That the laws requiring notice of local legislation were further complied with in the manner checked below: A copy of the notice of intention was mailed, transmitted by facsimile, or otherwise provided to the governing authority of any county, municipality,

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or consolidated government whose charter or enabling Act is amended, as required by subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill was requested by resolution or other written notification of the governing authority of the affected county, municipality, or consolidated government and a copy of such resolution or other written notification is attached hereto. [UNK] The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill does not amend the charter of a municipality or the enabling Act of a county or consolidated government or the bill affects a local school system. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill is an annexation bill and a copy of the bill was provided to the county governing authority within which the area proposed to be annexed is located at the time the notice was published, as required by Code Section 28-1-14.1. s/ VANCE C. SMITH, JR. Representative, 102nd District Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 26th day of January, 1998. s/ TERESA ADKINS Notary Public, Clayton County, Georgia My Commission Expires Jan. 5, 2001 (SEAL) Approved March 27, 1998. HARRIS COUNTYTAX COMMISSIONER; COMPENSATION. No. 575 (House Bill No. 1398). AN ACT To amend an Act to abolish the offices of tax receiver and tax collector of Harris County and consolidate said offices into the office of tax commissioner of Harris County, approved March 17, 1960 (Ga. L. 1960, p. 2920), as amended, particularly by an Act approved February 28, 1966 (Ga. L. 1966, p. 2228), and an Act approved March 23, 1977 (Ga. L. 1977, p. 4052), so as to authorize the governing authority to pay to the tax commissioner of Harris County a salary supplement of up to $3,900.00 per year; to repeal an Act to provide for the compensation of the Sheriff, Tax Commissioner, Judge of the Probate Court, and Clerk of the Superior Court of Harris County, approved April 11, 1979 (Ga. L. 1979, p. 4573); to provide for

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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 to abolish the offices of tax receiver and tax collector of Harris County and consolidate said offices into the office of tax commissioner of Harris County, approved March 17, 1960 (Ga. L. 1960, p. 2920), as amended, particularly by an Act approved February 28, 1966 (Ga. L. 1966, p. 2228), and an Act approved March 23, 1977 (Ga. L. 1977, p. 4052), is amended by striking in its entirety Section 5 and inserting in lieu thereof a new Section 5 to read as follows: SECTION 5. The governing authority of Harris County is authorized to pay to the tax commissioner of Harris County a supplement of up to $3,900.00 per year, payable in equal monthly installments from county funds, which supplement shall be in addition to the compensation, salary, expenses, and allowances presently being received by the tax commissioner of Harris County from the State of Georgia or any other source. In setting the amount of the supplement, the governing authority may take into consideration the tax commissioner's level of formal education, professional training, management experience, and such other factors as the governing authority determines to be relevant and valuable to the position. SECTION 2 . An Act to provide for the compensation of the Sheriff, Tax Commissioner, Judge of the Probate Court, and Clerk of the Superior Court of Harris County, approved April 11, 1979 (Ga. L. 1979, p. 4573), is repealed in its entirety. SECTION 3 . 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. 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 1998 session of the General Assembly of Georgia a bill to amend an Act to abolish the offices of tax receiver and tax collector of Harris County and consolidate

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said offices into the office of tax commissioner of Harris County, approved March 17, 1960 (Ga. L. 1960, p. 2920), as amended, particularly by an Act approved February 28, 1966 (Ga. L. 1966, p. 2223), and an Act approved March 23, 1977 (Ga. L. 1977, p. 4052); and for other purposes. This 12th day of January, 1998. Representative Vance C. Smith, Jr. 102nd District GEORGIA, FULTON COUNTY Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths, Vance C. Smith, Jr. who on oath deposes and says that he is the Representative from the 102nd District, and further deposes and says as follows: (1) That the attached Notice of Intention to Introduce Local Legislation was published in the Harris County Journal, which is the official organ of Harris County, on the following date: January 15, 1998. (2) That the laws requiring notice of local legislation were further complied with in the manner checked below: A copy of the notice of intention was mailed, transmitted by facsimile, or otherwise provided to the governing authority of any county, municipality, or consolidated government whose charter or enabling Act is amended, as required by subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill was requested by resolution or other written notification of the governing authority of the affected county, municipality, or consolidated government and a copy of such resolution or other written notification is attached hereto. [UNK] The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill does not amend the charter of a municipality or the enabling Act of a county or consolidated government or the bill affects a local school system. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill is an annexation bill and a copy of the bill was provided to the county governing authority within which the area proposed to be annexed is located at the time the notice was published, as required by Code Section 28-1-14.1. s/ VANCE C. SMITH, JR. Representative, 102nd District Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 26th day of January, 1998.

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s/ TERESA ADKINS Notary Public, Clayton County, Georgia My Commission Expires Jan. 5, 2001 (SEAL) Approved March 27, 1998. HARRIS COUNTYPROBATE COURT; JUDGE; COMPENSATION. No. 576 (House Bill No. 1399). AN ACT To amend an Act to provide that the ordinary of Harris County be placed on a salary basis in lieu of a fee basis, approved March 17, 1960 (Ga. L. 1960, p. 2928), as amended, particularly by an Act approved March 30, 1971 (Ga. L. 1971, p. 2552), so as to authorize the governing authority to pay to the probate judge of Harris County a salary supplement of up to $4,100.00 per year; to repeal certain obsolete provisions; to repeal an Act to provide for the compensation of the Sheriff, Tax Commissioner, Judge of the Probate Court, and Clerk of the Superior Court of Harris County, approved April 11, 1979 (Ga. L. 1979, p. 4573); 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 to provide that the ordinary of Harris County be placed on a salary basis in lieu of a fee basis, approved March 17, 1960 (Ga. L. 1960, p. 2928), as amended, particularly by an Act approved March 30, 1971 (Ga. L. 1971, p. 2552), is amended by striking in its entirety Section 2 and inserting in lieu thereof a new Section 2 to read as follows: SECTION 2. The governing authority of Harris County is authorized to pay to the judge of the probate court of Harris County a supplement of up to $4,100.00 per year, payable in equal monthly installments from county funds, which supplement shall be in addition to the compensation, salary, expenses, and allowances presently being received by the judge of the probate court of Harris County from the State of Georgia or any other source. In setting the amount of the supplement, the governing authority may take into consideration the judge's level of formal education, professional training, management experience, and such other factors as the governing authority determines to be relevant and valuable to the position.

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SECTION 2 . Said Act is further amended by repealing in its entirety Section 2A, which reads as follows: SECTION 2A. The governing authority of Harris County shall be authorized to increase the compensation of the ordinary up to $500.00 per annum on and after January 1, 1972. SECTION 3 . An Act to provide for the compensation of the Sheriff, Tax Commissioner, Judge of the Probate Court, and Clerk of the Superior Court of Harris County, approved April 11, 1979 (Ga. L. 1979, p. 4573), is repealed in its entirety. 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. 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 1998 session of the General Assembly of Georgia a bill to amend an Act to provide that the ordinary (judge of the probate court) of Harris County be placed on a salary basis in lieu of a fee basis, approved March 17, 1960 (Ga. L. 1960, p. 2828), as amended, particularly by an Act approved March 30, 1971 (Ga. L. 1971, p. 2552); and for other purposes. This 12th day of January, 1998. Representative Vance C. Smith, Jr. 102nd District GEORGIA, FULTON COUNTY Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths, Vance C. Smith, Jr. who on oath deposes and says that he is the Representative from the 102nd District and further deposes and says as follows: (1) That the attached Notice of Intention to Introduce Local Legislation was published in the Harris County Journal which is the official organ of Harris County on the following date: January 15, 1998.

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(2) That the laws requiring notice of local legislation were further complied with in the manner checked below: A copy of the notice of intention was mailed, transmitted by facsimile, or otherwise provided to the governing authority of any county, municipality, or consolidated government whose charter or enabling Act is amended, as required by subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill was requested by resolution or other written notification of the governing authority of the affected county, municipality, or consolidated government and a copy of such resolution or other written notification is attached hereto. [UNK] The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill does not amend the charter of a municipality or the enabling Act of a county or consolidated government or the bill affects a local school system. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill is an annexation bill and a copy of the bill was provided to the county governing authority within which the area proposed to be annexed is located at the time the notice was published, as required by Code Section 28-1-14.1. s/ VANCE C. SMITH, JR. Representative, 102nd District Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 26th day of January, 1998. s/ TERESA ADKINS Notary Public, Clayton County, Georgia My Commission Expires Jan. 5, 2001 (SEAL) Approved March 27, 1998. HARRIS COUNTYSUPERIOR COURT; CLERK; COMPENSATION. No. 577 (House Bill No. 1400). AN ACT To amend an Act to provide that the clerk of the superior court of Harris County be placed on a salary basis in lieu of a fee basis, approved March 17, 1960 (Ga. L. 1960, p. 2926), as amended, particularly by an Act approved March 30, 1971 (Ga. L. 1971, p. 2547), so as to authorize the governing authority to pay to the clerk of the superior court of Harris County a salary supplement of up to $4,600.00 per year; to repeal certain obsolete

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provisions; to repeal an Act to provide for the compensation of the Sheriff, Tax Commissioner, Judge of the Probate Court, and Clerk of the Superior Court of Harris County, approved April 11, 1979 (Ga. L. 1979, p. 4573); 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 to provide that the clerk of the superior court of Harris County be placed on a salary basis in lieu of a fee basis, approved March 17, 1960 (Ga. L. 1960, p. 2926), as amended, particularly by an Act approved March 30, 1971 (Ga. L. 1971, p. 2547), is amended by striking in its entirety Section 2 and inserting in lieu thereof a new Section 2 to read as follows: SECTION 2. The governing authority of Harris County is authorized to pay to the clerk of the superior court of Harris County a supplement of up to $4,600.00 per year, payable in equal monthly installments from county funds, which supplement shall be in addition to the compensation, salary, expenses, and allowances presently being received by the clerk of the superior court of Harris County from the State of Georgia or any other source. In setting the amount of the supplement, the governing authority may take into consideration the clerk's level of formal education, professional training, management experience, and such other factors as the governing authority determines to be relevant and valuable to the position. SECTION 2 . Said Act is further amended by repealing in its entirety Section 2A, which reads as follows: SECTION 2A. The governing authority of Harris County shall be authorized to increase the compensation of the clerk of the superior court up to $500.00 per annum on and after January 1, 1972. SECTION 3 . An Act to provide for the compensation of the Sheriff, Tax Commissioner, Judge of the Probate Court, and Clerk of the Superior Court of Harris County, approved April 11, 1979 (Ga. L. 1979, p. 4573), is repealed in its entirety. 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 his 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 1998 session of the General Assembly of Georgia a bill to amend an Act to provide that the clerk of the superior court of Harris County be placed on a salary basis in lieu of a fee basis, approved March 17, 1960 (Ga. L. 1960, p. 2926), as amended, particularly by an Act approved March 30, 1971 (Ga. L. 1971, p. 2547); and for other purposes. This 12th day of January, 1998. Representative Vance C. Smith, Jr. 102nd District A-7058 GEORGIA, FULTON COUNTY Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths, Vance C. Smith, Jr. who on oath deposes and says that he is the Representative from the 102nd District and further deposes and says as follows: (1) That the attached Notice of Intention to Introduce Local Legislation was published in the Harris County Journal which is the official organ of Harris County on the following date: January 15, 1998. (2) That the laws requiring notice of local legislation were further complied with in the manner checked below: A copy of the notice of intention was mailed, transmitted by facsimile, or otherwise provided to the governing authority of any county, municipality, or consolidated government whose charter or enabling Act is amended, as required by subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill was requested by resolution or other written notification of the governing authority of the affected county, municipality, or consolidated government and a copy of such resolution or other written notification is attached hereto. [UNK] The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill does not amend the charter of a municipality or the enabling Act of a county or consolidated government or the bill affects a local school system. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill is an annexation bill and a copy of the bill was provided to the county governing authority within which the area proposed to be annexed is located at the time the notice was published,

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as required by Code Section 28-1-14.1. s/ VANCE C. SMITH, JR. Representative, 102nd District Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 26th day of January, 1998. s/ TERESA ADKINS Notary Public, Clayton County, Georgia My Commission Expires Jan. 5, 2001 (SEAL) Approved March 27, 1998. CITY OF DECATURCITY MANAGER; BOARD OF EDUCATION; SUPERINTENDENT OF SCHOOLS; POWERS; SCHOOL CONSTRUCTION. No. 579 (House Bill No. 1407). AN ACT To amend an Act creating a new charter for the City of Decatur in DeKalb County, Georgia, approved August 17, 1909 (Ga. L. 1909, p. 757), as amended, particularly by an Act approved August 16, 1920 (Ga. L. 1920, p. 949), and an Act approved February 11, 1993 (Ga. L. 1993, p. 3737), so as to repeal certain duties and powers of the city manager with respect to educational affairs; to change the powers, duties, and rights of the board of education of the City of Decatur and the superintendent of schools so as to authorize the board of education to enter into contracts for improvements of school facilities and to authorize the superintendent of schools of the City of Decatur, or a designee of the superintendent, to supervise school construction projects; 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 Decatur in DeKalb County, Georgia, approved August 17, 1909 (Ga. L. 1909, p. 757), as amended, particularly by an Act approved August 16, 1920 (Ga. L. 1920, p. 949) and an Act approved February 11, 1993 (Ga. L. 1993, p. 3737), is amended by striking in its entirety 21 of said amendatory Act of 1920 and inserting in lieu thereof a new Section 21 to read as follows: SECTION 21. The City Manager shall have no voice in the educational affairs of the city.

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SECTION 2 . Said Act is further amended by adding at the end of Section 65A, as added by said amendatory Act of 1993, a new subsection to read as follows: (f) The board of education shall have the right, power, and authority to enter into contracts for improvements to school facilities, including but not limited to improvements to school grounds and school buildings, and to authorize the superintendent of schools of the City of Decatur, or a designee of the superintendent, to supervise school construction projects; provided, however, that neither the board of education nor the superintendent of schools shall have power or authority to contract any debt for or on account of the City of Decatur. SECTION 3 . All laws and parts of laws in conflict with this Act are repealed. City Schools of Decatur 320 N. McDonough Street Decatur, Georgia 30030 404-370-4400 January 21, 1998 Ms. Peggy Merriss City Manager City of Decatur P. O. Box 220 Decatur, Georgia 30031 Dear Ms. Merriss: At its regularly scheduled board meeting on January 13, 1998, the City Schools of Decatur Board of Education approved the following resolution: On the motion of Mr. Steve Roberts, seconded by Mr. James Eley, the board unanimously approved the recommendation of the Superintendent of School to support the amending of Section 21, Authority and duties of city manager in regard to educational affairs, and Section 65, Public Schools generally, of the City Charter. Sincerely, s/Ida H. Love, Ph.D. Superintendent of Schools Copy: Sara Turnipseed Susan Cobleigh James Eley Steve Roberts Jason Uchitel

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R-98-02 RESOLUTION WHEREAS, the City Commission of the City of Decatur, Georgia, wishes to support the physical development of school facilities; and, WHEREAS, the City Schools of Decatur will be receiving capital improvement funds from the special purpose local option sales tax for school construction and from State of Georgia capital improvement funds; and, WHEREAS, the City Commission of the City of Decatur, Georgia, wants to enable the Board of Education of the City Schools of Decatur to enter into contracts for construction, modification, renovation and rehabilitation of shcool facilities. NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, and it is hereby resolved, by the City Commission of the City of Decatur, Georgia, that they give full support and endorsement to the efforts of the Georgia General Assembly for amending section 21 and section 65A of the Charter of the City of Decatur as it relates to supervision and contracting of construction projects for school facilities. This 20th day of January, 1998. s/ Elizabeth Wilson Mayor ATTEST: s/Karen M. desIslets City Clerk NOTICE OF INTENTION TO INTRODUCE LOCAL LEGISLATION Notice is hereby given that there will be introduced at the 1998 session of the General Assembly of Georgia a bill to amend the Charter of the City of Decatur, Georgia, so as to authorize the Board of Education to enter into contracts for improvements to school facilities, including school grounds and school buildings, and to authorize the Superintendent of Schools, or a designee, to supervise construction projects; and to repeal provisions of Section 21 of the Charter which provide that the City Manager shall supervise the construction of buildings as planned by the Board of Education and to see to the execution of improvements planned by the Board of Education such as buildings, playgrounds and other physical equipment to be used by the Department of Education; and for other purposes. This 22nd day of January, 1998. Peggy Merriss Title: City Manager

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GEORGIA, FULTON COUNTY Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths, JoAnn McClinton, who on oath deposes and says that she is the Representative from the 68th District and further deposes and says as follows: (1) That the attached Notice of Intention to Introduce Local Legislation was published in the Champion which is the official organ of DeKalb County on the following date: January 15, 1998. (2) That the laws requiring notice of local legislation were further complied with in the manner checked below: A copy of the notice of intention was mailed, transmitted by facsimile, or otherwise provided to the governing authority of any county, municipality, or consolidated government whose charter or enabling Act is amended, as required by subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14. [UNK] The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill was requested by resolution or other written notification of the governing authority of the affected county, municipality, or consolidated government and a copy of such resolution or other written notification is attached hereto. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill does not amend the charter of a municipality or the enabling Act of a county or consolidated government or the bill affects a local school system. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill is an annexation bill and a copy of the bill was provided to the county governing authority within which the area proposed to be annexed is located at the time the notice was published, as required by Code Section 28-1-14.1. s/ JOANN MCCLINTON Representative, 68th District Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 26th day of January, 1998. s/ SUSAN GORDON Notary Public, Rockdale County, Georgia My Commission Expires Nov. 18, 2001 (SEAL) Approved March 27, 1998.

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CITY OF CUTHBERTMAYOR AND ALDERMEN; TERMS; ELECTIONS. No. 581 (House Bill No. 1457). AN ACT To amend an Act providing a new charter for the City of Cuthbert, approved April 9, 1963 (Ga. L. 1963, p. 3065), as amended, so as to change the provisions relating to the election, qualifications, and terms of office of the mayor and aldermen; to provide for initial and regular terms of office; to change the provisions relating to the date of municipal elections; to provide for authority; 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 a new charter for the City of Cuthbert, approved April 9, 1963 (Ga. L. 1963, p. 3065), as amended, is amended by striking Section 7 of said Act and inserting in its place the following: SECTION 7. Any person who meets the eligibility requirements of the Constitution of the State of Georgia and Code Section 45-2-1 of the O.C.G.A. and who is a registered voter of the city shall be eligible to hold the office of mayor or alderman of the city. SECTION 2 . Said Act is further amended by striking Section 8 of said Act, relating to eligibility and terms of office of aldermen, and inserting in its place the following: SECTION 8. Reserved. SECTION 3 . Said Act is further amended by striking Section 10 of said Act and inserting in its place the following: SECTION 10. Regular Elections. (a) On the Tuesday next following the first Monday in November, 1999, successors to the three aldermen whose terms expire on December 31, 1999, shall be elected for an initial term of office expiring on December 31, 2003, and until their respective successors are elected and qualified.

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(b) On the Tuesday next following the first Monday in November, 2000, successors to the mayor and the three aldermen whose terms expire on December 31, 2000, shall be elected for an initial term of office expiring on December 31, 2001, and until their respective successors are elected and qualified. (c) Except as otherwise provided for the initial terms of office specified in subsections (a) and (b) of this section, the general municipal election for the election of the mayor and aldermen shall be conducted on the Tuesday next following the first Monday in November in each oddnumbered year; successors shall be elected to those offices the terms of which will expire on December 31 of such year; all persons elected to such offices shall take office on January 1 immediately following the date of the municipal election; and, except for the initial terms specified in subsections (a) and (b) of this section, the mayor and aldermen shall have terms of office of four years and until their respective successors are elected and qualified. (d) All primaries and elections shall be held and conducted in accordance with Chapter 3 of Title 21 of the O.C.G.A., the `Georgia Municipal Election Code.' Except as otherwise provided by this charter, the city council shall, by ordinance, prescribe such rules and regulations as it deems appropriate to fulfill any options and duties under Chapter 3 of Title 21 of the O.C.G.A., the `Georgia Municipal Election Code.' SECTION 4 . This Act is enacted pursuant to the authority provided for in subsection (d) of Code Section 21-3-64 of the O.C.G.A. SECTION 5 . This Act shall become effective January 1, 1999. SECTION 6 . All laws and parts of laws in conflict with this Act are repealed. A RESOLUTION WHEREAS, the Mayor and Council of the City of Cuthbert, Georgia (hereinafter called the City), have determined that it is in the best interests of the citizens of the City that elected officials of the City serve staggered four year terms of office in lieu of the staggered two year terms currently being served; and WHEREAS, Hon. Gerald R. Greene, Representative for the Citizens of the City has proposed formal legislation for such purpose which will go into effect with the election for the City to be held during the Calendar Year 1998, a true and exact copy of which legislation is attached hereto, made a part hereof, and hereinafter referred to as the Legislation; and

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WHEREAS, the said Mayor and Council of the City has previously resolved to seek such Legislation, but find that it is necessary and properthat the City formally resolve to do so, and provide evidence of such resolve to said Gerald R. Greene to further solicit his efforts in proceeding with the Legislation at the current Legislative Session of the General Assembly of Georgia now underway in Atlanta, Georgia; NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Mayor and Council of the City of Cuthbert, Georgia, and, it is hereby resolved by the authority of same, as follows: 1. That the Mayor and Council of the City hereby resolves, approves, confirms, ratifies and adopts the Legislation in the form attached hereto; and 2. Said Hon. Gerald R. Greene, Representative, is hereby authorized and directed, on behalf of the City to introduce the Legislation and to proceed with all necessary actions to seek to have such Legislation passed into Law by the General Assembly of Georgia at its current Legislative Session being held in Atlanta, Georgia; and 3. The City Attorney, James F. Friese, is hereby authorized and directed to take any and all necessary actions to assist as requested in passing such Legislation into law and to seek, upon such passage of same into law, to obtain the required approvals of the United States Department of Justice pursuant to the Voting Rights Act and any other Federal Laws, Rules and Regulations of the United States. ADOPTED at a Special Meeting of the Mayor and Council held on the 27th day of January, 1998 at 6:00 o'clock p.m., at City Hall in Cuthbert, Randolph County, Georgia, by a vote of 4 years, 2 nays 0 abstentions, and 0 absent votes, as follows: Mr. Willie Martin _Absent WM Yea _Nay _Abstain Mr. Lester Chester _Absent LC Yea _Nay _Abstain Mr. Jimmy Rice _Absent JR Yea _Nay _Abstain Mrs. Betty Lumpkin _Absent _Yea BL Nay _Abstain Mrs. Thelma D. Walker _Absent TDW Yea _Nay _Abstain Mrs. Betty Jones _Absent _Yea BJ Nay _Abstain This 13th day of January, 1998. CITY OF CUTHBERT, GEORGIA BY: s/Earl Thompson Earl Thompson, Mayor ATTEST: s/Diane Whatley Diane Whatley, City Clerk (SEAL of the CITY)

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NOTICE OF INTENTION TO INTRODUCE LOCAL LEGISLATION Notice is given that there will be introduced at the 1998 session of the General Assembly of Georgia a bill to amend an Act providing a new charter for the City of Cuthbert, approved April 9, 1963 (Ga. L. 1963, p. 3065), as amended, so as to change the provisions relating to the election, qualifications and terms of office of the mayor and aldermen; to provide for initial and regular terms of office; to change the provisions relating to the date of municipal elections; to provide for authority; to provide an effective date; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes. This 12th day of January, 1998. Diane Whatley, City Clerk GEORGIA, FULTON COUNTY Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths, Gerald Greene, who on oath deposes and says that he is the Representative from the 158th District and further deposes and says as follows: (1) That the attached Notice of Intention to Introduce Local Legislation was published in the Southern Tribune which is the official organ of Randolph County on the following date: January 15, 1998. (2) That the laws requiring notice of local legislation were further complied with in the manner checked below: A copy of the notice of intention was mailed, transmitted by facsimile, or otherwise provided to the governing authority of any county, municipality, or consolidated government whose charter or enabling Act is amended, as required by subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14. [UNK] The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill was requested by resolution or other written notification of the governing authority of the affected county, municipality, or consolidated government and a copy of such resolution or other written notification is attached hereto. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill does not amend the charter of a municipality or the enabling Act of a county or consolidated government or the bill affects a local school system. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill is an annexation bill and a copy of the bill

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was provided to the county governing authority within which the area proposed to be annexed is located at the time the notice was published, as required by Code Section 28-1-14.1. s/ GERALD GREENE Representative, 158th District Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 28th day of January, 1998. s/ TERESA ADKINS Notary Public, Clayton County, Georgia My Commission Expires Jan. 5, 2001 (SEAL) Approved March 27, 1998. CITY OF BOSTWICKNEW CHARTER. No. 583 (House Bill No. 1465). AN ACT To reincorporate and provide a new charter for the City of Bostwick; to provide for corporate boundaries and maps or descriptions thereof; to provide for powers and the exercise of powers; to provide for construction; to provide for a city council and for the members and their terms of office, qualifications, residence, vacancies, compensation, expenses, regular and special meetings, oaths, rules, journal, committees, chairpersons and officers, quorum, and voting; to prohibit holding any other city office and acting upon matters in which a councilmember or the mayor is personally interested; to provide for inquiries, investigations, and subpoena power; to provide for eminent domain; to provide for the form of ordinances and procedures related thereto; to provide for emergency ordinances; to provide for the adoption of codes of technical regulations; to provide for the authentication, codification, and printing of ordinances; to provide for a mayor and such official's election, term of office, qualifications, residence, compensation, powers, and duties; to provide for administrative and service departments and the directors thereof and such directors' appointment, compensation, responsibilities, nomination, removal, and suspension; to provide for boards, commissions, and authorities and their creation, composition, duties, powers, officers, and bylaws and their members' appointment, compensation, expenses, oaths, and removal; to

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provide for a city attorney, city clerk, city treasurer, city accountant, position classifications, pay plans, and personnel policies; to provide for a municipal court and its convening, jurisdiction, powers, fees, bails, warrants, certiorari, rules, and regulations; to provide for judges and their qualifications, appointment, compensation, removal, and oaths; to provide for nonpartisan election by plurality and the time for holding elections; to provide for the applicability of general law to elections; to provide for special elections to fill vacancies; to provide for removal of officers; to provide for property taxes, occupation and business taxes, regulatory fees, and permits; to provide for the millage rate, due dates, and methods of payment; to provide for franchises, service charges, special assessments, and other taxes and fees; to provide for the collection of delinquent taxes and fees; to provide for general obligation bonds, revenue bonds, and short-term loans; to provide for a fiscal year; to provide for operating and capital budgets and their preparation, submission, amendment, and adoption; to provide for tax levies, changes in appropriations, and independent audits; to provide for contracting procedures, centralized purchasing, and the sale of city property; to provide for bonds for officials; to provide for transition, including existing ordinances and regulations, existing employees and officers, and pending matters; to provide for construction and severability; to repeal an Act incorporating the City of Bostwick in the County of Morgan, approved August 8, 1916 (Ga. L. 1916, p. 588); to provide 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 city and the inhabitants thereof are hereby constituted and declared a body politic and corporate under the name and style Bostwick, Georgia, and by that name shall have perpetual succession. SECTION 1.11 . Corporate boundaries. (a) The boundaries of this city 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 city at all times shall be shown on a map, a written description, or any combination thereof, to be retained permanently in the city hall and to be

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designated, as the case may be: Official (Map) (Description) of the corporate limits of the City of Bostwick, 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 with 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 entire map or maps which it is designated to replace. SECTION 1.12 . 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 this state 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 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 1.13 . Examples of powers. The powers of the city shall include, but are not limited to, the following matters: (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 city; (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 under this paragraph; (3) 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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(4) Building regulation. To regulate and to license the erection and construction of buildings and all other structures; to adopt building, housing, plumbing, electric, gas, and heating and air-conditioning codes; and to regulate all housing, and building trades; (5) 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 license fees and taxes; and to revoke such licenses after due process for failure to apy any city taxes or fees; (6) 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; (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 inside or outside 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; (9) 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; (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

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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 municipal court may work out such sentences in any public works or on the streets, roads, drains, and squares in the city; to provide for commitment of such persons to any jail; 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; (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 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, 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 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, gas works,

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electric light plants, 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; and to authorize the extension of water, sewerage, and electrical distribution systems and all necessary appurtenances by which said utilities are distributed, inside and outside the corporate limits of the city; and to provide utility services to persons, firms, and corporations inside and outside the corporate limits of the city as provided by ordinance; (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 ensure a safe, healthy, and esthetically 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 a fire fighting 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, detentional, penal, and medical institutions, agencies, and facilities; and to provide any other public improvements, inside or outside 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 Official Code of Georgia Annotated, or such other applicable laws as are or may hereafter be enacted; (27) Public peace. To provide for the prevention and punishment of drunkenness, riots, and public disturbances; (28) Public transportation. To organize and operate such public transportation systems as are deemed beneficial;

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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, 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 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; (31) Retirement. To provide and maintain a retirement plan 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, maintain, repair, clean, prevent erosion of, and light the roads, alleys, and walkways within the corporate limits of the city; and to negotiate and execute leases over, through, under, or across any city property or the right of way of any street, road, alley, and walkway or portion thereof within the corporate limits of the city, for bridges, passageways, or any other purpose or use between buildings on opposite sides of the street and for other bridges, overpasses, and underpasses for private use at such location, and to charge a rental therefor in such manner as may be provided by ordinance; and to authorize and control the construction of bridges, overpasses, and underpasses 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 and for private use; 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; (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

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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, pawn shops, the manufacture, sale, or transportation of intoxicating liquors, and the use and sale of firearms; to regulate the transportation, storage, and use of combustible, explosive, and flammable 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; and to license, tax, regulate, or prohibit professional fortunetelling, palmistry, adult bookstores, and massage parlors; (36) Special assessments. To levy and provide for the collection of special assessments to cover the costs for 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) 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; and to regulate the parking of such vehicles; (40) Urban redevelopment. To organize and operate an urban redevelopment program; and (41) 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 to carry into execution all powers granted in this charter as fully and completely as if such powers were fully stated in this charter; 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

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municipalities under the Constitution or applicable laws of the State of Georgia. SECTION 1.14 . 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. ARTICLE II GOVERNMENT STRUCTURE 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 to be composed of a mayor and four councilmembers. The mayor and councilmembers shall be elected in the manner provided by this charter. SECTION 2.11 . City council terms and qualifications for office. The members of the city council 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 shall have been a resident of the city one year prior to the date of the election of mayor or members of the city council. Each such person shall continue to reside in the city during his or her period of service and be registered and qualified to vote in municipal elections of this city. SECTION 2.12 . Vacancy; filling of vacancies; suspensions. 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 shall be filled for the remainder of the unexpired term, if any, as provided for in this charter.

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SECTION 2.13 . Compensation and expenses. The mayor and councilmembers shall receive compensation and expenses for their services as provided by ordinance. SECTION 2.14 . Holding other office; voting when personally interested. (a) Except as authorized by law or as approved by the mayor and council, the mayor or any councilmember shall not hold any other city office or city employment during the term for which he or she was elected. (b) Neither the mayor nor any member of the city council shall vote upon, sign, or veto any ordinance, resolution, contract, or other matter in which he or she is personally interested. SECTION 2.15 . Inquiries and investigations. 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. SECTION 2.16 . General power and authority of the city council. Except as otherwise provided by the charter, the city council shall be vested with all the powers of government of this city as provided by Article I. 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, 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 condemned under procedures established under general law applicable now or as provided in the future.

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SECTION 2.18 . Organizational meetings. The mayor and city council shall hold an organizational meeting during the last week of December following each municipal election. In the event both the mayor and the mayor pro tem are serving terms of office which are to expire on December 31 of that election year, 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) (affirm) that I will faithfully perform the duties of (mayor) (councilmember) 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. SECTION 2.19 . Regular and special meetings. (a) The city council shall hold regular meetings at such times and places as prescribed by ordinance. (b) Special meetings of the city council may be held on call of the mayor or three members of the city 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 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 48 hours prior to such meetings. SECTION 2.20 . Rules of procedure. (a) The city council shall adopt its rules of procedure 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) All committees and committee chairpersons and officers of the city council shall be appointed by the mayor and shall serve at his or her pleasure. The mayor shall have the power to appoint new members to any committee at any time.

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SECTION 2.21 . Quorum; voting. Three councilmembers shall constitute a quorum and shall be authorized to transact business of the city council. Voting on the adoption of ordinances 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 three councilmembers shall be required for the adoption of any ordinance, resolution, or motion. SECTION 2.22 . Ordinance form; procedures. (a) Every proposed ordinance should 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. The enacting clause shall be The Council of the City of Bostwick hereby ordains..... and every ordinance shall so begin. (b) An ordinance may be introduced by any councilmember and be read at a regular or special meeting of the city council. Ordinances shall be considered and adopted or rejected by the city council in accordance with the rules which it shall establish; provided, however, an ordinance shall not be adopted the same day it is introduced, except for emergency ordinances provided in Section 2.24. (c) 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 the city council may designate. SECTION 2.23 . Action requiring an ordinance. Acts of the city council which have the force and effect of law shall be enacted by ordinance. SECTION 2.24 . Emergencies. To meet a public emergency affecting life, health, property, or public peace, the city council may convene on call of the mayor or two 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. An

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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 councilmembers 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 2.25 . 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 except that: (1) the requirements of Section 2.22(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; 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 Section 2.26. (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 2.26 . 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 adopted by the 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 of technical regulations and 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 Bostwick, Georgia. Copies of the code shall be furnished to all officers, departments, and agencies of

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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 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 2.27 . Election of mayor; forfeiture; compensation. The mayor shall be elected and serve for a term of four years and until his or her successor is elected and qualified. He or she shall be a qualified elector of this city and shall have been a resident of this city six months preceding his or her election. He or she shall continue to reside in this city 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 2.28 . Chief executive officer. The mayor shall be the executive of this city. He or she shall possess all of the executive and administrative powers granted to the city under the Constitution and laws of the State of Georgia and all the executive and administrative powers contained in this charter. SECTION 2.29 . Powers and duties of mayor. As the chief executive of this city, the mayor shall: (1) See that all laws and ordinances of the city are faithfully executed; (2) Appoint and remove all officers, department heads, and employees of the city, except as otherwise provided in this charter; (3) Exercise supervision over all executive and administrative work of the city and provide for the coordination of administrative activities; (4) Prepare and submit to the city council a recommended operating budget and recommended capital budget;

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(5) Submit to the city council at least once a year a statement covering the financial conditions of the city and, from time to time, such other information as the city council may request; (6) 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 he or she may deem expedient; (7) Call special meetings of the city council as provided for in Section 2.19(b); (8) Provide for an annual audit of all accounts of the city; (9) Require any department or agency of the city to submit written reports whenever he or she deems it expedient; and (10) Perform such other duties as may be required by law, this charter, or ordinance. SECTION 2.32 . Mayor pro tem; selection; duties. By a majority vote, the city council shall elect a councilmember to serve as mayor pro tem. The mayor pro tem shall preside at all meetings of the city council and shall assume the duties and powers of the mayor upon the mayor's disability 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 tem is disabled, absent, or acting as mayor. Any such absence or disability shall be declared by majority vote of all councilmembers. ARTICLE III ADMINISTRATIVE AFFAIRS SECTION 3.10 . 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, positionsof employment, departments, and agencies of the city, as necessary for the proper administration of the affairs and government of the city. (b) Except as otherwise provided by this charter or by law, the directors of departments and other appointed officers of the city 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.

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(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 mayor, be responsible for the administration and direction of the affairs and operations of his or her department or agency. (e) All directors under the supervision of the mayor shall be nominated by the mayor with confirmation of appointment by the city council. The mayor may suspend or remove directors under his or her supervisor but such shall not be effective for seven calendar days following the mayor giving written notice of such action and the reasons therefor to the director involved and to the city council. The director involved may appeal to the city council which, after a hearing, may override the mayor's action by a vote of three councilmembers. SECTION 3.11 . Boards, commissions, and authorities. (a) The city council shall 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 shall hold any 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 in this charter 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 city 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. (g) Any member of a board, commission, or authority may be removed from office for cause by a vote of three members of the city council. (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

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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 city. Each board, commission, or authority 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. The city council shall appoint a city attorney, together with such assistant city attorneys as may be authorized, and 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 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 of him or her by virtue of his or her position as city attorney. SECTION 3.13 . City clerk. The city council shall appoint a city clerk who shall not be a councilmember. The city clerk shall be custodian of the official city seal; maintain city council records required by this charter; and perform such other duties as may be required by the city council. SECTION 3.14 . City treasurer. The city council shall appoint a city treasurer to collect all taxes, licenses, fees, and other moneys belonging to the city subject to the provisions of this charter and the ordinances of the city, and to enforce all laws of Georgia relating to the collection of delinquent taxes and sale or foreclosure for nonpayment of taxes by the city. The city treasurer shall also be responsible for the general duties of a treasurer and fiscal officer. SECTION 3.15 . City accountant. The city council shall appoint a city accountant to perform the duties of an accountant.

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SECTION 3.16 . Position classification and pay plans. The mayor shall be responsible for the preparation of a position classification and pay plan which shall be submitted to the 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. For purposes of this section, all elected and appointed city officials are not city employees. SECTION 3.17 . Personnel policies. The city council shall adopt rules and regulations consistent with this charter concerning: (1) the method of employee selection and probationary periods of employment; (2) the administration of the position classification and pay plan, methods of promotion and application of service ratings thereto, and transfer of employees within the classification plan; (3) hours of work, vacation, sick leave, and other leaves of absence, overtime pay, and the order and manner in which layoffs shall be effected; (4) such dismissal hearings as due process may require; and (5) such other personnel notices 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 the City of Bostwick. SECTION 4.11 . Chief judge; associate judge. (a) The municipal court shall be presided over by a chief judge and such part-time, full-time, or standby 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 on the municipal court unless he or she shall have attained the age of 25 years and shall have a high school diploma or its equivalent. The chief judge shall be nominated and appointed by the mayor and council and shall serve at the

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pleasure of the mayor and council. All other judges shall be nominated by the chief judge and appointed by the mayor and city council. (c) Compensation of the judges shall be fixed by ordinance. (d) Judges may be removed for cause by a vote of three members of the city council. (e) Before assuming 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 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 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 no more than six months 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 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 vilations. 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 and an execution issued thereon by serving the defendant and his or her sureties with a rule nisi, at least two days before a hearing on the rule nisi. In the event that cash or

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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. (i) The municipal court is specifically vested with all the jurisdiction and powers throughout the geographic area of this city granted by law to municipal courts, and particularly by such laws as authorize the abatement of nuisances and prosecution of traffic 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 ordinance violation cases, and such certiorari shall be obtained under the sanction of a judge of the Superior Court of Morgan 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 superior courts. The rules and regulations made or adopted shall be filed with the city clerk, 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 AND REMOVAL SECTION 5.10 . Applicability of general law. All primaries and elections shall be held and conducted in accordance with Chapter 3 of Title 21 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated, known as the Georgia Municipal Election Code, as now or hereafter amended. SECTION 5.11 . Election of the city council and mayor. (a) There shall be a municipal general election quadrenially on the Tuesday following the first Monday in November commencing in 2001. (b) There shall be elected the mayor and four councilmembers at this election and at every other election thereafter. 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 plurality. The person receiving a plurality of the votes cast for any city office shall be elected. SECTION 5.14 . Special elections; 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 order a special election to fill the balance of the unexpired term of such official; provided, however, if such vacancy occurs within 24 months of the expiration of the term of that office, the city council 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 Chapter 3 of Title 21 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated, known as the Georgia Municipal Election Code, 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 as it deems appropriate to

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fulfill any options and duties under Chapter 3 of Title 21 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated, known as the Georgia Municipal Election Code. SECTION 5.16 . Removal of officers. The mayor, councilmembers, or other appointed officers provided for in this charter shall be removed from office for any one or more of the following causes: (1) By an order of the Superior Court of Morgan County following a hearing on a complaint seeking such removal brought by any resident of the City of Bostwick; (2) By recall pursuant to Georgia law; or (3) Pursuant to the terms of general law. 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. This tax is for the purpose of raising revenues to defray the costs of operating the 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. 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 the time period within which 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, 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 occupation or business taxes as are not denied by law. Such taxes may be levied on both individuals and corporations who transact business in this city or who practice or offer to practice any profession or calling therein to the extent

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such persons have a constitutionally sufficient nexus to this city to be so taxed. The city council 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. SECTION 6.13 . Licenses; permits; fees. The city council by ordinance shall have the power to require any individuals or corporations who transact business in this city or who practice or offer to practice any professional or calling therein to obtain a license or permit for such activity from the city 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 city regulations. Such fees may reflect the total cost to the city of regulating the activity and, if unpaid, shall be collected as provided in Section 6.18. The city council by ordinance may establish reasonable requirements for obtaining or keeping such licenses as the public health, safety, and welfare necessitate. SECTION 6.14 . Franchises. 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, cable television, gas companies, transportation companies, and other similar organizations. The city council shall determine the duration, terms, whether the same shall be exclusive or nonexclusive, and the consideration for such franchises; provided, however, 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. SECTION 6.15 . Service charges. The city council by ordinance shall have the power to assess and collect fees, charges, and tolls for sewers, sanitary and health services, or any other services provided or made available inside or outside the corporate limits of the city for the total cost to the city of providing or making available such services. If unpaid, such charges shall be collected as provided in Section 6.18. SECTION 6.16 . Special assessments. The city council by ordinance shall have the power to assess and collect the cost of constructing, reconstructing, widening, or improving any public

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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. This city 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 city to govern its local affairs. SECTION 6.18 . 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 6.17 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. fa. `s; 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 licenses for failure to pay any city taxes or fees; and providing for the assignment or transfer of tax executions. SECTION 6.19 . 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 6.20 . 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 6.21 . 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.

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SECTION 6.22 . 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 6.23 . 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 program, and a capital budget, including requirements as to the scope, content, and form of such budgets and programs. SECTION 6.24 . 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 mayor 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 mayor 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 summary of the budget, and such other comments and information as he or she may deem pertinent. The operating budget and the capital improvements 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 6.25 . Action by city council on budget. (a) The city 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 city council by ordinance shall adopt the final operating budget for the ensuing fiscal year not later than the thirty-first day of January each year. 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 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

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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 6.23. (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 encumbrance created in excess of the otherwise encumbered balance of the appropriation or allotment thereof to which it is chargeable. SECTION 6.26 . Tax levies. Following adoption of the operating 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 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 ordinance may make changes in the appropriations contained in the current operating budget at any regular meeting, special meeting, or emergency meeting called for such purpose, but any additional appropriations may be made only from an existing unexpended surplus. SECTION 6.28 . Capital improvements budget. (a) On or before the date fixed by the city council but no later than 45 days prior to the beginning of each fiscal year, the mayor shall submit to the city council a proposed capital improvements budget with his or her recommendations as to 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 program and proposed means of financing. The city council shall not authorize an expenditure for the constructing 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 Section 2.24. (b) The city council shall adopt by ordinance the final capital improvements budget for the ensuing fiscal year not later than the thirty-first day

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of January of each year. No appropriation provided for in a prior capital improvement budget shall lapse until the purpose for which the appropriation was made shall have been accomplished or abandoned; provided, however, that the mayor may submit amendments to the capital improvements budget at any time during the fiscal year, accompanied by his or her recommendations. Any such amendments to the capital improvements budget shall become effective only upon adoption by ordinance. 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 all audit reports shall be available at printing costs to the public. 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 and reviewed by the city attorney and, as a matter of course, it is signed by him or her 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 journal of proceedings pursuant to Section 2.21. 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 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 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 mayor and adoption of a resolution, both finding that the property is not needed for public or other

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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 swap is deemed to be in the best interest of the city. 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 elective and appointive, 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 . First election under this charter. The first municipal election held under this charter shall be on the Tuesday following the first Monday in November, 2001, at which the mayor and four councilmember positions shall be filled. Each councilmember elected shall serve a term as provided in Section 2.11. SECTION 7.13 . 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 for a period of 365 days before or during which the existing city council shall pass a transition ordinance

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detailing the changes in personnel and appointive officers required or desired and arranging such titles, rights, privileges, and powers as may be required or desired to allow a reasonable transition. SECTION 7.14 . 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. SECTION 7.15 . Construction. (a) Section captions in this charter are informative only and are not to be considered as a part thereof. (b) The word shall is mandaotry, and the word may is permissive. (c) The singular shall include the plural, the masculine shall include the feminine, and vice versa. SECTION 7.16 . 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 independently of each other. SECTION 7.17 . Specific Repealer. An Act incorporating the City of Bostwick in the County of Morgan, approved August 8, 1916 (Ga. L. 1916, p. 588), is repealed in its entirety. SECTION 7.18 . Effective date. This charter shall become effective on July 1, 1998. SECTION 7.19 . Repealer. All laws and parts of laws in conflict with this Act are repealed.

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NOTICE OF INTENT TO INTRODUCE LOCAL LEGISLATION Notice is hereby given that the City of Bostwick intends to introduce legislation in the current session of the Georgia General Assembly to adopt a new charter for the City of Bostwick, Georgia. All persons with questions, comments, or concerns may call 706-343-0085. Joanna Boles City Clerk GEORGIA, FULTON COUNTY Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths, Frank Stancil, who on oath deposes and says that he is the Representative from the 91st District and further deposes and says as follows: (1) That the attached Notice of Intention to Introduce Local Legislation was published in the Madisonian which is the official organ of Morgan County on the following date: January 22, 1998. (2) That the laws requiring notice of local legislation were further complied with in the manner checked below: [UNK] A copy of the notice of intention was mailed, transmitted by facsimile, or otherwise provided to the governing authority of any county, municipality, or consolidated government whose charter or enabling Act is amended, as required by subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill was requested by resolution or other written notification of the governing authority of the affected county, municipality, or consolidated government and a copy of such resolution or other written notification is attached hereto. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill does not amend the charter of a municipality or the enabling Act of a county or consolidated government or the bill affects a local school system. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill is an annexation bill and a copy of the bill was provided to the county governing authority within which the area proposed to be annexed is located at the time the notice was published, as required by Code Section 28-1-14.1. s/ FRANK E. STANCIL Representative, 91st District Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 29th day of January, 1998.

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s/ TERESA ADKINS Notary Public, Clayton County, Georgia My Commission Expires Jan. 5, 2001 (SEAL) Approved March 27, 1998. CITY OF DANIELSVILLENEW CHARTER. No. 584 (House Bill No. 1468). AN ACT To provide a new charter for the City of Danielsville; 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, a city treasurer, a city accountant, 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 other matters relative to the foregoing; to repeal a specific Act; to provide for effective dates; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes. BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF GEORGIA:

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ARTICLE I. INCORPORATION AND POWERS SECTION 1.10 . Name. This city and the inhabitants thereof are constituted and declared a body politic and corporate under the name and style Danielsville, Georgia, and by that name shall have perpetual succession. SECTION 1.11 . Corporate boundaries. (a) The boundaries of this city 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 city at all times shall be shown on a map, a written description, or any combination thereof, to be retained permanently in the City Hall and to be designated, as the case may be: Official Map of the corporate limits of the City of Danielsville, 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 with 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 entire map or maps which it is designated to replace. SECTION 1.12 . 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 this state 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 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 1.13 . Examples of powers. The powers of this city shall include, but not be limited to, the following: (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 city;

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(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 under this chapter; (3) 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; (4) Building regulation. 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 city taxes or fees; (5) 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 after due process for failure to pay any city taxes or fees; (6) 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; (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 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; (9) 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; (10) Garbage fees. To levy, fix, assess, and collect a garbage, refuse, trash collection and disposal, and other sanitary service charge, tax, or

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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 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; (11) 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 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 the powers and duties of the city and the general welfare of its citizens on such terms and conditions as the donor or granter 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 court may work out such sentences in any public works or on the streets, roads, drains and squares in the city, to provide for commitment of such persons to any jail, 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; (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 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, 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 the 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;

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(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, gas works, electric light plants, 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; and to authorize the extension of water, sewerage, and electrical distribution systems, and all necessary appurtenances by which said utilities are distributed, inside and outside the corporate limits of the city; and to provide utility services to persons, firms, and corporations inside and outside the corporate limits of the city as provided by ordinance; (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 a fire fighting 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, detentional, penal, and medical institutions, agencies and facilities; and to provide any other public improvements, inside or outside 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 Official Code of Georgia Annotated or such other applicable laws as are or may hereafter be enacted; (27) Public peace. To provide for the prevention and punishment of drunkenness, riots, and public disturbances; (28) Public transportation. To organize and operate such public transportation systems as are deemed beneficial;

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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 city; and to prescribe penalties and punishment for violation of such ordinances; (31) Retirement. To provide and maintain a retirement plan 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, maintain, repair, clean, prevent erosion of, and light the roads, alleys, and walkways within the corporate limits of the city; and to negotiate and execute leases over, through, under or across any city property or the right-of-way of any street, road, alley, and walkway, or portion thereof, within the corporate limits of the city for bridges, passageways, or any other purpose or use between buildings on opposite sides of the street and for other bridges, overpasses and underpasses for private use at such locations and to charge a rental therefor in such manner as may be provided by ordinance; and to authorize and control the construction of bridges, overpasses, and underpasses 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 and for private use; 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; (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 plan 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

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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, pawn shops, the manufacture, sale, or transportation of intoxicating liquors, and the use and sale of firearms; 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; and to license, tax, regulate or prohibit professional fortunetelling, palmistry, adult bookstores, and massage parlors; (36) Special assessments. To levy and provide for the collection of special assessments to cover the costs for 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) 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; and to regulate the parking of such vehicles; (40) Urban redevelopment. To organize and operate an urban redevelopment program; and (41) 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 to carry into execution all powers granted in this charter as fully and completely as if such powers were fully stated in this charter; 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.

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SECTION 1.14 . 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. ARTICLE II. GOVERNMENT STRUCTURE 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 to be composed of a mayor and four councilmembers. The mayor and councilmembers shall be elected in the manner provided by this charter. SECTION 2.11 . City council terms and qualifications for office. (a) The members of the city council shall serve for terms of two years and until their respective successors are elected and qualified. No person shall be eligible to serve as mayor or councilmember unless that person shall have been a resident of the city for six months prior to the date of the election of mayor or members of the city council; each shall continue to reside therein during that person's period of service and be registered and qualified to vote in municipal elections of this city. (b) All candidates shall be elected at large. SECTION 2.12 . Vacancy; filling of vacancies; suspensions. Vacancies. 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 or upon the occurrence of any event specified by the Constitution, Title 45 of the O.C.G.A. or such other applicable laws as are or may hereafter be enacted. A vacancy in the office of mayor or council member shall be filled for the remainder of the unexpired term, if any, as provided for in this charter. SECTION 2.13 . Compensation and expenses. The mayor and councilmembers shall receive compensation and expenses for their services as provided by ordinance.

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SECTION 2.14 . Holding other office; voting when personally interested. (a) Except as authorized by law, the mayor or any councilmember shall not hold any other city office or city employment during the term for which that person was elected. (b) Neither the mayor nor any councilmember shall vote upon, sign, or veto any ordinance, resolution, contract or other matter in which that person is personally interested. SECTION 2.15 . Inquiries and investigations. 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. SECTION 2.16 . General power and authority of the city council. Except as otherwise provided by law or this charter, the city council shall be vested with all the powers of government of this city as provided by Article I of this charter. SECTION 2.17 . Eminent domain. The city council is 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, 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 condemned under procedures established under general law applicable now or as provided in the future. SECTION 2.18 . Organizational meetings. The city council shall hold an organizational meeting during the last week of December following each municipal election. In the event both the mayor and the mayor pro tempore are serving terms of office which are to expire on December 31 of that election year, the meeting shall be called to

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order by the city clerk and the oath of the office shall be administered to the newly elected members as follows: I do solemnly (swear) (affirm) that I will faithfully perform the duties of (mayor) (councilmember) of the City of Danielsville 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. Should any elected official be absent from said meeting, he or she shall take the oath of office as soon as possible thereafter. SECTION 2.19 . Regular and special meetings. (a) The city council shall hold regular meetings at such times and places as prescribed by ordinance. (b) Special meetings of the city council may be held on call of the mayor or three members of the city 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 council members shall not be required if the mayor and all council members 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) 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 as fully as is reasonably possible 48 hours prior to such meetings. SECTION 2.20 . Rules of procedure. (a) The city council shall adopt its rules of procedure 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) All committees and committee chairs and officers of the city council shall be appointed by the mayor and shall serve at the pleasure of the mayor. The mayor shall have the power to appoint new members to any committee at any time. SECTION 2.21 . Quorum: voting. Three councilmembers shall constitute a quorum and shall be authorized to transact the business of the city council. Voting on the adoption of ordinances shall be by voice vote and the vote shall be recorded in the

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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 three councilmembers shall be required for the adoption of any ordinance, resolution, or motion. SECTION 2.22 . Ordinance form; procedures. (a) Every proposed ordinance should 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. The enacting clause shall be The Council of the City of Danielsville hereby ordains..... and every ordinance shall so begin. (b) An ordinance may be introduced by any councilmember and be read at a regular or special meeting of the city council. Ordinances shall be considered and adopted or rejected by the city council in accordance with the rules which it shall establish; provided, however, an ordinance shall not be adopted the same day it is introduced, except for emergency ordinances provided in Section 2.24 of this charter. (c) 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 the city council may designate. SECTION 2.23 . Action requiring an ordinance. Acts of the city council which have the force and effect of law shall be enacted by ordinance. SECTION 2.24 . Emergencies. To meet a public emergency affecting life, health, property or public peace, the city council may convene on call of the mayor or two councilmembers 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 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,

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but the affirmative vote of at least three councilmembers 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 2.25 . 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 except that: (1) the requirements of subsection (b) of Section 2.22 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 Section 2.26 of 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. 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 of technical regulations and 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 Danielsville, 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

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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 are 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 2.27 . Election of mayor; forfeiture; compensation. The mayor shall be elected and serve for a term of six years and until the mayor's successor is elected and qualified. The mayor shall be a qualified elector of this city and shall have been a resident of this city immediately preceding the election. The mayor shall continue to reside in this city during the period of the mayor's service. The mayor shall forfeit the office of mayor 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 2.28 . Chief executive officer. The mayor shall be the chief executive of this city. The mayor shall possess all of the executive and administrative power granted to the city under the Constitution and laws of the State of Georgia and all the executive and administrative powers contained in this charter. SECTION 2.29 . Powers and duties of mayor. As the chief executive of this city, the mayor shall: (1) See that all laws and ordinances of the city are faithfully executed; (2) Appoint and remove all officers, department heads, and employees of the city, as directed by the councilmembers, except as otherwise provided in this charter; (3) Exercise supervision over all executive and administrative work of the city and provide for the coordination of administrative activities; (4) Prepare and submit to the city council a recommended operating budget and recommended capital budget; (5) Submit to the city council at least once a year a statement covering the financial conditions of the city and, from time to time, such other information as the councilmembers may request; (6) 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;

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(7) Call special meetings of the city council as provided for in subsection (b) of Section 2.19 of this charter; (8) Approve or disapprove ordinances as provided in Section 2.30 of this charter; (9) Provide for an annual audit of all accounts of the city; (10) Require any department or agency of the city to submit written reports whenever the mayor deems it expedient; and (11) 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. (a) Every ordinance adopted by the city council shall be presented promptly by the city clerk to the mayor. (b) The mayor, within six calendar days of receipt of an ordinance, shall return it to the city clerk with or without the mayor's approval or with the mayor's disapproval. If the ordinance has been approved by the mayor, it shall become law upon its return to the city clerk; if the ordinance is neither approved nor disapproved, it shall become law at 12:00 Noon on the tenth calendar day after its adoption; if the ordinance is disapproved, the mayor shall submit to the city council through the city clerk a written statement of reasons for the veto. The city 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 city clerk to the city council at its next meeting. If the city council then or at its next general meeting adopts the ordinance by an affirmative vote of six members, 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 councilmembers over the mayor's veto as provided in this section. The reduced part or parts shall be presented to the councilmembers as though disapproved and shall not become law unless overridden by the councilmembers as provided in subsection (c) of this section. SECTION 2.31 . Mayor pro tempore; selection; duties. By a majority vote, the councilmembers shall elect a councilmember 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

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mayor upon the mayor's disability or absence. The councilmembers 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 mayor. Any such absence or disability shall be declared by majority vote of all councilmembers. ARTICLE III. ADMINISTRATIVE AFFAIRS SECTION 3.10 . 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. (b) Except as otherwise provided by this charter or by law, the directors of departments and other appointed 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 director of each department or agency who shall be its principal officer. Each director shall, subject to the direction and supervision of the mayor, be responsible for the administration and direction of the affairs and operations of his or her department or agency. (e) All directors under the supervision of the mayor shall be nominated by the mayor with confirmation of appointment by the city council. The mayor, upon direction by the councilmembers, may suspend or remove directors under the mayor's supervision but such action shall not be effective for seven calendar days following the mayor giving written notice of such action and the reasons therefor to the director involved. The director involved may appeal to the city council which, after a hearing, may override the mayor's action by a vote of three councilmembers. SECTION 3.11 . Boards, commissions, and authorities. (a) The city council shall 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

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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 shall hold any 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 in this charter 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 that person to perform faithfully and impartially the duties of that person's office, such oath to be prescribed by ordinance and administered by the mayor. (g) Any member of a board, commission, or authority may be removed from office for cause by a vote of three members of the city council. (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 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 city. Each board, commission, or authority of the city may establish such 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. The city council shall appoint a city attorney, together with such assistant city attorneys as may be authorized, and 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 councilmembers, 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 of such person's position as city attorney.

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SECTION 3.13 . City clerk. The city council shall appoint a city clerk who shall not be a councilmember. The city clerk shall be custodian of the official city seal; maintain city council records required by this charter; and perform such other duties as may be required by the city council. SECTION 3.14 . City treasurer. The city council shall appoint a city treasurer to collect all taxes, licenses, fees, and other moneys belonging to the city subject to the provisions of this charter and the ordinances of the city and to enforce all laws of the State of Georgia relating to the collection of delinquent taxes and the sale or foreclosure for nonpayment of taxes by the city. The city treasurer shall also be responsible for the general duties of a treasurer and fiscal officer. SECTION 3.15 . City accountant. The city council shall appoint a city accountant to perform the duties of an accountant. SECTION 3.16 . Position classification and pay plans. The mayor shall be responsible for the preparation of a position classification and pay plan which shall be submitted to the 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. For purposes of this section, all elected and appointed city officials are not city employees. SECTION 3.17 . Personnel policies. The city council shall adopt rules and regulations consistent with this charter concerning: (1) the method of employee selection and probationary periods of employment; (2) the administration of the position classification and pay plan, methods of promotion and application of service ratings thereto, and transfer of employees within the classification plan; (3) hours of work, vacation, sick leave, and other leaves of absence, overtime pay, and the order and manner in which layoffs shall be effected; (4) such dismissal hearings as due process may require; and (5) such other

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personnel notices 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 the City of Danielsville. SECTION 4.11 . Chief judge; associate judge. (a) The municipal court shall be presided over by a chief judge and such part-time, full-time, or standby 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 on the municipal court unless such person shall have attained the age of 25 years and shall have a high school diploma or its equivalent. The chief judge shall be nominated and appointed by the mayor and councilmembers and shall serve at the pleasure of the mayor and councilmembers. All other judges shall be nominated by the chief judge and appointed by the mayor and councilmembers. (c) Compensation of the judges shall be fixed by ordinance. (d) Judges may be removed for cause by a vote of three members 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 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.

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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 one year or both such fine and imprisonment or may fix punishment by fine, imprisonment, or alternative sentencig, 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 recognizances to ensure the presence of those charged with violations before such 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 the time fixed for trial, that person's bond shall be forfeited by the judge presiding at such time, and an execution shall be 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. (i) The municipal court is specifically vested with all the jurisdiction and powers throughout the geographic area of this city granted by law to mayor's, recorder's, and police courts, and particularly by such laws as authorize the abatement of nuisances and prosecution of traffic violations.

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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 violations cases, and such certiorari shall be obtained under the sanction of a judge of the Superior Court of Madison 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 superior courts. The rules and regulations made or adopted shall be filed with the city clerk, 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. 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 3 of Title 21 of the O.C.G.A., the Georgia Municipal Election Code as now or hereafter amended. SECTION 5.11 . Election of the city council and mayor. (a) There shall be a municipal general election annually on the Tuesday following the first Monday in November commencing in 1998. (b) There shall be elected the mayor and two councilmembers at one election and at every other election thereafter. The remaining city council seats shall be filled at the election alternating with the first election so that a continuing body is created as provided for in the initial election held under this charter pursuant to Section 7.12 of this charter. 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.

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SECTION 5.13 . Election by plurality. The person receiving a plurality of the votes cast for any city office shall be elected. SECTION 5.14 . Special elections; 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 appoint a successor for the remainder of the term. SECTION 5.15 . Other provisions. Except as otherwise provided by this charter, the city council shall, by ordinance, prescribe such rules and regulations as it deems appropriate to fulfill any options and duties under Chapter 3 of title 21 of the O.C.G.A., the Georgia Municipal Election Code. SECTION 5.16 . Removal of officers. The mayor, councilmembers, or other appointed officers provided for in this charter shall be removed from office for any one or more of the following causes: (1) By an order of the Superior Court of Madison County following a hearing on a complaint seeking such removal brought by any resident of the City of Danielsville; (2) By recall pursuant to general law; and (3) Pursuant to the terms of applicable general law as are or may hereafter be enacted. 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. This tax is for the purpose of raising revenues to defray the costs of operating the city government, of providing governmental services, for the repayment of principal and

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interest on general obligations, and for any other public purpose as determined by the city council in 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 the time period within which 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, 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 occupation or business taxes as are not denied by law. Such taxes may be levied on both individuals and corporations who transact business in this city or who practice or offer to practice any profession or calling therein to the extent such persons have a constitutionally sufficient nexus to this city to be so taxed. The city council 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 . Licenses; permits; fees. The city council by ordinance shall have the power to require any individuals or corporations who transact business in this city or who practice or offer to practice any profession or calling therein to obtain a license or permit for such activity from the city 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 city regulations. Such fees may reflect the total cost to the city of regulating the activity, and if unpaid, shall be collected as provided in Section 6.18 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 6.14 . Franchises. 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, cable television, gas companies, transportation companies, and other similar organizations. The city council shall determine the duration, terms, whether the same shall be exclusive or nonexclusive, and the consideration for such franchises; provided,

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however, no franchise shall be granted unless the city receives just and adquate compensation therefor. The city council shall provide for the registration of all franchises with the city clerk in a registration book kept by the city clerk. The city council may provide by ordinance for the registration within a reasonable time of all franchises previously granted. SECTION 6.15 . Service charges. The city council by ordinance shall have the power to assess and collect fees, charges, 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 for the total cost to the city of providing or making available such services. If unpaid, such charges shall be collected as provided in Section 6.18 of this charter. SECTION 6.16 . Special assessments. The city 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 of this charter. SECTION 6.17 . Construction; other taxes. This city 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 city to govern its local affairs. SECTION 6.18 . 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 6.17 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.fa.'s; 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 licenses for failure to pay any city taxes or fees; and providing for the assignment or transfer of tax executions.

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SECTION 6.19 . 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 6.20 . 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 6.21 . 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 6.22 . 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 6.23 . 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 program, and a capital budget, including requirements as to the scope, content, and form of such budgets and programs. SECTION 6.24 . 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 mayor 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 mayor containing a statement of the general fiscal policies of the city, the important features of

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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 the mayor may deem pertinent. The operating budget and the capital improvements 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 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 city council by ordinance shall adopt the final operating budget for the ensuing fiscal year not later than the 31st day of January each year. 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 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 funds and by organizational unit, purpose, or activity as set out in the budget preparation ordinance adopted pursuant to Section 6.23 of this charter. (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 encumbrance created in excess of the otherwise encumbered balance of the appropriation or allotment thereof to which it is chargeable. SECTION 6.26 . Tax levies. Following adoption of the operating 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 revenues, fund balances, and applicable reserves, to equal the total amount appropriate 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 ordinance may make changes in the appropriations contained in the current operating budget at any regular meeting or

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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 improvements budget. (a) On or before the date fixed by the city council but no later than 45 days prior to the beginning of each fiscal year, the mayor shall submit to the city council a proposed capital improvements budget with the mayor's recommendations as to the means of financing the improvements proposed for the ensuing fiscal year. The city council shall have the power to accept, with or without amendments, or reject the proposed program and proposed means of financing. The city council shall not authorize an expenditure for the constructing 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 Section 2.24 of this charter. (b) The city council shall adopt by ordinance the final capital improvements budget for the ensuing fiscal year not later than the 31st day of January of each year. No appropriation provided for in a prior capital improvement budget shall lapse until the purpose for which the appropriation was made shall have been accomplished or abandoned; provided, however, the mayor may submit amendments to the capital improvements budget at any time during the fiscal year, accompanied by his recommendations. Any such amendments to the capital improvements budget shall become effective only upon adoption by ordinance. 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 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 costs to the public. SECTION 6.30 . Contracting procedures. No contract with the city shall be binding on the city unless: (a) It is in writing; (b) It is drawn by or submitted to and reviewed by the city attorney, and as a matter of course, it is signed by the city attorney to indicate such drafting or review; and

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(c) It is made or authorized by the city council, and such approval is entered in the city journal of proceedings pursuant to Section 2.21 of this charter. 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 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 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 a 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 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 swap is deemed to be in the best interest of the city. 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.

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SECTION 7.11 . Prior ordinances. All ordinances, resolutions, rules, 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 7.12 . First election under this charter. The first municipal election held under this charter shall be the Tuesday following the first Monday in November 1998 at which two councilmembers shall be elected for a term of two years and until their respective successors are elected and qualified so that a continuing body is created. SECTION 7.13 . Existing personnel and officers. Except as specifically provided otherwise by this charter, all personnel and officers of this city and their rights, privileges, and powers shall continue beyond the time this charter takes effect for a period of 365 days before or during which the existing city council shall pass a transition ordinance detailing the changes in personnel and appointed officers required or desired and arranging such titles, rights, privileges, and powers as may be required or desired to allow a reasonable transition. SECTION 7.14 . 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. SECTION 7.15 . Construction. (a) Section captions in this charter are informative only and are not to be considered as a 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.

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SECTION 7.16 . 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 independently of each other. SECTION 7.17 . Effective date. This charter shall become effective on July 1, 1998. SECTION 7.18 . Specific repealer. An Act incorporating the City of Danielsville in the County of Madison, approved February 16, 1949 (Ga. L. 1949, p. 587), is repealed in its entirety and all amendatory acts thereto are likewise repealed in their entirety. SECTION 7.19 . General repealer. All laws and parts of laws in conflict with this charter are repealed. Notice Of Intention To Introduce Local Legislation Notice is given that there will be introduced at the regular 1998 session of the General Assembly of Georgia a bill to reincorporate and provide a new charter for the City of Danielsville; and for other purposes. This 15th day of January, 1998. W. Glenn Cross Mayor, City of Danielsville GEORGIA, FULTON COUNTY Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths, Ralph T. Hudgens, who on oath deposes and says that he is the Representative from the 24th District and further deposes and says as follows: (1) That the attached Notice of Intention to Introduce Local Legislation was published in the Danielsville Monitor which is the official organ of Madison County on the following date: January 23, 1998.

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(2) That the laws requiring notice of local legislation were further complied with in the manner checked below: [UNK] A copy of the notice of intention was mailed, transmitted by facsimile, or otherwise provided to the governing authority of any county, municipality, or consolidated government whose charter or enabling Act is amended, as required by subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill was requested by resolution or other written notification of the governing authority of the affected county, municipality, or consolidated government and a copy of such resolution or other written notification is attached hereto. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill does not amend the charter of a municipality or the enabling Act of a county or consolidated government or the bill affects a local school system. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill is an annexation bill and a copy of the bill was provided to the county governing authority within which the area proposed to be annexed is located at the time the notice was published, as required by Code Section 28-1-14.1. s/ RALPH T. HUDGENS Representative, 24th District Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 30th day of January, 1998. s/ TERESA ADKINS Notary Public, Clayton County, Georgia My Commission Expires Jan. 5, 2001 (SEAL) Approved March 27, 1998. CLARKE COUNTYCORONER; COMPENSATION. No. 585 (House Bill No. 1498). AN ACT To amend an Act providing for the compensation for the coroner of Clarke County, approved March 21, 1970 (Ga. L. 1970, p. 2980), as amended, particularly by an Act approved March 25, 1986 (Ga. L. 1986, p. 4710), so as to change the provisions relating to the coroner's salary; to provide for 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 providing for the compensation for the coroner of Clarke County, approved March 21, 1970 (Ga. L. 1970, p. 2980), as amended, particularly by an Act approved March 25, 1986 (Ga. L. 1986, p. 4710), is amended by striking Section 1 thereof and inserting in its place the following: SECTION 1. (a) In lieu of all fees and other compensation provided by law, the coroner of the Unified Government of Athens-Clarke County, Georgia, shall be compensated for his or her official duties by an annual salary of $5,760.00 and an annual expense allowance of $3,600.00, both payable in equal monthly installments from the funds of the Unified Government of Athens-Clarke County, Georgia. (b) The annual salary of the coroner of the Unified Government of Athens-Clarke County, Georgia, shall be increased each year by the same percentage or amount, or average percentage or average amount, as applicable, by which minimum salaries of sheriffs are increased under Code Section 15-16-20 of the O.C.G.A., based upon annual state merit system employee compensation increases, which increase in salary shall become effective the first day of July following the date such annual merit system increase first becomes effective. SECTION 2 . This Act shall become effective on January 1, 1999. SECTION 3 . All laws and parts of laws in conflict with this Act are repealed. NOTICE OF INTENT TO INTRODUCE LOCAL LEGISLATION Notice is hereby given that there will be introduced at the regular 1998 session of the General Assembly of Georgia, local legislation to amend an Act providing for the compensation for the coroner of Athens-Clarke County, approved March 21, 1970 (Ga. L. 1970, p. 2980), as amended, particularly by an Act approved April 11, 1979 (Ga. L. 1979, p. 4315), by an Act approved March 28, 1984 (Ga. L. 1984, p. 723), and by an Act approved March 25, 1986 (Ga. L. 1986, p. 4710), so as to change the provisions thereof regarding compensation; to provide an effective date; and for other purposes. This 23rd day of January, 1998. Ernie DePascale Attorney for Athens-Clarke County, Georgia

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GEORGIA, FULTON COUNTY Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths, Ralph T. Hudgens, who on oath deposes and says that he is the Representative from the 24th District and further deposes and says as follows: (1) That the attached Notice of Intention to Introduce Local Legislation was published in the Athens Observer which is the official organ of Clarke County on the following date: January 29, 1998. (2) That the laws requiring notice of local legislation were further complied with in the manner checked below: A copy of the notice of intention was mailed, transmitted by facsimile, or otherwise provided to the governing authority of any county, municipality, or consolidated government whose charter or enabling Act is amended, as required by subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill was requested by resolution or other written notification of the governing authority of the affected county, municipality, or consolidated government and a copy of such resolution or other written notification is attached hereto. [UNK] The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill does not amend the charter of a municipality or the enabling Act of a county or consolidated government or the bill affects a local school system. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill is an annexation bill and a copy of the bill was provided to the county governing authority within which the area proposed to be annexed is located at the time the notice was published, as required by Code Section 28-1-14.1. s/ RALPH T. HUDGENS Representative, 24th District Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 30th day of January, 1998. s/ TERESA ADKINS Notary Public, Clayton County, Georgia My Commission Expires Jan. 5, 2001 (SEAL) Approved March 27, 1998.

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CITY OF RICEBOROCORPORATE LIMITS. No. 586 (House Bill No. 1503). AN ACT To amend an Act entitled An Act to provide a new charter for the City of Riceboro, approved February 19, 1992 (Ga. L. 1992, p. 4614), so as to change the corporate limits; 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 provide a new charter for the City of Riceboro, approved February 19, 1992 (Ga. L. 1992, p. 4614), is amended by inserting immediately following subsection (b) of Section 1.11 the following: (c) In addition to the area described in subsection (a) of this section, the corporate limits shall also include the following area: The City of Riceboro is proposing to annex the area along the E.B. Cooper Highway (S.R. 119) North for a distance of 2.5 miles from its existing city limits to Union Camp, Howell Swamp Road and Easterly from the existing right-of-way of E.B. Cooper Highway (S.R. 119) for a distance of Five Hundred (500) feet and Westerly from the existing right-of-way of E.B. Cooper Highway (S.R. 119) for a distance of Five Hundred (500) feet. 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 1998 Session of the General Assembly of Georgia a bill to amend an Act entitled An Act to provide a new charter for the City of Riceboro, approved February 19, 1992 (Ga. L. 1992, p. 4614); and for other purposes. This 23 day of January, 1998 City of Riceboro GEORGIA, FULTON COUNTY Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths, Buddy DeLoach, who on oath deposes and says

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that he is the Representative from the 172nd District and further deposes and says as follows: (1) That the attached Notice of Intention to Introduce Local Legislation was published in the Coastal Courier which is the official organ of Liberty County on the following date: January 28, 1998. (2) That the laws requiring notice of local legislation were further complied with in the manner checked below: A copy of the notice of intention was mailed, transmitted by facsimile, or otherwise provided to the governing authority of any county, municipality, or consolidated government whose charter or enabling Act is amended, as required by subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill was requested by resolution or other written notification of the governing authority of the affected county, municipality, or consolidated government and a copy of such resolution or other written notification is attached hereto. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill does not amend the charter of a municipality or the enabling Act of a county or consolidated government or the bill affects a local school system. [UNK] The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill is an annexation bill and a copy of the bill was provided to the county governing authority within which the area proposed to be annexed is located at the time the notice was published, as required by Code Section 28-1-14.1. s/ BUDDY DELOACH Representative, 172nd District Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 29th day of January, 1998. s/ TERESA ADKINS Notary Public, Clayton County, Georgia My Commission Expires Jan. 5, 2001 (SEAL) Approved March 27, 1998. JACKSON COUNTYCOUNTY TREASURER; ACT ABOLISHING OFFICE REPEALED. No. 587 (House Bill No. 1518). AN ACT To repeal an Act to abolish the office of County Treasurer of Jackson County, Georgia, and to provide in what manner all funds of said county

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realized from taxes and all other sources shall be received, deposited, and disbursed, approved July 24, 1924 (Ga. L. 1924, p. 343), as amended, particularly by an Act approved August 14, 1931 (Ga. L. 1931, p. 488) and an Act approved March 23, 1933 (Ga. L. 1933, p. 585); 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 to abolish the office of County Treasurer of Jackson County, Georgia, and to provide in what manner all funds of said county realized from taxes and all other sources shall be received, deposited, and disbursed, approved July 24, 1924 (Ga. L. 1924, p. 343), as amended, particularly by an Act approved August 14, 1931 (Ga. L. 1931, p. 488) and an Act approved March 23, 1933 (Ga. L. 1933, p. 585), is repealed in its entirety. 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. RESOLUTION SELECTION OF DEPOSITORY FOR COUNTY FUNDS The local legislation on the selection of a depository for county funds was enacted at the 1924 session of the Georgia General Assembly. Amendments to the legislation were passed in 1931 and 1933. There is a need to update the local legislation to bring it into modern times. The board of commissioners has determined that the local legislation should be changed as follows: First, the board should be authorized to select more than one bank to serve as depository of county funds so long as all banks selected each pay the highest rate of interest; Second, the selection of depository banks should be done on an annual basis; Third, the local tax levied to provide financial assistance to the Jackson County Industrial Development Authority under a service contract should be considered county funds subject to being deposited in a depository bank selected by the board of commissioners; Fourth, the special local option sales tax proceeds which are paid to the Jackson County Water and Sewerage Authority should be considered

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county funds subject to being deposited in a depository bank selected by the board of commissioners; Fifth, the period of appointment of the present depository ends upon selection of a depository made in accordance with the new local legislation; Sixth, the elected officials, the Jackson County Water and Sewerage Authority, the Jackson County Industrial Development Authority, the Jackson County Development Authority and the Jackson County Airport Authority shall be authorized to select a bank of their choice so long as the interest paid by the bank on the funds on deposit shall be equal to or greater than the rate of interest to be paid by the depository bank selected by the Jackson County Board of Commissioners. THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that Representative Scott Tolbert be requested to introduce local legislation repealing Georgia Laws 1924, pp. 343-348; Georgia Laws 1931, pp. 488-490; and Georgia Laws 1933, p. 585. Representative Tolbert is further requested to introduce local legislation in accordance with this resolution. SO RESOLVED at a regularly scheduled meeting of the Jackson County Board of Commissioners held on October 14, 1997. JACKSON COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS Jerry WaddellChairman s/Pat BellCommissioner s/Henry RobinsonCommissioner Notice of Intention to Introduce Local Legislation Notice is given that there will be introduced at the regular 1998 session of the General Assembly of Georgia a bill to repeal Georgia Laws 1924, pp. 343-348; Georgia Laws 1931, pp. 488-490; and Georgia Laws 1933, p. 585. The bill introduced also will provide for a manner of selection of a depository for county funds and for other purposes. This 19th day of January, 1998. Representative Scott Tolbert 25th District GEORGIA, FULTON COUNTY Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths, Scott Tolbert, who on oath deposes and says that he is the Representative from the 25th District and further deposes and says as follows: (1) That the attached Notice of Intention to Introduce Local Legislation was published in the Jackson Herald which is the official organ of Jackson County on the following date: January 28, 1998.

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(2) That the laws requiring notice of local legislation were further complied with in the manner checked below: A copy of the notice of intention was mailed, transmitted by facsimile, or otherwise provided to the governing authority of any county, municipality, or consolidated government whose charter or enabling Act is amended, as required by subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14. [UNK] The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill was requested by resolution or other written notification of the governing authority of the affected county, municipality, or consolidated government and a copy of such resolution or other written notification is attached hereto. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill does not amend the charter of a municipality or the enabling Act of a county or consolidated government or the bill affects a local school system. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill is an annexation bill and a copy of the bill was provided to the county governing authority within which the area proposed to be annexed is located at the time the notice was published, as required by Code Section 28-1-14.1. s/ SCOTT TOLBERT Representative, 25th District Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 3rd day of February, 1998. s/ TERESA ADKINS Notary Public, Clayton County, Georgia My Commission Expires Jan. 5, 2001 (SEAL) Approved March 27, 1998. CITY OF MANASSASNEW CHARTER. No. 588 (House Bill No. 1525). AN ACT To provide a new charter for the City of Manassas; to provide for incorporation, boundaries, safekeeping of legal documents, 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, and removal from office relative to members of such governing authority; to provide for inquiries and investigations; to

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provide for oaths, organization, meetings, quorum, voting, rules, and procedures; to provide for ordinances and codes; to provide for a mayor and mayor pro tempore and certain duties, powers, and other matters relative thereto; to provide for administrative affairs and responsibilities; to provide for eminent domain; to provide for boards, commissions, and authorities; to provide for a city attorney, a city 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 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 other matters relative to the foregoing; to repeal a specific Act; 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 . Name. This city and the inhabitants thereof are reincorporated by the enactment of this charter and are constituted and declared a body politic and corporate under the name and style City of Manassas, Georgia, and by that name shall have perpetual succession. SECTION 1.11 . Corporate boundaries. (a) The boundaries of this city 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 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: Official Map (or Description) of the corporate limits of the City of Manassas, Georgia. Photographic, typed, or other copies of such map or description certified by the City of Manassas shall be admitted as evidence in all courts and shall have the same force and effect as with the original map or description.

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(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 entire map or maps which it is designated to replace. (c) The original charter and other legal documents, including maps and ordinances, shall be kept in a safety deposit box, and copies of the same shall be kept at city hall. SECTION 1.12 . 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 this state 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 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 1.13 . Examples of 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 under this charter; (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, 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 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

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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 O.C.G.A. or such other applicable laws as are now or may hereafter be enacted; (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 outside 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 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 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 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; (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 in the city 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 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;

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(14) 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 city; to provide for commitment of such persons to any jail; 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; (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 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 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, 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

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the like as the city council deems necessary and reasonable to ensure a safe, healthy, and esthetically 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 a fire-fighting 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, and charitable, cultural, educational, 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 city; 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 now or may hereafter be enacted; (27) Public peace. To provide for the prevention and punishment of 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 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 Georgia 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 city; and to prescribe penalties and punishment for violation of such ordinances; (31) Retirement. To provide and maintain a retirement plan 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,

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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; and to require real estate owners to repair and maintain in a safe condition the sidewalks adjoining their lots or lands to curb or street and to impose penalties for failure to do so; (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, pawn shops, the manufacture, sale, or transportation of any intoxicating liquors, and the use and sale of firearms; 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; and to license, tax, regulate, or prohibit professional fortunetelling, palmistry, adult bookstores, and massage parlors; (36) Special assessments. To levy and provide for the collection of special assessments to cover the costs for 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) 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; and to regulate the parking of such vehicles;

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(40) Urban redevelopment. To organize and operate an urban redevelopment program; and (41) 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 in this charter; 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 1.14 . 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. ARTICLE II GOVERNMENT STRUCTURE 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 to be composed of a mayor and four councilmembers. The city council established in this charter shall in all respects be a successor to and continuation of the city governing authority under prior law. The mayor and councilmembers shall be elected in the manner provided by general law and this charter. SECTION 2.11 . City councilmembers; terms and qualifications for office. The members of the city council 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 that person shall have been a resident of the city for 12 months prior to the date of the

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election of mayor or members of the city council; each shall continue to reside therein during that person's period of service and to be registered and qualified to vote in municipal elections of this city. SECTION 2.12 . Vacancy; filling of vacancies. (a) VacanciesThe office of mayor or councilmember shall become vacant upon such person's failing or ceasing to reside in the city or upon the occurrence of any event specified by the Constitution, Title 45 of the O.C.G.A., or such other applicable laws as are or may hereafter be enacted. (b) Filling of vacanciesA vacancy in the office of mayor or councilmember shall be filled for the remainder of the unexpired term, if any, by appointment by the city council if less than 12 months remain in the unexpired term, otherwise by an election as provided for in Section 5.14 of this charter and 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 shall receive compensation and expenses for their services as provided by ordinance. SECTION 2.14 . Holding other office; voting when financially interested. (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) Except as authorized by law, the mayor or any councilmember shall not hold any other city office or city employment during the term for which that person was elected. (c) Neither the mayor nor any member of the city council shall vote upon, sign, or veto any ordinance, resolution, contract, or other matter in which that person is financially interested. 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 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

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order issued in the exercise of these powers by the city council shall be punished as may be provided by ordinance. SECTION 2.16 . General power and authority of the city council. Except as otherwise provided by law or this charter, the city council shall be vested with all the powers of government of this city. SECTION 2.17 . Eminent domain. The city council is 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, cable systems, and charitable, educational, recreational, sport, curative 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 condemned under procedures established under general law applicable now or as provided in the future. SECTION 2.18 . Organizational meetings. The city council shall hold an organizational meeting. 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) (affirm) that I will faithfully perform the duties of (mayor) (councilmember) 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 the United States of America. 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 three members of the city 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

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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 city 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 as provided by Code Section 50-14-1 of the O.C.G.A. 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 of procedure and order of business consistent with the provisions of this charter and shall provide for keeping of a journal of its proceedings, which shall be a public record. (b) All committees and committee chairs and officers of the city council shall be appointed by the mayor and shall serve at the pleasure of the mayor. The mayor shall have the power to appoint new members to any committee at any time. SECTION 2.21 . Quorum; voting. The mayor or mayor pro tempore and three councilmembers shall constitute a quorum and shall be authorized to transact business of the city council. Voting on the adoption of ordinances 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 three councilmembers shall be required for the adoption of any ordinance, resolution, or motion. An abstention shall be counted as an affirmative vote. The mayor or the mayor pro tempore, if the latter be presiding, is not entitled to vote except in case of a tie. SECTION 2.22 . Ordinance form; procedures. (a) Every proposed ordinance should be introduced in writing. No ordinance shall contain a subject which is not expressed in its title. The enacting clause shall be It is hereby ordained by the governing authority of the City of Manassas..... and every ordinance shall so begin. (b) An ordinance may be introduced by any councilmember and be read at a regular or special meeting of the city council. Ordinances shall be considered and adopted or rejected by the city council in accordance with the rules which it shall establish, except for emergency ordinances provided for in Section 2.24 of this charter. Upon introduction of any ordinance, the clerk shall within five working days distribute a copy to the

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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 the city council may designate. SECTION 2.23 . Action requiring an ordinance. Acts of the city council which have the force and effect of law shall be enacted by ordinance. 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 three councilmembers 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 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 councilmembers 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 O.C.G.A. 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 generally except that: (1) the requirements of subsection (b) of Section 2.22 of this charter for distribution and filing of copies of the

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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 Section 2.26 of this charter. (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 of technical regulations and 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 Manassas, 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 printed 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 shall serve for a term of four years and until the mayor's 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 prior to the election. The mayor shall continue to reside in this city during the period of the mayor's service. The mayor shall forfeit the office of mayor on the same grounds and under the same procedure as for

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councilmembers. The compensation of the mayor shall be established in the same manner as for councilmembers. SECTION 2.28 . Chief executive officer. The mayor shall be the chief executive of this city. The mayor shall possess all of the executive and administrative power granted to the city under the Constitution and laws of the State of Georgia, and all the executive and administrative powers contained in this charter. SECTION 2.29 . Powers and duties of mayor. As the chief executive of this city, the mayor shall: (1) See that all laws and ordinances of the city are faithfully executed; (2) Appoint and remove all officers, department heads, and employees of the city except as otherwise provided in this charter; (3) Exercise supervision over all executive and administrative work of the city and provide for the coordination of administrative activities; (4) Prepare and submit to the city council a recommended operating budget and capital budget; (5) Submit to the city council at least once a year a statement covering the financial conditions of the city and from time to time such other information as the councilmembers may request; (6) 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; (7) Call special meetings of the councilmembers as provided for in subsection (b) of Section 2.19 of this charter; (8) Approve or disapprove ordinances as provided in Section 2.30 of this charter; (9) Provide for an annual audit of all accounts of the city; (10) Require any department or agency of the city to submit written reports whenever the mayor deems it expedient; (11) Perform such other duties as may be required by law, this charter, or ordinance; and (12) Be responsible for all financial transactions.

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SECTION 2.30 . Submission of ordinances to the mayor; veto power. (a) Every ordinance adopted by the city council shall be presented promptly by the city clerk to the mayor. (b) The mayor, within ten calendar days of receipt of an ordinance, shall return it to the city clerk with or without the mayor's approval or with the mayor's disapproval. If the ordinance has been approved by the mayor, it shall become law upon its return to the city clerk; if the ordinance is neither approved nor disapproved, it shall become law at 12:00 Noon on the tenth calendar day after its adoption; if the ordinance is disapproved, the mayor shall submit to the city council through the city clerk a written statement of the reasons for the veto. The city 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 city clerk to the city council at its next meeting. If the city council then or at its next meeting adopts the ordinance by an affirmative vote of three members, 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 city council over the mayor's veto as provided in this section. The reduced part or parts shall be presented to the city council as though disapproved and shall not become law unless overridden by the city council as provided in subsection (c) of this section. SECTION 2.31 . Mayor pro tempore; selection; duties. By a majority vote, the city council shall elect a councilmember to serve as mayor pro tempore each year. 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 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 mayor. Any such absence or disability shall be declared by majority vote of all councilmembers. ARTICLE III ADMINISTRATIVE AFFAIRS SECTION 3.10 . 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,

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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) Except as otherwise provided by this charter or by law, the directors of departments and other appointed 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 director of each department or agency who shall be its principal officer. Each director shall, subject to the direction and supervision of the mayor, be responsible for the administration and direction of the affairs and operations of that director's department or agency. (e) All appointed officers and directors under the supervision of the mayor shall be nominated by the mayor with confirmation of appointment by the city council. All appointed officers and directors shall be employees at will and subject to removal or suspension at any time by the mayor unless otherwise provided by law or ordinance. SECTION 3.11 . Boards, commissions, and authorities. (a) The city council shall 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 shall hold any 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 in this charter 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

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obligating that person to perform faithfully and impartially the duties of that person's office, such oath shall be prescribed by ordinance and administered by the mayor. (g) All members of boards, commissions, or authorities of the city 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. The city council shall appoint each year a city attorney, together with such assistant city attorneys as may be authorized, and shall provide for the payment of such attorney or attorneys for 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 city council as directed; shall advise the city council 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 such person's position as city attorney. SECTION 3.13 . City clerk. The city council shall appoint each year a city clerk who shall not be a councilmember. The city clerk shall be custodian of the official city seal and city records; maintain city council records required by this charter; and perform such other duties as may be required by the city council. SECTION 3.14 . Personnel policies. All employees serve at will and may be removed from office at any time unless otherwise provided by ordinance.

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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 Manassas. SECTION 4.11 . 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 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 and 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 such judge will honestly and faithfully discharge the duties of the judge's office to the best of the judge'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 of this charter. 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 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 six

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months 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 recognizances to ensure the presence of those charged with violations before such 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 the time fixed for trial, that person's bond shall be forfeited by the judge 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 an 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 Tattnall County under the laws of the State of Georgia regulating the granting and issuance of writs of certiorari.

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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 total the rules and regulations applicable to municipal courts. The rules and regulations made or adopted shall be filed with the city clerk, 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 such proceedings. ARTICLE V ELECTIONS AND REMOVAL SECTION 5.10 . Applicability of general law. All elections shall be held and conducted in accordance with Chapter 3 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. In odd-numbered years, on the Tuesday next following the first Monday in November there shall be an election for the mayor and the councilmembers. The terms of office shall begin on January 1 following the November election. 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 plurality vote. The person receiving a plurality of the votes cast for any city office shall be elected. SECTION 5.14 . Special elections; vacancies. In the event that the office of mayor or councilmember shall become vacant as provided in Section 2.12 of this charter, the city council or those

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remaining shall order a special election to fill the balance of the unexpired term of such official; provided, however, 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. In all other respects, the special election shall be held and conducted in accordance with Chapter 3 of Title 21 of the O.C.G.A., the Georgia Municipal Election Code, 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 as it deems appropriate to fulfill any options and duties under Chapter 3 of Title 21 of the O.C.G.A., the Georgia Municipal Election Code. SECTION 5.16 . Removal of officers. (a) The mayor, councilmembers, or 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 O.C.G.A. 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 by one of the following methods: (1) Following a hearing at which an impartial panel, selected by the mayor and city council, 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 provided in this section shall have the right of appeal from the decision of the city council to the Superior Court of Tattnall 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 Tattnall County following a hearing on a complaint seeking such removal brought by any resident of the City of Manassas. 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

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to such taxation by the state and county. This tax is for the purpose of raising revenues to defray the costs of operating the 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. 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 the time period within which 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, 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 occupation 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 6.18 of this charter. SECTION 6.13 . Regulatory fees; permits. The city council by ordinance shall have the power to require businesses or practitioners doing business in this city to obtain a permit for such activity from the city and pay a 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 6.18 of this charter. 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 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 nonexclusive, and the consideration for such franchises; provided, however, 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 city

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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, roadways, telephone companies, electric companies, 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, and tolls for sewers, sanitary and health services, or any other services provided or made available within and outside the corporate limits of the city for the total cost to the city of providing or making available such services. If unpaid, such charges shall be collected as provided in Section 6.18 of this charter. SECTION 6.16 . Special assessments. The city 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 of this charter. SECTION 6.17 . Construction; other taxes. 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 6.18 . 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 6.17 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

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city permits for failure to pay any city taxes or fees; and providing for the assignment or transfer of tax executions. SECTION 6.19 . 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 such issue is undertaken. SECTION 6.20 . 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 6.21 . 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 6.22 . Lease-purchase contracts. The city may enter into renewable 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 O.C.G.A., or other such applicable laws as are or may hereafter be enacted. SECTION 6.23 . 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 6.24 . Preparation of budgets. The city council shall provide an ordinance on the procedures and requirements for the preparation and execution of an operating budget, a

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capital improvement plan, and a capital budget, including requirements as to the scope, content, and form of such budgets and plans. SECTION 6.25 . Submission of operating budget to city council. On or before a date fixed by the city council but not later than 60 days prior to the beginning of each fiscal year, the mayor 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 mayor 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 summary of the budget, and other pertinent comments and information. The operating budget and the capital budget provided for in Section 6.29 of this charter, 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 6.26 . Action by city council on budget. (a) The city 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. 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 operating budget for the ensuing fiscal year not later than the last day of June of each year. If the city council fails to adopt the budget by said date, the amounts appropriated for operation for the then 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 6.24 of this charter. (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 encumbrance created in excess of the otherwise unencumbered balance of the appropriations or allotment thereof to which it is chargeable. SECTION 6.27 . Tax levies. 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

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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 6.28 . Changes in appropriations. The city council by ordinance 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, but any additional appropriations may be made only from an existing unexpended surplus. SECTION 6.29 . Capital budget. (a) On or before the date fixed by the city council, but not later than 60 days prior to the beginning of each fiscal year, the mayor 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 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 of this charter. (b) The city council shall adopt by ordinance the final capital budget for the ensuing fiscal year not later than the last day of June of each year. No appropriation 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, the mayor 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 ordinance. SECTION 6.30 . 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 available at printing costs to the public.

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SECTION 6.31 . 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 and reviewed by the city attorney and, as a matter of course, is signed by the city attorney to indicate such drafting or review; (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 2.19 of this charter; and (4) It is signed by the mayor or the mayor pro tempore. SECTION 6.32 . Centralized purchasing. The city council shall by ordinance prescribe procedures for a system of centralized purchasing for the city. SECTION 6.33 . 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 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 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 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

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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 and 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 . Existing ordinances, resolutions, rules, and regulations. Existing ordinances, resolutions, rules, and regulations of this city not in conflict with this charter shall continue in force, unless repealed or amended, for two years from the effective date of this charter. During such two-year period, the city council shall review all such provisions and shall readopt, repeal, or amend each, so that a codification as provided by subsection (b) of Section 2.26 of this charter is accomplished. SECTION 7.12 . Existing personnel and officers. Except as specifically provided otherwise by this charter, all personnel and officers of this city and their rights, privileges, and powers shall continue beyond the time this charter takes effect for a period of 90 days before or during which time the existing city council shall pass a transition ordinance detailing the changes in personnel and appointed officers required or desired and arranging such titles, rights, privileges, and powers as may be required or desired to allow a reasonable transition. 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. SECTION 7.14 . Construction. (a) Section captions in this charter are informative only and are not to be considered as a part thereof.

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(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 independently of each other. SECTION 7.16 . Specific repealer. An Act incorporating the City of Manassas in the County of Tattnall, approved August 16, 1920 (Ga. L. 1920, p. 1164), is repealed in its entirety and all amendatory Acts thereto are likewise repealed in their entirety. All other laws and parts of laws in conflict with this charter are repealed. SECTION 7.17 . Effective date. This Act shall become effective on July 1, 1998. SECTION 7.18 . General repealer. All laws and parts of laws in conflict with this Act are repealed. Public Notice New City of Manassas Charter The Mayor and Council intend to enact a new City of Manassas Charter in accordance with Georgia Law. Prior to enactment by the Manassas Council, the Georgia General Assembly must ratify and approve the local legislation bill, which will become effective upon its approval by the Governor or upon it becoming law without such approval. The City of Manassas and its inhabitants will be reincorporated by the enactment of this Charter to be effective July 1, 1998, and shall have perpetual succession.

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The public is invited to review the proposed new City of Manassas Charter at the City Hall during regular office hours. Mayor G. Mack Rogers, Jr. City of Manassas GEORGIA, FULTON COUNTY Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths, Terry Barnard, who on oath deposes and says that he is the Representative from the 154th District and further deposes and says as follows: (1) That the attached Notice of Intention to Introduce Local Legislation was published in the Glennville Sentinel which is the official organ of Tattnall County on the following date: January 29, 1998. (2) That the laws requiring notice of local legislation were further complied with in the manner checked below: [UNK] A copy of the notice of intention was mailed, transmitted by facsimile, or otherwise provided to the governing authority of any county, municipality, or consolidated government whose charter or enabling Act is amended, as required by subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill was requested by resolution or other written notification of the governing authority of the affected county, municipality, or consolidated government and a copy of such resolution or other written notification is attached hereto. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill does not amend the charter of a municipality or the enabling Act of a county or consolidated government or the bill affects a local school system. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill is an annexation bill and a copy of the bill was provided to the county governing authority within which the area proposed to be annexed is located at the time the notice was published, as required by Code Section 28-1-14.1. s/ TERRY BARNARD Representative, 154th District Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 3rd day of February, 1998. s/ TERESA ADKINS Notary Public, Clayton County, Georgia My Commission Expires Jan. 5, 2001 (SEAL) Approved March 27, 1998.

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CARROLL COUNTYTAX COMMISSIONER; SCHOOL TAXES; FEE. No. 589 (House Bill No. 1527). AN ACT To provide that the tax commissioner of Carroll County shall retain 1 percent of educational funds collected by said officer and remit the same to the governing authority of Carroll County to reimburse the county for the cost of collecting school taxes; to provide for a statement of intention and the authority for this Act; 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 . The tax commissioner of Carroll County shall remit all educational funds collected by said officer to the board of education of Carroll County, except that 1 percent of the funds collected shall be retained by the tax commissioner and remitted to the governing authority of Carroll County to reimburse the county for the cost of collecting school taxes. SECTION 2 . Pursuant to the specific authority of Paragraph III of Section VI of Article VIII of the Constitution of the State of Georgia, it is the intention of this Act to reduce the amount authorized by subsection (a) of Code Section 48-5-404 of the O.C.G.A. as reimbursement to counties for the collection of school taxes. SECTION 3 . This Act shall become effective on July 1, 1998. SECTION 4 . All laws and parts of laws in conflict with this Act are repealed. NOTICE OF INTENTION RO INTRODUCE LOCAL LEGISLATION Notice os given that there will be introduced at the regular 1998 session of the General Assembly of Georgia a bill to provide that the tax commissioner of Carroll County shall retain 1 percent of education funds collected by said officer and remit the same to the governing authoruty of Carrollton County to reimburse the county for the cost of collection school taxes; and for other purposes

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This the 31 day of January, 1998. s/ Tracy Stallings Representative Tracy Stallings 100th District GEORGIA, FULTON COUNTY Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths, Tracy Stallings, who on oath deposes and says that he is the Representative from the 100th District and further deposes and says as follows: (1) 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 the following date: January 31, 1998. (2) That the laws requiring notice of local legislation were further complied with in the manner checked below: A copy of the notice of intention was mailed, transmitted by facsimile, or otherwise provided to the governing authority of any county, municipality, or consolidated government whose charter or enabling Act is amended, as required by subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill was requested by resolution or other written notification of the governing authority of the affected county, municipality, or consolidated government and a copy of such resolution or other written notification is attached hereto. [UNK] The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill does not amend the charter of a municipality or the enabling Act of a county or consolidated government or the bill affects a local school system. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill is an annexation bill and a copy of the bill was provided to the county governing authority within which the area proposed to be annexed is located at the time the notice was published, as required by Code Section 28-1-14.1. s/ TRACY STALLINGS Representative, 100th District Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 3rd day of February, 1998.

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s/ TERESA ADKINS Notary Public, Clayton County, Georgia My Commission Expires Jan. 5, 2001 (SEAL) Approved March 27, 1998. DOWNTOWN LAGRANGE DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITYMEMBERS; TERMS; VACANCIES. No. 590 (House Bill No. 1543). AN ACT To amend an Act creating the Downtown LaGrange Development Authority, approved March 5, 1975 (Ga. L. 1975, p. 2623), as amended, so as to provide for the appointment of members of the authority and their terms of office; to provide for handling vacancies; 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 Downtown LaGrange Development Authority, approved March 5, 1975 (Ga. L. 1975, p. 2623), as amended, is amended by striking Section 2 thereof and inserting in lieu thereof a new Section 2 to read as follows: SECTION 2. (a) The authority shall be composed of 15 members to be appointed and elected as hereinafter provided. Five members of the authority shall be appointed by the mayor and city council. Five members of the authority shall represent the owners of real property which is subject to the tax provided for in Section 4 of this Act and shall be known as The Real Property Owner Group. The remaining five members of the authority shall represent the owners of business establishments whose principal place of business is located in the Downtown LaGrange District and shall be known as The Business Group. A person who both owns downtown real estate and operates a business within the district is entitled to vote for the representatives of both The Real Property Owner Group and The Business Group. However, no individual shall hold more than one seat on the authority. The initial members of the authority in excess of those serving on January 1, 1998, shall be appointed by the mayor and city council of the City of LaGrange within 30 days after this Act becomes effective. Such members shall serve through February 29, 2000. Thereafter, all terms of office of members of the authority shall be for two years.

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(b) After the initial appointment of members of the authority by the mayor and city council, all expired terms shall be filled by persons elected in a caucus of each respective owner's group, which caucus shall be held in the first full week in February, 2000. Such caucuses shall be held at such time and place as the chairperson of the authority shall designate, and the chairperson shall give all members of such group 15 days' written notice prior to such caucus. The caucuses of the two respective groups shall not be held at the same time because of the possibility of an individual being eligible to vote in both caucuses, as provided in subsection (a) of this section. After the initial appointment, terms of office for all members of the authority shall begin and terminate on March 1 every other year. Vacancies shall be defined and filled as provided in the bylaws of the authority. (c) In the event that 33 1/3 percent of the total number of the members of either group shall petition the authority, the authority shall call a caucus of such group for the purpose of recalling any member named to the authority by that group. At such a caucus, if a majority of such group present and voting shall vote to recall any such member of the authority, such group shall elect a successor to such recalled member to serve out the term of office formerly occupied by the recalled member. No petition for the recall of any single member of the authority shall be filed within a 12 month period subsequent to the filing of any previous referendum for the recall of such member. (d) All persons required to give notice of meeting and caucus dates shall exercise reasonable care so that as nearly as practical all persons entitled to notice of such meeting shall be appraised of such times and places. 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 1998 session of the General Assembly of Georgia a bill to amend an Act creating the Downtown LaGrange Development Authority, so as to provide for the appointment and terms of members and to provide for handling vacancies; and for other purposes. This 30 day of January, 1998. Representative Carl Von Epps 131st District GEORGIA, FULTON COUNTY Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths, Carl Von Epps, who on oath deposes and says

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that he is the Representative from the 131st District and further deposes and says as follows: (1) 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 the following date: January 30, 1998. (2) That the laws requiring notice of local legislation were further complied with in the manner checked below: A copy of the notice of intention was mailed, transmitted by facsimile, or otherwise provided to the governing authority of any county, municipality, or consolidated government whose charter or enabling Act is amended, as required by subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill was requested by resolution or other written notification of the governing authority of the affected county, municipality, or consolidated government and a copy of such resolution or other written notification is attached hereto. [UNK] The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill does not amend the charter of a municipality or the enabling Act of a county or consolidated government or the bill affects a local school system. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill is an annexation bill and a copy of the bill was provided to the county governing authority within which the area proposed to be annexed is located at the time the notice was published, as required by Code Section 28-1-14.1. s/ CARL VON EPPS Representative, 131st District Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 2nd day of February, 1998. s/ TERESA ADKINS Notary Public, Clayton County, Georgia My Commission Expires Jan. 5, 2001 (SEAL) Approved March 27, 1998. QUITMAN COUNTY WATER AND SEWERAGE AUTHORITYCREATION. No. 591 (House Bill No. 1574). AN ACT To create the Quitman County Water and Sewerage Authority; to authorize the authority to acquire, construct, add to, extend, improve, equip,

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operate, and maintain projects embracing sources of water supply, small watershed projects, works of improvements for watersheds, projects for watershed protection and flood control and prevention, recreational facilities developed in connection therewith, the distribution and sale of water and related facilities to individuals, private concerns, municipal corporations, and the State of Georgia and its political subdivisions and instrumentalities thereof; to authorize the authority to acquire, construct, add to, extend, improve, equip, operate and maintain sewerage systems, both sanitary and storm, sewage disposal and sewage treatment plants, and any and all other related facilities; to confer powers and to impose duties on the authority; to provide for the members of the authority and their term of tenure and compensation; to authorize the authority to contract with others pertaining to the use of the utilities and facilities of the authority and to execute leases and do all things deemed necessary or convenient for the operation of such undertakings or projects; to authorize the issuance of revenue bonds or obligations of the authority, payable from the revenues, tolls, fees, charges, and earnings of the authority and to pay the cost of such undertakings or projects and to authorize the collection and pledging of revenues and earnings of the authority for the payment of such bonds or obligations and to authorize the execution of resolutions and trust indentures to secure the payment thereof and to define the rights of the holders of such bonds or obligations; to provide that no debt of Quitman County or any municipality in Quitman County shall be incurred in the exercise of any of the powers granted by this Act; to make the bonds or obligations of the authority exempt from taxation; to provide for the authority to condemn property of every kind; to authorize the issuance of refunding bonds or obligations; to fix the venue or jurisdiction of actions relating to any provisions of this Act and to provide that such bonds or obligations be validated as authorized by Article 3 of Chapter 82 of Title 36 of the O.C.G.A., the Revenue Bond Law; to provide for liberal construction; to provide for severability; 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 Quitman County Water and Sewerage Authority Act. SECTION 2 . Quitman County Water and Sewerage Authority. (a) There is created a body corporate and politic to be known as the Quitman County Water and Sewerage Authority, which shall be deemed to be a political subdivision of the State of Georgia and a public corporation by that name, style, and title; and said body may contract and be contracted

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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, or employees of the authority. The authority is granted the same exceptions 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. (b) The authority shall consist of seven members who shall be selected so as to provide representation throughout Quitman County and will be appointed by and serve at the pleasure of the Board of Commissioners of Quitman County. To be eligible for appointment as a member of the authority, a person shall be at least 21 years of age, have been a resident of Quitman County for at least two years prior to the date of his or her appointment, and shall not have been convicted of a felony. Any member of the authority may be selected and appointed to succeed himself or herself for a maximum of two consecutive three-year terms. The water and sewerage authority shall be composed of seven posts to be designated as Post No. 1, Post No. 2, Post No. 3, Post No. 4, Post No. 5, Post No. 6, and Post No. 7. The term of each member shall be three years and until a successor is appointed and qualified, except that the initial terms shall be as follows: the members from Post No. 1 and Post No. 2 shall be appointed initially for terms which shall expire December 31, 1998, or when their respective successors are appointed and qualified; the members from Post No. 3 and Post No. 4 shall be appointed for terms which shall expire on December 31, 1999. or when their respective successors are appointed and qualified; the members from Post No. 5, Post No. 6 and Post No. 7 shall be appointed for terms which shall expire on December 31, 2000, or when their respective successors are appointed and qualified. Successors shall be appointed by the governing authority of Quitman County. Any vacancy on the authority shall be filled in the same manner as was the original appointment of the member whose termination of membership resulted in the vacancy, and the person so selected and appointed shall serve for the remainder of the unexpired term. (c) The authority shall elect from its members a chairperson, a vice chairperson, a secretary, and a treasurer or a secretary-treasurer. Members of the authority may be compensated from funds of the authority; however, it is expressly provided that they shall be reimbursed for all actual expenses incurred in the performance of their duties. The authority shall make rules and regulations for its own government. It shall have perpetual existence. The initial compensation established for the authority members and any future increases in such compensation must be submitted to the Board of Commissioners of Quitman County for approval. (d) A majority of the members of the authority shall constitute a quorum and, except as provided in this subsection, any action may be taken by the

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authority upon the affirmative vote of a majority of a quorum of the members. 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. A majority vote of the total membership of the authority shall be required for the authority to create any debt or issue any negotiable revenue bonds. (e) The authority shall be subject to all of the provisions of Chapters 14 and 18 of Title 50 of the O.C.G.A., the open meetings and open records laws of the State of Georgia. (f) Each member of the authority shall, not later than March 31 of each year, submit to the Board of Commissioners of Quitman County a financial disclosure identical to that required of public officers by Code Section 21-5-50 of the O.C.G.A., as now or hereafter amended. SECTION 3 . Definitions. As used in this Act, the term: (1) Authority or water and sewerage authority means the Quitman County Water and Sewerage Authority created in Section 2 of this Act. (2) Cost of the project shall embrace the cost of construction, the cost of all lands, properties, rights, easements, and franchises acquired; the cost of all machinery and equipment, financing charges, interest prior to and during construction and for one year after completion of construction; cost of engineering, architectural, fiscal, and legal expenses and of plans and specifications and other expenses necessary or incident to determining the feasibility or practicability of the project; administrative expenses and such other expenses as may be necessary or incident to the financing authority by this Act; the construction of any project; the placing of the same in operation; and the condemnation of property necessary for such construction and operation. Any obligation or expense incurred for any of the foregoing purposes shall be regarded as a part of cost of the project and may be paid or reimbursed as such out of the proceeds of revenue bonds issued under the provisions of this Act for such project. (3) Project means and includes the acquisition, construction, and equipping of water facilities for obtaining one or more sources of water supply, small watershed projects, works of improvements for watersheds, projects for watershed protection and flood control and prevention, recreational facilities developed in connection therewith, the treatment of water, and the distribution and sale of water to users and consumers, including, but not limited to, the State of Georgia and counties and municipalities for the purpose of resale inside and

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outside the territorial boundaries of Quitman County, and additions to, improvements to, extensions of, and the operation and maintenance of same so as assure an adequate water system, watershed protection and improvement, and flood control and prevention; the acquisition, construction, and equipping of sewerage facilities useful and necessary for the gathering of waste matter, and the treatment of sewage of any and every type, including, but not limited to, the acquisition and construction of treatment plants, ponds, and lagoons inside and outside the territorial boundaries of Quitman County, and additions and improvements to and extensions of such facilities, and the operation and maintenance of same so as to assure an adequate sewerage system. Said water facilities, small watershed projects, projects for watershed protection and flood control and prevention, recreational facilities developed in connection therewith, and sewerage facilities, at the discretion of the authority, may be combined at any time as one revenue-producing undertaking and operated and maintained as such. (4) Revenue bonds, bonds, or obligations as used in this Act shall mean revenue bonds as defined and provided for in Article 3 of Chapter 82 of Title 36 of the O.C.G.A., the Revenue Bond Law, and any amendments thereto, and, in addition, shall also mean obligations of the authority the issuance of which are specifically provided for in this Act. (5) Any project shall be deemed self-liquidating if, in the judgment of the authority, the revenues and earnings to be derived by the authority therefrom and all facilities used in connection therewith will be sufficient to pay the cost of operating, maintaining and repairing, improving, and extending the project and to pay the principal of and interest on the revenue bonds which may be issued to finance, in whole or in part, the cost of such project or projects. SECTION 4 . Powers. The authority shall have the following powers: (1) To have a seal and alter the same at pleasure; (2) To acquire by purchase, lease, gift, condemnation, or otherwise, and to hold, maintain, lease, operate, and dispose of real and personal property of every kind and character for its corporate purposes; (3) To acquire in its own name by purchase, on such terms and conditions and in such manner as it may deem proper, or by condemnation in accordance with the provisions of any and all existing laws applicable to the condemnation of property for public [Illegible Text] [Illegible Text] [Illegible Text] or rights or easements therein, or franchises

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necessary or convenient for its corporate purposes and to use the same so long as its corporate existence shall continue and to lease or make contracts with respect to the use or to dispose of the same in any manner it deems to be to the best advantage of the authority, the authority being under obligation to accept and pay for any property condemned under this Act from the funds provided under the authority of this Act, and in any proceedings to condemn, such orders may be made by the court having jurisdiction of the suit, action, or proceedings as may be just to the authority and to the owners of the property to be condemned, and no property shall be acquired under the provisions of this Act upon which a lien or other encumbrance exists, unless at the time such property is so acquired a sufficient sum of money is deposited in trust to pay and redeem the fair value of such lien or encumbrance; and if the authority shall deem it expedient to construct any project on any lands the title to which shall then be in Quitman County or in any municipality incorporated in said county, the governing authority or body of said county or of any of said municipalities, if the governing authority of said county or of any said municipalities consents thereto, is authorized to convey title to such lands to the authority upon payment for the credit of the general funds of said county or municipalities the reasonable value of such lands. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary contained in this Act, the authority shall have the right, easement, and franchise of laying the mains, pipes, conduits, and drains for waterworks, sewerage, and drainage systems purposes within the rights of way of streets, roads, and highways in the County of Quitman or within the rights of way of streets, roads, and highways in the corporate limits of any municipality incorporated in said county, without cost, except that the authority shall repair all damage done by the authority by reason thereof; (4) To appoint, select, and employ officers, agents, and employees, including engineering, architectural, and construction experts, fiscal agents, and attorneys and fix their respective compensations; (5) To make and execute contracts, leases, and instruments, which shall be necessary or convenient, including contracts for acquisition and construction of projects and leases of projects or contracts with respect to the use of projects which it causes to be constructed or acquired; and any and all persons, firms, and corporations, and the state and any and all political subdivisions, departments, institutions, or agencies of the state, are authorized to enter into contracts, leases, or agreements with the authority upon such terms and for such purposes, as they deem advisable; and without limiting the generality of the above, authority is specifically granted to municipal corporations, counties, and other political subdivisions and to the authority to enter into contracts, leases, agreements, or other undertakings relative to the furnishing of services and facilities by the authority to such municipal corporations, counties, and political subdivisions for a term not exceeding 50 years;

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(6) To construct, erect, acquire, own, repair, remodel, maintain, add to, extend, improve, equip, operate and manage projects as defined in this Act; the cost of any such project to be paid in whole or in part from the proceeds of revenue bonds or other funds of the authority or from such proceeds or other funds and any grant from the United States of America or any agency or instrumentality thereof or from the State of Georgia or any agency or instrumentality thereof; (7) To accept loans and grants of money or materials or property of any kind from the United States of America or any agency or instrumentality thereof upon such terms and conditions as the United States of America or such agency or instrumentality may impose; (8) To accept loans and grants of money or materials or property of any kind from the State of Georgia or any agency or instrumentality or political subdivision thereof, upon such terms and conditions as the State of Georgia or such agency or instrumentality or political subdivision may impose; (9) To borrow money for any of its corporate purposes and to execute notes or other evidence of such indebtedness and to secure the same; (10) To issue negotiable revenue bonds, payable solely from funds pledged for the purpose, 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, including the power to incur short-term debt and to approve, execute, and deliver appropriate evidence of any such indebtedness, provided that such power is not in conflict with the Constitution and laws of this state; and (12) To do all things necessary or convenient to carry out the powers expressly given in this Act. SECTION 5 . Revenue bonds. The authority or any authority or body which has or which may in the future succeed to the powers, duties, and liabilities vested in the authority created in this Act, shall have power and is authorized at one time, or from time to time, to provide by resolution for the issuance of negotiable revenue bonds for the purpose of paying all or any part of the cst of any one or more projects, as defined in paragraph (2) of Section 3 of this Act. The principal of and interest on such revenue bonds shall be payable solely from the special fund provided for in this Act for such payment. The bonds of each issue shall be dated, shall bear interest at such rate or rates, shall provide for when interest shall be payable and when principal shall mature, and shall be payable in such medium of payments as to both principal and interest, all as may be determined by the authority, and may be made

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redeemable before maturity, at the option of the authority, at such price or prices and under such terms and conditions as may be fixed by the authority in the resolution providing for the issuance of the bonds. In addition, the authority shall have the power to issue revenue bonds or obligations pursuant to and in conformity with Article 3 of Chapter 82 of Title 36 of the O.C.G.A., the Revenue Bond Law. SECTION 6 . Revenue bonds; form; denomination; registration; place of payment. The authority shall determine the form of the bonds, including any interest coupons to be attached thereto, and shall fix the denomination or denominations of the bonds, and the place or places of payment of principal and interest thereof, which may be at any bank or trust company inside or outside the state. The bonds may be issued in coupon or registered form or both as the authority may determine and provision may be made for the registration of any coupon bond as to principal alone and also as to both the principal and interest. SECTION 7 . Revenue bonds; signatures; seal. All such bonds shall bear the manual or facsimile signature of the chairperson of the authority, attested by the manual or facsimile signature of the secretary of the authority, and the official seal of the authority or a facsimile thereof shall be affixed thereto and any coupons attached thereto shall bear the facsimile signatures of the chairperson and secretary of the authority. Any coupon may bear the facsimile signatures of such persons and any bond may be signed, sealed, and attested on behalf of the authority by such person as at the actual time of the execution of such bonds shall be duly authorized or hold the proper office, although at the date of such bonds such persons may not have been so authorized or shall not have held such office. In case any officer whose signature shall appear on any bonds or whose signature shall appear on any coupon shall cease to be such officer before delivery of such bonds, such signature shall nevertheless be valid and sufficient for all purposes the same as if he or she had remained in office until such delivery. SECTION 8 . Revenue bonds; negotiability; exemption from taxation. All revenue bonds issued under the provisions of this Act shall have and are declared to have all the qualities and incidents of negotiable instruments under the laws of this state. Such bonds are declared to be issued for an essential public and governmental purpose and said bonds and the income thereof shall be exempt from all taxation within this state.

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SECTION 9 . Revenue bonds; sale; proceeds. The authority may sell such bonds in such manner and for such price as it may determine to be for the best interest of the authority and the proceeds derived from the same of such bonds shall be used solely for the purpose provided in the proceedings authorizing the issuance of such bonds. SECTION 10 . Revenue bonds; interim receipts and certificates or temporary bonds. Prior to the preparation of definitive bonds, the authority may, under like restrictions, issue interim receipts, interim certificates, or temporary bonds, with or without coupons exchangeable for definitive bonds upon the issuance of the latter. SECTION 11 . Revenue bonds; replacement of lost or mutilated bonds. The authority may also provide for the replacement of any bond or any coupons which shall become mutilated or be destroyed or lost. SECTION 12 . Revenue bonds; conditions precedent to issuance. Such revenue bonds shall be issued as required by Article 3 of Chapter 82 of Title 36 of the O.C.G.A., the Revenue Bond Law. Any resolution providing for the issuance of revenue bonds under the provisions of this Act shall become effective immediately upon passage; and any such resolution may be passed at any regular or special or adjourned meeting of the authority by a majority of its members. SECTION 13 . Credit not pledged. Revenue bonds issued under the provisions of this Act shall not constitute a debt of Quitman County or any municipality in Quitman County, nor a pledge of the faith and credit of said county or any such municipality, but such bonds shall be payable solely from the fund provided for in this Act, and the issuance of such revenue bonds shall not directly, indirectly, or contingently obligate said county or any such municipality to levy or to pledge any form of taxation whatever therefor or to make any appropriation for their payment, and all such bonds shall contain recitals on their face covering substantially the foregoing provisions of this section. SECTION 14 . Trust indenture as security. In the discretion of the authority, any issue of such revenue bonds may be secured by a trust indenture by and between the authority and a corporate

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trustee, which may be any trust company or bank having the powers of a trust company inside or outside of the state. Such trust indenture may pledge or assign fees, tolls, revenues, and earnings to be received by the authority. Either the resolution providing for the issuance of revenue bonds or such trust indenture may contain such provisions for protecting and enforcing the rights and remedies of the bondholders as may be reasonable and proper and not in violation of law, including covenants setting forth the duties of the authority in relation to the acquisition of property, the construction of the project, the maintenance, operation, repair, and insurance of the project, and the custody, safeguarding, and application of all moneys, and may also provide that any project shall be constructed and paid for under the supervision and approval of consulting engineers or architects employed or designated by the authority, and may also contain provisions concerning the conditions, if any, upon which additional revenue bonds may be issued. It shall be lawful for any bank or trust company incorporated under the laws of this state to act as such depository and to furnish such indemnifying bonds or pledge such securities as may be required by the authority. Such indenture may set forth the rights and remedies of the bondholders as is customary in trust indentures securing bonds and debentures of corporations. In addition to the foregoing, such trust indenture may contain such other provisions as the authority may deem reasonable and proper for the security of the bondholders. All expenses incurred in carrying out such trust indenture may be treated as a part of the cost of maintenance, operation, and repair of the project affected by such indenture. SECTION 15 . To whom proceeds of bonds shall be paid. The authority shall, in the resolution providing for the issuance of revenue bonds or in the trust indenture, provide for the payment of the proceeds of the sale of the bonds to any officer or person who, or any agency, bank, or trust company which, shall act as trustee of such funds and shall hold and apply the same to the purposes provided for in this Act, subject to such regulations as this Act and such resolution or trust indenture may provide. SECTION 16 . Sinking Fund. The revenues, fees, tolls, and earnings derived from any particular project or projects, regardless of whether or not such fees, earnings, and revenues were produced by a particular project for which bonds have been issued unless otherwise pledged and allocated, may be pledged and allocated by the authority to the payment of the principal and interest on revenue bonds of the authority as the resolution authorizing the issuance of the bonds or in the trust instrument may provide, and such funds so pledged from whatever source received, which pledge may include funds received

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from one or more or all sources, shall be set aside at regular intervals as may be provided in the resolution or trust indenture into a sinking fund, which sinking fund shall be pledged to and charged with the payment of: (1) The interest upon which revenue bonds as such interest shall fall due; (2) The principal of the bonds as the same shall fall due; (3) Any premium upon bonds acquired by redemption, payment, or otherwise; (4) The necessary charges of the paying agent or agents for paying principal and interest; and (5) Any investment fees or charges. The use and disposition of such sinking fund shall be subject to such regulations as may be provided in the resolution authorizing the issuance of the revenue bonds or in the trust indenture, but, except as may otherwise be provided in such resolution or trust indenture, such sinking fund shall be maintained as a trust account for the benefit of all revenue bonds without distinction or priority of one over another. Subject to the provisions of the resolution authorizing the issuance of the bonds or in the trust indenture, any surplus moneys in the sinking fund may be applied to the purchase or redemption of bonds, and any such bonds so purchased or redeemed shall forthwith be canceled and shall not be reissued, printed, and delivered. SECTION 17 . Remedies of bondholders. Any holder of revenue bonds issued under the provisions of this Act or any of the coupons appertaining thereto, and the trustee under the trust indenture, if any, except to the extent the rights given by this Act may be restricted by a resolution passed before the issuance of the bonds or by the trust indenture, may, either at law or in equity, by suit, action, mandamus, or other proceedings, protect and enforce any and all rights under the laws of the State of Georgia or granted by this Act or under such resolution or trust indenture, and may enforce and compel performance of all duties required by this Act or by such resolution or trust indenture, to be performed by the authority, or any officer thereof, including the fixing, charging, and collecting of revenues, fees, tolls, fines, and other charges for the use of the facilities and services furnished. SECTION 18 . Refunding bonds. The authority is authorized to provide by resolution for the issuance of bonds of the authority for the purpose of funding or refunding any

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revenue bonds issued under the provisions of this Act and then outstanding, together with accrued interest thereon and premium, if any. The issuance of such funding or refunding bonds, the maturities and all other details thereof, the rights of the holders thereof, and the duties of the authority in respect to the same shall be governed by the foregoing provisions of this Act insofar as the same may be applicable. SECTION 19 . Venue and jurisdiction. Any action to protect or enforce any rights under the provisions of this Act or any suit or action against such authority shall be brought in the Superior Court of Quitman County, Georgia, and any action pertaining to validation of any bonds issued under the provisions of this Act shall likewise be brought in said court which shall have exclusive, original jurisdiction of such actions. SECTION 20 . Validation. Bonds of the authority shall be confirmed and validated in accordance with the procedure of Article 3 of Chapter 82 of Title 36 of the O.C.G.A., the Revenue Bond Law. The petition for validation shall also make party defendant to such action the State of Georgia or any municipality, county, authority, political subdivision, or instrumentality of the State of Georgia which has contracted with the authority for the services and facilities of the project for which bonds are to be issued and sought to be validated, and the state or such municipality, county, authority, political subdivision, or instrumentality shall be required to show cause, if any, why such contract or contracts and the terms and conditions thereof shall not be inquired into by the court and the validity of the terms thereof be determined and the contract or contracts adjudicated as a part of the basis of the security for the payment of any such bonds of the authority. The bonds, when validated, and the judgment of validation shall be final and conclusive with respect to such bonds and the security for the payment thereof and interest thereon and against the authority issuing the same, the state and any municipality, county, authority, political subdivision, or instrumentality thereof, if a party to the validation proceedings, contracting with the Quitman County Water and Sewerage Authority. SECTION 21 . Interest of bondholders protected. (a) While any of the bonds issued by the authority remain outstanding, the powers, duties, or existence of said authority or of its officers, employees, or agents shall not be diminished or impaired in any manner that will affect adversely the interests and rights of the holders of such bonds, and no

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other entity, department, agency, or authority will be created which will compete with the authority to such an extent as to affect adversely the interest and rights of the holders of such bonds, nor will the state itself so compete with the authority. (b) The provisions of this Act shall be for the benefit of the authority and the holders of any such bonds and, upon the issuance of bonds under the provisions of this Act, shall constitute a contract with the holders of such bonds. SECTION 22 . Moneys received considered trust funds. All moneys received pursuant to the authority of this Act, whether as proceeds from the sale of revenue bonds, as grants or other contributions, or as revenues, income, fees, and earnings shall be deemed to be trust funds to be held and applied solely as provided in this Act. SECTION 23 . Tort immunity. To the extent permitted by law, the authority shall have the same immunity and exemption from liability for torts and negligence as Quitman County, and the officers, agents and employees of the authority when in the performance of the work of the authority shall have the same immunity and exemption from liability for torts and negligence as the officers, agents, and employees of Quitman County when in performance of their public duties or work of the county. SECTION 24 . Tax exempt status of authority. The properties of the authority, both real and personal, are declared to be public properties used for the benefit and welfare of the people of the state and not for purposes of private or corporate benefit and income, and such properties and the authority shall be exempt from all taxes and special assessment of any city, county, or the state or any political subdivision thereof. SECTION 25 . Rates, charges, and revenues; use. The authority is authorized to prescribe and revise from time to time rates, fees, tolls, and charges and to collect such rates, fees, tolls, and charges for the services, facilities, or commodities furnished and, in anticipation of the collection of the revenues and income of such undertakings or projects, to issue revenue bonds as provided by this Act to finance in whole or in part the cost of the acquisition, construction, reconstruction, improvement,

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equipment, betterment, or extension of a water system, a small watershed project, a project for watershed protection or flood control and prevention, recreational facilities developed in connection therewith, a sewerage system, or a combined water and sewerage system, and to pledge to the punctual payment of said bonds and interest thereon all or any part of the revenues and income of such undertakings or projects, including the revenues of improvements, betterment, or extensions thereto thereafter made. SECTION 26 . Rule and regulations for operations of project. It shall be the duty of the authority to prescribe rules and regulations for the operation of the project or projects acquired or constructed under the provisions of this Act, including the basis on which water service and facilities, sewerage service and facilities, or both shall be furnished. SECTION 27 . Powers declared supplemental and additional. The foregoing sections of this Act shall be deemed to provide an additional and alternative method for the doing of the things authorized by this Act and shall be regarded as supplemental and additional to powers conferred by other laws and shall not be regarded as in derogation of any powers now existing. This Act does not in any way take from Quitman County or any municipality located therein or any adjoining county, the authority to own, operate, and maintain a water system, small watershed project, project for watershed protection and flood control and prevention, recreational facilities developed in connection therewith, a sewerage system, or a combined water and sewerage system or to issue revenue bonds as is provided by Article 3 of Chapter 82 of Title 36 of the O.C.G.A., the Revenue Bond Law. SECTION 28 . Liberal construction of Act. This Act being for the welfare of various political subdivisions of the State of Georgia and their inhabitants shall be liberally construed to effect the purposes hereof. SECTION 29 . 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

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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 of adjudged invalid or unconstitutional. SECTION 30 . 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 1998 session of the General Assembly of Georgia a bill to create the Quitman County Water and Sewerage Authority; and for other purposes. This 22 day of January, 1998. Representative Gerald E. Greene 158th District 1/29, 1998 GEORGIA, FULTON COUNTY Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths, Gerald Greene, who on oath deposes and says that he is the Representative from the 158th District and further deposes and says as follows: (1) That the attached Notice of Intention to Introduce Local Legislation was published in the Cuthbert Times and News Record which is the official organ of Quitman County on the following date: January 29, 1998. (2) That the laws requiring notice of local legislation were further complied with in the manner checked below: A copy of the notice of intention was mailed, transmitted by facsimile, or otherwise provided to the governing authority of any county, municipality, or consolidated government whose charter or enabling Act is amended, as required by subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill was requested by resolution or other written notification of the governing authority of the affected county, municipality, or consolidated government and a copy of such resolution or other written notification is attached hereto. [UNK] The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill does not amend the charter of a municipality or the enabling Act of a county or consolidated government [Illegible Text] [Illegible Text] [Illegible Text] a local school system.

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The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill is an annexation bill and a copy of the bill was provided to the county governing authority within which the area proposed to be annexed is located at the time the notice was published, as required by Code Section 28-1-14.1. s/ GERALD GREENE Representative, 158th District Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 6th day of February, 1998. s/ TERESA ADKINS Notary Public, Clayton County, Georgia My Commission Expires Jan. 5, 2001 (SEAL) Approved March 27, 1998. COLUMBUS, GEORGIAMUNICIPAL COURT; FEES AND COSTS. No. 592 (House Bill No. 1595). AN ACT To amend an Act establishing the Municipal Court of Columbus, Georgia, approved August 12, 1915 (Ga. L. 1915, p. 63), as amended, so as to change fees and costs and the provisions relating thereto; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes. BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF GEORGIA: SECTION 1 . An Act establishing the Municipal Court of Columbus, Georgia, approved August 12, 1915 (Ga. L. 1915, p. 63), as amended, is amended by striking paragraphs (5) and (6) of subsection (b) of Section 37 and inserting in their places new paragraphs (5) and (6) to read as follows: (5) For issuing subpoena.....50 (6) For serving each subpoena.....10.00 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 1998 session of the General Assembly of Georgia a bill to amend an Act establishing the

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Municipal Court of Columbus, Georgia, approved August 12, 1915 (Ga. L. 1915 p. 63), as amended; and for other purposes. This 28th day of January, 1998. THOMAS B. BUCK, III Representative Thomas B. Buck, III 135th District GEORGIA, FULTON COUNTY Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths, Thomas B. Buck, III who on oath deposes and says that he is the Representative from the 135th District and further deposes and says as follows: (1) That the attached Notice of Intention to Introduce Local Legislation was published in the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer which is the official organ of Muscogee County on the following date: February 2, 1998. (2) That the laws requiring notice of local legislation were further complied with in the manner checked below: [UNK] A copy of the notice of intention was mailed, transmitted by facsimile, or otherwise provided to the governing authority of any county, municipality, or consolidated government whose charter or enabling Act is amended, as required by subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill was requested by resolution or other written notification of the governing authority of the affected county, municipality, or consolidated government and a copy of such resolution or other written notification is attached hereto. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill does not amend the charter of a municipality or the enabling Act of a county or consolidated government or the bill affects a local school system. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill is an annexation bill and a copy of the bill was provided to the county governing authority within which the area proposed to be annexed is located at the time the notice was published, as required by Code Section 28-1-14.1. s/ THOMAS B. BUCK,III Representative, 135th District Sworn to and subscribed before me, [Illegible Text] 1998.

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s/ SUSAN GORDON Notary Public, Rockdale County, Georgia My Commission Expires Nov. 18, 2001 (SEAL) Approved March 27, 1998. CITY OF WOODVILLENEW CHARTER. No. 593 (House Bill No. 1597). AN ACT To provide a new charter for the City of Woodville; 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 eminent domain; 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 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, a city treasurer, a city accountant, and other personnel and matters relating thereto; to provide for a position classification and pay plan and for other personnel policies; 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, permits, 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 construction; to provide for other matters relative to the foregoing; 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:

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ARTICLE I INCORPORATION AND POWERS SECTION 1.10 . Name. This city and the inhabitants thereof are hereby constituted and declared a body politic and corporation under the name and style Woodville, Georgia, and by that name shall have perpetual succession. SECTION 1.11 . Corporate boundaries. (a) The boundaries of this city 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 city at all times shall be shown on a map, a written description, or any combination thereof, to be retained permanently in the City Hall and to be designated, as the case may be: Official Map of the corporate limits of the City of Woodville, 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 with 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 entire map or maps which it is designated to replace. SECTION 1.12 . 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 this state 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 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 1.13 . Examples of 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 city;

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(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 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; (4) 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; (5) Business regulation and taxation. To levy and to provide for 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; (6) 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; (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 outside 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; (9) 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; (10) Garbage fees. To levy, fix, assess, and collect a garbage, refuse and trash collection and disposal, and other sanitary service charge,

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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 court may work out such sentences in any public works or on the streets, roads, drains, and squares in the city, to provide for commitment of such persons to any jail, 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; (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 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, 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 same by the public; and to prescribe penalties and punishment for violations thereof;

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(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, gas works, electric light plants, 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; to authorize the extension of water, sewerage, and electrical distribution systems, and all necessary appurtenances by which said utilities are distributed, inside and outside the corporate limits of the city; and to provide utility services to persons, firms and corporations inside and outside the corporate limits of the city as provided by ordinance; (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 a fire-fighting 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, detentional, penal, and medical institutions, agencies, and facilities; to provide any other public improvements, inside or outside 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 Official Code of Georgia Annotated, or such other applicable laws as are or may hereafter be enacted; (27) Public peace. To provide for the prevention and punishment of drunkenness, riots, and public disturbances; (28) Public transportation. To organize and operate such public transportation systems as are deemed beneficial;

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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 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 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; (31) Retirement. To provide and maintain a retirement plan 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, maintain, repair, clean, prevent erosion of, and light the roads, alleys, and walkways within the corporate limits of the city; to negotiate and execute leases over, through, under, or across any city property or the right of way of any street, road, alley, and walkway or portion thereof within the corporate limits of the city, for bridges, passageways, or any other purpose or use between buildings on opposite sides of the street and for other bridges, overpasses, and underpasses for private use at such location, and to charfge a rental therefor in such manner as may be provided by ordinance; to authorize and control the construction of bridges, overpasses, and underpasses 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 for private use; 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; (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 plan 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

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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, pawn shops, the manufacture, sale, or transportation of intoxicating liquors and the use and sale of firearms; 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; and to license, tax, regulate, or prohibit professional fortunetelling, palmistry, adult bookstores, and massage parlors; (36) Special assessments. To levy and provide for the collection of special assessments to cover the costs for 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) 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; and to regulate the parking of such vehicles; (40) Urban redevelopment. To organize and operate an urban redevelopment program; and (41) 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 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 1.14 . 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

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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 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 to be composed of a mayor and five council members. The mayor and council members shall be elected in the manner provided by this charter. SECTION 2.11 . City council terms and qualifications for office. The members of the city council 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 council member unless that person shall have been a resident of the city one year prior to the date of the election of mayor or members of the city council; each shall continue to reside therein during that person's period of service and to be registered and qualified to vote in municipal elections of this city. SECTION 2.12 . Vacancy; filling of vacancies; suspensions. The office of mayor or council member 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 council member shall be filled for the remainder of the unexpired term, if any, as provided for in this charter. SECTION 2.13 . Compensation and expenses. The mayor and council member shall receive compensation and expenses for their services as provided by ordinance. SECTION 2.14 . Holding other office; voting when personally interested. (a) Except as authorized by law, the mayor or any council member shall not hold any other city office or city employment during the term for which such official was elected.

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(b) Neither the mayor nor any member of the city council shall vote upon, sign, or veto any ordinance, resolution, contract, or other matter in which such official is personally interested. SECTION 2.15 . Inquiries and investigations. 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. SECTION 2.16 . General power and authority of the city council. Except as otherwise provided by law or this charter, the city council shall be vested with all the powers of government of this city as provided by Article I of this charter. 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, 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 condemned under procedures established under general law applicable now or as provided in the future. SECTION 2.18 . Organizational meetings. The mayor and city council shall hold an organizational meeting during the last week of December following each municipal election. In the event both the mayor and the mayor pro tempore are serving terms of office which are to expire on December 31 of that election year, the meeting shall be called to order by the city clerk. The oath of the office shall be administered to the newly elected members as follows: I do solemnly (swear) (affirm) that I will faithfully perform the duties of (mayor) (council member) of the City of Woodville 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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Should any official-elect be absent from said meeting, such official-elect shall take the oath of office as soon as possible thereafter. SECTION 2.19 . Regular and special meetings. (a) The city council shall hold regular meetings at such times and places as prescribed by ordinance. (b) Special meetings of the city council may be held on call of the mayor or three members of the city 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 council members shall not be required if the mayor and all council members are present when the special meeting is called. Such notice of any special meeting may be waived by a council member 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 council member's presence. 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 law and notice to the public of special meetings shall be made fully as is reasonably possible 48 hours prior to such meetings. SECTION 2.20 . Rules of procedure. (a) The city council shall adopt its rules of procedure 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) All committees and committee chairpersons and officers of the city council shall be appointed by the mayor and shall serve at the pleasure of the mayor. The mayor shall have the power to appoint new members to any committee at any time. SECTION 2.21 . Quorum: voting. Three council members shall constitute a quorum and shall be authorized to transact business of the city council. Voting on the adoption of ordinances 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 three council members shall be required for the adoption of any ordinance, resolution, [Illegible Text].

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SECTION 2.22 . Ordinance form; procedures. (a) Every proposed ordinance should 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. The enacting clause shall be The Council of the City of Woodville hereby ordains..... and every ordinance shall so begin. (b) An ordinance may be introduced by any council member and be read at a regular or special meeting of the city council. Ordinances shall be considered and adopted or rejected by the city council in accordance with the rules which it shall establish; provided, however, an ordinance shall not be adopted the same day it is introduced, except for emergency ordinances provided in Section 2.24 of this charter. Upon introduction of any ordinance, the clerk shall as soon as possible distribute a copy to the mayor and to each council member and shall file a reasonable number of copies in the office of the clerk and at such other public places as the city council may designate. SECTION 2.23 . Action requiring an ordinance. Acts of the city council which have the force and effect of law shall be enacted by ordinance. SECTION 2.24 . Emergencies. To meet a public emergency affecting life, health, property, or public peace, the city council may convene on call of the mayor or two 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

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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 2.25 . 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 except that: (1) The requirements of subsection (b) of Section 2.22 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 Section 2.26 of 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. 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 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 of technical regulations and 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 Woodville, 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

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for incorporation therein. The city 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 2.27 . Election of mayor; forfeiture; compensation. The mayor shall be elected and serve for a term of four years and until the mayor's successor is elected and qualified. The mayor shall be a qualified elector of this city and shall have been a resident of this city one year preceding election. The mayor shall continue to reside in this city during the period of the mayor's service. The mayor shall forfeit 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. SECTION 2.28 . Chief executive officer. The mayor shall be the executive of this city. The mayor shall possess all of the executive and administrative powers granted to the city under the Constitution and laws of the State of Georgia and all the executive and administrative powers contained in this charter. SECTION 2.29 . Powers and duties of mayor. As the chief executive of this city, the mayor shall: (1) See that all laws and ordinances of the city are faithfully executed; (2) Appoint and remove all officers, department heads, and employees of the city, except as otherwise provided in this charter; (3) Exercise supervision over all executive and administrative work of the city and provide for the coordination of administrative activities; (4) Prepare and submit to the city council a recommended operating budget and recommended capital budget; (5) Submit to the city council at least once a year a statement covering the financial conditions of the city and, from time to time, such other information as the city council may request; (6) 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; (7) Call special meetings of the city council as provided for in subsection (b) of Section 2.19 of this charter;

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(8) Provide for an annual audit of all accounts of the city; (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 . Mayor pro tempore; selection; 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 disability 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 mayor. Any such absence or disability shall be declared by majority vote of all council members. ARTICLE III ADMINISTRATIVE AFFAIRS SECTION 3.10 . Administrative and service departments. (a) Except as otherwise provided in this charter, the city council, by ordinance, shall prescribe the functions or duties of 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. (b) Except as otherwise provided by this charter or by law, the directors of departments and other appointed officers of the city 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. (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 mayor, be responsible for the administration and direction of the affairs and operations of the director's department or agency. (e) All directors under the supervision of the mayor shall be nominated by the mayor with confirmation of appointment by the city council. The mayor may suspend or remove directors under the mayor's supervision but such shall not be effective for seven calendar days following the mayor

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giving written notice of such action and the reasons therefor to the director involved and to the city council. The director involved may appeal to the city council which, after a hearing, may override the mayor's action by a vote of three council members. SECTION 3.11 . Boards, commissions, and authorities. (a) The city council shall 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 shall hold any 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 that person to perform faithfully and impartially the duties of that person's office, such oath to be prescribed by ordinance and administered by the mayor. (g) Any member of a board, commission, or authority may be removed from office for cause by a vote of three members of the city council. (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 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 city. Each board, commission, or authority of the city 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.

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SECTION 3.12 . City attorney. The city council shall appoint a city attorney, together with such assistant city attorneys as may be authorized, and 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 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 such person's position as city attorney. SECTION 3.13 . City clerk. The city council shall appoint a city clerk who shall not be a council member. The city clerk shall be custodian of the official city seal, maintain city council records required by this charter, and perform such other duties as may be required by the city council. SECTION 3.14 . City treasurer. The city council shall appoint a city treasurer to collect all taxes, licenses, fees, and other moneys belonging to the city subject to the provisions of this charter and the ordinances of the city and to enforce all laws of Georgia relating to the collection of delinquent taxes and sale or foreclosure for nonpayment of taxes by the city. The city treasurer shall also be responsible for the general duties of a treasurer and fiscal officer. SECTION 3.15 . City accountant. The city council shall appoint a city accountant to perform the duties of an accountant. SECTION 3.16 . Position classification and pay plans. The mayor shall be responsible for the preparation of a position classification and pay plan which shall be submitted to the 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

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plan. For purposes of this section, all elected and appointed city officials are not city employees. SECTION 3.17 . Personnel policies. The city council shall adopt rules and regulations consistent with this charter concerning: (1) The method of employee selection and probationary periods of employment; (2) The administration of the position classification and pay plan, methods of promotion and application of service ratings thereto, and transfer of employees within the classification plan; (3) Hours of work, vacation, sick leave, and other leaves of absence, overtime pay, and the order and manner in which layoffs shall be effected; (4) Such dismissal hearings as due process may require; and (5) Such other personnel notices 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 the City of Woodville. SECTION 4.11 . Chief judge; associate judge. (a) The municipal court shall be presided over by a chief judge and such part-time, full-time, or standby 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 on the municipal court unless that person shall have attained the age of 25 years and shall have a high school diploma or its equivalent. The chief judge shall be nominated and appointed by the mayor and council and shall serve at the pleasure of the mayor and council. All other judges shall be nominated by the chief judge and appointed by the mayor and city council. (c) Compensation of the judges shall be fixed by ordinance.

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(d) Judges may be removed for cause by a vote of three members of the city council. (e) Before assuming office, each judge shall take an oath, given by the mayor, that such judge will honestly and faithfully discharge the duties of the judge's office to the best of the judge'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 of this charter. 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 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 six months 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 or prisoners bound over to superior courts for violations of state law. (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 that person's appearance and shall fail to appear at the time fixed for trial, that person's bond shall be forfeited by the judge 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

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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. (i) The municipal court is specifically vested with all the jurisdiction and powers throughout the geographic area of this city granted by law to mayor's, recorder's, and police courts, and particularly by such laws as authorize the abatement of nuisances and prosecution of traffic 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 ordinance violation cases, and such certiorari shall be obtained under the sanction of a judge of the Superior Court of Greene 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, 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 AND REMOVAL SECTION 5.10 . Applicability of general law. All primaries and elections shall be held and conducted in accordance with the Georgia Municipal Election Code (Title 21, Chapter 3 of the Official Code of Georgia Anotated) as now or hereafter amended. SECTION 5.11 . Election of the city council and mayor. On the Tuesday following the first Monday in November and on that day quadrennially thereafter, there shall be an election for the mayor and five council members. The terms of office shall begin at the time of taking the oath of office as provided in Section 2.18 of this charter. 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 designation. SECTION 5.13 . Election by plurality. The person receiving a plurality of the votes cast for any city office shall be elected. SECTION 5.14 . Special elections; vacancies. In the event that the office of mayor or council member shall become vacant for any cause whatsoever, the city council or those remaining shall appoint an individual to fill the balance of the unexpired term of such. 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 Municipal Election Code. SECTION 5.16 . Removal of officers. The mayor, council members, or other appointed officers provided for in this charter shall be removed from office for any one or more of the following causes:

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(1) By an order of the Superior Court of Greene County following a hearing on a complaint seeking such removal brought by any resident of the City of Woodville; (2) By recall pursuant to Georgia law; and (3) Pursuant to the terms of general law. 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. This tax is for the purpose of raising revenues to defray the costs of operating the 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. 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 the time period within which 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, 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 occupation or business taxes as are not denied by law. The city council 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 . Permits; fees. The city council by ordinance shall have the power to require any individuals or corporations who transact business in this city or who practice or offer to practice any profession or calling therein to obtain a permit for such activity from the city and pay a regulatory fee for such permit as provided by law. Such fees shall reflect the total cost to the city

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of regulating the activity, and, if unpaid, shall be collected as provided in Section 6.18 of this charter. SECTION 6.14 . Franchises. 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, cable television, gas companies, transportation companies, and other similar organizations. The city council shall determine the duration, terms, whether the same shall be exclusive or nonexclusive, and the consideration for such franchises; provided, however, 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 city clerk. The city council may provide by ordinance for the registration within a reasonable time of all franchises previously granted. SECTION 6.15 . Service charges. The city council by ordinance shall have the power to assess and collect fees, charges, and tolls for sewers, sanitary and health services, or any other services provided or made available within and outside the corporate limits of the city for the total cost to the city of providing or making available such services. If unpaid, such charges shall be collected as provided in Section 6.18 of this charter. SECTION 6.16 . Special assessments. The city 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 of this charter. SECTION 6.17 . Construction; other taxes. This city 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 city to govern its local affairs.

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SECTION 6.18 . 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 6.17 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.fa.'s; 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. SECTION 6.19 . 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 this 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 6.20 . 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 6.21 . 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 6.22 . 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 6.23 . Preparation of budgets. The city council shall provide an ordinance on the procedures and requirements for the preparation and execution of an annual operating

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budget, a capital improvement program, and a capital budget, including requirements as to the scope, content, and form of such budgets and programs. SECTION 6.24 . 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 mayor 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 mayor 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 summary of the budget, and such other comments and information as the mayor may deem pertinent. The operating budget and the capital improvements 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 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 city council by ordinance shall adopt the final operating budget for the ensuing fiscal year not later than the thirty-first day of January each year. 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 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 6.23 of this charter. (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 encumbrance created in excess of the otherwise unencumbered balance of the appropriation or allotment thereof, to which it is chargeable.

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SECTION 6.26 . Tax levies. Following adoption of the operating 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 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 ordinance may 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 6.28 . Capital improvements budget. (a) On or before the date fixed by the city council but no later than 45 days prior to the beginning of each fiscal year, the mayor shall submit to the city council a proposed capital improvements budget with recommendations as to 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 program and proposed means of financing. The city council shall not authorize an expenditure for the constructing 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 Section 2.24 of this charter. (b) The city council shall adopt by ordinance the final capital improvements budget for the ensuing fiscal year not later than the thirty-first day of January of each year. No appropriation provided for in a prior capital improvement budget shall lapse until the purpose for which the appropriation was made shall have been accomplished or abandoned; provided, however, the mayor may submit amendments to the capital improvements budget at any time during the fiscal year, accompanied by recommendations. Any such amendments to the capital improvements budget shall become effective only upon adoption by ordinance. 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

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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 costs to the public. 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 and reviewed by the city attorney, and, as a matter of course, it 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 journal of proceedings pursuant to Section 2.20 of this charter. 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 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 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 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 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 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 when such swap is deemed to be in the best interest of the city. All deeds and conveyances heretofore and hereafter so executed and delivered shall

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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 elective and appointive, 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 . First election under this charter. The first municipal election held under this charter shall be the Tuesday following the first Monday in November, 2001, at which election the mayor and five council member positions shall be filled. SECTION 7.13 . 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 for a period of 365 days before or during which the existing city council shall pass a transition ordinance detailing the changes in personnel and appointive officers required or desired and arranging such titles, rights, privileges, and powers as may be required or desired to allow a reasonable transition. SECTION 7.14 . 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 7.15 . Construction. (a) Section captions in this charter are informative only and are not to be considered as a 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 7.16 . Severability. If any article, section, subsection, paragraph, sentence, or part thereof of this charter shall be held to be invalid or unconsitutional, 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 7.17 . Specific repealer. An Act incorporating the City of Woodville in the County of Greene, approved August 21, 1911 (Ga. L.1911, p. 1639), is hereby repealed in its entirety and all amendatory acts thereto are likewise repealed in their entirety. All other laws and parts of laws in conflict with this charter are hereby repealed. SECTION 7.18 . Effective date. This charter shall become effective on July 1, 1998. SECTION 7.19 . General repealer. All laws and parts of laws in conflict with this Act are repealed. NOTICE OF INTENTION TO IN- TRODUCE LOCAL LEGISLATION Notice is given that there will be introduced at the regular 1998 session of the General Assembly of Georgia a bill to provide a new charter for the city of Woodville; to provide for corporate boundaries, powers, government structure, administrative affairs, municipal court, election and removal of

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officials, taxes, permits, fees, franchises, assessments, collection, bonds, budgets, audits, contracting procedures, city property, prior ordinances, construction, and severability; to repeal the existing charter; to provide an effective date; to provide for related matters; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes. This 3 day of Feb., 1998. Honorable R. M. Channell Representative, 111th District. GEORGIA, FULTON COUNTY Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths, Mickey Channell, who on oath deposes and says that he is the Representative from the 111th District and further deposes and says as follows: (1) That the attached Notice of Intention to Introduce Local Legislation was published in the Herald Journal which is the official organ of Greene County on the following date: February 6, 1998. (2) That the laws requiring notice of local legislation were further complied with in the manner checked below: [UNK] A copy of the notice of intention was mailed, transmitted by facsimile, or otherwise provided to the governing authority of any county, municipality, or consolidated government whose charter or enabling Act is amended, as required by subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill was requested by resolution or other written notification of the governing authority of the affected county, municipality, or consolidated government and a copy of such resolution or other written notification is attached hereto. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill does not amend the charter of a municipality or the enabling Act of a county or consolidated government or the bill affects a local school system. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill is an annexation bill and a copy of the bill was provided to the county governing authority within which the area proposed to be annexed is located at the time the notice was published, as required by Code Section 28-1-14.1. s/ R. M. CHANNELL Representative, 111th District Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 9th day of February, 1998.

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s/ TERESA ADKINS Notary Public, Clayton County, Georgia My Commission Expires Jan. 5, 2001 (SEAL) Approved March 27, 1998. GREENE COUNTY FAMILY CONNECTION AUTHORITYCREATION. No. 594 (House Bill No. 1598). AN ACT To create the Greene County Family Connection Commission; to provide for membership and terms; to provide for duties and powers; to provide for a report and an audit; to provide for a program director; to provide for an oath; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes. BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF GEORGIA: SECTION 1 . (a) There is created the Greene County Family Connection Commission to be constituted of the following appointed members: (1) Two members to be appointed by the Greene County legislative delegation, such members to have expertise in law making, mass media, or child welfare; (2) One member to be appointed by the judges of the courts of Greene County, such member to have expertise in juvenile justice or community development; (3) Two members to be appointed by the Greene County Board of Commissioners, one such member to be a member of the Board of Commissioners and one such member to have expertise in higher education or to be a consumer of family services; (4) One member to be appointed by the governing authority of each of the following cities: Greensboro, Siloam, Union Point, White Plains, and Woodville, such members to have expertise in city management or to be consumers of family services; (5) Two members to be appointed by the Greene County Chamber of Commerce, such members to be active members of a business, industry, or civic organization; (6) One member to be appointed by the District X Medical Director of the Division of Public Health of the Department of Human Resources, such member to have medical expertise;

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(7) One member to be appointed by the Director of the Regional Mental Health Board, such member to have expertise in mental health, counseling, or social work; (8) One member to be appointed by the Ocmulgee Bar Association, such member to be an attorney; (9) One member to be appointed by the Sheriff of Greene County, such member to have expertise in law enforcement; (10) One member to be appointed by the Greene County Ministerial Association, such member to come from the faith community; and (11) One member to be appointed by the Concerned Clergy of Greene County, such member to come from the faith community. (b) The following officials shall be ex officio members for as long as they hold the offices identified: (1) District X Medical Director of the Division of Public Health of the Department of Human Resources or such official's designee; (2) Director of the Greene County Department of Family and Children Services or such official's designee; (3) Director of the Greensboro Housing Authority or such official's designee; (4) Director of the Union Point Housing Authority or such official's designee; and (5) Superintendent of Greene County Schools or such official's designee. (c) Initial terms for members appointed in accordance with subsection (a) of this section shall be as follows: (1) Members appointed in accordance with paragraphs (1), (3), (5), (10), and (11) of subsection (a) shall be appointed for initial terms of two years. (2) Members appointed in accordance with paragraphs (2), (4), (6), (7), (8), and (9) of subsection (a) shall be appointed for initial terms of one year. (d) Subsequent terms for members appointed in accordance with subsection (a) shall be for two years and until a successor is appointed. Such members are eligible for reappointment. (e) All appointments shall be made within 30 days after the effective date of this act. Except for ex officio members, all members shall be residents of Greene County. If a member appointed in accordance with subsection (a) of this section moves his or her residence from Greene County, his or

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her position shall immediately become vacant and shall be filled in the same manner as the initial appointment. (f) The members shall serve without compensation. SECTION 2 . After the appointment of all members, the commission shall hold an organizational meeting as soon as practicable. The members shall elect a chairperson from among the membership and shall elect such officers as the commission deems necessary. SECTION 3 . (a) The commission is authorized to study the needs, issues, and state of well-being of the children, families, and youth of Greene County and to plan and facilitate programs designed to address those problems. The commission may coordinate with the Georgia Policy Council for Children and Families created pursuant to Code Section 49-5-257 of the O.C.G.A. to define needed programs. (b) The commission shall gather, publicize, and disseminate data on issues pertinent to families and children; identify specific issues and areas of concern and assist the community in establishing strategic and annual plans and priorities for addressing these issues collaboratively; propose comprehensive programs and strategies representing the best practices for addressing priority issues; secure and expend funds for implementing strategies; identify, coordinate, and enhance integration of existing resources to improve results for families and children. (c) The commission shall adopt such rules or procedures as it finds necessary or desirable for the governance of its operation. SECTION 4 . The commission is authorized to receive, accept, and expend funds from public and private sources for programs to accomplish the purposes of this Act. The commission is further authorized to expend such funds to employ a program coordinator who shall not be a member of the authority. The salary of such coordinator shall be set by the commission. SECTION 5 . (a) The commission shall make an annual report within 60 days of the closing of each fiscal year to the Board of Commissioners of Greene County and to the governing authority of Greensboro, Siloam, Union Point, White Plains, and Woodville. (b) On or about July 1, 2001, and on the first day of July in each succeeding year, the commission shall review the county's progress on benchmarks and goals.

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(c) The governing authority of Greene County may at any time audit the books of the authority. SECTION 6 . Each member of the authority shall be given the following oath, administered by the senior judge of the Superior Court of Greene County: Recognizing the fact that there are many social, economic, and educational issues that prevent our children and their families from achieving their potential and desiring to play a part in improving the outcomes for families and children, I, _, do solemnly swear that as a member of the Greene County Family Connection Commission, I will fulfill the duties and responsibilities of my appointment to the best of my ability. SECTION 7 . 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 1998 session of the General Assembly of Georgia a bill to create the Greene County Family Connection Commission; to provide for membership and terms; to provide for a program director; to provide for an oath; to provide for related matters; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes. This 3 day of Feb., 1998. Honorable R. M. Channell Representative, 111th District GEORGIA, FULTON COUNTY Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths, Mickey Channell, who on oath deposes and says that he is the Representative from the 111th District and further deposes and says as follows: (1) That the attached Notice of Intention to Introduce Local Legislation was published in the Herald Journal which is the official organ of Greene County on the following date: February 6, 1998. (2) That the laws requiring notice of local legislation were further complied with in the manner checked below: A copy of the notice of intention was mailed, transmitted by facsimile, or otherwise provided to the governing authority of any county, municipality, or consolidated government whose charter or enabling Act is amended, as required by subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill was requested by resolution or other

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written notification of the governing authority of the affected county, municipality, or consolidated government and a copy of such resolution or other written notification is attached hereto. [UNK] The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill does not amend the charter of a municipality or the enabling Act of a county or consolidated government or the bill affects a local school system. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill is an annexation bill and a copy of the bill was provided to the county governing authority within which the area proposed to be annexed is located at the time the notice was published, as required by Code Section 28-1-14.1. s/ R. M. CHANNELL Representative, 111th District Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 9th day of February, 1998. s/ TERESA ADKINS Notary Public, Clayton County, Georgia My Commission Expires Jan. 5, 2001 (SEAL) Approved March 27, 1998. CITY OF UNION POINTCORPORATE LIMITS. No. 595 (House Bill No. 1601). AN ACT To amend an Act creating a new charter for the City of Union Point, approved March 16, 1978 (Ga. L. 1978, p. 3966), as amended, particularly by an Act approved March 16, 1983 (Ga. L. 1983, p. 4061), so as to change the corporate limits of said city; 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 creating a new charter for the City of Union Point, approved March 16, 1978 (Ga. L. 1978, p. 3966), as amended, particularly by an Act approved March 16, 1983 (Ga. L. 1983, p. 4061), is amended by adding at the end of Section 1.11 a new subsection to read as follows: (c) In addition to the area now embraced within the corporate limits of the City of Union Point, the following described property shall be included within said corporate limits:

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TRACT I All that tract or parcel of land lying and being in the 140th District, G.M., Greene County, Georgia, Parcel 1 containing 11.88 acres, and Parcel 2 containing 9.76 acres, said parcels being divided by County Road No. 101, according to a plat of survey prepared by James M. Paul, Registered Surveyor, dated April 11, 1988, said plat being recorded in Plat Book 16, Page 80, Office of the Clerk of Greene County Superior Court; totalling 21.64 acres, but not to be included is Parcel 3 containing 1.34 acre, which was deeded to Richard E. Ogletree which is shown on said plat of survey. Said plat being incorporated herein by reference as containing the true and accurate description of said tract. TRACT II All that tract or parcel of land lying and being in the 140th District, G.M., Greene County, Georgia, containing 3.402 acres, more or less, according to a plat of survey prepared by James M. Paul, Registered Surveyor, dated April 2, 1988, said plat being recorded in Deed Book 139, Page 65, Office of the Clerk of Greene County Superior Court; said plat being incorporated herein by reference as containing the true and accurate description of said tract and made a part hereof. SECTION 2 . This Act shall become effective on January 1, 1999. 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 1998 session of the General Assembly of Georgia a bill to amend an Act creating a new charter for the City of Union Point, approved March 16, 1978 (Ga. L. 1978, p. 3966), as amended, so as to change the corporate limits of said city; and for other purposes. This 3 day of Feb., 1998. Representative R. M. Channell 111th District. GEORGIA, FULTON COUNTY Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths, Mickey Channell, who on oath deposes and says that he is the Representative from the 111th District and further deposes and says as follows:

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(1) That the attached Notice of Intention to Introduce Local Legislation was published in the Herald Journal which is the official organ of Greene County on the following date: February 6, 1998. (2) That the laws requiring notice of local legislation were further complied with in the manner checked below: [UNK] A copy of the notice of intention was mailed, transmitted by facsimile, or otherwise provided to the governing authority of any county, municipality, or consolidated government whose charter or enabling Act is amended, as required by subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill was requested by resolution or other written notification of the governing authority of the affected county, municipality, or consolidated government and a copy of such resolution or other written notification is attached hereto. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill does not amend the charter of a municipality or the enabling Act of a county or consolidated government or the bill affects a local school system. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill is an annexation bill and a copy of the bill was provided to the county governing authority within which the area proposed to be annexed is located at the time the notice was published, as required by Code Section 28-1-14.1. s/ R. M. CHANNELL Representative, 111th District Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 9th day of February, 1998. s/ TERESA ADKINS Notary Public, Clayton County, Georgia My Commission Expires Jan. 5, 2001 (SEAL) Approved March 27, 1998. CARROLL COUNTYSTATE COURT; TERMS. No. 596 (House Bill No. 1605). AN ACT To amend an Act establishing a city court in the City of Carrollton (later renamed the Carroll County State Court), approved December 21, 1897 (Ga. L. 1897, p. 438), as amended, so as to change provisions relating to the

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terms of court; 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 establishing a city court in the City of Carrollton (later renamed the Carroll County State Court), approved December 21, 1897 (Ga. L. 1897, p. 438), as amended, is amended by striking in its entirety Section 10 and inserting in lieu thereof the following: SECTION 10. There shall be two regular terms of the court, which shall be the March and September terms, held in not less than four sessions. The first session of the March term shall begin on the first Monday of March, and a second session of such term shall begin on the first Monday of June. The first session of the September term shall begin on the first Monday of September, and a second session of such term shall begin on the first Monday of December. Each said term shall continue until the commencement of the next regular term at which time the said term shall stand adjourned. SECTION 2 . This Act shall become effective on the first Monday in September, 1998. 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 1998 session of the General Assembly of Georgia a bill to amend an Act establishing a city court in the City of Carrollton later renamed the Carroll County State Court) approved December 21, 1897 (Ga L. 1897 p. 438) as amended, so as to change provisions relating to the terms of court; to provid for related matters; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes. This 4th day of February, 1998. Tracy Stallings Honorable Tracy Stallings Representative 100th District. GEORGIA, FULTON COUNTY Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths, Tracy Stallings, who on oath deposes and says

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that he is the Representative from the 100th District and further deposes and says as follows: (1) 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 the following date: February 6, 1998. (2) That the laws requiring notice of local legislation were further complied with in the manner checked below: A copy of the notice of intention was mailed, transmitted by facsimile, or otherwise provided to the governing authority of any county, municipality, or consolidated government whose charter or enabling Act is amended, as required by subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill was requested by resolution or other written notification of the governing authority of the affected county, municipality, or consolidated government and a copy of such resolution or other written notification is attached hereto. [UNK] The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill does not amend the charter of a municipality or the enabling Act of a county or consolidated government or the bill affects a local school system. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill is an annexation bill and a copy of the bill was provided to the county governing authority within which the area proposed to be annexed is located at the time the notice was published, as required by Code Section 28-1-14.1. s/ TRACY STALLINGS Representative, 100th District Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 9th day of February, 1998. s/ SUSAN GORDON Notary Public, Rockdale County, Georgia My Commission Expires Nov. 18, 2001 (SEAL) Approved March 27, 1998.

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CHATHAM COUNTY AND CITY OF SAVANNAH SCHOOL DISTRICTHOMESTEAD EXEMPTION; SCHOOL DISTRICT TAXES; REFERENDUM. No. 597 (House Bill No. 1608). AN ACT To provide a homestead exemption from certain Chatham County and City of Savannah school district ad valorem taxes for educational purposes in the amount of $30,000.00 of the assessed value of the homestead of certain residents of that school district; to provide for definitions; to specify the terms and conditions of the exemption and the procedures relating thereto; to repeal a local Act providing for a lower exemption amount; 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 . For purposes of this Act, the term: (1) Ad valorem taxes for educational purposes means all ad valorem taxes for educational purposes levied by, for, or on behalf of the Chatham County and City of Savannah school district, including, but not limited to, taxes to retire school bond indebtedness. (2) Homestead means homestead as defined and qualified in Code Section 48-5-40 of the O.C.G.A. (3) Income means net income, as defined by Georgia law, from all sources. (4) Senior citizen means a person who is 62 years of age or over on or before January 1 of the year in which application for the exemption under this Act is made. SECTION 2 . (a) Each resident of the Chatham County and City of Savannah school district who is a senior citizen is granted an exemption on that person's homestead from all Chatham County and City of Savannah school district ad valorem taxes for educational purposes in the amount of $30,000.00 of the assessed value of that homestead if that person's income, together with the income of all members of the family residing within the homestead, does not exceed $25,000.00 for the immediately preceding taxable year. The value of that property in excess of such exempted amount shall remain subject to taxation. (b) A person shall not receive the homestead exemption granted by subsection (a) of this section unless the person or person's agent files an

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affidavit with the tax commissioner of Chatham County giving the person's age, the amount of income which that person and all members of the family residing within the homestead received during the last taxable year, and such additional information relative to receiving such exemption as will enable the tax commissioner to make a determination as to whether such person is entitled to such exemption. The tax commissioner shall provide affidavit forms for this purpose and shall require such information as may be necessary to determine the initial and continuing eligibility of the applicant for the exemption. SECTION 3 . The exemption shall be claimed and returned as provided in Code Section 48-5-50.1 of the O.C.G.A. The exemption shall be automatically renewed from year to year as long as the applicant occupies the residence as a homestead. After a person has filed the proper affidavit as provided in subsection (b) of Section 2 of this Act, it shall not be necessary to make application and file such affidavit 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 Chatham County or the designee thereof in the event that person for any reason becomes ineligible for that exemption. Any person who, as of January 1, 1998, has applied for and is eligible for the $12,000.00 homestead exemption from Chatham County and City of Savannah school district ad valorem taxes for educational purposes pursuant to local constitutional amendment, Ga. L. 1981, p. 1917, shall be eligible for the exemption granted by this Act without further application if that person has applied for and been eligible for the immediately preceding year for such exemption. SECTION 4 . (a) The exemption granted by this Act shall not apply to or affect any state taxes, municipal taxes, or county taxes for county purposes. (b) The exemption granted by this Act shall be in lieu of any other homestead exemption from Chatham County and City of Savannah school district ad valorem taxes for educational purposes. SECTION 5 . (a) The exemption granted by this Act shall apply to all taxable years beginning on or after January 1, 1999. (b) An Act providing a homestead exemption from certain Chatham County and City of Savannah school district ad valorem taxes for educational purposes in the amount of $20,000.00, approved April 4, 1997 (Ga. L. 1997, p. 3664) is repealed in its entirety on January 1, 1999. SECTION 6 . Unless prohibited by the federal Voting Rights Act of 1965, as amended, the election superintendent of Chatham County shall call and conduct an

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election as provided in this section for the purpose of submitting this Act to the electors of the Chatham County and City of Savannah school district for approval or rejection. The election superintendent shall conduct that election on the date of the state-wide general election in November, 1998, 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: () YES () NO Shall the Act be approved which provides a homestead exemption from certain Chatham County and City of Savannah school district ad valorem taxes for educational purposes for that school district in the amount of $30,000.00 of the assessed value of homesteads for residents of that school district who are 62 years of age or older and whose household income does not exceed $25,000.00? 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 Sections 1 through 5 of this Act shall become of full force and effect immediately and shall be applicable to all taxable years beginning on or after January 1, 1999. If Sections 1 through 5 of this Act are not so approved or if the election is not conducted as provided in this section, Sections 1 through 5 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 Chatham County. It shall be the superintendent's duty to certify the result thereof to the Secretary of State. SECTION 7 . Except as otherwise specified in Section 6 of this Act, this Act shall become effective on January 1, 1998. 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 1998 session of the General Assembly of Georgia a bill to provide a homestead exemption from certain Chatham County and City of Savannah School district ad valorem taxes for educational purposes in the amount of $30,000.00 of the

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assessed value of the homestead of certain residents of that school district; to provide for definitions; to specify the terms and conditions of the exemption and the procedures relating thereto; to repeal a local Act providing for a lower exemption amount; to provide for a referendum, effective dates, and automatic repeal; and for other purposes. This 3rd day of February, 1998. BURKE DAY Representative 153rd District GEORGIA, FULTON COUNTY Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths, Burke Day, who on oath deposes and says that he is the Representative from the 153rd District and further deposes and says as follows: (1) 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 the following date: February 6, 1998. (2) That the laws requiring notice of local legislation were further complied with in the manner checked below: A copy of the notice of intention was mailed, transmitted by facsimile, or otherwise provided to the governing authority of any county, municipality, or consolidated government whose charter or enabling Act is amended, as required by subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill was requested by resolution or other written notification of the governing authority of the affected county, municipality, or consolidated government and a copy of such resolution or other written notification is attached hereto. [UNK] The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill does not amend the charter of a municipality or the enabling Act of a county or consolidated government or the bill affects a local school system. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill is an annexation bill and a copy of the bill was provided to the county governing authority within which the area proposed to be annexed is located at the time the notice was published, as required by Code Section 28-1-14.1. s/ BURKE DAY Representative, 153rd District Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 9th day of February, 1998.

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s/ TERESA ADKINS Notary Public, Clayton County, Georgia My Commission Expires Jan. 5, 2001 (SEAL) Approved March 27, 1998. CITY OF OCILLACOUNCIL; ELECTIONS. No. 598 (House Bill No. 1688). AN ACT To amend an Act incorporating the City of Ocilla, approved December 18, 1902 (Ga. L. 1902, p. 525), as amended, particularly by an Act approved August 23, 1905 (Ga. L. 1905, p. 1023), an Act approved August 3, 1920 (Ga. L. 1920, p. 1370), an Act approved July 19, 1927 (Ga. L. 1927, p. 1448), an Act approved March 2, 1966 (Ga. L. 1966, p. 2893), and an Act approved April 5, 1995 (Ga. L. 1995, p. 4240), so as to correct an error regarding the time for election of councilmembers representing Districts 1 and 4; to provide for a certain submission to the United States Attorney General; 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 incorporating the City of Ocilla, approved December 18, 1902 (Ga. L. 1902, p. 525), as amended, particularly by an Act approved August 23, 1905 (Ga. L. 1905, p. 1023), an Act approved August 3, 1920 (Ga. L. 1920, p. 1370), an Act approved July 19, 1927 (Ga. L. 1927, p. 1448), an Act approved March 2, 1966 (Ga. L. 1966, p. 2893), and an Act approved April 5, 1995 (Ga. L. 1995, p. 4240), is amended by striking in its entirety subsection (c) of Section 2 and inserting in lieu thereof a new subsection (c) to read as follows: (c) The mayor and councilmembers representing Districts 1 and 3 shall be elected at the general municipal election to be held in November, 1997. The councilmembers representing Districts 2, 4, and 5 shall be elected at the general municipal election to be held in November, 1999. Each person offering for election shall designate the district for which the person is offering or the position of mayor. All terms of office shall be for four years and until successors are elected and qualified. SECTION 2 . It shall be the duty of the attorney for the City of Ocilla to submit this Act to the United States Attorney General for approval.

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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 1998 session of the General Assembly of Georgia a bill to amend an Act incorporating the City of Ocilla, approved December 18, 1902 (Ga. L. 1902, p. 525), as amended, particularly by an Act approved August 23, 1905 (Ga. L. 1905, p. 1023), an Act approved August 3, 1920 (Ga. L. 1920, p. 1370), an Act approved July 19, 1927 (Ga. L. 1927, p. 1448) an Act approved March 2, 1966 (Ga. L. 1966, p. 2893), and an Act approved April 5, 1995 (Ga. L. 1995, p. 4240); and for other purposes. This 29th day of January, 1998. GEORGIA, FULTON COUNTY Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths, Newt Hudson, who on oath deposes and says that he is the Representative from the 156th District and further deposes and says as follows: (1) That the attached Notice of Intention to Introduce Local Legislation was published in the Ocilla Star which is the official organ of Irwin County on the following date: February 4, 1998. (2) That the laws requiring notice of local legislation were further complied with in the manner checked below: [UNK] A copy of the notice of intention was mailed, transmitted by facsimile, or otherwise provided to the governing authority of any county, municipality, or consolidated government whose charter or enabling Act is amended, as required by subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill was requested by resolution or other written notification of the governing authority of the affected county, municipality, or consolidated government and a copy of such resolution or other written notification is attached hereto. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill does not amend the charter of a municipality or the enabling Act of a county or consolidated government or the bill affects a local school system.

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The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill is an annexation bill and a copy of the bill was provided to the county governing authority within which the area proposed to be annexed is located at the time the notice was published, as required by Code Section 28-1-14.1. s/ W. N. HUDSON Representative, 156th District Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 10th day of February, 1998. s/ TERESA ADKINS Notary Public, Clayton County, Georgia My Commission Expires Jan. 5, 2001 (SEAL) Approved March 27, 1998. JONES COUNTYPROBATE COURT; JUDGE; COMPENSATION; EXPENSES. No. 599 (House Bill No. 1781). AN ACT To amend an Act abolishing the fee system of compensation for the judge of the Probate Court of Jones County and providing in lieu thereof an annual salary, approved March 25, 1976 (Ga. L. 1976, p. 2796), as amended, so as to change the provisions relating to the compensation and expenses of the judge of the probate court; 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 abolishing the fee system of compensation for the judge of the Probate Court of Jones County and providing in lieu thereof an annual salary, approved March 25, 1976 (Ga. L. 1976, p. 2796), as amended, is amended by striking subsection (b) of Section 2 in its entirety and inserting in lieu thereof a new subsection (b) to read as follows: (b) The governing authority of Jones County shall be authorized to increase the salary of the judge of the probate court from time to time as it deems appropriate. Unless the governing authority of Jones County grants a greater increase pursuant to the preceding sentence, on or after January 1, 1985, when the governing authority of Jones County grants a cost-of-living increase in the compensation of county employees, the

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average percentage by which the compensation of county employees is increased shall be applied to the then current salary of the judge of the probate court, and the salary of said judge of the probate court shall be increased by such average percentage. If, however, the compensation of county employees is increased by an average percentage less than 3 percent, then the salary of the judge of the probate court shall at such time be increased by not less than 3 percent. When using his or her personal automobile in traveling on official business outside the county, the judge of the probate court shall be reimbursed for travel expenses at the legal mileage rate authorized under Code Section 50-19-7 of the O.C.G.A., as now or hereafter amended. All expenses provided for in this section shall be paid from the funds of Jones County. SECTION 2 . This Act shall become effective on January 1, 1999. 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 1998 session of the General Assembly of Georgia a bill to amend an Act abolishing the fee system of compensating the judge of Probate Court of Jones County and providing in lieu thereof an annual salary, approved March 25, 1976 (Ga. L. 1976, p. 2796), as amended; and for other purposes. This 28th day of January, 1998. Kenneth Birdsong Representative, 123rd District GEORGIA, FULTON COUNTY Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths, Kenneth Birdsong, who on oath deposes and says that he is the Representative from the 123rd District and further deposes and says as follows: (1) That the attached Notice of Intention to Introduce Local Legislation was published in the Jones County News which is the official organ of Jones County on the following date: February 5, 1998. (2) That the laws requiring notice of local legislation were further complied with in the manner checked below: A copy of the notice of intention was mailed, transmitted by facsimile, or otherwise provided to the governing authority of any county, municipality,

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or consolidated government whose charter or enabling Act is amended, as required by subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill was requested by resolution or other written notification of the governing authority of the affected county, municipality, or consolidated government and a copy of such resolution or other written notification is attached hereto. [UNK] The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill does not amend the charter of a municipality or the enabling Act of a county or consolidated government or the bill affects a local school system. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill is an annexation bill and a copy of the bill was provided to the county governing authority within which the area proposed to be annexed is located at the time the notice was published, as required by Code Section 28-1-14.1. s/ KENNETH W. BIRDSONG Representative, 123rd District Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 24th day of February, 1998. s/ TERESA ADKINS Notary Public, Clayton County, Georgia My Commission Expires Jan. 5, 2001 (SEAL) Approved March 27, 1998. JONES COUNTYTAX COMMISSIONER; COMPENSATION; EXPENSES. No. 600 (House Bill No. 1782). AN ACT To amend an Act consolidating the offices of tax receiver and tax collector of Jones County into the office of tax commissioner of Jones County, approved March 14, 1983 (Ga. L. 1983, p. 3830), as amended, so as to change the provisions relating to the compensation and expenses of the tax commissioner; 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 consolidating the offices of tax receiver and tax collector of Jones County into the office of tax commissioner of Jones County, approved

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March 14, 1983 (Ga. L. 1983, p. 3830), as amended, is amended by striking in its entirety subsection (b) of Section 5 and inserting in lieu thereof a new subsection (b) to read as follows: (b) (1) Unless the governing authority of Jones County grants greater increases pursuant to subsection (a) of this section, on and after January 1, 1986, when the governing authority of Jones County grants a cost-of-living increase in the compensation of county employees, the average percentage by which the compensation of county employees is increased shall be applied to the then current salary of the tax commissioner, and the salary of said officer shall be increased by such average percentage. If, however, the compensation of county employees is increased by an average percentage less than 3 percent, then the salary of the tax commissioner shall at such time be increased by not less than 3 percent. (2) When using his or her personal automobile in traveling on official business outside the county, the tax commissioner shall be reimbursed for travel expenses at the legal mileage rate authorized under Code Section 50-19-7 of the O.C.G.A., as now or hereafter amended. All expenses provided for in this section shall be paid from the funds of Jones County. SECTION 2 . This Act shall become effective on January 1, 1999. 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 1998 session of the General Assembly of Georgia a bill to amend an Act consolidating the offices of tax receiver and tax collector of Jones County, approved March 14, 1983 (Ga. L. 1983, p. 3830), as amended; and for other purposes. This 28th day of January, 1998. Kenneth Birdsong Representative, 123rd District GEORGIA, FULTON COUNTY Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths, Kenneth Birdsong, who on oath deposes and says that he is the Representative from the 123rd District and further deposes and says as follows:

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(1) That the attached Notice of Intention to Introduce Local Legislation was published in the Jones County News which is the official organ of Jones County on the following date: February 5, 1998. (2) That the laws requiring notice of local legislation were further complied with in the manner checked below: A copy of the notice of intention was mailed, transmitted by facsimile, or otherwise provided to the governing authority of any county, municipality, or consolidated government whose charter or enabling Act is amended, as required by subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill was requested by resolution or other written notification of the governing authority of the affected county, municipality, or consolidated government and a copy of such resolution or other written notification is attached hereto. [UNK] The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill does not amend the charter of a municipality or the enabling Act of a county or consolidated government or the bill affects a local school system. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill is an annexation bill and a copy of the bill was provided to the county governing authority within which the area proposed to be annexed is located at the time the notice was published, as required by Code Section 28-1-14.1. s/ KENNETH W. BIRDSONG Representative, 123rd District Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 24th day of February, 1998. s/ TERESA ADKINS Notary Public, Clayton County, Georgia My Commission Expires Jan. 5, 2001 (SEAL) Approved March 27, 1998. JONES COUNTYSUPERIOR COURT; CLERK; EXPENSES. No. 601 (House Bill No. 1783). AN ACT To amend an Act abolishing the fee system of compensating the clerk of the Superior Court of Jones County and providing in lieu thereof an annual salary, approved March 21, 1980 (Ga. L. 1980, p. 3621), so as to

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change provisions relating to the compensation and expenses of the clerk of the superior court; 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 abolishing the fee system of compensating the clerk of the Superior Court of Jones County and providing in lieu thereof an annual salary, approved March 21, 1980 (Ga. L. 1980, p. 3621), is amended by adding at the end of Section 4 a new subsection (f) to read as follows: (f) When using his or her personal automobile in traveling on official business outside the county, the clerk of the superior court shall be reimbursed for travel expenses at the legal mileage rate authorized under Code Section 50-19-7 of the O.C.G.A., as now or hereafter amended. All expenses provided for in this section shall be paid from the funds of Jones County. SECTION 2 . This Act shall become effective January 1, 1999. 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 1998 session of the General Assembly of Georgia a bill to amend an Act abolishing the fee system of compensating the clerk of Superior Court of Jones County and providing in lieu thereof an annual salary, approved March 21, 1980 (Ga. L. 1980, p. 3621), as amended; and for other purposes. This 28th day of January, 1998. Kenneth Birdsong Representative, 123rd District GEORGIA, FULTON COUNTY Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths, Kenneth Birdsong, who on oath deposes and says that he is the Representative from the 123rd District and further deposes and says as follows: (1) That the attached Notice of Intention to Introduce Local Legislation was published in the Jones County News which is the official organ of Jones County on the following date: February 5, 1998.

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(2) That the laws requiring notice of local legislation were further complied with in the manner checked below: A copy of the notice of intention was mailed, transmitted by facsimile, or otherwise provided to the governing authority of any county, municipality, or consolidated government whose charter or enabling Act is amended, as required by subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill was requested by resolution or other written notification of the governing authority of the affected county, municipality, or consolidated government and a copy of such resolution or other written notification is attached hereto. [UNK] The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill does not amend the charter of a municipality or the enabling Act of a county or consolidated government or the bill affects a local school system. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill is an annexation bill and a copy of the bill was provided to the county governing authority within which the area proposed to be annexed is located at the time the notice was published, as required by Code Section 28-1-14.1. s/ KENNETH W. BIRDSONG Representative, 123rd District Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 24th day of February, 1998. s/ TERESA ADKINS Notary Public, Clayton County, Georgia My Commission Expires Jan. 5, 2001 (SEAL) Approved March 27, 1998. NEWTON COUNTYBOARD OF ELECTIONS AND REGISTRATION; CREATION. No. 602 (House Bill No. 1790). AN ACT To create a board of elections and registration for Newton County and provide for its powers and duties; to provide for the composition of the board and the appointment, qualification, and terms of its members; to provide for resignation, succession, and removal of members and for filling vacancies; to provide for oaths and privileges; to relieve the election

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superintendent and board of registrars of Newton County of certain powers and duties and provide for the transfer of certain items to the newly created board; to abolish the board of registrars and office of chief registrar of Newton County; to provide for a chairperson and the powers and duties of such chairperson; to provide for board employees and their compensation; to provide for expenditure of public funds for certain purposes; to provide for compensation of the chairperson and members of the board; to provide for offices and equipment; to authorize the board to enter into certain contracts; to provide for the meaning of certain terms; 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 . Pursuant to Code Section 21-2-40 of the O.C.G.A., there is created the Newton County Board of Elections and Registration. The board shall have the powers and duties of the election superintendent of Newton County with regard to the conduct of primaries and elections and shall have the powers and duties of the board of registrars relating to the registration of voters and absentee balloting procedures. SECTION 2 . (a) The board shall be composed of three members, each of whom shall be an elector and resident of Newton County. (b) No person who holds public office, whether elective or appointive, shall be eligible for appointment to the board during the term of such office; and the position of any member shall be deemed vacant upon such member either qualifying as a candidate for elective public office or accepting appointive office. (c) The governing authority of Newton County shall appoint the initial members of the board in the following manner: (1) One member of the board shall be a member of the political party which received the highest number of votes within the county for its candidate for Governor in the general election immediately preceding the appointment of the member. The appointment may be made from a list of at least five but not more than 30 candidates submitted by the county executive committee of such political party to the governing authority at least 30 days before the beginning of the term of office or within 30 days after the creation of a vacancy in the office. Anything in this paragraph to the contrary notwithstanding, nothing shall affect the right of the governing authority to appoint a member of the political party whose name is not contained on said list. (2) One member of the board shall be a member of the political party which received the next highest number of votes within the county for

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its candidate for Governor in the general election immediately preceding the appointment of the member. The appointment may be made from a list of at least five but not more than 30 candidates submitted by the county executive committee of such political party to the governing authority at least 30 days before the beginning of the term of office or within 30 days after the creation of a vacancy in the office. Anything in this paragraph to the contrary notwithstanding, nothing shall affect the right of the governing authority to appoint a member of the political party whose name is not contained on said list. (3) The remaining member of the board, who shall serve as the chairperson, shall be appointed by the county governing authority. (d) The terms of office of the initial members of the board are as follows: (1) One member shall be appointed for an initial term beginning July 1, 1998, and expiring December 31, 2001; and (2) Two members, including the chairperson, shall be appointed for initial terms beginning July 1, 1998, and expiring December 31, 1998. (e) After the initial terms of office, successors to members whose terms are about to expire shall be appointed to take office on the first day of January immediately following the expiration of a term of office and shall serve for terms of four years each and until their successors are duly appointed and qualified. Each successor shall be appointed in the same manner as the member whose term is about to expire. SECTION 3 . The appointment of each member shall be made by the county governing authority filing with the clerk of the Superior Court of Newton County, no later than 15 days preceding the date on which such member is to take office, an affidavit which states the name and residential address of the person appointed and certifying that such member has been duly appointed as provided in this Act. That clerk of the superior court shall record each such certification on the minutes of the court, certify the name of each such member to the Secretary of State, and provide for the issuance of appropriate commissions to the members and chairperson within the same time and in the same manner as provided by law for registrars. If the county governing authority does not, in conformity with this Act, certify an appointment to the board no later than 30 days after the beginning of a term of office or within 30 days after the creation of a vacancy in that office, a vacancy shall be deemed to have been thereby created and the Governor, pursuant to Article VI, Section II, Paragraph VIII(a) of the Constitution of the State of Georgia, shall fill that vacancy by making the appointment thereto and shall certify it as provided in this section. Any person appointed to fill a vacancy shall serve out the unexpired term of office. SECTION 4 . Each appointed member of the board shall be eligible to succeed himself or herself without limitation and shall have the right to resign at any time

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by giving written notice of resignation to the county governing authority and to the clerk of the Superior Court of Newton County. Each member shall be subject to removal from the board by the county governing authority at any time, for cause, after notice of the right to have a timely hearing, in the same manner and by the same authority as is provided for the removal of registrars. SECTION 5 . In the event a vacancy occurs in the office of any member of the board by removal, death, resignation, or otherwise, except by expiration of term, the county governing authority shall appoint a successor to serve the remainder of the unexpired term. The successor shall be appointed in the same manner as the member whose seat is vacant. The clerk of the Superior Court of Newton County shall be notified of interim appointments and shall record and certify such appointments and changes in the same manner as the regular appointments of members. SECTION 6 . Before entering upon his or her duties, each member shall take substantially the same oath as required by law for registrars. Each member shall have the same privileges from arrest as registrars. SECTION 7 . (a) On July 1, 1998, the election superintendent and board of registrars of Newton County shall be relieved from all powers and duties to which the board succeeds by the provisions of this Act; and they shall deliver thereafter to the chairperson of the board, upon the chairperson's written request, the custody of all equipment, supplies, materials, books, papers, records, and facilities of every kind pertaining to such powers and duties. At such time, the board of registrars and the office of chief registrar of Newton County shall be abolished; however, to the extent practicable, the existing staff positions of the current board of registrars shall be retained to serve the newly created board. (b) Notwithstanding the foregoing, the present election superintendent shall provide assistance to the initial board for a period of 120 days from the date of its appointment. SECTION 8 . The chairperson of the board shall be the chief executive officer of the board and shall generally supervise, direct, and control the administration of the affairs of the board pursuant to law and duly adopted resolutions of the board. The board shall fix and establish by appropriate resolution entered on its minutes directives governing the execution of matters within its jurisdiction.

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SECTION 9 . The board shall be authorized to employ such full-time and part-time employees, including a full-time chief clerk, as the board shall deem necessary. The governing authority of Newton County shall have the right to approve the number and compensation of employees hired or retained by the board. SECTION 10 . The board shall propose an annual budget to the county governing authority for approval detailing the expenditures necessary for the execution of its duties. With the consent of the governing authority of Newton County, the board of elections and registration 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. SECTION 11 . Compensation for the chairperson and other members of the board and for employees of the board shall be fixed by the board with the approval of the governing authority of Newton County. Such compensation shall be paid from county funds. SECTION 12 . The governing authority of Newton County shall provide the board with proper and suitable offices and equipment. SECTION 13 . The board shall have the authority to contract with any municipal corporation located within the county for the holding by the board of any primary or election to be conducted within the municipal corporation. SECTION 14 . The terms election, elector, political party, primary, public office, special election, and special primary shall have the same meaning 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; the term board means the Board of Elections and Registration of Newton County created by Section 1 of this Act; the term county means Newton County; the term governing authority means Newton County Board of Commissioners; and the term superior court means the Superior Court of Newton County. SECTION 15 . This Act shall become effective on July 1, 1998, except that for the purpose of making appointments to the board, it shall become effective upon its approval by the Governor or upon its becoming law without such approval.

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SECTION 16 . 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 1998 session of the General Assembly of Georgia a bill to create a board of electors and registration for Newton County and provide for its powers and duties; to provide for the composition of the board and the appointment, qualification, and terms of its members to provide for resignation, succession, and removal of members and for filling vacancies, to provide for paths and privileges; to relieve the election superintendent and board of registrars of Newton County of certain powers and duties and provide for the transfer of certain items to the newly created board; to abolish the board of registrars and office of chief registrar of Newton County; and for other purposes. This 30th day of January, 1998. Representative Denny M. Dobbs 92nd District GEORGIA, FULTON COUNTY Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths, Denny Dobbs, who on oath deposes and says that he is the Representative from the 92nd District and further deposes and says as follows: (1) 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 the following date: February 12, 1998. (2) That the laws requiring notice of local legislation were further complied with in the manner checked below: A copy of the notice of intention was mailed, transmitted by facsimile, or otherwise provided to the governing authority of any county, municipality, or consolidated government whose charter or enabling Act is amended, as required by subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill was requested by resolution or other written notification of the governing authority of the affected county, municipality, or consolidated government and a copy of such resolution or other written notification is attached hereto. [UNK] The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill does not amend the charter of a

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municipality or the enabling Act of a county or consolidated government or the bill affects a local school system. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill is an annexation bill and a copy of the bill was provided to the county governing authority within which the area proposed to be annexed is located at the time the notice was published, as required by Code Section 28-1-14.1. s/ DENNY DOBBS Representative, 92nd District Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 25th day of February, 1998. s/ TERESA ADKINS Notary Public, Clayton County, Georgia My Commission Expires Jan. 5, 2001 (SEAL) Approved March 27, 1998. SUMTER COUNTYBOARD OF EDUCATION; NONPARTISAN ELECTIONS. No. 603 (House Bill No. 1793). AN ACT To amend an Act providing for the election of the Sumter County Board of Education, approved February 29, 1968 (Ga. L. 1968, p. 2065), as amended, particularly by an Act approved March 15, 1973 (Ga. L. 1973, p. 2127), an Act approved April 1, 1992 (Ga. L. 1992, p. 5171), and an Act approved April 13, 1994 (Ga. L. 1994, p. 5708), so as to provide for the election of the members of the board in nonpartisan elections without prior nonpartisan primaries; to provide for the submission of this Act to the United States Attorney General; 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 election of the Sumter County Board of Education, approved February 29, 1968 (Ga. L. 1968, p. 2065), as amended, particularly by an Act approved March 15, 1973 (Ga. L. 1973, p. 2127), an Act approved April 1, 1992 (Ga. L. 1992, p. 5171), and an Act approved April 13, 1994 (Ga. L. 1994, p. 5708), is amended by striking in its entirety subsection (c) of Section 1 and inserting in lieu thereof the following:

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(c) Elections in 1994, as set forth in subsection (b) above, shall be by special election. Said special election shall be called in accordance with Code Section 21-5-540 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated and shall be held in conjunction with the general election, which is the Tuesday after the first Monday in November, 1994. Thereafter, all members of the board of education shall be elected in accordance with Chapter 2 of Title 21 of the O.C.G.A., the `Georgia Election Code,' in nonpartisan elections without prior nonpartisan primaries as provided in Code Section 21-2-139 of the O.C.G.A. SECTION 2 . It shall be the duty of the board of education of Sumter County to require the attorney thereof to submit this Act for approval, pursuant to Section 5 of the federal Voting Rights Act of 1965. 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 1998 Session of the General Assembly of Georgia a bill to amend an Act providing for the election of the Sumter County Board of Education, approved February 29, 1968 (Georgia Laws 1968, page 2065), as amended, particularly by an Act approved March 15, 1973 (Georgia Laws 1973, page 2127), an Act approved April 1, 1992 (Georgia Laws 1992, page 5171), and an Act approved April 13, 1994 (Georgia Laws 1994, page 5708), and for other purposes. This, the 9th day of February, 1998. SUMTER COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION GEORGIA, FULTON COUNTY Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths, Jimmy Skipper, who on oath deposes and says that he is the Representative from the 137th District and further deposes and says as follows: (1) 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 the following date: February 13, 1998. (2) That the laws requiring notice of local legislation were further complied with in the manner checked below:

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A copy of the notice of intention was mailed, transmitted by facsimile, or otherwise provided to the governing authority of any county, municipality, or consolidated government whose charter or enabling Act is amended, as required by subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill was requested by resolution or other written notification of the governing authority of the affected county, municipality, or consolidated government and a copy of such resolution or other written notification is attached hereto. [UNK] The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill does not amend the charter of a municipality or the enabling Act of a county or consolidated government or the bill affects a local school system. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill is an annexation bill and a copy of the bill was provided to the county governing authority within which the area proposed to be annexed is located at the time the notice was published, as required by Code Section 28-1-14.1. s/ JIMMY SKIPPER Representative, 137th District Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 26th day of February, 1998. s/ TERESA ADKINS Notary Public, Clayton County, Georgia My Commission Expires Jan. 5, 2001 (SEAL) Approved March 27, 1998. CHATHAM COUNTYCORONER; COMPENSATION. No. 604 (House Bill No. 1801). AN ACT To amend an Act providing for the compensation of certain officials in Chatham County, approved March 26, 1968 (Ga. L. 1968, p. 4797), as amended, particularly by an Act approved April 21, 1997 (Ga. L. 1997, p. 4446), so as to change the compensation of the coroner; 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 officials in Chatham County, approved March 26, 1968 (Ga. L. 1968, p. 4797), as amended,

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particularly by an Act approved April 21, 1997 (Ga. L. 1997, p. 4446), is amended by striking from subsection (a) of Section 1 the following: Coroner.....12,000.00 per annum, and inserting in its place the following: Coroner.....36,000.00 per annum. SECTION 2 . This Act shall become effective on January 1, 1999. SECTION 3 . All laws and parts of laws in conflict with this Act are repealed. County of Chatham Notice of Intention To Introduce Local Legislation Notice is given that there will be introduced at the regular 1998 session of the General Assembly of Georgia a bill to amend an Act providing for the compensation of certain officials in Chatham County, approved March 26, 1984 (Ga. L. 1984, p. 4797); as amended, particularly by an Act approved April 28, 1993 (Ga. L. 1993, p. 240) an Act approved March 24, 1994 (Ga. L. 1994), p. 3749); and an Act approved April 5, 1995 (Ga. L. 1995); p. 4120) and for other purposes. This 17th day of February, 1998. Dr. Billy B. Hall Chairman Chatham County Commission GEORGIA, FULTON COUNTY Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths, Anne Mueller, who on oath deposes and says that she is the Representative from the 152nd District and further deposes and says as follows: (1) 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 the following date: February 20, 1998. (2) That the laws requiring notice of local legislation were further complied with in the manner checked below: A copy of the notice of intention was mailed, transmitted by facsimile, or otherwise provided to the governing authority of any county, municipality,

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or consolidated government whose charter or enabling Act is amended, as required by subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill was requested by resolution or other written notification of the governing authority of the affected county, municipality, or consolidated government and a copy of such resolution or other written notification is attached hereto. [UNK] The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill does not amend the charter of a municipality or the enabling Act of a county or consolidated government or the bill affects a local school system. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill is an annexation bill and a copy of the bill was provided to the county governing authority within which the area proposed to be annexed is located at the time the notice was published, as required by Code Section 28-1-14.1. s/ ANNE MUELLER Representative, 152nd District Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 24th day of February, 1998. s/ TERESA ADKINS Notary Public, Clayton County, Georgia My Commission Expires Jan. 5, 2001 (SEAL) Approved March 27, 1998. LIBERTY COUNTYSHERIFF; TAX COMMISSIONER; CLERK OF THE SUPERIOR COURT; JUDGE OF THE PROBATE COURT; FEES OR COMMISSIONS PROHIBITED. No. 605 (House Bill No. 1809). AN ACT To provide that no constitutional officer of Liberty County shall receive a fee, commission, or other compensation for the discharge of the duties of his or her office other than the salaries authorized by law; to provide an effective date; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes. BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF GEORGIA: SECTION 1 . Neither the sheriff, the tax commissioner, the clerk of the superior court, nor the judge of the probate court of Liberty County shall receive any fee

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or commission for the discharge of the duties of his or her office other than the salary provided by law. SECTION 2 . 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. 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 1998 Session of the General Assembly of Georgia a bill to provide that no Constitutional officer of Liberty County shall receive a fee, commission, or other compensation for the discharge of the duties of his or her office other than the salaries authorized by law; and for other purposes. This 20 day of Feb. 1998. Honorable Buddy DeLoach Representative, District 172 GEORGIA, FULTON COUNTY Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths, Buddy DeLoach, who on oath deposes and says that he is the Representative from the 172nd District and further deposes and says as follows: (1) That the attached Notice of Intention to Introduce Local Legislation was published in the Coastal Courier which is the official organ of Liberty County on the following date: February 20, 1998. (2) That the laws requiring notice of local legislation were further complied with in the manner checked below: A copy of the notice of intention was mailed, transmitted by facsimile, or otherwise provided to the governing authority of any county, municipality, or consolidated government whose charter or enabling Act is amended, as required by subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill was requested by resolution or other written notification of the governing authority of the affected county,

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municipality, or consolidated government and a copy of such resolution or other written notification is attached hereto. [UNK] The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill does not amend the charter of a municipality or the enabling Act of a county or consolidated government or the bill affects a local school system. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill is an annexation bill and a copy of the bill was provided to the county governing authority within which the area proposed to be annexed is located at the time the notice was published, as required by Code Section 28-1-14.1. s/ BUDDY DELOACH Representative, 172nd District Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 26th day of February, 1998. s/ TERESA ADKINS Notary Public, Clayton County, Georgia My Commission Expires Jan. 5, 2001 (SEAL) Approved March 27, 1998. LIBERTY COUNTYTAX COMMISSIONER; COMPENSATION. No. 606 (House Bill No. 1810). AN ACT To amend an Act entitled An Act creating the office of tax commissioner of Liberty County, approved February 16, 1955 (Ga. L. 1955, p. 2327), as amended, particularly by an Act approved April 17, 1975 (Ga. L. 1975, p. 3862), so as to change the method of compensating the tax commissioner; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes. BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF GEORGIA: SECTION 1 . An Act entitled An Act creating the office of tax commissioner of Liberty County, approved February 16, 1955 (Ga. L. 1955, p. 2327), as amended, particularly by an Act approved April 17, 1975 (Ga. L. 1975, p. 3862), is amended by striking in its entirety Section 4 and inserting in lieu thereof the following: SECTION 4. (a) The tax commissioner shall receive an annual salary in an amount equal to the sum of:

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(1) The amount set as a minimum salary for tax commissioners of counties with similar populations by paragraph (1) of subsection (b) of Code Section 48-5-183 of the O.C.G.A., as now or hereafter amended; (2) Any other additional salary due him or her under Code Section 48-5-137 of the O.C.G.A., as now or hereafter amended; (3) All cost-of-living raises provided in paragraph (2) of subsection (b) and all longevity increases provided in subsection (d) of Code Section 48-5-183 of the O.C.G.A., as now or hereafter amended. All such cost-of-living raises and longevity increases shall be computed by adding the appropriate amounts to or applying the appropriate multipliers to the annual base salary and any additional salary provided for in this section; and (4) In addition to the sum of paragraphs (1), (2), and (3) of this subsection, an additional sum of $13,015.00, which amount shall not be used to calculate longevity increases or cost of living raises. (b) The amount provided for in this section shall be the tax commissioner's sole compensation. SECTION 2 . 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. 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 1998 Session of the General Assembly of Georgia a bill to amend An Act creating the office of tax commissioner of Liberty County, approved February 6, 1955 (Ga. L. 1955, p. 1327), as amended, particularly by an Act approved April 17, 1975 (Ga. L. 1975, p. 3862); and for other purposes. This 20 day of Feb. 1998. Honorable Buddy DeLoach Representative, District 172

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Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths, Buddy DeLoach, who on oath deposes and says that he is the Representative from the 172nd District and further deposes and says as follows: (1) That the attached Notice of Intention to Introduce Local Legislation was published in the Coastal Courier which is the official organ of Liberty County on the following date: February 20, 1998. (2) That the laws requiring notice of local legislation were further complied with in the manner checked below: A copy of the notice of intention was mailed, transmitted by facsimile, or otherwise provided to the governing authority of any county, municipality, or consolidated government whose charter or enabling Act is amended, as required by subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill was requested by resolution or other written notification of the governing authority of the affected county, municipality, or consolidated government and a copy of such resolution or other written notification is attached hereto. [UNK] The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill does not amend the charter of a municipality or the enabling Act of a county or consolidated government or the bill affects a local school system. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill is an annexation bill and a copy of the bill was provided to the county governing authority within which the area proposed to be annexed is located at the time the notice was published, as required by Code Section 28-1-14.1. s/ BUDDY DELOACH Representative, 172nd District Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 26th day of February, 1998. s/ TERESA ADKINS Notary Public, Clayton County, Georgia My Commission Expires Jan. 5, 2001 (SEAL) Approved March 27, 1998.

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CITY OF SMYRNACORPORATE LIMITS. No. 607 (House Bill No. 1814). AN ACT To amend an Act creating a new charter for the City of Smyrna, approved August 27, 1931 (Ga. L. 1931, p. 955), as amended, so as to change the corporate limits of the City of Smyrna; 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 Smyrna, approved August 27, 1931 (Ga. L. 1931, p. 955), as amended, is amended by adding a new section to said charter of the City of Smyrna to be know and designated as Extension of 1998 (Section 4DD), which shall read as follows: Extension of 1998 (Section 4DD). There shall be included in the corporate limits of the City of Smyrna all of the area embraced within the following described tract and parcel of land: All that tract or parcel of land lying and being in Land Lots 738, 739, 774, 775 and 811 of the 17th District, 2nd Section, Cobb County, Georgia, and being more particularly described as follows: Beginning at a concrete monument found at the intersection of Land Lots 774, 773, 812 and 811; proceeding thence along the common land lot line of Land Lots 774 and 811 North 02 degrees 14 minutes 30 seconds East a distance of 581.09 feet to a point on the northerly right-of-way line of CSX Transportation, said point being the TRUE POINT OF BEGINNING, leaving said common land lot line and proceeding thence along said northerly right-of-way line, the following twenty-four courses and distances: North 84 degrees 44 minutes 57 seconds West a distance of 45.27 feet to a point, North 82 degrees 16 minutes 47 seconds West a distance of 125.26 feet to a point, North 81 degrees 52 minutes 59 seconds West a distance of 71.14 feet to a point, North 82 degrees 01 minutes 02 seconds West a distance of 0.71 feet to a point, North 07 degreees 58 minutes 58 seconds East a distance of 27.00 feet to a point, North 82 degrees 01 minutes 02 seconds West a distance of 66.46 feet to a point, North 82 degrees 13 minutes 37 seconds West a distance of 76.91 feet to a point, North 83 degrees 40 minutes 35 seconds West a distance of 110.39 feet to a point, North 86 degrees 58 minutes 12 seconds West a distance of 126.04 feet to a point, South 88 degrees 05 minutes 48 seconds West a distance of 82.11 feet to a point, North 01 degrees 54 minutes 12 seconds West a distance of 50.00 feet to a point, South 88 degrees 05 minutes 48 seconds West a distance of 29.88 feet to a point, South 81 degrees 57 minutes 31

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seconds West a distance of 116.66 feet to a point, South 75 degrees 19 minutes 04 seconds West a distance of 118.93 feet to a point, South 68 degrees 41 minutes 55 seconds West a distance of 115.56 feet to a point, South 62 degrees 35 minutes 37 seconds West a distance of 112.91 feet to a point, South 57 degrees 05 minutes 10 seconds West a distance of 65.58 feet to a point, South 32 degrees 54 minutes 50 seconds East a distance of 50.00 feet to a point, South 57 degrees 05 minutes 10 seconds West a distance of 14.62 feet to a point, South 52 degrees 54 minutes 18 seconds West a distance of 87.85 feet to a point, South 49 degrees 55 minutes 47 seconds West a distance of 100.58 feet to a point, South 49 degrees 04 minutes 08 seconds West a distance of 103.47 feet to a point, South 49 degrees 29 minutes 47 seconds West a distance of 92.28 feet to a point and South 50 degrees 58 minutes 13 seconds West a distance of 52.05 feet to a point; leaving said northerly right-of-way line and proceeding thence North 38 degrees 02 minutes 49 seconds West a distance of 203.00 feet to a point; proceeding thence North 45 degrees 44 minutes 17 seconds West a distance of 679.15 feet to a point located on the southeasterly right-of-way of Campbell Road a distance of 860.73 feet as measured along said southeasterly right-of-way of Campbell Road from the intersection of said southeasterly right-of-way of Campbell Road with the northeasterly right-of-way line of CSX Transportation; proceeding thence along said southeasterly right-of-way line northeasterly and following the curvature thereof the following seven courses and distances: North 44 degrees 15 minutes 43 seconds East a distance of 153.57 feet to a point, North 45 degrees 04 minutes 01 seconds East a distance of 377.21 feet to a point, North 45 degrees 23 minutes 22 seconds East a distance of 339.57 feet to a point, North 44 degrees 53 minutes 07 seconds East a distance of 214.30 feet to a point, North 45 degrees 07 minutes 19 seconds East a distance of 180.32 feet to a point, northeasterly a distance of 410.05 feet along the arc of a curve to the right, said curve having a radius of 2,195.86 feet and being subtended by a chord having a bearing and distance of North 50 degrees 28 minutes 18 seconds East 409.46 feet to a point, and North 55 degrees 49 minutes 17 seconds East a distance of 233.04 feet to a point; leaving said southeasterly right-of-way line and proceeding thence southeasterly the following four courses and distances: 396.46 feet along the arc of a curve to the left, said curve having a radius of 686.62 feet and being subtended by a chord having a bearing and distance of South 27 degrees 24 minutes 42 seconds East 390.98 feet to a point, South 43 degrees 57 minutes 12 seconds East a distance of 667.16 feet to a point, southeasterly and southerly a distance of 473.03 feet along the arc of a curve to the right, said curve having a radius of 586.62 feet and being subtended by a chord having a bearing and distance of South 20 degrees 51 minutes 09 seconds East 460.32 feet to a point, and South 02 degrees 14

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minutes 54 seconds West a distance of 304.49 feet to a point on said northerly right-of-way line of CSX Transportation; proceeding thence along said northerly right-of-way line North 84 degrees 44 minutes 57 seconds West a distance of 45.06 feet to the TRUE POINT OF BEGINNING; said tract or parcel of land contains 49.1306 acres, and in shown and delineated as Tract I on that certain Boundary Topographic Survey For: Pulte Home Corporation, NationsBank, N.A., TGC, L.L.C., and Chicage Title Insurance Company dated September 20, 1996, last revised October 21, 1997, prepared by Travis N. Pruitt, Sr., Georgia Registered Land Surveyor No. 1729, for Travis Pruitt Associates, P.C., said plat being incorporated herein by reference thereto. 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 1998 session of the General Assembly of Georgia a bill to amend an Act creating a new charter for the City of Smyrna approved August 27, 1931 (Ga. L. 1931 p. 955) as amended; and for other purposes. This 26th day of February, 1998 Randy J. Sauder Representative, 29th District GEORGIA, FULTON COUNTY Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths, Randy Sauder, who on oath deposes and says that he is the Representative from the 29th District and further deposes and says as follows: (1) 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 the following date: February 26, 1998. (2) That the laws requiring notice of local legislation were further complied with in the manner checked below: A copy of the notice of intention was mailed, transmitted by facsimile, or otherwise provided to the governing authority of any county, municipality, or consolidated government whose charter or enabling Act is amended, as required by subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill was requested by resolution or other written notification of the governing authority of the affected county,

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municipality, or consolidated government and a copy of such resolution or other written notification is attached hereto. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill does not amend the charter of a municipality or the enabling Act of a county or consolidated government or the bill affects a local school system. [UNK] The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill is an annexation bill and a copy of the bill was provided to the county governing authority within which the area proposed to be annexed is located at the time the notice was published, as required by Code Section 28-1-14.1. s/ RANDY SAUDER Representative, 29th District Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 26th day of February, 1998. s/ TERESA ADKINS Notary Public, Clayton County, Georgia My Commission Expires Jan. 5, 2001 (SEAL) Approved March 27, 1998. EMANUEL COUNTY JAIL AUTHORITYCREATION. No. 608 (House Bill No. 1815). AN ACT To create the Emanuel County Jail Authority and to authorize such authority to acquire, construct, equip, maintain, and operate jails and other public facilities, to acquire the necessary property therefor, both real and personal, and to lease or sell any or all of such facilities, including real and personal property; to confer powers and to impose duties on the authority; to provide for the membership and for the appointment of members of the authority and their terms of tenure and compensation; to authorize the authority to contract with others pertaining to the facilities and to execute leases of such facilities and to convey title to property of the authority in fee simple and to do all things deemed necessary or convenient for the operation of such undertakings; to authorize the authority and other political subdivisions, including specifically Emanuel County, to enter into contracts and leases pertaining to uses of such facilities, which contracts and leases shall obligate the lessees to make payment for the use of such facilities for the term thereof and to pledge for that purpose revenues derived from taxation; to provide that no debt of Emanuel

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County or other political subdivisions, within the meaning of Article IX, Section V, Paragraph I of the Constitution of the State of Georgia shall be incurred by exercise of the powers granted in this Act; to authorize the issuance of revenue bonds or obligations of the authority, payable from the revenues, tolls, fees, charges, and earnings of the authority, including, but not limited to, earnings derived from leases and income from conveyances of real property of the authority, and to pay the cost of such undertakings and to authorize the collection and pledging of the revenues and earnings of the authority for the payment of such bonds or obligations and to secure the payment thereof and to define the rights of the holders of such bonds or obligations; to make the bonds or obligations of the authority exempt from taxation; to make the property of the authority exempt from taxation and assessment; to grant the authority and its members certain immunities; to authorize the issuance of refunding bonds or obligations; to fix the venue or jurisdiction of actions relating to any provisions of this Act and to provide that such bonds or obligations be validated as authorized by Article 3 of Chapter 82 of Title 36 of the O.C.G.A., the Revenue Bond Law; to provide for construction; to provide for conveyance of property upon dissolution; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes. BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF GEORGIA: SECTION 1 . Emanuel County Jail Authority Act. This Act shall be known and may be cited as the Emanuel County Jail Authority Act. SECTION 2 . Creation of authority; members. (a) There is created a body corporate and politic to be known as the Emanuel County Jail Authority, which shall be deemed to be a political subdivision of the State of Georgia and a public corporation and instrumentality by that name, style, and title, and said body may contract and be contracted with, sue and sued, implead and be impleaded, complain and defend in all courts of law and equity, except that the authority or the trustee acting under a trust indenture shall in no event be liable for any torts committed by any of the officers, agents, and employees of the authority. 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 and being exempt from the provisions of Article 2 of Chapter 17 of Title 50 of the O.C.G.A., the Georgia State Financing and Investment Commission Act. The authority shall have its principal office in Emanuel County, and its legal situs or residence for the purposes of this Act shall be Emanuel 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

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to facilities to be operated by the authority as provided under the provisions of this Act. (b) The authority shall consist of five members who shall be residents of Emanuel County and who shall be appointed by the Board of Commissioners of Emanuel County. The Board of Commissioners of Emanuel County shall initially appoint two members for a term of two years each and three members for a term of four years each. After expiration of the initial terms, the terms of all members shall be four years. If at the end of any term of office of any member a successor to such member has not been elected, the member whose term of office has expired shall continue to hold office until his or her successor is elected. A majority of the authority shall constitute a quorum. (c) One member of the Board of Commissioners of Emanuel County may be appointed to serve as a member of the authority. (d) Any member of the authority may be selected and appointed to succeed himself or herself. Immediately after such appointments, the members of such authority shall enter upon their duties. (e) Any vacancy on the authority shall be filled in the same manner as was the original appointment of the member whose termination of membership resulted in such vacancy, and the person so selected and appointed shall serve for the remainder of the unexpired term. (f) The authority shall elect one of its members as chairperson and another member as vice chairperson. The clerk of the Board of Commissioners of Emanuel County shall be the secretary and treasurer. Said clerk shall not be a member of the authority. (g) Three members of the authority shall constitute a quorum. 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. (h) The members of the authority shall be reimbursed for all actual expenses incurred in the performance of their duties out of the funds of the authority. (i) The authority shall make rules and regulations for its own government. It shall have perpetual existence. (j) Any member of the authority may be removed from office by the Board of Commissioners of Emanuel County for failure to perform his or her duties as a member of the authority. Such failure shall include without limitation the failure to attend a majority of the regularly scheduled meetings of the authority in a calendar year. Any office so vacated shall be filled by appointment by the Board of Commissioners of Emanuel County. The new appointee shall serve the remainder of the unexpired term to which he or she is appointed.

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SECTION 3 . Definitions. As used in this Act, the term: (1) Authority shall mean the Emanuel County Jail Authority created in Section 2 of this Act. (2) Cost of the project shall embrace the cost of construction, the cost of all lands, properties, rights, easements, and franchises acquired, and the cost of all conveyances in fee simple of the authority's title thereto and leases thereof; the cost of all machinery, equipment, and financing charges and interest prior to and during construction; the cost of engineering, architectural, fiscal, and legal expenses and of plans and specifications and other expenses necessary or incident to determining the feasibility or practicability of the project; administrative expenses and such other expenses as may be necessary or incident to the financing authorized by this Act; and the cost of construction of any project and the placing of the same in operation. Any obligation or expense incurred for any of the foregoing purposes shall be regarded as a part of the cost of the project and may be paid or reimbursed as such out of the proceeds of revenue bonds issued under the provisions of this Act for such project. (3) Project shall be deemed to mean and include the acquisition, construction, equipping, maintenance, and operation of a jail or other public safety facility designed to provide law enforcement, fire-fighting, emergency medical, or other public safety services for the citizens of Emanuel County, including specifically telephone emergency 911 or other notification and dispatching equipment, vehicles and other real and personal property to be used in connection therewith, and the lease and sale of any part or all of such facilities, including real and personal property, so as to assure the efficient and proper development, maintenance, and operation of such jail or other public safety facilities deemed by the authority to be necessary, convenient, or desirable. (4) Revenue bonds, bonds, and obligations shall mean revenue bonds as defined and provided for in Article 3 of Chapter 82 of Title 36 of the O.C.G.A., the Revenue Bond Law, and such type of obligations may be issued by the authority as authorized under said Revenue Bond Law and any amendments thereto and, in addition, shall mean obligations of the authority the issuance of which are specifically provided for in this Act. (5) Any project shall be deemed self-liquidating if, in the judgment of the authority, the revenues and earnings to be derived by the authority therefrom and all properties used, leased, and sold in connection therewith will be sufficient to pay the cost of operating,

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maintaining and repairing, improving, and extending the project and to pay the principal of and interest on the revenue bonds which may be issued to finance, in whole or in part, the cost of such project or projects. SECTION 4 . Powers. The authority shall have the power: (1) To have a seal and alter the same at pleasure; (2) To acquire by purchase, lease, or otherwise and to hold, lease, and dispose of real and personal property of every kind and character for its corporate purposes; (3) To acquire in its own name by purchase, on such terms and conditions and in such manner as it may deem proper, real property or rights of easements therein or franchises necessary or convenient for its corporate purposes, and to use the same so long as its corporate existence shall continue and to lease or make contracts with respect to the use of or disposal of the same in any manner it deems to the best advantage of the authority; and, if the authority shall deem it expedient to construct any property on any lands, the title to which shall then be in the State of Georgia, the Governor is authorized to convey, for and in behalf of the state, title to such lands to the authority upon payment to the State of Georgia for the credit of the general fund of the state of the reasonable value of such lands; and, if the authority shall deem it expedient to construct any project on any lands, the title to which shall then be in Emanuel County or in any municipality incorporated in said county, the governing authority or body of said county or of any of the said municipalities is authorized to convey title to such lands to the authority upon payment for the credit of the general funds of said county or municipalities the reasonable value of such lands, such value to be determined by the mutual consent of said county or municipality and the authority or by an appraiser to be agreed upon by the governing authority or body of said county or municipality and the chairperson of the authority; (4) To appoint, select, and employ officers, agents, and employees, including engineering, architectural, and construction experts, fiscal agents, and attorneys and fix their respective compensations; (5) To make contracts and leases and to execute all instruments necessary or convenient, including contracts for construction of projects and leases of projects or contracts with respect to the use of projects which it causes to be erected or acquired, including contracts for constructing, renting, and leasing of its projects for the use of Emanuel County; or any municipality in Emanuel County, and to

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dispose by conveyance of its title in fee simple of real and personal property of every kind and character; and any and all persons, firms, and corporations and the state and any and all political subdivisions, departments, institutions, or agencies of the state are authorized to enter into contracts, leases, or agreements with the authority upon such terms and for such purposes as they deem advisable; and, without limiting the generality of the above, authority is specifically granted to municipal corporations and counties and to the authority to enter into contracts and lease and sublease agreements with the State of Georgia or any agencies or departments thereof relative to any property which such department or other agency or department of the State of Georgia has now or may hereafter obtain by lease from the United States government or any agency or department thereof, and the authority is specifically authorized to convey title in fee simple to any and all of its lands and any improvements thereon to any persons, firms, corporations, municipalities, political subdivisions, the State of Georgia or the United States government, or any agency or department thereof, subject to the rights and interest of the holders of any of the bonds or obligations authorized to be issued pursuant to this Act and by the resolution or trust indenture of the authority authorizing the issuance of any of its bonds or obligations as provided in this Act; (6) To construct, erect, acquire, own, repair, remodel, maintain, add to, extend, improve, equip, operate, and manage projects, as defined in this Act, the cost of any such project to be paid in whole or in part from the proceeds of revenue bonds or other funds of the authority or from such proceeds or other funds and any grant from the United States or any agency or instrumentality thereof; (7) To accept loans and grants of money or materials or property of any kind from the United States or any agency or instrumentality thereof upon such terms and conditions as the United States or such agency or instrumentality may impose; (8) To accept loans and grants of money or materials or property of any kind from the State of Georgia or any agency or instrumentality or political subdivision thereof upon such terms and conditions as the State of Georgia or such agency or instrumentality or political subdivision may impose; (9) To borrow money for any of its corporate purposes and to execute evidences of such indebtedness and to secure the same and to issue revenue bonds payable solely from funds pledged for that purpose and to provide for the payment of the same and for the rights of the holders thereof; (10) 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;

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(11) The authority and the trustee acting under a trust indenture are specifically authorized from time to time to sell, lease, grant, exchange, or otherwise dispose of any surplus property, both real and personal, or interest therein not required in the normal operation of, and usable in the furtherance of, the purpose for which the authority was created; (12) To borrow money for any of its corporate purposes from any bank, banks, or other lending institutions and to execute evidences of such indebtedness and to secure the same by assigning all rights to and pledging all funds to be received by the authority from a lease or leases entered into by the authority as the lessor and Emanuel County or any municipality located in Emanuel County as the lessee; and (13) To do all things necessary or convenient to carry out the powers expressly given in this Act. SECTION 5 . Revenue bonds. The authority, or any authority or body which has or which may in the future succeed to the powers, duties, and liabilities vested in the authority created by this Act, shall have power and is authorized at one time or from time to time to provide by resolution for the issuance of revenue bonds for the purpose of paying all or any part of the cost as defined in this Act of any one or more projects. The principal of and interest on such revenue bonds shall be payable from the special fund provided for in this Act for such payment. The bonds of each issue shall be dated and shall bear interest at such rate or rates as determined by the authority and shall be payable on such dates as determined by the authority, and principal shall mature at such time or times not exceeding 40 years from their date or dates and shall be payable in such medium of payment as to both principal and interest as may be determined by the authority and may be made redeemable before maturity at the option of the authority at such price or prices and under such terms and conditions as may be fixed by the authority in the resolution providing for the issuance of the bonds. Such revenue bonds or obligations shall be issued pursuant to and in conformity with Article 3 of Chapter 82 of Title 36 of the O.C.G.A., the Revenue Bond Law, and all procedures pertaining to such issuance and the conditions thereof shall be the same as those contained in said Revenue Bond Law and any amendments thereto. SECTION 6 . Bonds for essential purpose. All revenue bonds issued under this Act are declared to be issued for an essential public and governmental purpose, and said bonds and the income thereof shall be exempt from all taxation within this state.

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SECTION 7 . Sale of bonds. The authority may sell such bonds in such manner and for such price as it may determine to be for the best interest of the authority through negotiated or public sale, and the proceeds derived from the sale of such bonds shall be used solely for the purpose provided in the proceedings authorizing the issuance of such bonds. SECTION 8 . Conditions for issuance of bonds. Such revenue bonds may be issued without any other proceedings or the happening of any other conditions or things than those proceedings, conditions, and things which are specified or required by this Act and the Revenue Bond Law. Any resolution providing for the issuance of revenue bonds under the provisions of this Act shall become effective immediately upon its passage and need not be published or posted, and any such resolution may be passed at any regular or special or adjourned meeting of the authority by a majority of its members. SECTION 9 . Revenue bonds not debt. Revenue bonds issued under the provisions of this Act shall not be deemed to constitute a debt of the State of Georgia or Emanuel County, nor a pledge of the faith and credit thereof, but such bonds shall be payable solely from the rentals, revenues, earnings, and funds of the authority as provided in the resolution or trust agreement or indenture authorizing the issuance and securing the payment of such bonds, and the issuance of such revenue bonds shall not directly, indirectly, or contingently obligate the state or any political subdivision thereof, including specifically Emanuel County, to levy or pledge any form of taxation or make any appropriation for their payment, and all such bonds shall contain recitals on their fact covering substantially the foregoing provisions of this section; provided, however, that Emanuel County and any other political subdivision contracting with the authority may obligate itself to pay the amounts required under any contract entered into with the authority from funds received from taxes to be levied and collected for that purpose to the extent necessary to pay the obligations contractually incurred under this section and from any other source; and provided, further, that the obligation to make such payment shall constitute a general obligation and a pledge of the full faith and credit of the obligor but shall not constitute a debt of the obligor within the meaning of Article IX, Section V, Paragraph I of the Constitution of this State; and provided, further, that when such obligation is made to make such payments from taxes to be levied for that purpose, then the obligation shall be mandatory to levy and collect such taxes from

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year to year in an amount sufficient to fulfill and fully comply with the terms of such obligation. SECTION 10 . Sinking fund. The revenue, rents, and earnings derived from any particular project or projects and any and all revenue, rents, and earnings received by the authority, regardless of whether such revenue, rents, and earnings were produced by a particular project for which bonds have been issued, unless otherwise pledged, may be pledged by the authority to payment of the principal of and interest on the revenue bonds of the authority as may be provided in any resolution authorizing the issuance of such bonds or in any trust instrument pertaining to such bonds, and such funds so pledged, from whatever source received, may include funds received from one or more or all sources and may be set aside at regular intervals into sinking funds for which provision may be made in any such resolution or trust instrument and which may be pledged to and charged with the payment of: (1) The interest upon such revenue bonds as such interest shall become due; (2) The principal of the bonds as the same shall mature; (3) The necessary charges of any trustee or paying agent for paying such principal and interest; and (4) Any premium upon bonds retired by call or purchase. The use and disposition of any sinking fund may be subject to such regulation as may be provided for in the resolution authorizing the issuance of the bonds or in the trust instrument securing the payment of the same. SECTION 11 . Exemption from taxation. The exercise of the powers conferred upon the authority under this Act shall constitute an essential governmental function for a public purpose, and the authority shall be required to pay no taxes or assessments upon any of the property acquired by it or under its jurisdiction, control, possession, or supervision or upon its activities in the operation and maintenance of property acquired by it or of buildings erected or acquired by it or any fees, rentals, or other charges for the use of such property or buildings or other income received by the authority. The tax exemption provided in this section provided shall not include an exemption from sales and use taxes on property purchased by or for the use of the authority.

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SECTION 12 . Immunity from tort actions. The authority shall have the same immunity and exemption from liability for torts and negligence as the State of Georgia, and the officers, agents, and employees of the authority, when in performance of the work of the authority, shall have the same immunity and exemption 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. SECTION 13 . Property not subject to levy and sale. The property of the authority shall not be subject to levy and sale under legal process. SECTION 14 . Venue and jurisdiction. Any action to protect or enforce any rights under the provisions of this Act or any suit or action against such authority shall be brought in the Superior Court of Emanuel County, Georgia, and any action pertaining to validation of any bonds issued under the provisions of this Act shall likewise be brought in said court which shall have exclusive, original jurisdiction of such actions. SECTION 15 . Validation of bonds. Bonds of the authority shall be confirmed and validated in accordance with the procedures of Article 3 of Chapter 82 of Title 36 of the O.C.G.A., the Revenue Bond Law. The petition for validation shall also make party defendant to such action the State of Georgia or any municipality, county, authority, political subdivision, or instrumentality of the State of Georgia or the United States government or any department or agency of the United States government, if subject to being sued and if consenting to same, which has contracted with the authority for the services and facilities of the project for which bonds are to be issued and sought to be validated, and the state or such municipality, county, authority, political subdivision, or instrumentality shall be required to show cause, if any, why such contract or contracts and the terms and conditions thereof should not be inquired into by the court and the validity of the terms thereof be determined and the contract or contracts adjudicated as part of the basis of the security for the payment of any such bonds of the authority. The bonds, when validated, and the judgment of validation, shall be final and conclusive with respect to such bonds and the security for the payment thereof and the

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interest thereon and against the authority issuing the same, the state and any municipality, county, authority, political subdivision, or instrumentality, if a party to the validation proceedings, contracting with the authority. SECTION 16 . Interest of bondholders protected. While any of the bonds issued by the authority remain outstanding, the powers, duties, or existence of said authority or of its officers, employees, or agents shall not be diminished or impaired in any manner that will affect adversely the interest and rights of the holders of such bonds, and no other entity, department, agency, or authority will be created which will compete with the authority to such an extent as to affect adversely the interest and rights of the holders of such bonds, nor will the state itself so compete with the authority. The provisions of this Act shall be for the benefit of the authority and the holders of any such bonds, and the issuance of bonds under the provisions of this Act shall constitute a contract with the holders of such bonds. SECTION 17 . Trust funds. All funds received pursuant to the authority of this Act, whether as proceeds from the sale of revenue bonds or as revenue, rents, fees, charges, or other earnings or as grants, gifts, or other contributions shall be deemed to be trust funds to be held and applied by the authority solely as provided in this Act, and the bondholders entitled to receive the benefits of such funds shall have a lien on all such funds until the same are applied as provided for in any such resolution or trust instrument of the authority. SECTION 18 . Construction. This Act and any other law enacted with reference to the authority shall be liberally construed for the accomplishment of its purposes. SECTION 19 . Scope of operations. The scope of the authority's operation shall be limited to the territory embraced within Emanuel County. SECTION 20 . Conveyance of property upon dissolution. Should the authority for any reason be dissolved after full payment of all bonded indebtedness incurred under this Act, both as to principal and interest, title to all property of any kind and nature, real and personal, held

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by the authority at the time of such dissolution shall be conveyed to Emanuel County; or title to any such property may be conveyed prior to such dissolution in accordance with provisions which may be made therefor in any resolution or trust instrument relating to such property, subject to any liens, leases, or other encumbrances outstanding against or in respect to said property at the time of such conveyance. SECTION 21 . Repealer. All laws and parts of laws in conflict with this Act are repealed. Notice Notice is hereby given that there will be introduced during the 1998 regular session of the General Assembly of Georgia a bill relative to the creation of the Emanuel County Jail Authority and for other purposes. This 18th day of February, 1998. Carson Cross, Chairman, Board of Commissioners of Emanuel County. GEORGIA, FULTON COUNTY Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths, Larry Parrish, who on oath deposes and says that he is the Representative from the 144th District and further deposes and says as follows: (1) That the attached Notice of Intention to Introduce Local Legislation was published in the Forest-Blade which is the official organ of Emanuel County on the following date: February 18, 1998. (2) That the laws requiring notice of local legislation were further complied with in the manner checked below: A copy of the notice of intention was mailed, transmitted by facsimile, or otherwise provided to the governing authority of any county, municipality, or consolidated government whose charter or enabling Act is amended, as required by subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill was requested by resolution or other written notification of the governing authority of the affected county, municipality, or consolidated government and a copy of such resolution or other written notification is attached hereto. [UNK] The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill does not amend the charter of a municipality or the enabling Act of a county or consolidated government or the bill affects a local school system.

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The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill is an annexation bill and a copy of the bill was provided to the county governing authority within which the area proposed to be annexed is located at the time the notice was published, as required by Code Section 28-1-14.1. s/ LARRY PARRISH Representative, 144th District Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 27th day of February, 1998. s/ TERESA ADKINS Notary Public, Clayton County, Georgia My Commission Expires Jan. 5, 2001 (SEAL) Approved March 27, 1998. HART COUNTY INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITYINTENTION OF GENERAL ASSEMBLY. No. 609 (House Bill No. 1817). AN ACT To amend an Act creating the Hart County Industrial Development Authority, approved March 24, 1994 (Ga. L. 1994, p. 4088), so as to eliminate a provision expressing the intention of the General Assembly; 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 creating the Hart County Industrial Development Authority, approved March 24, 1994 (Ga. L. 1994, p. 4088), is amended by striking in its entirety Section 17, expressing the intention of the General Assembly that the purposes for which such authority was created would be accomplished by the authority created by this Act, rather than by any other authority in existence prior to the creation of such authority. 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.

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NOTICE OF INTENTION TO INTRODUCE LOCAL LEGISLATION Notice is given that there will be introduced at the regular 1998 session of the General Assembly of Georgia a bill to amend Georgia Laws 1994, p. 4088-4095, which created the Hart County Industrial Development Authority; and for other purposes. This 12th day of February 1998. /s/ Alan T. Powell Representative 23rd District GEORGIA, FULTON COUNTY Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths, Alan T. Powell, who on oath deposes and says that he is the Representative from the 23rd District and further deposes and says as follows: (1) That the attached Notice of Intention to Introduce Local Legislation was published in the Hartwell Sun which is the official organ of Hart County on the following date: February 18, 1998. (2) That the laws requiring notice of local legislation were further complied with in the manner checked below: A copy of the notice of intention was mailed, transmitted by facsimile, or otherwise provided to the governing authority of any county, municipality, or consolidated government whose charter or enabling Act is amended, as required by subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill was requested by resolution or other written notification of the governing authority of the affected county, municipality, or consolidated government and a copy of such resolution or other written notification is attached hereto. [UNK] The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill does not amend the charter of a municipality or the enabling Act of a county or consolidated government or the bill affects a local school system. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill is an annexation bill and a copy of the bill was provided to the county governing authority within which the area proposed to be annexed is located at the time the notice was published, as required by Code Section 28-1-14.1.

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s/ ALAN T. POWELL Representative, 23rd District Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 2nd day of March, 1998. s/ TERESA ADKINS Notary Public, Clayton County, Georgia My Commission Expires Jan. 5, 2001 (SEAL) Approved March 27, 1998. BULLOCH COUNTYSTATE COURT; SOLICITOR-GENERAL; FULL TIME; COMPENSATION. No. 610 (House Bill No. 1818). AN ACT To amend an Act entitled An Act creating the State Court of Bulloch County, approved August 10, 1903 (Ga. L. 1903, p. 153), as amended, particularly by an Act approved March 27, 1995 (Ga. L. 1995, p. 3641), so as to provide that the solicitor-general of the state court shall be full time and may not engage in the private practice of law; to change the compensation of such solicitor general and the provisions relating thereto; 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 entitled An Act creating the State Court of Bulloch County, approved August 10, 1903 (Ga. L. 1903, p. 153), as amended, particularly by an Act approved March 27, 1995 (Ga. L. 1995, p. 3641), is amended by striking in its entirety subsection (b) of Section 4A and inserting in lieu thereof the following: (b) (1) The solicitor-general of the State Court of Bulloch County shall be full time within the meaning of Article 3 of Chapter 18 of Title 15 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated and shall not engage in the private practice of law. (2) The solicitor-general of the State Court of Bulloch County shall be compensated from funds of Bulloch County, to be paid in equal monthly installments, in an amount which is equal to: (A) A minimum annual salary of $67,000.00; and

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(B) Any supplement deemed appropriate by Bulloch County. SECTION 2 . This Act shall become effective on January 1, 1999. 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 1998 session of the General Assembly of Georgia a bill to amend an act creating the State Court of Bulloch County, approved August 10, 1903 (Ga. L. p. 153), as amended, so as to provide that the judge and solicitor general of state court shall be full time and may not engage in the private practice of law; to change the compensation of such judge and solicitor general and the provisions relating thereof; to provide an effective date; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes. This 18th day of February, 1998. Hon. Robert E. Lane GEORGIA, FULTON COUNTY Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths, Robert E. Lane who on oath deposes and says that he is the Representative from the 146th District and further deposes and says as follows: (1) That the attached Notice of Intention to Introduce Local Legislation was published in the Statesboro Herald which is the official organ of Bulloch County on the following date: February 18, 1998. (2) That the laws requiring notice of local legislation were further complied with in the manner checked below: A copy of the notice of intention was mailed, transmitted by facsimile, or otherwise provided to the governing authority of any county, municipality, or consolidated government whose charter or enabling Act is amended, as required by subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill was requested by resolution or other written notification of the governing authority of the affected county, municipality, or consolidated government and a copy of such resolution or other written notification is attached hereto. [UNK] The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill does not amend the charter of a

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municipality or the enabling Act of a county or consolidated government or the bill affects a local school system. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill is an annexation bill and a copy of the bill was provided to the county governing authority within which the area proposed to be annexed is located at the time the notice was published, as required by Code Section 28-1-14.1. s/ ROBERT E. LANE Representative, 146th District Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 27th day of February, 1998. s/ TERESA ADKINS Notary Public, Clayton County, Georgia My Commission Expires Jan. 5, 2001 (SEAL) Approved March 27, 1998. HANCOCK COUNTYBOARD OF COMMISSIONERS; COMPENSATION. No. 611 (House Bill No. 1820). AN ACT To amend an Act creating a Board of Commissioners of Hancock County, approved October 5, 1885 (Ga. L. 1884-85, p. 435), as amended, so as to change the provisions relating to the compensation and expense allowance of the chairperson and other members of the board of commissioners; 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 Hancock County, approved October 5, 1885 (Ga. L. 1884-85, p. 435), as amended, is amended by striking paragraphs (1) and (2) of subsection (c) of Section VIII in their entirety and inserting in lieu thereof new paragraphs (1) and (2) to read as follows: (c) (1) The chairperson and other members of the board of commissioners shall be compensated as follows: (A) The person serving as chairperson of the board of commissioners shall receive a base annual salary of $25,000.00;

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(B) Each member of the board of commissioners, other than the chairperson, shall receive a base annual salary of $4,500.00; and (C) The chairperson shall also receive an expense allowance of $1,500.00. (2) Beginning on January 1, 1999, and continuing thereafter, in any year that the sheriff of Hancock County receives a cost-of-living increase or general performance based increase of a certain percentage or a certain amount pursuant to the provisions of paragraph (2) of subsection (a) of Code Section 15-16-20 of the O.C.G.A., the amount of the effective base annual salaries provided in subparagraphs (A) and (B) of paragraph (1) of this subsection, plus any previous cost-of-living increases in salaries received by such persons serving as chairperson and members of the board pursuant to the provisions of this paragraph shall be increased by the same such percentage or same such amount applicable to the sheriff. Such increase in salaries shall become effective on the same date that the increase to which the sheriff is entitled becomes effective. 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 1998 session of the General Assembly of Georgia a bill to amend an Act creating a Board of Commissioners of Hancock County, approved October 5, 1885 (Ga. L. 1884-85, p. 435), as amended; and for other purposes. This 23rd day of February, 1998 /s/ Helen G. Hudson Representative, 120th District GEORGIA, FULTON COUNTY Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths, Helen G. Hudson, who on oath deposes and says that she is the Representative from the 120th District and further deposes and says as follows: (1) That the attached Notice of Intention to Introduce Local Legislation was published in the Sparta Ishmaelite which is the official organ of Hancock County on the following date: February 26, 1998. (2) That the laws requiring notice of local legislation were further complied with in the manner checked below:

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[UNK] A copy of the notice of intention was mailed, transmitted by facsimile, or otherwise provided to the governing authority of any county, municipality, or consolidated government whose charter or enabling Act is amended, as required by subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill was requested by resolution or other written notification of the governing authority of the affected county, municipality, or consolidated government and a copy of such resolution or other written notification is attached hereto. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill does not amend the charter of a municipality or the enabling Act of a county or consolidated government or the bill affects a local school system. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill is an annexation bill and a copy of the bill was provided to the county governing authority within which the area proposed to be annexed is located at the time the notice was published, as required by Code Section 28-1-14.1. s/ HELEN G. HUDSON Representative, 120th District Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 2nd day of March, 1998. s/ TERESA ADKINS Notary Public, Clayton County, Georgia My Commission Expires Jan. 5, 2001 (SEAL) Approved March 27, 1998. TOWN OF SPARKSMAYOR AND COUNCIL; ELECTIONS; TERMS. No. 612 (House Bill No. 1824). AN ACT To amend an Act establishing a new charter for the Town of Sparks, approved December 20, 1899 (Ga. L. 1899, p. 271), as amended, especially by an Act approved March 22, 1989 (Ga. L. 1989, p. 4018), so as to change the provisions relating to the time of election, taking of office, and terms of office of the mayor and councilmen; to provide the authority for this Act; to provide for a certain submission; 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 establishing a new charter for the Town of Sparks, approved December 20, 1899 (Ga. L. 1899, p. 271), as amended, especially by an Act approved March 22, 1989 (Ga. L. 1989, p. 4018), is amended by striking in their entirety subsections (b), (c), and (d) of Section 4A and inserting in their place the following: (b) The mayor whose term commenced January 1, 1998, shall serve a term expiring on December 31, 2001, and until a successor is elected and qualified. On the Tuesday next following the first Monday in November, 2001, and quadrennially thereafter, a successor shall be elected to serve a term of four years and until a successor is elected and qualified and shall take office on the first day of January following election. (c) The three councilmen elected to represent posts 1, 2, and 3 for terms commencing January 1, 1998, shall serve terms expiring on December 31, 2001, and until each successor is elected and qualified. On the Tuesday next following the first Monday in November, 2001, and quadrennially thereafter, successors shall be elected to serve a term of four years and until each successor is elected and qualified and shall take office on the first day of January following election. (d) The three councilmen elected to represent posts 4, 5, and 6 for terms commencing January 1, 1997, shall serve terms expiring on December 31, 1999, and until each successor is elected and qualified. On the Tuesday next following the first Monday in November, 1999, and quadrennially thereafter, successors shall be elected to serve a term of four years and until each successor is elected and qualified and shall take office on the first day of January following election. SECTION 2 . This Act is enacted pursuant to authority provided in subsection (d) of Code Section 21-3-64 of the O.C.G.A. SECTION 3 . It shall be the duty of the governing authority of the Town of Sparks to require the attorney thereof to submit this Act for approval pursuant to Section 5 of the federal Voting Rights Act of 1965. SECTION 4 . All laws and parts of laws in conflict with this Act are repealed. RESOLUTION WHEREAS, Article 3 of Chapter 3 of Title 21 provides for members of governing authorities of municipalities to be elected for terms of 4 years unless a different term is provided by Local Law; and,

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WHEREAS, a local act of the General Assembly (GA Law, 1989 p 4018) provides for two year terms of the governing authority of the Town of Sparks; and, WHEREAS, the term of the Mayor of the Town of Sparks expires December 31, 1999; and, WHEREAS, the terms for posts 1, 2 and 3 of the Council of the Town of Sparks expire on December 31, 1999; and, WHEREAS, the terms for posts 4, 5 and 6 of the Council of the Town of Sparks expire on December 31, 1998. BE IT THEREFORE RESOLVED by the Mayor and Council of the Town (City) of Sparks that Representative Penny Houston and Senator Peg Blitch are hereby requested to submit a local act to the General Assembly to set the terms of all members of the governing authority of the Town (City) of Sparks for four (4) years each, beginning with the terms to begin office January 1, 1999. NOTICE OF INTENTION TO INTRODUCE LOCAL LEGISLATION Notice is given that there will be introduced at the regular 1998 session of the General Assembly of Georgia, a bill to amend an Act establishing a new charter for the Town of Sparks, approved December 20, 1899 (Ga. L. 1899, p. 271), as amended, especially by an Act approved March 22, 1989 (Ga. L. 1989, p. 4018); and for other purposes. This 19 day of February, 1998. PENNY HOUSTON GEORGIA, FULTON COUNTY Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths, Penny Houston, who on oath deposes and says that she is the Representative from the 166th District and further deposes and says as follows: (1) That the attached Notice of Intention to Introduce Local Legislation was published in the Adel News Tribune which is the official organ of Cook County on the following date: February 25, 1998. (2) That the laws requiring notice of local legislation were further complied with in the manner checked below: A copy of the notice of intention was mailed, transmitted by facsimile, or otherwise provided to the governing authority of any county, municipality, or consolidated government whose charter or enabling Act is amended, as required by subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14.

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[UNK] The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill was requested by resolution or other written notification of the governing authority of the affected county, municipality, or consolidated government and a copy of such resolution or other written notification is attached hereto. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill does not amend the charter of a municipality or the enabling Act of a county or consolidated government or the bill affects a local school system. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill is an annexation bill and a copy of the bill was provided to the county governing authority within which the area proposed to be annexed is located at the time the notice was published, as required by Code Section 28-1-14.1. s/ PENNY HOUSTON Representative, 166th District Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 27th day of February, 1998. s/ TERESA ADKINS Notary Public, Clayton County, Georgia My Commission Expires Jan. 5, 2001 (SEAL) Approved March 27, 1998. CITY OF AUBURNADVISORY REFERENDUM ON DISSOLUTION OF CHARTER. No. 613 (House Bill No. 1829). AN ACT To provide for an advisory referendum election to be held in the City of Auburn for the purpose of ascertaining whether the charter of the City of Auburn should be dissolved; to provide for procedures, requirements, and other matters relative thereto; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes. BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF GEORGIA: SECTION 1 . It is the purpose of this Act to provide for an advisory referendum within the City of Auburn to determine if the voters of said city prefer that the charter of the City of Auburn be dissolved.

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SECTION 2 . (a) It shall be the duty of the election superintendent of the City of Auburn to issue the call for an advisory referendum election for the purpose of submitting a question to the voters of said city to determine whether the majority of electors voting at said election prefer that the charter of the City of Auburn be dissolved. The superintendent shall set the date of such election for the date of the 1998 state-wide general election. The superintendent shall issue the call for such election at least 30 days prior to the date thereof. 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 Barrow County. The ballot shall have printed thereon the following: Advisory Referendum Election `() YES () NO Should the charter of the City of Auburn be dissolved? ' (b) It shall be the duty of the election superintendent of the City of Auburn to hold and conduct the advisory election provided for in this section and to tabulate the results of such election. It shall be the further duty of said superintendent to certify the results of said election to the Secretary of State and to each member of the General Assembly whose Senatorial or Representative district lies wholly or partially within the City of Auburn. The expense of such election shall be borne by the City of Auburn. (c) 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 the City of Auburn and is for a public purpose and is an essential governmental function for which public funds may be expended. 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 1998 session of the General Assembly of Georgia a bill to provide for an advisory referendum as to whether the charter of the City of Auburn should be dissolved pursuant to a petition signed by citizens of said city and submitted to the local legislative delegation representing the City of Auburn; and for other purposes. This 19th day of February, 1998.

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-s- Representative Warren Massey 86th District GEORGIA, FULTON COUNTY Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths, Warren Massey, who on oath deposes and says that he is the Representative from the 86th District and further deposes and says as follows: (1) That the attached Notice of Intention to Introduce Local Legislation was published in the Barrow Eagle which is the official organ of Barrow County on the following date: February 25, 1998. (2) That the laws requiring notice of local legislation were further complied with in the manner checked below: A copy of the notice of intention was mailed, transmitted by facsimile, or otherwise provided to the governing authority of any county, municipality, or consolidated government whose charter or enabling Act is amended, as required by subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill was requested by resolution or other written notification of the governing authority of the affected county, municipality, or consolidated government and a copy of such resolution or other written notification is attached hereto. [UNK] The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill does not amend the charter of a municipality or the enabling Act of a county or consolidated government or the bill affects a local school system. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill is an annexation bill and a copy of the bill was provided to the county governing authority within which the area proposed to be annexed is located at the time the notice was published, as required by Code Section 28-1-14.1. s/ WARREN MASSEY Representative, 86th District Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 2nd day of March, 1998. s/ TERESA ADKINS Notary Public, Clayton County, Georgia My Commission Expires Jan. 5, 2001 (SEAL) Approved March 27, 1998.

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PIKE COUNTYBOARD OF COMMISSIONERS; COUNTY MANAGER. No. 614 (House Bill No. 1831). AN ACT To amend an Act creating the Board of Commissioners of Pike County, approved October 31, 1870 (Ga. L. 1870, p. 447), as amended, so as to provide for a county manager; to provide for such official's appointment, qualifications, and duties; to provide that members of the board of commissioners shall not be appointed; 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 of Pike County, approved October 31, 1870 (Ga. L. 1870, p. 447), as amended, is amended by inserting a new section to be designated Section 4.1, to read as follows: SECTION 4.1. The office of county manager is created. The county manager shall be appointed by the board of commissioners and shall serve at the pleasure of the board of commissioners. Any person appointed as county manager shall possess administrative qualifications as evidence by background or experience in public administration or related fields and such additional qualifications as determined by the board of commissioners. No member of the board of commissioners shall be appointed as county manager during the term of office for which he or she is elected. The county manager shall receive such compensation, expenses, and benefits as fixed by the board. In conformity with policies and procedures established by the board of commissioners, it shall be the duty of the county manager to administer the affairs and day-to-day business of the county, to perform duties of an administrative nature, and to exercise such powers and responsibilities which may be determined by the board and which are not assigned to another person, office, or entity by law or ordinance. 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 1998 session of the General Assembly of Georgia a bill to amend an Act creating the Board of Commissioners of Pike County, approved October 31, 1870 (GA

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L. 1870, p. 447), as amended, so as to provide for a county manager; to provide for such official's appointment, qualifications, and duties; to provide that members of the Board of Commissioners shall not be appointed; to provide for related matters; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes. This 20th day of February 1998. Honorable Robert M. Crawford Representative, 129th District GEORGIA, FULTON COUNTY Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths, Robert M. Crawford, who on oath deposes and says that he is the Representative from the 129th District and further deposes and says as follows: (1) That the attached Notice of Intention to Introduce Local Legislation was published in the Pike County Journal and Reporter which is the official organ of Pike County on the following date: February 25, 1998. (2) That the laws requiring notice of local legislation were further complied with in the manner checked below: [UNK] A copy of the notice of intention was mailed, transmitted by facsimile, or otherwise provided to the governing authority of any county, municipality, or consolidated government whose charter or enabling Act is amended, as required by subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill was requested by resolution or other written notification of the governing authority of the affected county, municipality, or consolidated government and a copy of such resolution or other written notification is attached hereto. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill does not amend the charter of a municipality or the enabling Act of a county or consolidated government or the bill affects a local school system. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill is an annexation bill and a copy of the bill was provided to the county governing authority within which the area proposed to be annexed is located at the time the notice was published, as required by Code Section 28-1-14.1. s/ ROBERT M. CRAWFORD Representative, 129th District Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 2nd day of March, 1998.

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s/ TERESA ADKINS Notary Public, Clayton County, Georgia My Commission Expires Jan. 5, 2001 (SEAL) Approved March 27, 1998. PIKE COUNTYPROBATE COURT; JUDGE; NONPARTISAN NOMINATION AND ELECTION. No. 615 (House Bill No. 1832). AN ACT To provide for the nonpartisan nomination and election of the judge of the Probate Court of Pike County; to provide for the requirements and procedures of the nonpartisan nomination and election; to provide for related matters; to provide for the authority for this Act; 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 . The judge of the Probate Court of Pike County shall be elected by the qualified voters of Pike County in a nonpartisan primary and election. Except as otherwise provided in this Act, the judge of the probate court shall be elected pursuant to the general elections laws of Georgia. SECTION 2 . Beginning with the election held in 2000 and every four years thereafter, the judge of the probate court shall be elected at the nonpartisan primary and general election immediately preceding the expiration of the term of office of the judge of the probate court, and shall take office on January 1 immediately following such election for a term of four years and until such judge's successor is elected and qualified. SECTION 3 . Candidates for the office of judge of the probate court shall be nominated in a nonpartisan primary to be held at the same time as and in conjunction with the general primary every four years. A nominating petition shall not be required to place the name of any such candidate on the primary ballot. A candidate may have his or her name placed on the primary ballot by filing a notice of candidacy with the county election superintendent and by paying the qualifying fee. SECTION 4 . The candidate receiving a majority of votes in the nonpartisan primary shall be the nominee for the office of judge of the probate court and shall

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be the only candidate for such office to have his or her name appear on the general election ballot. Code Section 21-2-501 of the O.C.G.A. shall govern run-off nonpartisan primaries, runoffs of such nonpartisan primaries, and the plurality required for the general election. SECTION 5 . The names of all candidates for the office of judge of the probate court shall appear in a separate section of each primary and general election ballot of each elector. No party designation or affiliation shall appear beside the name of any such candidate on any primary or general election ballot, and no candidate for the office of judge of the probate court shall be nominated by any political party. SECTION 6 . This Act is enacted pursuant to the authority of Code Section 21-2-139 of the O.C.G.A. SECTION 7 . This Act shall become effective on January 1, 1999. 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 1998 session of the General Assembly of Georgia bill to provide for the nonpartisan nomination and election of the judge of the Probate Court of Pike County; to provide for the requirements and procedures of the nonpartisan nomination and election; to provide for related matters; to provide for the authority for this Act; to provide for an effective date; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes. This 20th day of February 1998. Honorable Robert M. Crawford Representative, 129th District GEORGIA, FULTON COUNTY Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths, Robert M. Crawford, who on oath deposes and says that he is the Representative from the 129th District and further deposes and says as follows: (1) That the attached Notice of Intention to Introduce Local Legislation was published in the Pike County Journal and Reporter which is the official organ of Pike County on the following date: February 25, 1998.

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(2) That the laws requiring notice of local legislation were further complied with in the manner checked below: A copy of the notice of intention was mailed, transmitted by facsimile, or otherwise provided to the governing authority of any county, municipality, or consolidated government whose charter or enabling Act is amended, as required by subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill was requested by resolution or other written notification of the governing authority of the affected county, municipality, or consolidated government and a copy of such resolution or other written notification is attached hereto. [UNK] The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill does not amend the charter of a municipality or the enabling Act of a county or consolidated government or the bill affects a local school system. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill is an annexation bill and a copy of the bill was provided to the county governing authority within which the area proposed to be annexed is located at the time the notice was published, as required by Code Section 28-1-14.1. s/ ROBERT M. CRAWFORD Representative, 129th District Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 2nd day of March, 1998. s/ TERESA ADKINS Notary Public, Clayton County, Georgia My Commission Expires Jan. 5, 2001 (SEAL) Approved March 27, 1998. MADISON COUNTYBOARD OF COMMISSIONERS; SHERIFF; CLERK OF THE SUPERIOR COURT; TAX COMMISSIONER; JUDGE OF THE PROBATE COURT; SALARY SUPPLEMENTS. No. 616 (House Bill No. 1842). AN ACT To amend an Act creating a board of commissioners of Madison County (Ga. L. 1965, p. 2667), as amended, particularly by an Act approved March 28, 1985 (Ga. L. 1985, p. 4802), so as to authorize the board of commissioners to provide a supplement to the compensation of the sheriff,

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clerk of the superior court, tax commissioner, and judge of the probate court; 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 creating a board of commissioners of Madison County (Ga. L. 1965, p. 2667), as amended, particularly by an Act approved March 28, 1985 (Ga. L. 1985, p. 4802), is amended by designating the existing provisions of Section 10B as subsection (b) and inserting the following as subsection (a) of Section 10B: (a) The board of commissioners is authorized to provide a supplement to the compensation of the sheriff, clerk of the superior court, tax commissioner, and judge of the probate court. The amount of such supplement shall be determined by the board of commissioners, provided that in any calendar year, such supplement shall not increase by an amount exceeding 10 percent of the official's salary. SECTION 2 . 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. 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 1998 session of the General Assembly of Georgia a bill to amend an Act creating a board of commissioners of Madison County (Ga. L. 1965, p. 2667), as amended, particularly by an Act approved March 28, 1985 (Ga. L. 1985, p. 4802); so as to authorize the board of commissioners to provide a supplement to the compensation of the sheriff, clerk of the superior court, tax commissioner, and judge of the probate court; to provide for related matters; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes. This 16th day of Feb., 1998. Honorable Ralph T. Hudgens Representative, 24th District GEORGIA, FULTON COUNTY Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths, Ralph T. Hudgens, who on oath deposes and says

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that he is the Representative from the 24th District and further deposes and says as follows: (1) That the attached Notice of Intention to Introduce Local Legislation was published in the Danielsville Monitor which is the official organ of Madison County on the following date: February 19, 1998. (2) That the laws requiring notice of local legislation were further complied with in the manner checked below: [UNK] A copy of the notice of intention was mailed, transmitted by facsimile, or otherwise provided to the governing authority of any county, municipality, or consolidated government whose charter or enabling Act is amended, as required by subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill was requested by resolution or other written notification of the governing authority of the affected county, municipality, or consolidated government and a copy of such resolution or other written notification is attached hereto. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill does not amend the charter of a municipality or the enabling Act of a county or consolidated government or the bill affects a local school system. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill is an annexation bill and a copy of the bill was provided to the county governing authority within which the area proposed to be annexed is located at the time the notice was published, as required by Code Section 28-1-14.1. s/ RALPH T. HUDGENS Representative, 24th District Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 3rd day of March, 1998. s/ TERESA ADKINS Notary Public, Clayton County, Georgia My Commission Expires Jan. 5, 2001 (SEAL) Approved March 27, 1998.

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LEE COUNTYMAGISTRATE COURT; CHIEF MAGISTRATE; NONPARTISAN PRIMARIES AND ELECTIONS. No. 617 (House Bill No. 1843). AN ACT To provide for the nomination and election of the chief magistrate of the Magistrate's Court of Lee County in nonpartisan primaries and elections; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes. BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF GEORGIA: SECTION 1 . The chief magistrate of the Magistrate Court of Lee County who is serving in such office on the effective date of this Act or any person selected to fill a vacancy in such office shall continue to serve out such person's term of office and until the election and qualification of a successor. That successor and all future successors to such office shall be nominated and elected in a nonpartisan primary and election immediately preceding the expiration of a term of office as provided in Code Section 21-2-139 of O.C.G.A., and shall serve for terms of office as provided in Code Section 15-10-20 of the O.C.G.A. 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 1998 Session of the General Assembly of Georgia a bill to provide for the election of the chief magistrate of the Magistrate Court of Lee County in nonpartisan elections; and for other purposes. This 23rd day of February, 1998. Honorable Ray Holland Representative, District 157 GEORGIA, FULTON COUNTY Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths, Ray Holland, who on oath deposes and says that he is the Representative from the 157th District and further deposes and says as follows: (1) That the attached Notice of Intention to Introduce Local Legislation was published in the Lee County Ledger which is the official organ of Lee County on the following date: February 26, 1998.

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(2) That the laws requiring notice of local legislation were further complied with in the manner checked below: A copy of the notice of intention was mailed, transmitted by facsimile, or otherwise provided to the governing authority of any county, municipality, or consolidated government whose charter or enabling Act is amended, as required by subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill was requested by resolution or other written notification of the governing authority of the affected county, municipality, or consolidated government and a copy of such resolution or other written notification is attached hereto. [UNK] The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill does not amend the charter of a municipality or the enabling Act of a county or consolidated government or the bill affects a local school system. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill is an annexation bill and a copy of the bill was provided to the county governing authority within which the area proposed to be annexed is located at the time the notice was published, as required by Code Section 28-1-14.1. s/ RAY HOLLAND Representative, 157th District Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 3rd day of March, 1998. s/ TERESA ADKINS Notary Public, Clayton County, Georgia My Commission Expires Jan. 5, 2001 (SEAL) Approved March 27, 1998. LEE COUNTYPROBATE COURT; JUDGE; NONPARTISAN PRIMARIES AND ELECTIONS. No. 618 (House Bill No. 1844). AN ACT To provide for the nonpartisan nomination and election of the judge of the Probate Court of Lee County; to provide for the requirements and procedures of the nonpartisan nomination and election; to provide for other matters relative to the foregoing; to provide for the authority for this Act; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes.

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BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF GEORGIA: SECTION 1 . The judge of the Probate Court of Lee County shall be elected by the qualified voters of Lee County in a nonpartisan primary and election. Except as otherwise provided in this Act, the judge of the probate court shall be elected pursuant to the general elections laws of Georgia. SECTION 2 . Beginning with the election held in 2000 and every four years thereafter, the judge of the probate court shall be elected at the nonpartisan primary and general election immediately preceding the expiration of the term of office of the judge of the probate court and shall take office on January 1 immediately following such election for a term of four years and until such judge's successor is elected and qualified. SECTION 3 . Candidates for the office of judge of the probate court shall be nominated in a nonpartisan primary to be held at the same time as and in conjunction with the general primary every four years. A nominating petition shall not be required to place the name of any such candidate on the primary ballot. A candidate may have his or her name placed on the primary ballot by filing a notice of candidacy with the county election superintendent and by paying the qualifying fee. SECTION 4 . The candidate receiving a majority of votes in the nonpartisan primary shall be the nominee for the office of judge of the probate court and shall be the only candidate for such office to have his or her name appear on the general election ballot. In the event no candidate receives a majority of the votes cast, the two candidates receiving the highest number of votes for the office shall be in a runoff to be held on the same day as a runoff from the general primary, as provided by state law, to determine which candidate will be on the general election ballot. SECTION 5 . The names of all candidates for the office of judge of the probate court shall appear in a separate section of each primary and general election ballot of each elector. No party designation or affiliation shall appear beside the name of any such candidate on any primary or general election ballot, and no candidate for the office of judge of the probate court shall be nominated by any political party. SECTION 6 . This Act is enacted pursuant to the authority of Code Section 21-2-139 of the O.C.G.A.

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SECTION 7 . 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 1998 Session of the General Assembly of Georgia a bill to provide for the election of the Judge of the Probate Court of Lee County in nonpartisan elections; and for other purposes. This 23rd. day of February, 1998. Honorable Ray Holland Representative, District 157 GEORGIA, FULTON COUNTY Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths, Ray Holland, who on oath deposes and says that he is the Representative from the 157th District and further deposes and says as follows: (1) That the attached Notice of Intention to Introduce Local Legislation was published in the Lee County Ledger which is the official organ of Lee County on the following date: February 26, 1998. (2) That the laws requiring notice of local legislation were further complied with in the manner checked below: A copy of the notice of intention was mailed, transmitted by facsimile, or otherwise provided to the governing authority of any county, municipality, or consolidated government whose charter or enabling Act is amended, as required by subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill was requested by resolution or other written notification of the governing authority of the affected county, municipality, or consolidated government and a copy of such resolution or other written notification is attached hereto. [UNK] The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill does not amend the charter of a municipality or the enabling Act of a county or consolidated government or the bill affects a local school system. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill is an annexation bill and a copy of the bill was provided to the county governing authority within which the area proposed to be annexed is located at the time the notice was published,

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as required by Code Section 28-1-14.1. s/ RAY HOLLAND Representative, 157th District Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 3rd day of March, 1998. s/ TERESA ADKINS Notary Public, Clayton County, Georgia My Commission Expires Jan. 5, 2001 (SEAL) Approved March 27, 1998. CITY OF MACON AND BIBB COUNTYJOINT BOARD OF HEALTH; LOCAL CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT REPEALED; REFERENDUM. No. 619 (House Bill No. 1849). AN ACT To repeal a local amendment to the Georgia Constitution (Ga. Laws 1953, p. 256 et seq.) which created a joint Board of Health for the City of Macon and Bibb County; to provide that the effectiveness of such repeal shall be contingent upon a referendum as required by law; to provide that if the repeal is favorably considered at the referendum, then and in such event, the provisions of Chapter 3 of Title 31, O.C.G.A. shall be applicable insofar as possible; to provide an effective date; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes. BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF GEORGIA: PART ONE SECTION 1 . If favorably considered at the referendum hereinafter described, a local constitutional amendment creating a joint Board of Health for the City of Macon and Bibb County (Ga. Laws 1953, p. 256 et seq.) is hereby repealed. SECTION 2 . The foregoing provisions of Part One shall be effective only if approved at a referendum held as hereinafter provided. If approved, Part One of this Act shall be effective upon the organization of the Board of Health for Bibb County as described in Chapter 3 of Title 31, Official Code of Georgia Annotated.

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SECTION 3 . The Macon-Bibb County Board of Elections shall call and conduct an election as soon as practicable as provided by Georgia Elections Code for the purpose of submitting Part One of this Act to the electors of Macon and Bibb County separately. The Board of Elections 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 Bibb County. The ballot shall have printed thereon the words: () YES () NO For the purpose of improving the provision of public health in Macon and Bibb County, shall the Act be approved which repeals the local constitutional amendment creating a joint Board of Health for the City of Macon and Bibb County (Ga. L. 1953, p. 256 et seq.) be approved, thereby permitting the establishment of a statutory Board of Health as provided under Georgia law? All persons desiring to vote for repeal of said local amendment shall vote YES and those persons desiring to vote in the negative shall vote NO. If more than one-half of the votes cast by residents of the City of Macon and of Bibb County as a whole are for approval of Section 1 of this Part, it shall become of full force and effect as therein provided. If more than one-half of the votes cast by residents of the City of Macon and of the County as a whole are not in the affirmative, then neither Part One or Part Two of this Act shall become effective. The cost of such election shall be borne by Bibb County and it shall be the responsibility of the Macon-Bibb County Board of Elections to report the results thereof to the Secretary of State. PART TWO SECTION 1 . This part shall become effective only if more than one-half of the voters of the City of Macon and of the County as a whole voting in the election described above vote YES. SECTION 2 . If this Act becomes effective, the provisions of Chapter 3 of Title 31, O.C.G.A., shall be applicable in Bibb County with the exceptions described below. SECTION 3 . Because the provisions of Section 31-3-2(d), O.C.G.A., cannot be literally followed, the initial terms of the members of the Bibb County Board of Health shall expire as follows: the term of the member appointed pursuant to Subparagraph (3) of Subsection (a) of said Code section shall expire December 31, 1999; the term of the member appointed pursuant to

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subparagraph (4) of subsection (a) of said Code section shall expire December 31, 1998; the term of the member appointed pursuant to subparagraph (6) of subsection (a) of said Code section shall expire December 31, 2003; and the term of the member appointed pursuant to subparagraph (5) of subsection (a) of said Code section shall expire December 31, 1998. Subsequent terms shall commence and expire as provided by said Code section. SECTION 4 . Notwithstanding the commencement dates of the initial terms described in said Code section, the initial terms of the members of the Bibb County Board of Health shall commence when appointments have been made as prescribed in the Code section and the Board organizes for business. SECTION 5 . If the proposal to repeal fails of approval, the Bibb County Board of Health shall not be created nor shall appointments be made, and this Part Two shall not be effective. PART THREE SECTION 1 . If Parts One and Two of this Act shall become effective, all laws or parts thereof in conflict herewith are hereby repealed. GEORGIA, BIBB COUNTY NOTICE OF INTENTION TO APPLY FOR LEGISLATION Notice is hereby given that application will be made to the 1998 Session of the General Assembly of Georgia for the passage of a bill to repeal the local Constitutional Amendment creating the Macon-Bibb County Board of Health and to provide for applicability of the general laws, of the State of Georgia to Bibb County relating to county boards of health. This 18th day of January, 1998. Walter D. Wilson, Chairman Macon-Bibb County Board of Health GEORGIA, FULTON COUNTY Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths, William C. Randall, who on oath deposes and says that he is the Representative from the 127th District and further deposes and says as follows: (1) 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 the following date: January 24, 1998.

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(2) That the laws requiring notice of local legislation were further complied with in the manner checked below: A copy of the notice of intention was mailed, transmitted by facsimile, or otherwise provided to the governing authority of any county, municipality, or consolidated government whose charter or enabling Act is amended, as required by subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill was requested by resolution or other written notification of the governing authority of the affected county, municipality, or consolidated government and a copy of such resolution or other written notification is attached hereto. [UNK] The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill does not amend the charter of a municipality or the enabling Act of a county or consolidated government or the bill affects a local school system. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill is an annexation bill and a copy of the bill was provided to the county governing authority within which the area proposed to be annexed is located at the time the notice was published, as required by Code Section 28-1-14.1. s/ WILLIAM C. RANDALL Representative, 127th District Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 3rd day of March, 1998. s/ TERESA ADKINS Notary Public, Clayton County, Georgia My Commission Expires Jan. 5, 2001 (SEAL) Approved March 27, 1998. TOWN OF WACCORPORATE LIMITS. No. 620 (House Bill No. 1851). AN ACT To amend an Act incorporating the Town of Waco, approved August 16, 1915 (Ga. L. 1915, p. 941), as amended, so as to change the corporate limits of the Town of Waco by annexing certain territory to the town; 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 incorporating the Town of Waco, approved August 16, 1915 (Ga. L. 1915, p. 941), as amended, is amended by adding after Section 3 a new Section 3.1 to read as follows: SECTION 3.1. In addition to any other territory included in the Town of Waco, there shall also be included within the corporate limits of the town the following described tract or parcel of land: All that tract or parcel of land lying and being in Land Lot Numbers 234, 235, 239 and 240, 7th District and 5th Section of Haralson County, Georgia, and being more fully described as all of the right of way width of U.S. Highway 78 (a paved public roadway having a right of way width of 100 feet) as it extends westerly a distance of 5550 feet, more or less, from its intersection with the westerly limit line of the City of Waco to the intersection of the centerline of U.S. Highway 78 and the westerly right of way line of Waco School Road/South Waco School Road. SECTION 2 . All laws and parts of laws in conflict with this Act are repealed. NOTICE OF INTENTION TO INTRODUCE LEGISLATION Notice is given that there will be introduced at the regular 1998 session of the General Assembly of Georgia a bill to amend an Act incorporating the Town of Waco, approved August 16, 1915 (Ga. L. 1915, p. 941), as amended, so as to change the corporate limits of the Town of Waco by annexing certain territory to the town; to provide for related matters; and for other purposes. This 3rd day of February, 1998. TOWN OF WACO, GEORGIA By: s/ Leroy Robinson Mayor GEORGIA, FULTON COUNTY Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths, Thomas B. Murphy, who on oath deposes and says that he is the Representative from the 18th District and further deposes and says as follows: (1) That the attached Notice of Intention to Introduce Local Legislation was published in the Haralson Gateway-Beacon which is the official organ of Haralson County on the following date: February 5, 1998.

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(2) That the laws requiring notice of local legislation were further complied with in the manner checked below: A copy of the notice of intention was mailed, transmitted by facsimile, or otherwise provided to the governing authority of any county, municipality, or consolidated government whose charter or enabling Act is amended, as required by subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill was requested by resolution or other written notification of the governing authority of the affected county, municipality, or consolidated government and a copy of such resolution or other written notification is attached hereto. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill does not amend the charter municipality or the enabling Act of a county or consolidated government or the bill affects a local school system. [UNK] The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill is an annexation bill and a copy of the bill was provided to the county governing authority within which the area proposed to be annexed is located at the time the notice was published, as required by Code Section 28-1-14.1. s/ THOMAS B. MURPHY Representative, 18th District Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 4th day of March, 1998. s/ CHRISTINA S. RAASCH Notary Public, Gwinnett County, Georgia My Commission Expires Oct. 5, 2001 (SEAL) Approved March 27, 1998. MONROE COUNTYCORONER; COMPENSATION. No. 621 (House Bill No. 1861). AN ACT To amend an Act entitled An Act to abolish the present mode of compensating the coroner of Monroe County, approved April 4, 1967 (Ga. L. 1967, p. 2599), so as to change the compensation of the coroner; to provide for a cost-of-living salary increase; 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 abolish the present mode of compensating the coroner of Monroe County, approved April 4, 1967 (Ga. L. 1967, p. 2599), is amended by striking Section 2 of such Act and inserting in lieu thereof the following: SECTION 2. The coroner shall receive an annual salary of $3,600.00, payable in equal monthly installments from the funds of Monroe County. When the governing authority of Monroe County grants a cost-of-living increase in the compensation of county employees, the percentage by which the compensation of county employees is increased shall be applied to the then current salary of the coroner, and the salary of the coroner shall be increased by such average percentage. 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 1998 Session of the General Assembly of Georgia a bill to amend an Act entitled An Act to abolish the present mode of compensating the coroner of Monroe County, known as the fee system, approved April 4, 1967 (GA. L. 1967, p. 2599); and for other purposes. This 11th day of February, 1998. Honorable Curtis Jenkins Representative, District 110 GEORGIA, FULTON COUNTY Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths, Curtis Jenkins, who on oath deposes and says that he is the Representative from the 110th District and further deposes and says as follows: (1) 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 the following date: February 18, 1998. (2) That the laws requiring notice of local legislation were further complied with in the manner checked below: A copy of the notice of intention was mailed, transmitted by facsimile, or otherwise provided to the governing authority of any county, municipality,

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or consolidated government whose charter or enabling Act is amended, as required by subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill was requested by resolution or other written notification of the governing authority of the affected county, municipality, or consolidated government and a copy of such resolution or other written notification is attached hereto. [UNK] The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill does not amend the charter of a municipality or the enabling Act of a county or consolidated government or the bill affects a local school system. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill is an annexation bill and a copy of the bill was provided to the county governing authority within which the area proposed to be annexed is located at the time the notice was published, as required by Code Section 28-1-14.1. s/ CURTIS S. JENKINS Representative, 110th District Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 3rd day of March, 1998. s/ TERESA ADKINS Notary Public, Clayton County, Georgia My Commission Expires Jan. 5, 2001 (SEAL) Approved March 27, 1998. JASPER COUNTYHOMESTEAD EXEMPTIONS; COUNTY AND SCHOOL DISTRICT TAXES; REFERENDUM. No. 622 (House Bill No. 1862). AN ACT To provide a supplement to each of the homestead exemptions granted by general law from certain ad valorem taxes in the amount of $6,000.00 of the assessed value of the homestead for Jasper County residents; to provide for intent; to specify the terms and conditions of the exemption and the procedures relating thereto; to amend an Act providing a homestead exemption from certain Jasper County ad valorem taxes for county purposes for certain residents of that county, approved April 17, 1992 (Ga. L. 1992, p. 6508), so as to increase the amount of the exemption by $6,000.00; 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 . Each resident of Jasper County who is entitled to a homestead exemption under the provisions of Code Section 48-5-44, 48-5-47, or 48-5-52 is granted an exemption on that person's homestead from those Jasper County ad valorem taxes described in the applicable general law in the amount of $6,000.00 of the assessed value of that homestead. The value of that property in excess of such exempted amount shall remain subject to taxation. It is the intent of this Act to increase each homestead exemption provided for by general law by $6,000.00; it is not the intent of this Act to create a new homestead exemption. SECTION 2 . (a) Any person who, as of January 1, 1998, has applied for and is eligible for the $2,000.00 homestead exemption from county ad valorem taxes for county purposes pursuant to Code Section 48-5-44 of the O.C.G.A. shall be eligible for the supplemental exemption granted by this Act without further application if that person has applied for and been eligible for the immediately preceding year for such exemption. (b) Any person who, as of January 1, 1998, is 65 or older and has applied for and is eligible for the $4,000.00 homestead exemption from state and county ad valorem taxes pursuant to Code Section 48-5-47 of the O.C.G.A. shall be eligible for the supplemental exemption granted by this Act without further application if that person has applied for and been eligible for the immediately preceding year for such exemption. The supplemental exemption shall not affect state ad valorem taxes and shall only operate to increase the homestead exemption for the purposes of county ad valorem taxes. (c) Any person who, as of January 1, 1998, is 62 or over and has applied for and is eligible for the $4,000.00 homestead exemption from county ad valorem taxes for educational purposes, including taxes to retire school bond indebtedness, pursuant to Code Section 48-5-52 of the O.C.G.A. shall be eligible for the supplemental exemption granted by this Act without further application if that person has applied for and been eligible for the immediately preceding year for such exemption. SECTION 3 . The exemption shall be claimed and returned as provided in Code Section 48-5-50.1 of the O.C.G.A. The exemption shall be automatically renewed from year to year as long as the applicant occupies the residence as a homestead. After a person has properly filed for the applicable exemption, it shall not be necessary for such person to file thereafter for any year, and the exemption shall continue to be allowed to such person unless and until such person no longer meets the criteria set forth in the applicable general

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law for such exemption. It shall be the duty of any person granted the homestead exemption under this Act to notify the tax commissioner of Jasper County or the designee thereof in the event that such person for any reason becomes ineligible for that exemption. SECTION 4 . An Act providing a homestead exemption from certain Jasper County ad valorem taxes for county purposes for certain residents of that county, approved April 17, 1992 (Ga. L. 1992, p. 6508), is amended by striking Section 2 of said Act and inserting in lieu thereof a new Section 2 to read as follows: SECTION 2. Each resident of Jasper County is granted an exemption on that person's homestead from all Jasper County ad valorem taxes for county purposes in the amount of $8,000.00 of the assessed value of that homestead. SECTION 5 . The exemptions granted by this Act shall apply to all taxable years beginning on or after January 1, 1999. SECTION 6 . Unless prohibited by the federal Voting Rights Act of 1965, as amended, the election superintendent of Jasper County shall call and conduct an election as provided in this section for the purpose of submitting this Act to the electors of Jasper County for approval or rejection. The election superintendent shall conduct that election on the date of and in conjunction with the general and nonpartisan primary in July, 1998, shall issue the call therefor not less than 30 and not more than 45 days prior to that date, and shall 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 Jasper County. The ballot shall have written or printed thereon the words: () YES () NO Shall the Act be approved which provides a supplement to each of the homestead exemptions granted by general law for certain ad valorem taxes in the amount of $6,000.00 of the assessed value of the homestead for Jasper County residents and which increases the homestead exemption from certain Jasper County ad valorem taxes for county purposes from $2,000.00 to $8,000.00 of the assessed value of that homestead for certain residents of that county? 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

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more than one-half of the votes cast on such question are for approval of the Act, then Sections 1 through 5 of this Act shall become of full force and effect immediately and shall be applicable to all taxable years beginning on or after January 1, 1999. If Sections 1 through 5 of this Act are not so approved or if the election is not conducted as provided in this section, Section 1 through 5 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 Jasper County. It shall be the superintendent's duty to certify the result thereof to the Secretary of State. SECTION 7 . Except as otherwise specified in Section 6 of this Act, this Act shall become effective upon its approval by the Governor or upon its becoming law without such approval. 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 1998 session of the General Assembly of Georgia a bill to supplement each of the homestead exemptions granted by general law for Jasper County residents and to amend an Act providing a homestead exemption for certain Jasper County residents, approved April 17, 1992 (Ga. L. 1992, p. 6508), so as to raise such exemption; to provide for a referendum; and for other purposes. This 23rd day of February, 1998. Curtis S. Jenkins Representative Curtis S. Jenkins 110th District GEORGIA, FULTON COUNTY Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths, Curtis Jenkins, who on oath deposes and says that he is the Representative from the 110th District and further deposes and says as follows: (1) 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 the following date: February 26, 1998. (2) That the laws requiring notice of local legislation were further complied with in the manner checked below:

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A copy of the notice of intention was mailed, transmitted by facsimile, or otherwise provided to the governing authority of any county, municipality, or consolidated government whose charter or enabling Act is amended, as required by subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill was requested by resolution or other written notification of the governing authority of the affected county, municipality, or consolidated government and a copy of such resolution or other written notification is attached hereto. [UNK] The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill does not amend the charter of a municipality or the enabling Act of a county or consolidated government or the bill affects a local school system. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill is an annexation bill and a copy of the bill was provided to the county governing authority within which the area proposed to be annexed is located at the time the notice was published, as required by Code Section 28-1-14.1. s/ CURTIS S. JENKINS Representative, 110th District Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 3rd day of March, 1998. s/ TERESA ADKINS Notary Public, Clayton County, Georgia My Commission Expires Jan. 5, 2001 (SEAL) Approved March 27, 1998. HOSPITAL AUTHORITY OF GWINNETT COUNTYMEMBERS; APPOINTMENT; VACANCIES. No. 623 (House Bill No. 1874). AN ACT To change the manner by which vacancies are filled and new members are appointed to the board of the Hospital Authority of Gwinnett County; to provide for the authority for this Act; to provide for applicability; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes. BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF GEORGIA: SECTION 1 . Pursuant to the authority granted under subsection (c) of Code Section 31-7-72 of the O.C.G.A., the filling of vacancies and appointment of new

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members to the board of the Hospital Authority of Gwinnett County, which hospital authority was activated prior to March 16, 1964, shall cease to be governed by the terms of the resolution adopted by the governing authority of Gwinnett County dated October 28, 1969, and shall instead be accomplished in the manner provided for in this Act. SECTION 2 . On and after the effective date of this Act, members of the Hospital Authority of Gwinnett County shall be appointed as follows: (1) The Board of Commissioners of Gwinnett County shall submit up to three names of eligible persons to the board of the Hospital Authority of Gwinnett County for consideration; (2) The board of the hospital authority at its next regular meeting after nominations are received or as soon thereafter as practicable, shall either accept one or reject all of the persons nominated by the Board of Commissioners of Gwinnett County; and (3) If one of the persons initially nominated is not accepted by the board of the hospital authority, the Board of Commissioners of Gwinnett County shall submit another eligible person's name for consideration of the board of the hospital authority, and this process shall continue until a new hospital authority board member is appointed. Until a new member is appointed, the incumbent shall remain on the board of the hospital authority. 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 introduced at the regular 1998 session of the General Assembly of Georgia a bill to change the manner by which vacancies are filled and new members are appointed to the Board of the Hospital Authority of Gwinnett County, to provide for the authority for this Act; to provide for applicability; and for other purposes. This the 27th day of February, 1998. Wayne Sikes, Chairman Hospital Authority of Gwinnett County. GEORGIA, FULTON COUNTY Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths, Brooks P. Coleman, Jr., who on oath deposes and

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says that he is the Representative from the 80th District and further deposes and says as follows: (1) 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 the following date: February 27, 1998. (2) That the laws requiring notice of local legislation were further complied with in the manner checked below: A copy of the notice of intention was mailed, transmitted by facsimile, or otherwise provided to the governing authority of any county, municipality, or consolidated government whose charter or enabling Act is amended, as required by subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill was requested by resolution or other written notification of the governing authority of the affected county, municipality, or consolidated government and a copy of such resolution or other written notification is attached hereto. [UNK] The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill does not amend the charter of a municipality or the enabling Act of a county or consolidated government or the bill affects a local school system. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill is an annexation bill and a copy of the bill was provided to the county governing authority within which the area proposed to be annexed is located at the time the notice was published, as required by Code Section 28-1-14.1. s/ BROOKS P. COLEMAN, JR. Representative, 80th District Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 3rd day of March, 1998. s/ TERESA ADKINS Notary Public, Clayton County, Georgia My Commission Expires Jan. 5, 2001 (SEAL) Approved March 27, 1998. CITY OF ALBANYMAYOR AND COMMISSIONERS; TERMS; REFERENDUM. No. 624 (House Bill No. 1609). AN ACT To amend an Act creating a new charter for the City of Albany, approved August 18, 1923 (Ga. L. 1923, p. 370), as amended, particularly by an Act

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approved March 30, 1989 (Ga. L. 1989, p. 4802), so as to provide for staggered terms of office of four years for the mayor and city commissioners; to provide for a referendum; to provide for automatic repeal in certain circumstances; 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 Albany, approved August 18, 1923 (Ga. L. 1923, p. 370), as amended, particularly by an Act approved March 30, 1989 (Ga. L. 1989, p. 4802), is amended by striking in its entirety Section 3A, and inserting in its place the following: SECTION 3A. (a) Applicability; regular elections. The provisions of this section shall govern and supersede any provision of Section 3 of this Act to the contrary. (b) The mayor and the three commissioners from the first, fourth, and sixth wards in office on January 1, 1999, shall complete the two-year terms for which they were elected on the second Monday in January, 2000, and when their successors are elected and qualified. On the Tuesday next following the first Monday in November, 1999, a successor mayor and successor commissioners from the first, fourth, and sixth wards shall be elected for terms of four years and until their successors are elected and qualified, taking office on the second Monday in January, 2000. Their successors shall be elected on the Tuesday next following the first Monday in November, 2003, and quadrennially thereafter, taking office on the second Monday in the January next following their election for terms of four years and until their successors are elected and qualified. (c) The commissioners from the second, third, and fifth wards in office on January 1, 1999, shall complete the two-year terms for which they were elected on the second Monday in January, 1999, and when their successors are elected and qualified. Their successors shall be elected on the Tuesday next following the first Monday in November, 1998, for terms of three years, expiring on the second Monday in January, 2002, and when their successors are elected and qualified. Their successors shall be elected for terms of four years on the Tuesday following the first Monday in November, 2001, and shall take office on the second Monday in January, 2002, their terms expiring on the second Monday in January, 2006, and when their successors are elected and qualified. Thereafter, successors shall be elected quadrennially, beginning on the Tuesday after the first Monday in November, 2005, and shall take office on the second Monday of January next following their election for terms of four years and until their successors are elected and qualified.

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SECTION 2 . This Act is enacted pursuant to the authority provided for in subsection (d) of Code Section 21-3-64 of the O.C.G.A. SECTION 3 . Unless prohibited by the federal Voting Rights Act of 1965, as amended, the election superintendent of the City of Albany 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 Albany for approval or rejection. The election superintendent shall conduct that election on the date and in conjunction with the general primary election in 1998, and shall issue the call therefor not less than 30 days prior to that date. 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 Dougherty County. The ballot shall have written or printed thereon the words: () YES () NO Shall the Act be approved which provides for four-year staggered terms of office for the mayor and commissioners of the City of Albany? 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, it 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, the remaining sections 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 Albany. It shall be the election superintendent's duty to certify the result thereof to the Secretary of State. 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 1998 session of the General Assembly of Georgia a bill to amend an Act creating a new charter for the City of Albany, approved August 18, 1923 (GA L. 1923, p. 370), as amended particularly by an Act approved March 30, 1989 (GA L. 1989, p. 1802); so as to provide for staggered terms of office of four years for the mayor and city commissioners, to provide for a referendum, to provide for automatic repeal in certain circumstances; to provide for related matters, to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes.

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This 3rd day of February, 1998 Honorable Lawrence R. Roberts Representative, 162nd District GEORGIA, FULTON COUNTY Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths, Lawrence R. Roberts, who on oath deposes and says that he is the Representative from the 162nd District and further deposes and says as follows: (1) That the attached Notice of Intention to Introduce Local Legislation was published in the Albany Herald which is the official organ of Dougherty County on the following date: February 5, 1998. (2) That the laws requiring notice of local legislation were further complied with in the manner checked below: [UNK] A copy of the notice of intention was mailed, transmitted by facsimile, or otherwise provided to the governing authority of any county, municipality, or consolidated government whose charter or enabling Act is amended, as required by subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill was requested by resolution or other written notification of the governing authority of the affected county, municipality, or consolidated government and a copy of such resolution or other written notification is attached hereto. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill does not amend the charter of a municipality or the enabling Act of a county or consolidated government or the bill affects a local school system. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill is an annexation bill and a copy of the bill was provided to the county governing authority within which the area proposed to be annexed is located at the time the notice was published, as required by Code Section 28-1-14.1. s/ LAWRENCE R. ROBERTS Representative, 162nd District Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 9th day of February, 1998. s/ TERESA ADKINS Notary Public, Clayton County, Georgia My Commission Expires Jan. 5, 2001 (SEAL) Approved March 27, 1998.

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DECATUR COUNTYBOARD OF COMMISSIONERS; COMPENSATION. No. 625 (House Bill No. 1610). AN ACT To amend an Act creating the Board of Commissioners of Decatur County, approved March 4, 1935 (Ga. L. 1935, p. 630), as amended, particularly by an Act approved March 27, 1995 (Ga. L. 1995, p. 3534), so as to change the compensation of the chairperson, vice chairperson, and members of said board; 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 creating the Board of Commissioners of Decatur County, approved March 4, 1935 (Ga. L. 1935, p. 630), as amended, particularly by an Act approved March 27, 1995 (Ga. L. 1995, p. 3534), is amended by striking Section 8 in its entirety and inserting a new Section 8 to read as follows: SECTION 8. The chairperson of the Board of Commissioners of Decatur County shall be compensated in the amount of $800.00 per month from the funds of Decatur County. The vice chairperson of the board shall be compensated in the amount of $700.00 per month from the funds of Decatur County. The remaining members of the board shall be compensated in the amount of $600.00 per month from the funds of Decatur County. SECTION 2 . 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. SECTION 3 . All laws and parts of laws in conflict with this Act are repealed. RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING LOCAL LEGISLATION TO INCREASE COMPENSATION FOR DECATUR COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS This Board having determined, in meeting duly assembled, that the compensation for the members of this Board should be increased;

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THEREFORE, BE AND THE SAME IS HEREBY RESOLVED, that the county's legislative delegation introduced local legislation at the 1998 Session of the General Assembly providing compensation to the Decatur County Board of Commissioners, effective on January 1, 1999, as follows: (a) Chairman, $800.00 monthly; (b) Vice-Chairman, $700.00 monthly; and (c) All other members of the Board, $600.00 monthly. OFFERED AND UNANIMOUSLY ADOPTED in regular meeting assembled this 13th day of January, 1998. DECATUR COUNTY, GEORGIA By: s/ R. T. Willis Chairman Attest: s/ Ophelia W. Brock Clerk NOTICE OF INTENT TO INTRODUCE LOCAL LEGISLATION Notice is hereby given that, pursuant to action taken by the Decatur County Board of Commissioners at its regular meeting on January 13, 1998, there will be introduced at the regular 1998 Session of the General Assembly of Georgia a bill to amend an act creating the Board of Commissioners of Decatur County, approved March 4, 1935 (Ga. L. 1935, p. 630), as amended, particularly by an act approved March 27, 1995 (Ga. L. 1995, p. 3534) providing compensation for the members thereof; and for other purposes. This 20 day of January, 1998. Harold Lambert /s/ Harold Lambert Decatur County Attorney GEORGIA, FULTON COUNTY Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths, Kermit F. Bates, Jr., who on oath deposes and says that he is the Representative from the 179th District and further deposes and says as follows: (1) 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 the following date: January 24, 1998. (2) That the laws requiring notice of local legislation were further complied with in the manner checked below: A copy of the notice of intention was mailed, transmitted by facsimile, or otherwise provided to the governing authority of any county, municipality,

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or consolidated government whose charter or enabling Act is amended, as required by subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14. [UNK] The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill was requested by resolution or other written notification of the governing authority of the affected county, municipality, or consolidated government and a copy of such resolution or other written notification is attached hereto. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill does not amend the charter of a municipality or the enabling Act of a county or consolidated government or the bill affects a local school system. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill is an annexation bill and a copy of the bill was provided to the county governing authority within which the area proposed to be annexed is located at the time the notice was published, as required by Code Section 28-1-14.1 s/ KERMIT F. BATES, JR. Representative, 179th District Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 9th day of February, 1998. s/ TERESA ADKINS Notary Public, Clayton County, Georgia My Commission Expires Jan. 5, 2001 (SEAL) Approved March 27, 1998. DECATUR COUNTYSTATE COURT; JUDGE; SOLICITOR-GENERAL; COMPENSATION. No. 626 (House Bill No. 1611). AN ACT To amend an Act creating the State Court of Decatur County, approved November 27, 1900 (Ga. L. 1900, p. 104), as amended, particularly by an Act approved March 30, 1993 (Ga. L. 1993, p. 4316), and an Act approved March 24, 1994 (Ga. L. 1994, p. 3868), so as to change the compensation to be paid to the judge and the solicitor of such 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 . An Act creating the State of Decatur County, approved November 27, 1900 (Ga. L. 1900, p. 104), as amended, particularly by an Act approved

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March 30, 1993 (Ga. L. 1993, p. 4316), and an Act approved March 24, 1994 (Ga. L. 1994, p. 3868), is amended by striking Section 4A and Section 8A and inserting in lieu thereof the following: SECTION 4A. The judge of the State Court of Decatur County shall receive an annual salary of no less than $30,000.00 and no more than $35,000.00, such sum to be set by the governing authority of Decatur County and to be paid in equal monthly installments from county funds. The judge shall also be entitled to an expense allowance of no less than $100.00 per month and no more than $150.00 per month, such sum to be set by the governing authority of Decatur County. SECTION 8A. The solicitor of the State Court of Decatur County shall receive an annual salary of not less than $25,000.00 nor more than $30,000.00, such sum to be fixed by the governing authority of Decatur County and to be paid in equal monthly installments from county funds. The solicitor shall also be entitled to an expense allowance of not less than $100.00 nor more than $150.00 per month, such sum to be fixed by the governing authority of Decatur County. Said compensation shall be in full for all services rendered by the solicitor, and the solicitor shall receive no other compensation for said services. With the approval of the judge of the state court, the solicitor shall be empowered to employ, at the solicitor's own expense, an assistant to assist him or her in carrying out his or her duties. SECTION 2 . 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. SECTION 3 . All laws and parts of laws in conflict with this Act are repealed. RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING LOCAL LEGISLATION TO INCREASE THE COMPENSATION TO THE JUDGE AND SOLICITOR OF THE STATE COURT OF DECATUR COUNTY The Board having determined that the compensation of the Judge of the State Court of Decatur County and the Solicitor of said court should be increased; THEREFORE, BE AND THE SAME IS HEREBY RESOLVED, in regular meeting duly assembled, that the county's legislative delegation introduced local legislation at the 1998 Session of the General Assembly of Georgia providing for a change in compensation to the Judge of the State

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Court of Decatur County and to the Solicitor of said court, effective upon its approval by the Governor or upon it becoming law without such approval, as follows: (a) Judge, annual salary of no less than $30,000.00 or no more than $35,000.00, and a monthly expense allowance of no less than $100.00 and no more than $150.00, to be fixed by the governing authority of Decatur County; and (b) Solicitor, annual salary of no less than $25,000.00 or no more than $30,000.00, and a monthly expense allowance of no less than $100.00 an no more than $150.00, to be fixed by the governing authority of Decatur County. OFFERED AND UNANIMOUSLY ADOPTED in regular meeting assembled this 13 day of January, 1998. DECATUR COUNTY, GEORGIA By: s/ R. T. Willis Chairman Attest: s/ Ophelia W. Brock Clerk (SEAL) NOTICE OF INTENT TO INTRODUCE LOCAL LEGISLATION Notice is hereby given that, pursuant to action taken by the Decatur County Board of Commissioners at its regular meeting on January 13, 1998, there will be introduced at the regular 1998 Session of the General Assembly of Georgia a bill to amend an act creating the State Court of Decatur County (formerly the Civil and Criminal Court of Decatur County), approved March 27, 1900 (Ga. L. 1900, p. 104), as amended, particularly by Acts approved March 24, 1994 (Ga. L. 1994, p. 3868) and March 30, 1993 (Ga. L. 1993, p. 4316), so as to change compensation and expenses paid to the judge and solicitor of the State Court of Decatur County; and for their purposes. This 20 day of January, 1998. Harold Lambert /s/ Harold Lambert Decatur County Attorney GEORGIA, FULTON COUNTY Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths, Kermit F. Bates, Jr., who on oath deposes and says that he is the Representative from the 179th District and further deposes and says as follows:

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(1) 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 the following date: January 24, 1998. (2) That the laws requiring notice of local legislation were further complied with in the manner checked below: A copy of the notice of intention was mailed, transmitted by facsimile, or otherwise provided to the governing authority of any county, municipality, or consolidated government whose charter or enabling Act is amended, as required by subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill was requested by resolution or other written notification of the governing authority of the affected county, municipality, or consolidated government and a copy of such resolution or other written notification is attached hereto. [UNK] The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill does not amend the charter of a municipality or the enabling Act of a county or consolidated government or the bill affects a local school system. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill is an annexation bill and a copy of the bill was provided to the county governing authority within which the area proposed to be annexed is located at the time the notice was published, as required by Code Section 28-1-14.1. s/ KERMIT F. BATES, JR. Representative, 179th District Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 9th day of February, 1998. s/ TERESA ADKINS Notary Public, Clayton County, Georgia My Commission Expires Jan. 5, 2001 (SEAL) Approved March 27, 1998. DOUGHERTY COUNTYMAGISTRATE COURT; CHIEF MAGISTRATE AND MAGISTRATES; NUMBER; APPOINTMENT; COMPENSATION; TERMS. No. 627 (House Bill No. 1612). AN ACT To amend an Act creating the Small Claims Court of Dougherty County, now the Magistrate Court of Dougherty County, approved March 24, 1976

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(Ga. L. 1976, p. 3164), as amended, so as to provide for a chief magistrate and not more than three additional full-time magistrates; to provide for the appointment and compensation of said magistrates; to provide for initial and regular terms of office; 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 creating the Small Claims Court of Dougherty County, now the Magistrate Court of Dougherty County, approved March 24, 1976 (Ga. L. 1976, p. 3164), as amended, is amended by striking Section 2 of said Act and inserting in lieu thereof a new Section 2 to read as follows: SECTION 2. The persons serving as full-time chief magistrate and as full-time magistrate of the Magistrate Court of Dougherty County on June 30, 1998, or any person selected to fill a vacancy in such offices, shall continue to serve until the expiration of his or her current term and until his or her successor is appointed, pursuant to Section 3 of this Act, and qualified, provided that the part-time magistrate serving as such on June 30, 1998, shall become a full-time magistrate on July 1, 1998, for a term ending on the last day of his or her then current term as a part-time magistrate. The chief judge of the State Court of Dougherty County shall be authorized to appoint one additional full-time magistrate to take office on the date specified by the chief judge of the State Court of Dougherty County for an initial term which shall expire on the last day of December of the then current or next succeeding even-numbered year and upon the appointment pursuant to Section 3 of this Act and qualification of his or her successor. SECTION 2 . Said Act is further amended by striking Section 3 of said Act and inserting in lieu thereof a new Section 3 to read as follows: SECTION 3. On and after July 1, 1998, there shall be a chief magistrate and not more than three additional full-time magistrates to serve as judges of the Magistrate Court of Dougherty County. These magistrates shall be appointed by the chief judge of the State Court of Dougherty County. The chief judge shall, on January 1 of each year, designate one of the magistrates to be the chief magistrate for the ensuing calendar year and until a new chief magistrate is designated. Except as otherwise provided in Section 2 of this Act, magistrates shall be appointed to take office on January 1 for a term of four years and until their respective successors are appointed and qualified.

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SECTION 3 . Said Act is further amended by striking Section 5 of said Act and inserting in lieu thereof a new Section 5 to read as follows: SECTION 5. The chief magistrate shall be full time and shall receive an annual salary equal to 90 percent of the annual salary now or hereafter paid to the judge of the State Court of Dougherty County. The other magistrates shall be full time and shall receive an annual salary equal to 85 percent of the annual salary now or hereafter paid to the judge of the State Court of Dougherty County. Such compensation shall not be decreased during a magistrate's term of office. SECTION 4 . This Act shall become effective on July 1, 1998. SECTION 5 . All laws and parts of laws in conflict with this Act are repealed. A RESOLUTION ENTITLED A RESOLUTION REQUESTING AMENDMENT TO THE DOUGHERTY MAGISTRATE COURT ACT; REPEALING PRIOR RESOLUTIONS IN CONFLICT; AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES. Upon request made by the Magistrate Court and the State Court Judge who makes judicial appointments to said Magistrate Court, we, as the Board of Commissioners of Dougherty County, Georgia, hereby request approval of local legislation which will authorize the appointment of magistrates in accord with the proposed Amendment attached hereto as Exhibit A. BE IT RESOLVED THAT this resolution is adopted to satisfy the requirements of O.C.G.A. Section 28-1-14(b) (3) (A) to facilitate implementation of this Amendment to the enabling legislation of Dougherty Magistrate Court. BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that all resolutions or parts of resolutions in conflict are hereby repealed. BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS OF DOUGHERTY COUNTY, GEORGIA By: s/ Gil Barrett CHAIRMAN ATTEST: s/ W. Alan Reddish
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COUNTY ADMINISTRATOR ADOPTED: 2/2/98 NOTICE OF INTENTION TO INTRODUCE LOCAL LEGISLATION Notice is given that there will be introduced at the regular 1998 session of the General Assembly of Georgia a bill to amend an Act creating the Small Claims Court of Dougherty County, now the Magistrate Court of Dougherty County, approved March 24, 1976 (Ga. L. 1976 p. 3164), as amended, so as to provide for a chief magistrate and not more than three additional full time magistrates; to provide for the appointment and compensation of said magistrates; to provide for initial and regular terms of office; to provide for related matters; to provide an effective date; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes. This 3rd day of February 1998 Honorable Lawrence R. Roberts Representative, 162nd District GEORGIA, FULTON COUNTY Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths, Lawrence R. Roberts, who on oath deposes and says that he is the Representative from the 162nd District and further deposes and says as follows: (1) That the attached Notice of Intention to Introduce Local Legislation was published in the Albany Herald which is the official organ of Dougherty County on the following date: February 5, 1998. (2) That the laws requiring notice of local legislation were further complied with in the manner checked below: A copy of the notice of intention was mailed, transmitted by facsimile, or otherwise provided to the governing authority of any county, municipality, or consolidated government whose charter or enabling Act is amended, as required by subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill was requested by resolution or other written notification of the governing authority of the affected county, municipality, or consolidated government and a copy of such resolution or other written notification is attached hereto. [UNK] The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill does not amend the charter of a municipality or the enabling Act of a county or consolidated government or the bill affects a local school system. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill is an annexation bill and a copy of the bill

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was provided to the county governing authority within which the area proposed to be annexed is located at the time the notice was published, as required by Code Section 28-1-14.1. s/ LAWRENCE R. ROBERTS Representative, 162nd District Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 9th day of February, 1998. s/ TERESA ADKINS Notary Public, Clayton County, Georgia My Commission Expires Jan. 5, 2001 (SEAL) Approved March 27, 1998. DOUGHERTY COUNTYPROBATE COURT; JUDGE; NONPARTISAN NOMINATION AND ELECTION. No. 628 (House Bill No. 1613). AN ACT To provide for the nonpartisan nomination and election of the judge of the Probate Court of Dougherty County; to provide for the requirements and procedures of the nonpartisan nomination and election; to provide for other matters relative to the foregoing; to provide for the authority for this Act; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes. BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF GEORGIA: SECTION 1 . The judge of the Probate Court of Dougherty County shall be elected by the qualified voters of Dougherty County in a nonpartisan primary and election. Except as otherwise provided in this Act, the judge of the probate court shall be elected pursuant to the general elections laws of Georgia. SECTION 2 . Beginning with the election held in 2000 and every four years thereafter, the judge of the probate court shall be elected at the nonpartisan primary and general election immediately preceding the expiration of the term of office of the judge of the probate court and shall take office on January 1 immediately following such election for a term of four years and until such judge's successor is elected and qualified. SECTION 3 . Candidates for the office of judge of the probate court shall be nominated in a nonpartisan primary to be held at the same time as and in conjunction

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with the general primary every four years. A nominating petition shall not be required to place the name of any such candidate on the primary ballot. A candidate meeting the qualifications required by law may have his or her name placed on the primary ballot by filing a notice of candidacy with the county election superintendent and by paying the qualifying fee. SECTION 4 . The candidate receiving a majority of votes in the nonpartisan primary shall be the nominee for the office of judge of the probate court and shall be the only candidate for such office to have his or her name appear on the general election ballot. In the event no candidate receives a majority of the votes cast, the two candidates receiving the highest number of votes for the office shall be in a runoff to be held on the same day as a runoff from the general primary, as provided by state law, to determine which candidate will be on the general election ballot. SECTION 5 . The names of all candidates for the office of judge of the probate court shall appear in a separate section of each primary and general election ballot of each elector. No party designation or affiliation shall appear beside the name of any such candidate on any primary or general election ballot, and no candidate for the office of judge of the probate court shall be nominated by any political party. SECTION 6 . This Act is enacted pursuant to the authority of Code Section 21-2-139 of the O.C.G.A. SECTION 7 . 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 1998 Session of the General Assembly of Georgia a bill to provide for the nonpartisian nomination and election of the judge of the Probate Court of Dougherty County; and for other purposes. This 14th day of January, 1998 Representative Lawrence R. Roberts District 162 GEORGIA, FULTON COUNTY Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths, Lawrence R. Roberts, who on oath deposes and

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says that he is the Representative from the 162nd District and further deposes and says as follows: (1) That the attached Notice of Intention to Introduce Local Legislation was published in the Albany Herald which is the official organ of Dougherty County on the following date: January 16, 1998. (2) That the laws requiring notice of local legislation were further complied with in the manner checked below: A copy of the notice of intention was mailed, transmitted by facsimile, or otherwise provided to the governing authority of any county, municipality, or consolidated government whose charter or enabling Act is amended, as required by subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill was requested by resolution or other written notification of the governing authority of the affected county, municipality, or consolidated government and a copy of such resolution or other written notification is attached hereto. [UNK] The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill does not amend the charter of a municipality or the enabling Act of a county or consolidated government or the bill affects a local school system. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill is an annexation bill and a copy of the bill was provided to the county governing authority within which the area proposed to be annexed is located at the time the notice was published, as required by Code Section 28-1-14.1. s/ LAWRENCE R. ROBERTS Representative, 162nd District Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 9th day of February, 1998. s/ TERESA ADKINS Notary Public, Clayton County, Georgia My Commission Expires Jan. 5, 2001 (SEAL) Approved March 27, 1998. DOUGHERTY COUNTYPROBATE COURT; JUDGE; COMPENSATION. No. 629 (House Bill No. 1615). AN ACT To amend an Act placing certain county officers of Dougherty County upon an annual salary, approved March 7, 1955 (Ga. L. 1955, p. 2874), as

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amended, particularly by an Act approved April 4, 1991 (Ga. L. 1991, p. 3812), so as to provide for the salary of the judge of probate 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 . An Act placing certain county officers of Dougherty County upon an annual salary, approved March 7, 1955 (Ga. L. 1955, p. 2874), as amended, particularly by an Act approved April 4, 1991 (Ga. L. 1991, p. 3812), is amended by striking paragraph (2) of subsection (b) of Section 2 of said Act and inserting in its place a new paragraph (2) to read as follows: (2) Notwithstanding the provisions of paragraph (1) of this subsection, if the probate court in Dougherty County is subject to and operates pursuant to the provisions of Article 6 of Chapter 9 of Title 15 of the O.C.G.A., the judge of the Probate Court of Dougherty County shall receive an annual salary equal to 65 percent of the salary, including local supplement, paid to judges of the Superior Court of Dougherty County, other than the judge senior in terms of continuous service, on July 1, 1998. The annual salary of the judge of the probate court shall be increased in such percentage as any cost-of-living increase received by judges of the superior court in the state paid salary of said judges of the superior courts; provided, however, the increase shall be effective six months following the date that the cost-of-living increase received by superior court judges becomes effective. Such salary shall be paid in equal monthly installments from the funds of Dougherty County. SECTION 2 . This Act shall become effective on January 1, 1999, in conformity with the requirements of Code Section 1-3-4.1. 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 1998 Session of the General Assembly of Georgia a bill to amend an Act placing certain county officers of Dougherty County upon an annual salary, approved March 7, 1955 (Ga. L. 1979, p. 2874), as amended, so as to provide for the salary of the judge of the probate court; and for other purposes. This 14th day of January, 1998 Representative Lawrence R. Roberts District 162

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GEORGIA, FULTON COUNTY Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths, Lawrence R. Roberts, who on oath deposes and says that he is the Representative from the 162nd District and further deposes and says as follows: (1) That the attached Notice of Intention to Introduce Local Legislation was published in the Albany Herald which is the official organ of Dougherty County on the following date: January 16, 1998. (2) That the laws requiring notice of local legislation were further complied with in the manner checked below: A copy of the notice of intention was mailed, transmitted by facsimile, or otherwise provided to the governing authority of any county, municipality, or consolidated government whose charter or enabling Act is amended, as required by subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill was requested by resolution or other written notification of the governing authority of the affected county, municipality, or consolidated government and a copy of such resolution or other written notification is attached hereto. [UNK] The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill does not amend the charter of a municipality or the enabling Act of a county or consolidated government or the bill affects a local school system. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill is an annexation bill and a copy of the bill was provided to the county governing authority within which the area proposed to be annexed is located at the time the notice was published, as required by Code Section 28-1-14.1. s/ LAWRENCE R. ROBERTS Representative, 162nd District Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 9th day of February, 1998. s/ TERESA ADKINS Notary Public, Clayton County, Georgia My Commission Expires Jan. 5, 2001 (SEAL) Approved March 27, 1998.

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CITY OF HAGANMAYOR AND COUNCIL; TERMS. No. 630 (House Bill No. 1618). AN ACT To amend an Act providing a new charter for the City of Hagan, approved April 5, 1995 (Ga. L. 1995, p. 4296), so as to provide for staggered terms of office for the mayor and city council; to provide for related matters; to provide an effective date; to repeal conflicting terms; 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 Hagan, approved April 5, 1995 (Ga. L. 1995, p. 4296), is amended by striking in its entirety Section 5.11 and inserting in lieu thereof the following: SECTION 5.11. Election of the city council and mayor. (a) There shall be a municipal election biennially on the Tuesday next following the first Monday in November. (b) In the election held in 1999, the mayor, one councilmember from District 1, and one councilmember from District 2 shall be elected. In the election held in 2001, two councilmembers from District 1 and one councilmember from District 2 shall be elected. SECTION 2 . This Act shall become effective on July 1, 1998. SECTION 3 . All laws and parts of laws in conflict with this Act are repealed. STATE OF GEORGIA COUNTY OF EVANS CITY OF HAGAN RESOLUTION TO AMEND THE CHARTER OF THE CITY OF HAGAN Pursuant to a motion made and passed at a regular meeting of the City Council of Hagan, Georgia, it is resolved that Section 5.11 of the City Charter be repealed in its entirety and the following shall be added in lieu thereof: Section 5.11 Election of the City Council and Mayor

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(a) There shall be a municipal election biennially on the Tuesday next following the first Monday in November. (b) In the election held in 1999, the Mayor, one Council Member from District 1 and one Council Member from District 2 shall be elected. In the election held in 2001, two Council Members from District 1 and one Council Member from District 2 shall be elected. So resolved, this 20th day of January, 1998. MAYOR OF THE CITY OF HAGAN, GEORGIA s/ Ralph M. Bailey Sr. RALPH M. BAILEY Attest: s/ Diane Mitchell DIANE MITCHELL, CITY CLERK Notice of Intention to Introduce Local Legislation Notice is hereby given that legislation will be introduced in the 1998 regular session of the General Assembly of Georgia to amend Section 5.11 of the City Charter for the City of Hagan to provide for staggered terms of office for city council members, and for other purposes. Ralph Bailey, Mayor City of Hagan, Georgia GEORGIA, FULTON COUNTY Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths, Terry Barnard, who on oath deposes and says that he is the Representative from the 154th District and further deposes and says as follows: (1) That the attached Notice of Intention to Introduce Local Legislation was published in the Claxton Enterprise which is the official organ of Evans County on the following date: February 5, 1998. (2) That the laws requiring notice of local legislation were further complied with in the manner checked below: A copy of the notice of intention was mailed, transmitted by facsimile, or otherwise provided to the governing authority of any county, municipality, or consolidated government whose charter or enabling Act is amended, as required by subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14. [UNK] The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill was requested by resolution or other

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written notification of the governing authority of the affected county, municipality, or consolidated government and a copy of such resolution or other written notification is attached hereto. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill does not amend the charter of a municipality or the enabling Act of a county or consolidated government or the bill affects a local school system. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill is an annexation bill and a copy of the bill was provided to the county governing authority within which the area proposed to be annexed is located at the time the notice was published, as required by Code Section 28-1-14.1. s/ TERRY BARNARD Representative, 154th District Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 10th day of February, 1998. s/ TERESA ADKINS Notary Public, Clayton County, Georgia My Commission Expires Jan. 5, 2001 (SEAL) Approved March 27, 1998. CITY OF DOUGLASMAYOR AND COMMISSIONERS; TERMS. No. 631 (House Bill No. 1619). AN ACT To amend an Act creating a new charter for the City of Douglas, approved March 10, 1993 (Ga. L. 1993, p. 4022), so as to provide for four-year terms of office for the mayor and city commissioners; 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 creating a new charter for the City of Douglas, approved March 10, 1993 (Ga. L. 1993, p. 4022), is amended by striking Sections 2.11 and 2.14 in their entirety and inserting new sections to read as follows: SECTION 2.11. Election of mayor; forfeiture; compensation. Beginning with the term of office of the mayor to be elected in 1999, the mayor shall be elected at large and serve for a term of four years and

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until his or her 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 immediately preceding his or her election. The mayor shall continue to reside in this city during the period of his or her service and to be registered and qualified to vote in municipal elections of this city. The mayor shall forfeit his or her office on the same grounds and under the same procedure as for commission members. The compensation of the mayor shall be established in the same manner as for commission members. SECTION 2.14. City commission members; terms; qualifications. Beginning with the terms of office of members of the city commission to be elected in 1999, the members of the city commission shall serve for terms of four years and until their respective successors are elected and qualified. No person shall be eligible to serve as commission member unless that person shall have been a resident of the ward he or she seeks to represent for 12 months immediately preceding the election of mayor or commission members; each such person shall continue to reside within the ward he or she is representing during said period of service and shall be registered and qualified to vote in municipal elections of this city. 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 1998 session of the General Assembly of Georgia a bill to amend an Act creating a new charter for the City of Douglas, approved March 10, 1993 (GA. L. 1993, p. 4022), so as to provide for four-year terms of office for the mayor and city commissioners; to provide for related matters; and for other purposes. This the 2nd day of February, 1998. Representative Chuck Sims GEORGIA, FULTON COUNTY Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths, Chuck Sims, who on oath deposes and says that

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he is the Representative from the 167th District and further deposes and says as follows: (1) That the attached Notice of Intention to Introduce Local Legislation was published in the Douglas Enterprise which is the official organ of Coffee County on the following date: February 4, 1998. (2) That the laws requiring notice of local legislation were further complied with in the manner checked below: [UNK] A copy of the notice of intention was mailed, transmitted by facsimile, or otherwise provided to the governing authority of any county, municipality, or consolidated government whose charter or enabling Act is amended, as required by subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill was requested by resolution or other written notification of the governing authority of the affected county, municipality, or consolidated government and a copy of such resolution or other written notification is attached hereto. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill does not amend the charter of a municipality or the enabling Act of a county or consolidated government or the bill affects a local school system. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill is an annexation bill and a copy of the bill was provided to the county governing authority within which the area proposed to be annexed is located at the time the notice was published, as required by Code Section 28-1-14.1. s/ CHUCK SIMS Representative, 167th District Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 10th day of February, 1998. s/ TERESA ADKINS Notary Public, Clayton County, Georgia My Commission Expires Jan. 5, 2001 (SEAL) Approved March 27, 1998. CRISP COUNTYHOMESTEAD EXEMPTION; COUNTY TAXES; REFERENDUM. No. 632 (House Bill No. 1632). AN ACT To provide a homestead exemption from certain Crisp County ad valorem taxes for county purposes in the amount of $10,000.00 of the assessed value

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of the homestead of certain residents of that county; to provide for definitions; to specify the terms and conditions of the exemption and the procedures relating thereto; 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 . For purposes of this Act, the term: (1) Ad valorem taxes for county purposes means all ad valorem taxes for county purposes levied by, for, or on behalf of Crisp County, except taxes to retire county bond indebtedness. (2) Homestead means homestead as defined and qualified in Code Section 48-5-40 of the O.C.G.A., with the additional qualification that it shall include only the primary residence and not more than five contiguous acres of land immediately surrounding such residence. (3) Senior citizen means a person who is 65 years of age or over on or before January 1 of the year in which application for the exemption under this Act is made. SECTION 2 . (a) Each resident of Crisp County who is a senior citizen is granted an exemption on that person's homestead from all Crisp County ad valorem taxes for county 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. (b) A person shall not receive the homestead exemption granted by subsection (a) of this section unless the person or person's agent files an affidavit with the tax commissioner of Crisp County giving the person's age and such additional information relative to receiving such exemption as will enable the tax commissioner to make a determination as to whether such person is entitled to such exemption. The tax commissioner shall provide affidavit forms for this purpose and shall require such information as may be necessary to determine the initial and continuing eligibility of the applicant for the exemption. SECTION 3 . The exemption shall be claimed and returned as provided in Code Section 48-5-50.1 of the O.C.G.A. The exemption shall be automatically renewed from year to year as long as the applicant occupies the residence as a homestead. After a person has filed the proper affidavit as provided in subsection (b) of Section 2 of this Act, it shall not be necessary to make application and file such affidavit 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

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commissioner of Crisp County or the designee thereof in the event that person for any reason becomes ineligible for that exemption. SECTION 4 . (a) The exemption granted by this Act shall not apply to or affect any state taxes, municipal taxes, or county school district taxes for educational purposes. (b) The exemption granted by this Act shall be in lieu of any other homestead exemption from Crisp County ad valorem taxes for county purposes. SECTION 5 . The exemption granted by this Act shall apply to all taxable years beginning on or after January 1, 1999. SECTION 6 . Unless prohibited by the federal Voting Rights Act of 1965, as amended, the election superintendent of Crisp County shall call and conduct an election as provided in this section for the purpose of submitting this Act to the electors of Crisp County for approval or rejection. The election superintendent shall conduct that election on the date of the November, 1998, state-wide general 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 Crisp County. The ballot shall have written or printed thereon the words: () YES () NO Shall the Act be approved which provides a homestead exemption from certain Crisp County ad valorem taxes for county purposes for that county in the amount of $10,000.00 of the assessed value of homesteads for residents of that county who are 65 years of age or older? 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 Sections 1 through 5 of this Act shall become of full force and effect immediately and shall be applicable to all taxable years beginning on or after January 1, 1999. If Sections 1 through 5 of this Act are not so approved or if the election is not conducted as provided in this section, Sections 1 through 5 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 Crisp County. It shall be the superintendent's duty to certify the result thereof to the Secretary of State.

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SECTION 7 . This Act shall become effective upon its approval by the Governor or upon its becoming law without such approval. 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 1998 session of the General Assembly of Georgia a bill to provide a homestead exemption from certain Crisp County ad valorem taxes for county purposes in the amount of $10,000.00 of the assessed value of the homestead of certain residents of that county; to provide for definitions; to specify the terms and conditions of the exemption and the procedures relating thereto; to provide for a referendum, effective dates, and automatic repeal, and for other purposes. This 28th day of January, 1998 Representative Johnny Floyd 138th District GEORGIA, FULTON COUNTY Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths, Johnny W. Floyd, who on oath deposes and says that he is the Representative from the 138th District and further deposes and says as follows: (1) That the attached Notice of Intention to Introduce Local Legislation was published in the Cordele Dispatch which is the official organ of Crisp County on the following date: January 30, 1998. (2) That the laws requiring notice of local legislation were further complied with in the manner checked below: A copy of the notice of intention was mailed, transmitted by facsimile, or otherwise provided to the governing authority of any county, municipality, or consolidated government whose charter or enabling Act is amended, as required by subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill was requested by resolution or other written notification of the governing authority of the affected county, municipality, or consolidated government and a copy of such resolution or other written notification is attached hereto.

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[UNK] The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill does not amend the charter of a municipality or the enabling Act of a county or consolidated government or the bill affects a local school system. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill is an annexation bill and a copy of the bill was provided to the county governing authority within which the area proposed to be annexed is located at the time the notice was published, as required by Code Section 28-1-14.1. s/ JOHNNY W. FLOYD Representative, 138th District Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 10th day of February, 1998. s/ TERESA ADKINS Notary Public, Clayton County, Georgia My Commission Expires Jan. 5, 2001 (SEAL) Approved March 27, 1998. AVONDALE ESTATES DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITYABOLISHED. No. 633 (House Bill No. 1634). AN ACT To repeal an Act creating the Avondale Estates Development Authority, approved February 18, 1977 (Ga. L. 1977, p. 2756), as amended; to abolish the Avondale Estates Development Authority; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes. BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF GEORGIA: SECTION 1 . An Act creating the Avondale Estates Development Authority, approved February 18, 1977 (Ga. L. 1977, p. 2756), as amended, is repealed in its entirety and the Avondale Estates Development Authority is abolished. SECTION 2 . All laws and parts of laws in conflict with this Act are repealed. NOTICE OF INTENT TO INTRODUCE LOCAL LEGISLATION Notice is hereby given that there will be introduced at the regular 1998 session of the General Assembly of Georgia a bill to abolish an Act creating

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the Avondale Estates Development Authority, approved February 18, 1977 (Ga. L. 1977, p. 2756) and amended March 28, 1990 (Ga. L. 1990, act. no. 1020); to repeal conflicting laws and for other purposes. This 29th day of January, 1998. Mike Polak Representative, 67th District GEORGIA, FULTON COUNTY Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths, Mike Polak, who on oath deposes and says that he is the Representative from the 67th District and further deposes and says as follows: (1) That the attached Notice of Intention to Introduce Local Legislation was published in the Champion which is the official organ of DeKalb County on the following date: February 5, 1998. (2) That the laws requiring notice of local legislation were further complied with in the manner checked below: A copy of the notice of intention was mailed, transmitted by facsimile, or otherwise provided to the governing authority of any county, municipality, or consolidated government whose charter or enabling Act is amended, as required by subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill was requested by resolution or other written notification of the governing authority of the affected county, municipality, or consolidated government and a copy of such resolution or other written notification is attached hereto. [UNK] The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill does not amend the charter of a municipality or the enabling Act of a county or consolidated government or the bill affects a local school system. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill is an annexation bill and a copy of the bill was provided to the county governing authority within which the area proposed to be annexed is located at the time the notice was published, as required by Code Section 28-1-14.1. s/ MIKE POLAK Representative, 67th District Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 10th day of February, 1998.

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s/ TERESA ADKINS Notary Public, Clayton County, Georgia My Commission Expires Jan. 5, 2001 (SEAL) Approved March 27, 1998. TATTNALL COUNTYBOARD OF EDUCATION; NONPARTISAN NOMINATION AND ELECTION. No. 634 (House Bill No. 1636). AN ACT To amend an Act providing for the election of members of the Board of Education of Tattnall County, approved February 29, 1968 (Ga. L. 1968, p. 2077), as amended, particularly by an Act approved March 28, 1985 (Ga. L. 1985, p. 4760), and an Act approved February 28, 1992 (Ga. L. 1992, p. 4833), so as to provide for nonpartisan election of the chairperson and the members of the board of education; 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 election of members of the Board of Education of Tattnall County, approved February 29, 1968 (Ga. L. 1968, p. 2077), as amended, particularly by an Act approved March 28, 1985 (Ga. L. 1985, p. 4760), and an Act approved February 28, 1992 (Ga. L. 1992, p. 4833), is amended by striking in its entirety subsection (c) of Section 1 and inserting in lieu thereof the following: (c) Election of chairperson and members. The chairperson and all members shall be elected at the general election immediately preceding the expiration of their respective terms of office of four years and until their successors are elected and qualified and shall take office on the first Monday in January immediately following their election. The chairperson and all members of the board shall be nominated and elected in accordance with Chapter 2 of Title 21 of the O.C.G.A., the `Georgia Election Code,' in nonpartisan primaries and elections as provided in Code Section 21-2-139, as amended. SECTION 2 . This Act shall become effective on January 1, 1999. SECTION 3 . 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 1998 session of the General Assembly a bill to provide for the non-partisan nomination and election of the Chairman of the Tattnall County Board of Education and of the members of the Tattnall County Board of Education; to provide for related matters; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes. This 3rd day of February, 1998. HONORABLE TERRY E. BARNARD Representative, 154th District GEORGIA, FULTON COUNTY Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths, Terry Barnard, who on oath deposes and says that he is the Representative from the 154th District and further deposes and says as follows: (1) That the attached Notice of Intention to Introduce Local Legislation was published in the Glennville Sentinel which is the official organ of Tattnall County on the following date: February 5, 1998. (2) That the laws requiring notice of local legislation were further complied with in the manner checked below: A copy of the notice of intention was mailed, transmitted by facsimile, or otherwise provided to the governing authority of any county, municipality, or consolidated government whose charter or enabling Act is amended, as required by subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill was requested by resolution or other written notification of the governing authority of the affected county, municipality, or consolidated government and a copy of such resolution or other written notification is attached hereto. [UNK] The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill does not amend the charter of a municipality or the enabling Act of a county or consolidated government or the bill affects a local school system. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill is an annexation bill and a copy of the bill was provided to the county governing authority within which the area proposed to be annexed is located at the time the notice was published,

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as required by Code Section 28-1-14.1. s/ TERRY BARNARD Representative, 154th District Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 11th day of February, 1998. s/ TERESA ADKINS Notary Public, Clayton County, Georgia My Commission Expires Jan. 5, 2001 (SEAL) Approved March 27, 1998. CITY OF GARDEN CITYCORPORATE LIMITS; REFERENDUM. No. 635 (House Bill No. 1658). AN ACT To amend an Act creating a new charter for the City of Garden City, approved April 17, 1973 (Ga. L. 1973, p. 3581), as amended, particularly by an Act which became law on May 10, 1992 (Ga. L. 1992, p. 7036), so as to extend the present corporate limits of said municipality and annex and incorporate certain additional land to said municipality; to provide for a referendum; to provide for related matters; to provide for 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 a new charter for the City of Garden City, approved April 17, 1973 (Ga. L. 1973, p. 3581), as amended, particularly by an Act which became law on May 10, 1992 (Ga. L. 1992, p. 7036), is amended by adding at the end of Section 1.11 a new subsection (i) to read as follows: (i) The corporate limits of Garden City shall include the following described tracts of land, to wit: Tract Number One (1): All that certain tract of land situate, lying, and being in the 8th G.M. District of Chatham County, Georgia, as shown on that certain plat prepared by James M. Sims, Georgia Registered Land Surveyor No. 2280, dated January 16, 1986, and revised on February 10, 1986, and recorded in the Office of the Clerk of the Superior Court of Chatham County, Georgia, in Plat Record Book 7-P, Page 135, said map being hereby incorporated into this description and being made a part hereof for better determining the metes, bounds, courses and distances of the subject property which is shown therein to be bounded as follows: On the North by the existing city

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limits of Garden City, Georgia; on the East by the westerly right-of-way line of the Seaboard Coastline Railroad Company and the western city limits of the City of Savannah; on the South by the northerly right-of-way of U.S. Interstate No. 16; and on the West by the easterly right-of-way lines of New Dean Forest Road and Old Dean Forest Road. The subject property is more particularly described pursuant to the above-mentioned map as follows: Beginning at a point where the northerly right-of-way line of U.S. Interstate No. 16 intersects with the westerly right-of-way line of the Seaboard Coastline Railroad Company; running thence from said point of beginning in a westerly direction along the northerly right-of-way line of U.S. Interstate No. 16 to a point where it intersects with the easterly right-of-way line of Old Dean Forest Road; running thence in a northerly direction initially along the easterly right-of-way line of Old Dean Forest Road and then along the easterly right-of-way line of New Dean Forest Road to a point where the latter road intersects with the present city limits of Garden City and the northerly right-of-way line of the Seaboard Coastline Railroad Company; running thence in an easterly direction along the existing city limits of Garden City, Georgia, initially coinciding with the northerly right-of-way line of the Seaboard Coastline Railroad and then coinciding with the northerly right-of-way line of the Savannah Ogeechee Canal, to a particularly where it intersects with the westerly right-of-way line of the Seaboard Coastline Railroad Company; running thence in a southerly direction initially along the western right-of-way line of the Seaboard Coastline Railroad Company and thence along the western city limits of the City of Savannah to a point where said city limits intersect with the northerly right-of-way line of U.S. Interstate No. 16, being the point of beginning. Tract Number Two (2): Beginning at a point where the southerly right-of-way line of U.S. Interstate No. 16 intersects with the westerly right-of-way line of Old Dean Forest Road, running thence from said point of beginning in a southerly direction along the westerly right-of-way line of Old Dean Forest Road to a point where it turns into the southwesterly right-of-way line of Dean Forest Road Extension; running thence in a southeasterly direction along the southwesterly right-of-way line of Dean Forest Road Extension to a point where it intersects with the southeastern right-of-way line of U.S. Highway No. 17 (Ogeechee Road); running thence in a northeasterly direction along the southeasterly right-of-way line of U.S. Highway No. 17 (Ogeechee Road) to a point located at the easterly right-of-way line of Fall Avenue; running thence along the southeasterly right-of-way line of U.S. Highway No. 17 (Ogeechee Road) for a distance of 659.76 feet; thence running in a perpendicular direction across U.S. Highway No. 17 (Ogeechee Road) to a concrete monument located on the north-westerly right-of-way line of U.S. Highway No. 17 (Ogeechee Road) and marking the southeastern corner of Lot Number One (1) of a

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resubdivision of Lots 1, 2, and 3 Silk Hope Farms and a portion of the Mary Roubakalis Constantine Estate, as shown on a subdivision map recorded in the Office of the Clerk of the Superior Court of Chatham County, Georgia, in Subdivision Map Book 12-S, Page 39; running thence North 2000'40 East for a distance of 309.63 feet to an existing concrete monument; running the North 6959'20 West for a distance of 571.05 feet to an existing concrete monument; running thence North 2000'40 East for a distance of 1,878.98 feet to an existing old stone; turning thence and running North 6808'20 West for a distance of 1,020.85 feet to a concrete monument; turning thence and running North 3126'50 East for a distance of 6,244.82 feet to an existing concrete monument; turning thence and running North 6816'30 West for a distance of 744.30 feet to the southerly right-of-way line of Interstate No. 16, there being a concrete monument set at this point; running thence in a westerly direction along the southerly right-of-way line of U.S. Interstate No. 16 to a point where it intersects with the westerly right-of-way line of Old Dean Forest Road, being the point of beginning. The above-described parcel is bounded as follows: On the North by the southerly right-of-way line of Interstate No. 16; on the East by lands in unincorporated Chatham County, Georgia, now or formerly owned by Mary C. Tjoumas, John N. Constantine, Calliope C. Cotoulas, Irene C. Miltiades, Helen C. Ludlow, Theodore N. Constantine, and Evangeline C. Mastopoulos; on the South by the southeasterly right-of-way line of U.S. Highway No. 17; and on the West by the westerly right-of-way lines of Old Dean Forest Road and Dean Forest Road Extension. SECTION 2 . As soon as is permissible and reasonably practicable under the federal Voting Rights Act of 1965, as amended, and under the general laws of this state, the election superintendent of Chatham County shall call and conduct an election for the purpose of submitting this Act to the present electors of Garden City, Georgia, as well as the electors of Chatham County, Georgia, residing in the areas described in Section 1 of this Act, for approval or rejection. 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: () YES () NO Shall the Act be approved which annexes certain property into the corporate limits of the City of Garden City? 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 by electors in Garden

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City and in each of the two parcels of land to be annexed are for approval of the Act, it shall become of full force and effect immediately; otherwise it shall be void and of no force and effect and shall be automatically repealed upon the date the election results are certified under this section. The expense of such election shall be borne by the City of Garden City. It shall be the superintendent's duty to certify the result thereof to the Secretary of State. SECTION 3 . Section 2 of this Act shall become effective upon its approval by the Governor or upon its becoming law without such approval. Section 1 of this Act shall become effective as provided in Section 2. 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 1998 session of the General Assembly of Georgia a bill to amend the Charter of Garden City, Ga. as amended, so as to extend the present corporate limits of said municipality and annex and incorporate certain additional land to said municipality; to provide for a referendum; and for other purposes. This 3rd day of February, 1998. RON STEPHENS State Representative 128th District James P. Gerard GEORGIA, FULTON COUNTY Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths, Ron Stephens, who on oath deposes and says that he is the Representative from the 150th District and further deposes and says as follows: (1) 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 the following date: February 5, 1998. (2) That the laws requiring notice of local legislation were further complied with in the manner checked below: A copy of the notice of intention was mailed, transmitted by facsimile, or otherwise provided to the governing authority of any county, municipality,

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or consolidated government whose charter or enabling Act is amended, as required by subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill was requested by resolution or other written notification of the governing authority of the affected county, municipality, or consolidated government and a copy of such resolution or other written notification is attached hereto. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill does not amend the charter of a municipality or the enabling Act of a county or consolidated government or the bill affects a local school system. [UNK] The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill is an annexation bill and a copy of the bill was provided to the county governing authority within which the area proposed to be annexed is located at the time the notice was published, as required by Code Section 28-1-14.1. s/ RON STEPHENS Representative, 150th District Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 12th day of February, 1998. s/ SUSAN GORDON Notary Public, Rockdale County, Georgia My Commission Expires Nov. 18, 2001 (SEAL) Approved March 27, 1998. GILMER COUNTYBOARD OF COMMISSIONERS; PURCHASING; BIDS. No. 636 (House Bill No. 1668). AN ACT To amend an Act entitled An Act to create a board of commissioners of Gilmer County, approved March 27, 1995 (Ga. L. 1995, p. 3824), as amended, so as to change the provisions relating to purchasing and competitive bids; 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 entitled An Act to create a board of commissioners of Gilmer County, approved March 27, 1995 (Ga. L. 1995, p. 3824), as amended, is

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amended by striking in its entirety subsection (a) of Section 10 of said Act and inserting in lieu thereof the following: (a) The board of commissioners may purchase necessary machinery, tools, equipment, supplies, and services (hereinafter referred to collectively as `goods and services') for county use. All purchases of goods and services, wherein the purchase price is expected to be in excess of $10,000.00, shall be made by a sealed competitive bid. Notice of the time and place where bids will be received and opened shall be advertised in the local legal organ of the county once each week for two consecutive weeks immediately prior to the opening of such bids. Such notice shall also include a description and specifications of the item or items to be purchased. All bids shall be received in sealed envelopes. If more than one bid is received for any purchase, all such bids shall be opened and thereafter filed for two years in the office of the board of commissioners for public inspection. If only one bid is received for any purchase, such bid shall not be opened and the purchase shall be readvertised and new bids shall be taken. Goods and services shall be purchased from the lowest responsible bidder and in determining the lowest responsible bidder such factors as distance, past dealings, financial responsibility, expertise, and experience may be taken into consideration. This section shall not apply to the repair of goods nor to the purchase of goods which have been declared surplus by and which are purchased from or through a federal, state, or other governmental department or agency. 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 1998 session of the General Assembly of Georgia a bill to amend an Act entitled An Act to create a board of commissioners of Gilmer County, approved March 27, 1995 (Ga. L. 1995, p. 3824), as amended, so as to change the provisions relating to purchasing and competitive bids; to provide an effective date; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes. This 3rd day of February, 1998. Representative Ben N. Whitaker 7th District GEORGIA, FULTON COUNTY

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Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths, Ben Whitaker, who on oath deposes and says that he is the Representative from the 7th District and further deposes and says as follows: (1) That the attached Notice of Intention to Introduce Local Legislation was published in the Times-Courier which is the official organ of Gilmer County on the following date: February 5, 1998. (2) That the laws requiring notice of local legislation were further complied with in the manner checked below: [UNK] A copy of the notice of intention was mailed, transmitted by facsimile, or otherwise provided to the governing authority of any county, municipality, or consolidated government whose charter or enabling Act is amended, as required by subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill was requested by resolution or other written notification of the governing authority of the affected county, municipality, or consolidated government and a copy of such resolution or other written notification is attached hereto. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill does not amend the charter of a municipality or the enabling Act of a county or consolidated government or the bill affects a local school system. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill is an annexation bill and a copy of the bill was provided to the county governing authority within which the area proposed to be annexed is located at the time the notice was published, as required by Code Section 28-1-14.1. s/ BEN N. WHITAKER Representative, 7th District Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 13th day of February, 1998. s/ TERESA ADKINS Notary Public, Clayton County, Georgia My Commission Expires Jan. 5, 2001 (SEAL) Approved March 27, 1998.

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HARRIS COUNTYBOARD OF EDUCATION; COMPENSATION. No. 637 (House Bill No. 1669). AN ACT To amend an Act to reconstitute the Board of Education of Harris County and provide for its powers, duties, rights, obligations, and labilities and subject it to certain constitutional and statutory provisions, approved January 15, 1993 (Ga. L. 1993, p. 3538), so as to change the per diem compensation of members of the board of education; 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 to reconstitute the Board of Education of Harris County and provide for its powers, duties, rights, obligations, and liabilities and subject it to certain constitutional and statutory provisions, approved January 15, 1993 (Ga. L. 1993, p. 3538), is amended by striking in its entirety Section 6 and inserting in lieu thereof a new Section 6 to read as follows: SECTION 6. Members of the Board of Education of Harris County shall, when approved by the board, receive as compensation a per diem allowance of $100.00 for each day of attendance at meetings of the board and while meeting and traveling within or outside the state as a member of a committee of the board on official business first authorized by a majority of the board. Members of the board, including the chairperson, shall be reimbursed for expenses as provided in Code Section 20-2-55 of the O.C.G.A; provided, however, the board may by appropriate resolution annually delegate to the chairperson the authority to approve in advance requests for per diem payments and reimbursement of actual expenses for board members while meeting and traveling within or outside the state as a member of a committee of the board or on official business of the board. SECTION 2 . 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. SECTION 3 . 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 1998 session of the General Assembly of Georgia a Bill to amend an Act

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providing for a Board of Education of Harris County, approved January 5, 1993 and designated as Act No 4 of the regular 1993 session of the General Assembly (House Bill No. 8), so as to set per diem rates for members of the Harris County Board of Education and other matters relative thereto; and for other purposes. This 5th day of January, 1998 Honorable Vance C. Smith, Jr. Representative, 102nd House District GEORGIA, FULTON COUNTY Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths, Vance C. Smith, Jr. who on oath deposes and says that he is the Representative from the 102nd District and further deposes and says as follows: (1) That the attached Notice of Intention to Introduce Local Legislation was published in the Harris County Journal which is the official organ of Harris County on the following date: January 8, 1998. (2) That the laws requiring notice of local legislation were further complied with in the manner checked below: A copy of the notice of intention was mailed, transmitted by facsimile, or otherwise provided to the governing authority of any county, municipality, or consolidated government whose charter or enabling Act is amended, as required by subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill was requested by resolution or other written notification of the governing authority of the affected county, municipality, or consolidated government and a copy of such resolution or other written notification is attached hereto. [UNK] The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill does not amend the charter of a municipality or the enabling Act of a county or consolidated government or the bill affects a local school system. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill is an annexation bill and a copy of the bill was provided to the county governing authority within which the area proposed to be annexed is located at the time the notice was published, as required by Code Section 28-1-14.1. s/ VANCE C. SMITH, JR. Representative, 102nd District Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 13th day of February, 1998.

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s/ TERESA ADKINS Notary Public, Clayton County, Georgia My Commission Expires Jan. 5, 2001 (SEAL) Approved March 27, 1998. CHEROKEE COUNTYHOMESTEAD EXEMPTION; COUNTY TAXES; REFERENDUM. No. 638 (House Bill No. 1671). AN ACT To provide a homestead exemption from certain Cherokee County ad valorem taxes for county purposes in the amount of $5,000.00 of the assessed value of the homestead of certain residents of that county; to provide for a three-year phase-in period for such exemption; to provide for definitions; to specify the terms and conditions of the exemption and the procedures relating thereto; 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 . For purposes of this Act, the term: (1) Ad valorem taxes for county purposes means all ad valorem taxes for county purposes levied by, for, or on behalf of Cherokee County, excluding taxes to retire county bond indebtedness. (2) Homestead means homestead as defined and qualified in Code Section 48-5-40 of the O.C.G.A. SECTION 2 . (a) Each resident of Cherokee County is granted an exemption on that person's homestead from all Cherokee County ad valorem taxes for county purposes in the amount of $3,000.00 of the assessed value of that homestead for the taxable year beginning on or after January 1, 1999, and prior to January 1, 2000; $4,000.00 of the assessed value of that homestead for the taxable year beginning January 1, 2000, and prior to January 1, 2001; and $5,000.00 of the assessed value of that homestead for all taxable years beginning on or after January 1, 2001. The value of that property in excess of such exempted amount shall remain subject to taxation. (b) A person shall not receive the homestead exemption granted by subsection (a) of this section unless the person or person's agent files an affidavit with the tax commissioner of Cherokee County giving such information relative to receiving such exemption as will enable the tax

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commissioner to make a determination as to whether such person is entitled to such exemption. The tax commissioner shall provide affidavit forms for this purpose and shall require such information as may be necessary to determine the initial and continuing eligibility of the applicant for the exemption. SECTION 3 . The exemption shall be claimed and returned as provided in Code Section 48-5-50.1 of the O.C.G.A. The exemption shall be automatically renewed from year to year as long as the applicant occupies the residence as a homestead. After a person has filed the proper affidavit as provided in subsection (b) of Section 2 of this Act, it shall not be necessary to make application and file such affidavit 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 Cherokee County or the designee thereof in the event that person for any reason becomes ineligible for that exemption. Any person who, as of January 1, 1999, has applied for and is eligible for the $2,000.00 homestead exemption from county and school district ad valorem taxes pursuant to Code Section 48-5-44 of the O.C.G.A. shall be eligible for the exemption granted by this Act without further application if that person has applied for and been eligible for the immediately preceding year for such exemption. SECTION 4 . (a) The exemption granted by this Act shall not apply to or affect any state taxes, municipal taxes, or county school district taxes for educational purposes. (b) The exemption granted by this Act shall be in lieu of any other homestead exemption from Cherokee County ad valorem taxes for county purposes. SECTION 5 . The exemption granted by this Act shall apply to all taxable years beginning on or after January 1, 1999. SECTION 6 . Unless prohibited by the federal Voting Rights Act of 1965, as amended, the election superintendent of Cherokee County shall call and conduct an election as provided in this section for the purpose of submitting this Act to the electors of Cherokee County for approval or rejection. The election superintendent shall conduct that election on the date of the November, 1998, state-wide general 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 Cherokee

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County. The ballot shall have written or printed thereon the words: () YES () NO Shall the Act be approved which provides a homestead exemption from certain Cherokee County ad valorem taxes for county purposes for that county in the amount of $5,000.00 of the assessed value of the homestead over a three-year phase-in period? 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 Sections 1 through 5 of this Act shall become of full force and effect immediately and shall be applicable to all taxable years beginning on or after January 1, 1998. If Sections 1 through 5 of this Act are not so approved or if the election is not conducted as provided in this section, Sections 1 through 5 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 Cherokee County. It shall be the superintendent's duty to certify the result thereof to the Secretary of State. SECTION 7 . Except as otherwise specified in Section 6 of this Act, this Act shall become effective upon its approval by the Governor or upon its becoming law without such approval. 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 1998 session of the General Assembly of Georgia, a bill to provide a homestead exemption from certain Cherokee County ad valorem taxes for county purposes in the amount of $5,000.00 of the accessed value of the homestead of certain residents of that county; to provide for a three-year phase-in period for such exemption; to provide for definitions; to specify the terms and conditions of the exemption and the procedures relating thereto; to provide for a referendum, effective dates, and automatic repeal; and for other purposes. This 10th day of January, 1998. /s/ Garland Pinholster Representative, 15th District

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/s/ Steve Stancil Representative, 16th District /s/ Charles P. Scheid Representative, 17th District GEORGIA, FULTON COUNTY Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths, Garland F. Pinholster, who on oath deposes and says that he is the Representative from the 15th District and further deposes and says as follows: (1) 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 the following date: February 6, 1998. (2) That the laws requiring notice of local legislation were further complied with in the manner checked below: A copy of the notice of intention was mailed, transmitted by facsimile, or otherwise provided to the governing authority of any county, municipality, or consolidated government whose charter or enabling Act is amended, as required by subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill was requested by resolution or other written notification of the governing authority of the affected county, municipality, or consolidated government and a copy of such resolution or other written notification is attached hereto. [UNK] The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill does not amend the charter of a municipality or the enabling Act of a county or consolidated government or the bill affects a local school system. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill is an annexation bill and a copy of the bill was provided to the county governing authority within which the area proposed to be annexed is located at the time the notice was published, as required by Code Section 28-1-14.1. s/ GARLAND F. PINHOLSTER Representative, 15th District Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 13th day of February, 1998.

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s/ TERESA ADKINS Notary Public, Clayton County, Georgia My Commission Expires Jan. 5, 2001 (SEAL) Approved March 27, 1998. CITY OF DULUTHMAYOR AND COUNCIL; ELECTIONS; TERMS. No. 639 (House Bill No. 1677). AN ACT To amend an Act creating a new charter for the City of Duluth, approved March 25, 1958 (Ga. L. 1958, p. 3148), as amended, particularly by an Act approved March 16, 1987 (Ga. L. 1987, p. 3914), and an Act approved April 4, 1991 (Ga. L. 1991, p. 4313), so as to change the provisions relating to the time of election, taking of office, and terms of office of the mayor and councilmembers; to provide for the authority for this Act; 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 Duluth, approved March 25, 1958 (Ga. L. 1958, p. 3148), as amended, particularly by an Act approved March 16, 1987 (Ga. L. 1987, p. 3914), and an Act approved April 4, 1991 (Ga. L. 1991, p. 4313), is amended by striking Section 5.11 and inserting in its place a new Section 5.11 to read as follows: SECTION 5.11. (a) On the Tuesday next following the first Monday in November of 1998, successors shall be elected for the three councilmembers elected in November of 1996, whose terms of office expire at the first organizational meeting in January of 1999. The three councilmembers elected in November of 1998 shall be elected and shall serve for terms of office of three years and until their successors are elected and qualified and shall take office on the day of the first organizational meeting in January following their election. On the Tuesday next following the first Monday in November of 2001, and every four years thereafter, the successors to such three councilmembers shall be elected and shall serve terms of office of four years and until their successors are elected and qualified and shall take office on the day of the first organizational meeting in January following their election. (b) On the Tuesday next following the first Monday in November of 1999, successors shall be elected for the position of mayor and the two councilmembers elected in November of 1997 whose terms of office

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expire at the first organizational meeting in January 2000. The mayor and two councilmembers elected in November of 1999 shall be elected and shall serve for terms of office of four years and until their successors are elected and qualified and shall take office on the day of the first organizational meeting in January following their election. On the Tuesday next following the first Monday in November of 2003 and every four years thereafter, the successors to the mayor and such two councilmembers shall be elected and shall serve terms of office of four years and until their successors are elected and qualified and shall take office on the day of the first organizational meeting in January following their election. SECTION 2 . This Act is enacted pursuant to the authority provided for in Code Section 21-3-64 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated to establish four-year terms for the mayor and councilmembers of the City of Duluth on a staggered basis with elections held on the Tuesday next following the first Monday in each odd-numbered year. SECTION 3 . All laws and parts of laws in conflict with this Act are repealed. RESOLUTION WHEREAS, the Mayor and Councilmembers for the City of Duluth currently serve two (2) year staggered terms; and WHEREAS, the Mayor and City Council have determined that it is in the best interest of the citizens of the City of Duluth to change the terms of office of the elected officials from two (2) years to four (4) years; and WHEREAS, the Mayor and City Council have determined that establishing four (4) year terms of office will benefit the City of Duluth by increasing the consistency and efficiency of the local government and by avoiding the scheduling of elections on the same day as State and County elections; and WHEREAS, O.C.G.A. Section 21-3-64 (d) authorizes the City of Duluth to change the terms of its municipal officers from two (2) years to four (4) years, with such terms being either staggered or concurrent, but that requires such action to be taken by enactment of local legislation: IT IS HEREBY RESOLVED by the Mayor and Council of the City of Duluth that each of the State representatives and State senators elected for Gwinnett County should support legislation authorizing the City of Duluth to change the terms of office of its elected officials from two (2) years to four (4) years, with such terms being served on a staggered basis. Pursuant to the authority granted by O.C.G.A. Section 21-3-64 (d), the terms of

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office for municipal officers elected in the general municipal elections for the City of Duluth held in 1998 and 1999 should be as follows: (1) The three municipal officers elected in the City of Duluth in November of 1998 shall serve a three (3) year term beginning in January of 1999 and expiring in January of 2002. Thereafter, the successors of these officers shall serve four (4) year terms; (2) The three municipal officers elected in the City of Duluth in November of 1999 shall serve a four (4) year term beginning in January of 2000 and expiring in January of 2004. Thereafter, the successors of these officers shall serve four (4) year terms. The terms of the elected officials of the City of Duluth shall begin at the organizational meeting on the second Monday in January of the year following their election. NOTICE OF INTENT TO INTRODUCE LOCAL LEGISLATION Notice is given that there will be introduced at the regular 1998 session of the General Assembly of Georgia a bill to amend an act providing a new charter for the City of Duluth, Georgia approved March 25, 1958 (Ga. L. 1958, p. 3148), as amended particularly by an Act approved March 16, 1987 (Ga. L. 1987, p. 3914) and by an act approved April 4, 1991 (Ga. L. 1991, p. 4313), to provide for terms of office of four years for the Mayor and Councilmembers of the City of Duluth, Georgia pursuant to O.C.G.A. Section 21-3-64 and for other purposes. This 27th day of January, 1998. Mayor and Council City of Duluth, Georgia GEORGIA, FULTON COUNTY Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths, Brooks Coleman, who on oath deposes and says that he is the Representative from the 80th District and further deposes and says as follows: (1) 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 the following date: January 30, 1998. (2) That the laws requiring notice of local legislation were further complied with in the manner checked below: A copy of the notice of intention was mailed, transmitted by facsimile, or otherwise provided to the governing authority of any county, municipality,

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or consolidated government whose charter or enabling Act is amended, as required by subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14. [UNK] The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill was requested by resolution or other written notification of the governing authority of the affected county, municipality, or consolidated government and a copy of such resolution or other written notification is attached hereto. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill does not amend the charter of a municipality or the enabling Act of a county or consolidated government or the bill affects a local school system. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill is an annexation bill and a copy of the bill was provided to the county governing authority within which the area proposed to be annexed is located at the time the notice was published, as required by Code Section 28-1-14.1. s/ BROOKS P. COLEMAN, JR. Representative, 80th District Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 12th day of February, 1998. s/ TERESA ADKINS Notary Public, Clayton County, Georgia My Commission Expires Jan. 5, 2001 (SEAL) Approved March 27, 1998. CITY OF CARROLLTONHOMESTEAD EXEMPTION; SCHOOL DISTRICT TAXES; REFERENDUM. No. 640 (House Bill No. 1689). AN ACT To amend an Act providing for homestead exemptions from City of Carrollton ad valorem taxes for educational purposes for certain residents of that school district, approved April 13, 1992 (Ga. L. 1992, p. 5906), so as to provide for a homestead exemption for the full value of the homestead from ad valorem taxes for educational purposes for residents of the City of Carrollton who are 65 years of age or older and whose income does not exceed a specified amount; to change a definition; to provide for applicability, a referendum, and for automatic repeal in certain circumstances; to provide an effective date; 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 homestead exemptions from City of Carrollton ad valorem taxes for educational purposes for certain residents of that school district, approved April 13, 1992 (Ga. L. 1992, p. 5906), is amended by striking in its entirety paragraph (2) of Section 1 and inserting in lieu thereof the following: (2) `Homestead' means homestead as defined and qualified in Code Section 48-5-40 of the O.C.G.A., provided that homestead is applicable to not more than ten acres. SECTION 2 . Said Act is further amended by striking in its entirety Section 2 and inserting in lieu thereof the following: SECTION 2. Each resident of the City of Carrollton who is 65 years of age or older is granted an exemption of the full value of that person's homestead from all City of Carrollton ad valorem taxes for educational purposes if that person's income, together with the income of the spouse of such person who resides within such homestead, does not exceed $18,000.00 for the immediately preceding taxable year. SECTION 3 . Unless prevented by the federal Voting Rights Act of 1965, as amended, the election superintendent of the City of Carrollton shall call and conduct a special election to be held on the date of and in conjunction with the general primary election in July, 1998, for the purpose of submitting this Act to the electors of the City of Carrollton for approval or rejection. 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 Carroll County. The ballot shall have written or printed thereon the words: () YES () NO Shall the Act be approved which provides for a homestead exemption from ad valorem taxes for educational purposes for the City of Carrollton in the amount of the full value of the homestead up to ten acres for persons who are 65 years of age or older and whose annual income, excluding income from the Social Security Act and any pension, does not exceed $18,000.00? 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

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more than one-half of the votes cast on such question are for approval of Sections 1 and 2 of this Act, then Sections 1 and 2 of this Act shall become of full force and effect immediately and shall be applicable to all taxable years beginning on or after January 1, 1999; otherwise this Act shall be void and of no force and effect and shall be automatically repealed upon the date the election results are certified under this section. It shall be the superintendent's duty to certify the result 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 1998 session of the General Assembly of Georgia a bill to amend an Act providing for homestead exemptions from City of Carrollton ad valorem taxes for educational purposes, approved April 13, 1992 (Ga. L. 1992, p. 5906), so as to provide for a homestead exemption for the full value of the homestead from taxes for education purposes for persons of 65 or older and whose income does not exceed a specified amount; to change a definition, to provide for applicability, a referendum, and for automatic repeal in certain circumstances; to provide for related matters; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes. This 5th day of February S/ Tracy Stallings Honorable Tracy Stallings Representative, 100th District GEORGIA, FULTON COUNTY Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths, Tracy Stallings, who on oath deposes and says that he is the Representative from the 100th District and further deposes and says as follows: (1) 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 the following date: February 10, 1998.

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(2) That the laws requiring notice of local legislation were further complied with in the manner checked below: A copy of the notice of intention was mailed, transmitted by facsimile, or otherwise provided to the governing authority of any county, municipality, or consolidated government whose charter or enabling Act is amended, as required by subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill was requested by resolution or other written notification of the governing authority of the affected county, municipality, or consolidated government and a copy of such resolution or other written notification is attached hereto. [UNK] The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill does not amend the charter of a municipality or the enabling Act of a county or consolidated government or the bill affects a local school system. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill is an annexation bill and a copy of the bill was provided to the county governing authority within which the area proposed to be annexed is located at the time the notice was published, as required by Code Section 28-1-14.1. s/ TRACY STALLINGS Representative, 100th District Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 16th day of February, 1998. s/ TERESA ADKINS Notary Public, Clayton County, Georgia My Commission Expires Jan. 5, 2001 (SEAL) Approved March 27, 1998. CARROLL COUNTYHOMESTEAD EXEMPTION; SCHOOL DISTRICT TAXES; REFERENDUM. No. 641 (House Bill No. 1690). AN ACT To amend an Act providing for homestead exemptions from Carroll County ad valorem taxes for county purposes and from Carroll County ad valorem taxes for educational purposes for certain residents of that county and that school district, approved April 17, 1992 (Ga. L. 1992, p. 6514), so as to provide for a homestead exemption for the full value of the

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homestead from ad valorem taxes for educational purposes for residents of the Carroll County School District who are 65 years of age or older and whose income does not exceed a specified amount; to change a definition; to provide for applicability, a referendum, and for automatic repeal in certain circumstances; 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 homestead exemptions from Carroll County ad valorem taxes for county purposes and from Carroll County ad valorem taxes for educational purposes for certain residents of that county and that school district, approved April 17, 1992 (Ga. L. 1992, p. 6514), is amended by striking in its entirety paragraph (3) of Section 1 and inserting in lieu thereof the following: (3) `Homestead' means homestead as defined and qualified in Code Section 48-5-40 of the O.C.G.A., except that, for the purposes of Section 4 of this Act, `homestead' is subject to the limitations set out in such Code section and is further limited to ten acres. SECTION 2 . Said Act is further amended by striking in its entirety Section 4 and inserting in lieu thereof the following: SECTION 4. Each resident of the Carroll County School District who is 65 years of age or older is granted an exemption of the full value of that person's homestead from all Carroll County School District ad valorem taxes for educational purposes if that person's verifiable income, together with the income of the spouse of such person who resides within such homestead, does not exceed $18,000.00 for the immediately preceding taxable year. SECTION 3 . Unless prevented by the federal Voting Rights Act of 1965, as amended, the election superintendent of Carroll County shall call and conduct a special election to be held on the date of an in conjunction with the general primary election in July, 1998, for the purpose of submitting this Act to the electors of the Carroll County School District for approval or rejection. 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 Carroll County. The ballot shall have written or printed thereon the words:

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() YES () NO Shall the Act be approved which provides for a homestead exemption from ad valorem taxes for educational purposes for the Carroll County School District in the amount of the full value of the homestead up to ten acres for persons who are 65 years of age or older and whose annual income, excluding income from the Social Security Act and any pension, does not exceed $18,000.00? 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 Sections 1 and 2 of this Act, then Sections 1 and 2 of this Act shall become of full force and effect immediately and shall be applicable to all taxable years beginning on or after January 1, 1999; otherwise this Act shall be void and of no force and effect and shall be automatically repealed upon the date the election results are certified under this section. The expense of such election shall be borne by Carroll County. It shall be the superintendent's duty to certify the result 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 1998 session of the General Assembly of Georgia a bill to amend an Act providing for homestead exemptions from Carroll County ad valorem taxes for educational purposes, approved April 13, 1992 (Ga. L. 1992, p. 6514), so as to provide for a homestead exemption for the full value of the homestead from taxes for education purposes for persons of 65 or older and whose income does not exceed a specified amount; to change a definition, to provide for applicability, a referendum, and for automatic repeal in certain circumstances; to provide for related matters; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes. This 5th day of February s/ Tracy Stallings Honorable Tracy Stallings Representative, 100th District

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GEORGIA, FULTON COUNTY Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths, Tracy Stallings, who on oath deposes and says that he is the Representative from the 100th District and further deposes and says as follows: (1) 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 the following date: February 10, 1998. (2) That the laws requiring notice of local legislation were further complied with in the manner checked below: A copy of the notice of intention was mailed, transmitted by facsimile, or otherwise provided to the governing authority of any county, municipality, or consolidated government whose charter or enabling Act is amended, as required by subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill was requested by resolution or other written notification of the governing authority of the affected county, municipality, or consolidated government and a copy of such resolution or other written notification is attached hereto. [UNK] The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill does not amend the charter of a municipality or the enabling Act of a county or consolidated government or the bill affects a local school system. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill is an annexation bill and a copy of the bill was provided to the county governing authority within which the area proposed to be annexed is located at the time the notice was published, as required by Code Section 28-1-14.1. s/ TRACY STALLINGS Representative, 100th District Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 16th day of February, 1998. s/ TERESA ADKINS Notary Public, Clayton County, Georgia My Commission Expires Jan. 5, 2001 (SEAL) Approved March 27, 1998.

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CITY OF BLOOMINGDALECORPORATE LIMITS; REFERENDUM. No. 642 (House Bill No. 1691). AN ACT To amend an Act creating a new charter for the City of Bloomingdale, approved March 25, 1974 (Ga. L. 1974, p. 3439), as amended, particularly by an Act approved March 30, 1987 (Ga. L. 1987, p. 4904), so as to extend the present corporate limits of said municipality and annex and incorporate certain additional land to said municipality; to provide for a referendum; to provide for related matters; to provide for 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 a new charter for the City of Bloomingdale, approved March 25, 1974 (Ga. L. 1974, p. 3439), as amended, particularly by an Act approved March 30, 1987 (Ga. L. 1987, p. 4904), is amended by adding at the end of Section 1.03 a new subsection (e) to read as follows: (e) The corporate limits of Bloomingdale shall include the following described tracts of land: TRACT 1 All that certain tract or parcel of land situate, lying, and being in Chatham County, Georgia, contiguous to the present northern city limits of the City of Bloomingdale, containing portions of Stagecoach Road, Perry Road, Nursery Road, the Jimmy Deloach Parkway, Adams Road, and Godley Road, and being bounded as follows: On the Northwest by the Chatham County/Effingham County line; on the North by the city limits of the City of Savannah; on the East by the city limits of the City of Pooler; and on the South by the southern boundary line of Pipemaker's Canal and the present northern city limits of the City of Bloomingdale. TRACT II All that certain tract or parcel of land situate, lying, and being in Chatham County, Georgia, contiguous to the present southern city limits of the City of Bloomingdale, containing Wallace Drive, Wallace Circle, and portions of Pine Barren Road, and being bounded as follows: On the North by the southern right-of-way line of U.S. Interstate Highway No. 16; on the East by the western right-of-way line of Little Neck Road; on the South by the southern right-of-way lines of Arnsdorff Road and Red Hill Road; and on the West by the western right-of-way line of Arnsdorff Road.

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SECTION 2 . As soon as is permissible and reasonably practicable under the federal Voting Rights Act of 1965, as amended, and under the general laws of this state, the election superintendent of Chatham County shall call and conduct an election for the purpose of submitting this Act to the electors of Chatham County residing in the area described in Section 1 of the Act for approval or rejection. 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: () YES () NO Shall the Act be approved which annexes certain territory into the corporate limits of the City of Bloomingdale? 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, it shall become of full force and effect immediately; otherwise it shall be void and of no force and effect and shall be automatically repealed upon the date the election results are certified under this section. The expense of such election shall be borne by City of Bloomingdale. It shall be the superintendent's duty to certify the result thereof to the Secretary of State. SECTION 3 . Section 2 of this Act shall become effective upon its approval by the Governor or upon its becoming law without such approval. Section 1 of this Act shall only become effective as provided in Section 2 of this Act. 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 1998 session of the General Assembly of Georgia two bills to amend an Act incorporating the City of Bloomingdale, approved February 8, 1974, (Ga. L. 1974, P. 3439), as amended, so as to annex certain properties into the corporate limits of such city; to provide for referendums; and for other purposes. This the 10th day of February, 1998. RON STEPHENS State Representative 128th District

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James P. Gerard Oliver Maner Gray, LLP GEORGIA, FULTON COUNTY Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths, Ron Stephens, who on oath deposes and says that he is the Representative from the 150th District and further deposes and says as follows: (1) 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 the following date: February 10, 1998. (2) That the laws requiring notice of local legislation were further complied with in the manner checked below: [UNK] A copy of the notice of intention was mailed, transmitted by facsimile, or otherwise provided to the governing authority of any county, municipality, or consolidated government whose charter or enabling Act is amended, as required by subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill was requested by resolution or other written notification of the governing authority of the affected county, municipality, or consolidated government and a copy of such resolution or other written notification is attached hereto. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill does not amend the charter of a municipality or the enabling Act of a county or consolidated government or the bill affects a local school system. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill is an annexation bill and a copy of the bill was provided to the county governing authority within which the area proposed to be annexed is located at the time the notice was published, as required by Code Section 28-1-14.1. s/ RON STEPHENS Representative, 150th District Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 11th day of February, 1998. s/ SUSAN GORDON Notary Public, Rockdale County, Georgia My Commission Expires Nov. 18, 2001 (SEAL) Approved March 27, 1998.

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CITY OF GARDEN CITYZONING; RESTAURANTS SERVING ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES; REFERENDUM. No. 643 (House Bill No. 1692). AN ACT To authorize the mayor and council of Garden City, Georgia, to submit by referendum to the electors of Garden City, Georgia, the question of adding restaurants serving alcoholic beverages for consumption on the premises to the permitted uses listed in the Garden City zoning ordinance and permitting such use in C-2 zoning districts within the city, subject to certain conditions; 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 . (a) The mayor and council of Garden City, Georgia, shall be authorized to submit by referendum to its electors on the Tuesday after the first Monday in November, 1998, the question of adding restaurants serving alcoholic beverages for consumption on the premises to the permitted uses listed in the Garden City zoning ordinance and permitting such use in C-2 zoning districts within the city, provided that: (1) Within a C-2 district, alcoholic beverages shall only be sold as part of a meal and the restaurant establishment shall derive at least 50 percent of its revenue from the sale of food products other than alcoholic beverages; (2) Within a C-2 district, such restaurant shall front onto an arterial street as classified in Section 90-5(b) of the Garden City Code; (3) Within a C-2 district, the sale of alcoholic beverages shall be restricted to only the hours between 10:00 A.M. and 12:00 Midnight; (4) Within a C-2 district, no display or advertisement for the sale of alcoholic beverages shall be visible from the exterior of the structure. (5) Within a C-2 district, such restaurant shall be licensed to sell spirits, malt beverages, or wines, and otherwise shall comply with Chapter 6 of the Garden City Code relating to alcoholic beverages; and (6) Within a C-2 district, a lounge area may be established as a secondary or incidental use subject to the following conditions: (A) Neither the restaurant nor lounge shall have a dance area; (B) Access to and from the lounge area shall be through the restaurant area only, except for any required fire exit;

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(C) There shall be at least four restaurant seats provided for each lounge seat; and (D) The lounge area shall only operate during the hours the restaurant serves meals. (b) Unless prohibited by the federal Voting Rights Act of 1965, as amended, the election superintendent of Chatham County, Georgia, shall call and conduct a referendum and shall cause the date and purpose of the referendum to be published once a week for two weeks immediately preceding the date thereof in the official organ of Chatham County, Georgia. The ballot shall have written or printed thereon the words: () YES () NO Shall restaurants serving alcoholic beverages for consumption on the premises be added to the permitted uses listed in the Garden City zoning ordinance and be permitted in C-2 zoning districts within Garden City, provided that: (1) Within a C-2 district, alcoholic beverages shall only be sold as part of a meal and the restaurant establishment shall derive at least 50 percent of its revenue from the sale of food products other than alcoholic beverages; (2) Within a C-2 district, such restaurant shall front onto an arterial street as classified in Section 90-5(b) of the Garden City Code; (3) Within a C-2 district, the sale of alcoholic beverages shall be restricted to only the hours between 10:00 A.M. and 12:00 Midnight; (4) Within a C-2 district, no display or advertisement for the sale of alcoholic beverages shall be visible from the exterior of the structure; (5) Within a C-2 district, such restaurant shall be licensed to sell spirits, malt beverages, or wines, and otherwise shall comply with Chapter 6 of the Garden City Code relating to alcoholic beverages; and (6) Within a C-2 district, a lounge area may be established as a secondary or incidental use subject to the following conditions: (A) Neither the restaurant nor lounge shall have a dance area; (B) Access to and from the lounge area shall be through the restaurant area only, except for any required fire exit; (C) There shall be at least four restaurant seats provided for each lounge seat; and (D) The lounge area shall only operate during the hours the restaurant serves meals.

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All persons desiring to vote for adding restaurants serving alcoholic beverages for consumption on the premises to the permitted uses listed in the Garden City zoning ordinance and permitting such use in C-2 zoning districts within the city, subject to the above listed conditions, shall vote Yes, and those persons desiring to vote in the negative shall vote No. If more than one-half of the votes cast on such question are for approval, the mayor and council may, by appropriate ordinance, add restaurants serving alcoholic beverages for consumption on the premises to the permitted uses listed in the Garden City zoning ordinance, and permit such use in C-2 zoning districts within the city, subject to the above listed conditions. The expense of such referendum shall be borne by the City of Garden City. It shall be the superintendent's duty to certify the result thereof to the mayor and council of Garden City, Georgia. 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 1998 session of the General Assembly of Georgia a bill authorizing the Mayor and Council of Garden City, Ga., to submit, by referendum, to its electors on the Tuesday after the first Monday in November, 1998, the question of adding restaurants serving alcoholic beverages for consumption on the premises to the permitted uses listed in the Garden City Zoning Ordinance, and permitting such use in C-2 and C-2A zoning districts within the City, subject to certain conditions; and for other purposes. This the 5th day of February, 1998. RON STEPHENS State Representative 128th District GEORGIA, FULTON COUNTY Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths, Ron Stephens, who on oath deposes and says that he is the Representative from the 150th District and further deposes and says as follows: (1) 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 the following date: February 10, 1998.

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(2) That the laws requiring notice of local legislation were further complied with in the manner checked below: [UNK] A copy of the notice of intention was mailed, transmitted by facsimile, or otherwise provided to the governing authority of any county, municipality, or consolidated government whose charter or enabling Act is amended, as required by subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill was requested by resolution or other written notification of the governing authority of the affected county, municipality, or consolidated government and a copy of such resolution or other written notification is attached hereto. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill does not amend the charter of a municipality or the enabling Act of a county or consolidated government or the bill affects a local school system. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill is an annexation bill and a copy of the bill was provided to the county governing authority within which the area proposed to be annexed is located at the time the notice was published, as required by Code Section 28-1-14.1. s/ RON STEPHENS Representative, 150th District Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 11th day of February, 1998. s/ SUSAN GORDON Notary Public, Rockdale County, Georgia My Commission Expires Nov. 18, 2001 (SEAL) Approved March 27, 1998. COBB COUNTYSTATE COURT; JUDGES; COMPENSATION. No. 644 (House Bill No. 1694). AN ACT To amend an Act creating the State Court of Cobb County, approved March 26, 1964 (Ga. L. 1964, p. 3211), as amended, so as to change the compensation of the chief judge, judges, and associate 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, is amended by striking from Section 23 of Part 1 the following: The salary of the judges of Division I of the State Court of Cobb County shall be $93,200.00 per annum., and inserting in its place the following: The salary of the judges of Division I of the State Court of Cobb County shall be $96,928.00 per annum. SECTION 2 . Said Act is further amended by striking subsection (a) of Section 2-3 of Part 2 and inserting in its place the following: (a) The salary of each associate judge shall be $73,840.00 per annum to be paid in equal monthly installments from the funds of Cobb County. The associate judges are designated as full-time judges and may not engage in the private practice of law. SECTION 3 . This Act shall become effective on January 1, 1999. 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 1998 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; and for other purposes. This 12th day of February, 1998. s/ Frank Bradford, Representative 30th District GEORGIA, FULTON COUNTY Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths, Frank Bradford, who on oath deposes and says that he is the Representative from the 30th District and further deposes and says as follows: (1) 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 the following date: February 14, 1998.

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(2) That the laws requiring notice of local legislation were further complied with in the manner checked below: A copy of the notice of intention was mailed, transmitted by facsimile, or otherwise provided to the governing authority of any county, municipality, or consolidated government whose charter or enabling Act is amended, as required by subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill was requested by resolution or other written notification of the governing authority of the affected county, municipality, or consolidated government and a copy of such resolution or other written notification is attached hereto. [UNK] The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill does not amend the charter of a municipality or the enabling Act of a county or consolidated government or the bill affects a local school system. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill is an annexation bill and a copy of the bill was provided to the county governing authority within which the area proposed to be annexed is located at the time the notice was published, as required by Code Section 28-1-14.1. s/ FRANK BRADFORD Representative, 30th District Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 16th day of February, 1998. s/ TERESA ADKINS Notary Public, Clayton County, Georgia My Commission Expires Jan. 5, 2001 (SEAL) Approved March 27, 1998. LOWNDES COUNTYBOARD OF COMMISSIONERS; MEETINGS. No. 645 (House Bill No. 1699). AN ACT To amend an Act creating the Board of Commissioners of Lowndes County, approved February 12, 1945 (Ga. L. 1945, p. 639), as amended, so as to change the provisions relating to regular meetings of the Board of Commissioners; 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 Board of Commissioners of Lowndes County, approved February 12, 1945 (Ga. L. 1945, p. 639), as amended, is amended by striking Section 5 in its entirety and inserting in lieu thereof a new Section 5 to read as follows: SECTION 5. Said Board shall have regular meetings at the county administrative building on the first and third Wednesdays in each month for the transaction of such business as may legitimately come before it, with the power to adjourn over from day to day until the business necessary to be considered shall have been completed. Said Board may convene in special meeting upon the call of the Chairman, at any time, as the business of the Board may require. The three members of said Board other than the Chairman may at any time convene said Board in special meeting upon call by them, as the business of said Board may require, provided the Chairman of said Board shall fail and refuse to call such meeting upon request. 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 1998 session of the General Assembly of Georgia a bill to amend an Act creating the Board of Commissioners of Lowndes County, approved February 12, 1945 (Ga. L. 1945, p. 639), as amended; and for other purposes. This day 21st of January, 1998. Murry J. Weed, County Attorney Lowndes County, Georgia GEORGIA, FULTON COUNTY Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths, Tim Golden, who on oath deposes and says that he is the Representative from the 177th District and further deposes and says as follows: (1) 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 the following date: January 26, 1998. (2) That the laws requiring notice of local legislation were further complied with in the manner checked below:

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[UNK] A copy of the notice of intention was mailed, transmitted by facsimile, or otherwise provided to the governing authority of any county, municipality, or consolidated government whose charter or enabling Act is amended, as required by subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill was requested by resolution or other written notification of the governing authority of the affected county, municipality, or consolidated government and a copy of such resolution or other written notification is attached hereto. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill does not amend the charter of a municipality or the enabling Act of a county or consolidated government or the bill affects a local school system. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill is an annexation bill and a copy of the bill was provided to the county governing authority within which the area proposed to be annexed is located at the time the notice was published, as required by Code Section 28-1-14.1. s/ TIM GOLDEN Representative, 177th District Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 16th day of February, 1998. s/ TERESA ADKINS Notary Public, Clayton County, Georgia My Commission Expires Jan. 5, 2001 (SEAL) Approved March 27, 1998. CITY OF CARTERSVILLESCHOOL DISTRICT TAXES; TAX LEVY. No. 646 (House Bill No. 1701). AN ACT To amend an Act reincorporating the City of Cartersville, approved March 28, 1974 (Ga. L. 1974, p. 3697), as amended, so as to change provisions relating to the method of levying taxes for support of the Cartersville public schools; to change provisions relating to reimbursement of the city council; 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:

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SECTION 1 . An Act reincorporating the City of Cartersville, approved March 28, 1974 (Ga. L. 1974, p. 3697), as amended, is amended by striking Section 5.07 and inserting in lieu thereof a new Section 5.07 to read as follows: SECTION 5.07. Budget, tax levy, etc. (a) On or before August 10, or another date specified by the city council, the Cartersville school board shall submit to the city council the Cartersville shcool board's annual recommendation for the rate of tax levy within the limitations fixed by law to be made upon all taxable property within the city limits pursuant to the authority granted in Article VIII, Section VI, Paragraph I of the Georgia Constitution and Code Section 48-5-405 of the O.C.G.A. The city council shall levy said tax upon the assessed value of all taxable property within the city limits within the limitations fixed by law. (b) The city council shall cause the levied taxes collected to support the Cartersville public schools to be appropriated to the Cartersville school board and deposited into the school board account and disbursed from the account to the Cartersville public schools within ten days of receipt. The City of Cartersville shall invoice the Cartersville school board for the pro rata cost of collecting property taxes and for bond payments and other debt service charges owed by the Cartersville public schools. The Cartersville school board shall pay to the City of Cartersville the amount invoiced for tax collection within ten business days and at least four business days prior to the due date for bond and all other debt service costs owed to the city by the Cartersville public schools. The school board, as prescribed or approved by resolution, may incur indebtedness within the limits and manner prescribed by state law and may redeem such indebtedness by the issuance of checks or vouchers drawn upon the Cartersville school board account subject to prior approval of a resolution by the city council. SECTION 2 . This Act shall become effective July 1, 1998. On and after said effective date, the City of Cartersville shall provide no funds for the support of the Cartersville public schools except as provided in this Act. SECTION 3 . All laws and parts of laws in conflict with this Act are repealed. Resolution No. 21-97 RESOLUTION OF THE MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL RELATING TO AMENDING THE CHARTER OF THE CITY OF CARTERSVILLE

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WHEREAS, the Cartersville School Board has requested the City Council of the City of Cartersville amend Section 5.07 of the City of Cartersville Charter to be revised to reflect the method of tax levy for school systems pursuant to Article 8, Section VI, Paragraph 1 of the 1983 Georgia constitution and O.C.G.A. Section 48-5-405. WHEREAS, the Mayor and City Council of the City of Cartersville agree that it is in the best interest of the citizens of Cartersville and the Cartersville School Board to amend the Charter as requested. NOW, THEREFORE, be it resolved by the Mayor and City Council at the City of Cartersville that Section 5.07 of the City of Cartersville Charter should be amended as indicated on exhibit A attached hereto and incorporated herein as a part hereof, and the proposed amendment be forwarded to our legal representative of the General Assembly for them to introduce legal legislation at the next session of the General Assembly to enact said amendment to the City of Cartersville Charter; and furthermore, to authorize the Mayor and City Clerk to execute any and all necessary documentation to effect this amendment. ADOPTED this 9th day of October, 1997. /s/ J. Lynn Carte J. Lynn Carte Mayor ATTEST: /s/ Sandra E. Cline Sandra E. Cline City Clerk NOTICE OF INTENTION TO INTRODUCE LOCAL LEGISLATION Notice is given that there will be introduced at the regular 1998 session of the General Assembly of Georgia a bill to amend an Act reincorporating the City of Cartersville, approved March 28, 1974 (Ga. L. 1974, p. 3697), as amended, so as to provide for a new method of tax levy for the city school systems consistent with state law; to provide for related matters; and for other purposes. This 6 day of February, 1998. (s) Jeff Lewis Representative 14th District GEORGIA, FULTON COUNTY Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths, Jeff Lewis, who on oath deposes and says that he

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is the Representative from the 14th District and further deposes and says as follows: (1) That the attached Notice of Intention to Introduce Local Legislation was published in the Daily Tribune News which is the official organ of Bartow County on the following date: February 10, 1998. (2) That the laws requiring notice of local legislation were further complied with in the manner checked below: A copy of the notice of intention was mailed, transmitted by facsimile, or otherwise provided to the governing authority of any county, municipality, or consolidated government whose charter or enabling Act is amended, as required by subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14. [UNK] The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill was requested by resolution or other written notification of the governing authority of the affected county, municipality, or consolidated government and a copy of such resolution or other written notification is attached hereto. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill does not amend the charter of a municipality or the enabling Act of a county or consolidated government or the bill affects a local school system. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill is an annexation bill and a copy of the bill was provided to the county governing authority within which the area proposed to be annexed is located at the time the notice was published, as required by Code Section 28-1-14.1. s/ JEFF LEWIS Representative, 14th District Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 11th day of February, 1998. s/ TERESA ADKINS Notary Public, Clayton County, Georgia My Commission Expires Jan. 5, 2001 (SEAL) Approved March 27, 1998. COBB COUNTYSTATE COURT; SOLICITOR-GENERAL; COMPENSATION. No. 647 (House Bill No. 1725). 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

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approved April 4, 1997 (Ga. L. 1997, p. 3738), so as to change the compensation of the solicitor-general; 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 creating the State Court of Cobb County, approved March 26, 1964 (Ga. L. 1964, p. 3211), as amended, particularly by an Act approved April 4, 1997 (Ga. L. 1997, p. 3738), is amended by striking paragraph (1) of subsection (b) of Section 27 of said Act in its entirety and inserting in lieu thereof a new paragraph (1) to read as follows: (1) The compensation of the solicitor-general shall be $79,919.34 per year, payable in equal monthly installments from the funds of Cobb County. SECTION 2 . This Act shall become effective on January 1, 1999. 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 1998 Session of the General Assembly of Georgia a bill to amend an Act creating the Civil and Criminal Court of Cobb County (later known as the State Court of Cobb County), approved March 26, 1964 (Ga. L. 1964, p. 3211) as amended, to provide for related matters, and for other purposes. This is the 8th day of January, 1998. Cobb County Delegation: By State Rep. Randy Sauder, Secretary GEORGIA, FULTON COUNTY Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths, John Wiles, who on oath deposes and says that he is the Representative from the 34th District and further deposes and says as follows: (1) 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 the following date: January 10, 1998. (2) That the laws requiring notice of local legislation were further complied with in the manner checked below:

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A copy of the notice of intention was mailed, transmitted by facsimile, or otherwise provided to the governing authority of any county, municipality, or consolidated government whose charter or enabling Act is amended, as required by subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill was requested by resolution or other written notification of the governing authority of the affected county, municipality, or consolidated government and a copy of such resolution or other written notification is attached hereto. [UNK] The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill does not amend the charter of a municipality or the enabling Act of a county or consolidated government or the bill affects a local school system. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill is an annexation bill and a copy of the bill was provided to the county governing authority within which the area proposed to be annexed is located at the time the notice was published, as required by Code Section 28-1-14.1. s/ JOHN WILES Representative, 34th District Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 10th day of February, 1998. s/ SUSAN GORDON Notary Public, Rockdale County, Georgia My Commission Expires Nov. 18, 2001 (SEAL) Approved March 27, 1998. CITY OF DUBLINBOARD OF EDUCATION; COMPENSATION. No. 648 (House Bill No. 1735). AN ACT To amend an Act reconstituting the Board of Education of the City of Dublin, Georgia, approved January 15, 1993 (Ga. L. 1993, p. 3560), so as to change the provisions relating to per diem compensation of members of the board; 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 reconstituting the Board of Education of the City of Dublin, Georgia, approved January 15, 1993 (Ga. L. 1993, p. 3560), is amended by

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striking in its entirety Section 6 and inserting in lieu thereof a new Section 6 to read as follows: SECTION 6. Members of the Board of Education of the City of Dublin shall be compensated in the amount of $100.00 for each official meeting with a maximum of two official meetings per month and in the amount of $100.00 per diem while participating in board approved training while acting as a board approved representative or attending a state or national meeting, and shall be reimbursed for expenses necessarily incurred. The chairperson of the board shall be compensated in the same amount. SECTION 2 . This Act shall become effective on July 1, 1998. SECTION 3 . 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 1998 session of the General Assembly of Georgia a bill to amend the Act which reconstituted the Board of Education of the City of Dublin, Georgia to provide additional compensation for Board members while participating in Board approved training or attending State or National meetings; to provide for an effective date; and for other purposes. S. DuBose Porter State Representative GEORGIA, FULTON COUNTY Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths, DuBose Porter, who on oath deposes and says that he is the Representative from the 143rd District and further deposes and says as follows: (1) That the attached Notice of Intention to Introduce Local Legislation was published in the Courier Herald which is the official organ of Laurens County on the following date: February 14, 1998. (2) That the laws requiring notice of local legislation were further complied with in the manner checked below: A copy of the notice of intention was mailed, transmitted by facsimile, or otherwise provided to the governing authority of any county, municipality, or consolidated government whose charter or enabling Act is amended, as required by subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14.

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The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill was requested by resolution or other written notification of the governing authority of the affected county, municipality, or consolidated government and a copy of such resolution or other written notification is attached hereto. [UNK] The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill does not amend the charter of a municipality or the enabling Act of a county or consolidated government or the bill affects a local school system. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill is an annexation bill and a copy of the bill was provided to the county governing authority within which the area proposed to be annexed is located at the time the notice was published, as required by Code Section 28-1-14.1. s/ DUBOSE PORTER Representative, 143rd District Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 19th day of February, 1998. s/ TERESA ADKINS Notary Public, Clayton County, Georgia My Commission Expires Jan. 5, 2001 (SEAL) Approved March 27, 1998. FLOYD COUNTYHOMESTEAD EXEMPTIONS; SCHOOL DISTRICT TAXES; REFERENDUM. No. 649 (House Bill No. 1736). AN ACT To amend an Act providing for a homestead exemption from Floyd County School District ad valorem taxes for educational purposes for certain residents of that school district, approved March 28, 1986 (Ga. L. 1986, p. 5057), as amended, by an Act approved March 24, 1988 (Ga. L. 1988, p. 4856), an Act approved April 13, 1992 (Ga. L. 1992, p. 5902), and an Act approved April 1, 1996 (Ga. L. 1996, p. 3820), so as to revise and change certain homestead exemptions for persons who are 62 to 74 years of age and for persons who are 75 years of age or over; to specify the terms, conditions, and procedures relative to the exemptions; to provide for a referendum, effective dates, and automatic repeal under certain circumstances; 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 homestead exemption from Floyd County School District ad valorem taxes for educational purposes for certain residents of that school district, approved March 28, 1986 (Ga. L. 1986, p. 5057), as amended, by an Act approved March 24, 1988 (Ga. L. 1988, p. 4856), an Act approved April 13, 1992 (Ga. L. 1992, p. 5902), and an Act approved April 1, 1996 (Ga. L. 1996, p. 3820), is amended by striking Sections 2A and 2B and inserting in their places, new Sections 2A and 2B to read as follows: SECTION 2A. (a) Each resident of the Floyd County School District who is at least 62 years of age but less than 75 years of age is granted an exemption on that person's homestead from all Floyd County School District ad valorem taxes for educational purposes in the greater of the following amounts: (1) One-half of the full value of that homestead. For purposes of this paragraph, the term `homestead' shall include only the dwelling in which the applicant resides and not more than one acre of the land immediately surrounding such dwelling; or (2) Ten thousand dollars of the assessed value of that homestead. (b) The homestead exemption granted by subsection (a) of this section shall only be granted if that person's income, together with the income of all members of that person's family residing within such homestead, does not exceed $20,000.00 for the immediately preceding taxable year. (c) The value of the homestead in excess of such exempted amount shall remain subject to taxation. SECTION 2B. (a) Each resident of the Floyd County School District who is 75 years of age or older is granted an exemption on that person's homestead from all Floyd County School District ad valorem taxes for educational purposes in the greater of the following amounts: (1) The full value of that homestead. For purposes of this paragraph, the term `homestead' shall include only the dwelling in which the applicant resides and not more than one acre of the land immediately surrounding such dwelling; or (2) Ten thousand dollars of the assessed value of that homestead. (b) The homestead exemption granted by subsection (a) of this section shall only be granted if that person's income, together with the income of all members of that person's family residing within such homestead, does not exceed $25,000.00 for the immediately preceding taxable year. (c) The value of the homestead in excess of such exempted amount shall remain subject to taxation.

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SECTION 2 . The exemption granted by this Act shall apply to all taxable years beginning on or after January 1, 1999. SECTION 3 . Unless prohibited by the federal Voting Rights Act of 1965, as amended, the election superintendent of Floyd County shall call and conduct an election as provided in this section for the purpose of submitting this Act to the electors of the Floyd County School District for approval or rejection. The election superintendent shall conduct that election on the date of the state-wide general election in November, 1998, 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 Floyd County. The ballot shall have written or printed thereon the words: () YES () NO Shall the Act be approved which provides a homestead exemption from all Floyd County School District ad valorem taxes for educational purposes for that school district for: (1) the greater of one-half the full value of homesteads, subject to a one-acre limit, or $10,000.00 of the assessed value of the homestead for residents of that school district who are between 62 and 74 years of age or older and whose household income does not exceed $20,000.00; and (2) the greater of the full value of homesteads, subject to a one-acre limit, or $10,000.00 of the assessed value of the homestead for residents of that school district who are 75 years of age or older and whose household income does not exceed $25,000.00? 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 Sections 1 and 2 of this Act shall become of full force and effect immediately and shall be applicable to all taxable years beginning on or after January 1, 1999. If Sections 1 and 2 of this Act are 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 that election date. The expense of such election shall be borne by Floyd County. It shall be the superintendent's duty to certify the result thereof to the Secretary of State.

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SECTION 4 . Except as otherwise specified 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 1998 session of the General Assembly of Georgia a bill to amend an Act providing for a homestead exemption from Floyd County School District ad valorem taxes for educational purposes for certain residents of that school district, approved March 28, 1986 (Ga. L. 1986, p. 5057), as amended; and for other purposes. This 13th day of January, 1998. E. M. Childers Representative 13th District Richard O. Marable Paul E. Smith GEORGIA, FULTON COUNTY Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths, E. M. Childers, who on oath deposes and says that he is the Representative from the 13th District and further deposes and says as follows: (1) That the attached Notice of Intention to Introduce Local Legislation was published in the Rome News-Tribune which is the official organ of Floyd County on the following date: February 6, 1998. (2) That the laws requiring notice of local legislation were further complied with in the manner checked below: A copy of the notice of intention was mailed, transmitted by facsimile, or otherwise provided to the governing authority of any county, municipality, or consolidated government whose charter or enabling Act is amended, as required by subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill was requested by resolution or other written notification of the governing authority of the affected county,

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municipality, or consolidated government and a copy of such resolution or other written notification is attached hereto. [UNK] The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill does not amend the charter of a municipality or the enabling Act of a county or consolidated government or the bill affects a local school system. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill is an annexation bill and a copy of the bill was provided to the county governing authority within which the area proposed to be annexed is located at the time the notice was published, as required by Code Section 28-1-14.1. s/ E. M. CHILDERS Representative, 13th District Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 10th day of February, 1998. s/ TERESA ADKINS Notary Public, Clayton County, Georgia My Commission Expires Jan. 5, 2001 (SEAL) Approved March 27, 1998. COBB COUNTYCHIEF DEPUTY SHERIFF, CHIEF INVESTIGATOR, AND EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT TO THE SHERIFF; COMPENSATION. No. 650 (House Bill No. 1744). AN ACT To amend an Act changing the compensation of the clerk of the superior court, the sheriff, and the judge of the Probate Court of Cobb County from the fee system to the salary system, approved February 9, 1949 (Ga. L. 1949, p. 427), as amended, particularly by an Act approved April 4, 1997 (Ga. L. 1997, p. 3740), so as to change the compensation of the chief deputy sheriff, the chief investigator, and the executive assistant to the sheriff; 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 changing the compensation of the clerk of the superior court, the sheriff, and the judge of the Probate Court of Cobb County from the fee system to the salary system, approved February 9, 1949 (Ga. L. 1949, p. 427), as amended, particularly by an Act approved April 4, 1997 (Ga. L.

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1997, p. 3740), is amended by striking subsections (b), (c), and (d) of Section 5 and inserting in lieu thereof new subsections (b), (c), and (d) of Section 5 to read as follows: (b) The sheriff of Cobb County shall have one chief deputy whose salary shall be $71,596.00 per annum, to be paid in equal monthly installments from the funds of Cobb County. The chief deputy sheriff shall possess the same qualifications for office as required for the sheriff. The chief deputy shall serve at the pleasure of the sheriff. Each candidate for the office of sheriff of Cobb County shall, at the time he or she qualifies to run for the office of sheriff, designate and certify to the judge of the probate court the name of the person who shall be his or her chief deputy sheriff. In the event the office of sheriff becomes vacant by death, resignation, or otherwise, the vacancy shall be filled until the next general election by said chief deputy, who shall in such event enter upon the performance of said duties upon taking the oath of office prescribed by law for the sheriff of Cobb County. The chief deputy sheriff is authorized, when directed by the sheriff, to discharge any and all of the duties and powers of the sheriff. In addition to said chief deputy, said sheriff shall be authorized to name and appoint such additional deputies as shall be approved from time to time by the governing authority of Cobb County. The salaries of said additional deputies shall be set by the governing authority of Cobb County; provided, however, that said salaries shall not be less than $4,880.00 per annum per each additional deputy approved by said governing authority of Cobb County. In addition to said chief deputy and other deputies provided for above, the sheriff of Cobb County shall be authorized to employ the clerical help necessary to perform properly the functions and duties of his or her office, provided that the number of employees and salaries or other compensation to be paid to each shall first be approved by the governing authority of Cobb County. (c) In addition to those employees provided for by subsection (b) of this section, there is created the office of chief investigator for Cobb County. The chief investigator shall be appointed by the sheriff, shall be under his or her direct supervision and control, and shall serve at the pleasure of the sheriff. The individual appointed by the sheriff of Cobb County shall possess, as a minimum, a high school education or its equivalent and shall either be a graduate of the Federal Bureau of Investigation's National Academy for Peace Officers or possess ten years of actual experience as a peace officer or be a graduate of a law school accredited by the Georgia Bar Association or be a graduate of the Southern Police Institute School of Police Management and Administration or have a master's degree from an accredited college or university. The salary of the chief investigator shall be $67,415.00 per annum, to be paid in equal monthly installments from the funds of Cobb County. (d) In addition to those employees provided for in subsections (b) and (c) of this section, there is created the position of executive assistant to

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the sheriff. The executive assistant shall be appointed by the sheriff, shall be under his or her direct supervision and control, and shall serve at the pleasure of the sheriff. The sheriff shall establish such qualifications, education, and experience as he or she deems necessary for the individual appointed to the position of executive assistant. The salary of the executive assistant shall be $40,908.00 per annum, to be paid in equal monthly installments from the funds of Cobb County. SECTION 2 . This Act shall become effective January 1, 1999. 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 1998 Session of the General Assembly of Georgia a bill to amend an Act entitled An Act changing the compensation of the Superior Court, the Sheriff, and the Judge of the Probate Court of Cobb County from the fee system to the salary system, approved February 9, 1949 (Ga. L. 1949, p. 427), as amended, to provide for related matters; and for other purposes. This is the 8th day of January, 1998. Cobb County Delegation: By State Rep. Randy Sauder, Secretary GEORGIA, FULTON COUNTY Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths, Randy Sauder, who on oath deposes and says that he is the Representative from the 29th District and further deposes and says as follows: (1) 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 the following date: January 10, 1998. (2) That the laws requiring notice of local legislation were further complied with in the manner checked below: A copy of the notice of intention was mailed, transmitted by facsimile, or otherwise provided to the governing authority of any county, municipality, or consolidated government whose charter or enabling Act is amended, as required by subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill was requested by resolution or other written notification of the governing authority of the affected county,

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municipality, or consolidated government and a copy of such resolution or other written notification is attached hereto. [UNK] The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill does not amend the charter of a municipality or the enabling Act of a county or consolidated government or the bill affects a local school system. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill is an annexation bill and a copy of the bill was provided to the county governing authority within which the area proposed to be annexed is located at the time the notice was published, as required by Code Section 28-1-14.1. s/ RANDY SAUDER Representative, 29th District Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 19th day of February, 1998. s/ TERESA ADKINS Notary Public, Clayton County, Georgia My Commission Expires Jan. 5, 2001 (SEAL) Approved March 27, 1998. JONES COUNTYBOARD OF COMMISSIONERS; COMPENSATION; EXPENSES; PURCHASES; BIDS. No. 651 (House Bill No. 1746). AN ACT To amend an Act creating the Board of Commissioners of Jones County, approved March 5, 1974 (Ga. L. 1974, p. 2162), as amended, so as to change the provisions relating to compensation and travel expenses of the members of the board of commissioners; to change certain provisions relating to purchases and bids; to change the provisions relating to advertisement of purchases; 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 of Jones County, approved March 5, 1974 (Ga. L. 1974, p. 2162), as amended, is amended by striking Section 8 in its entirety and inserting in lieu thereof a new Section 8 to read as follows:

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SECTION 8. The chairperson of the board shall receive as compensation the sum of $550.00 per month, and the remaining members of the board shall receive as compensation the sum of $450.00 per month. Said members when traveling outside the county on county business shall also receive travel expenses when traveling by personal motor vehicle at the legal mileage rate authorized under Code Section 50-19-7 of the O.C.G.A., as now or hereafter amended, and actual expenses for lodging and meals upon submitting an itemized, verified account to the board and upon approval by a majority of the members of the board. In addition, each member of the board, including the chairperson, shall receive a monthly expense allowance of $150.00. All of such amounts shall be paid from funds of Jones county. SECTION 2 . Said Act is further amended by striking Section 15 in its entirety and inserting in lieu thereof a new Section 15 to read as follows: SECTION 15. All purchases of supplies, equipment, and other materials and services in an amount in excess of $10,000.00 shall be by competitive bids with advertisement of said purchases to be published in the official organ of Jones County one time before the date of purchase. The board shall attempt to obtain at least three competitive bids, and the board shall accept the best bid in accordance with the terms of the advertisement. The provisions of this section shall not apply to emergency purchases or repairs. No purchase by the county shall be made from a relative of a member of the board within the first degree of kinship, except by sealed bid as provided in this section. 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 1998 session of the General Assembly of Georgia a bill to amend an Act creating a new Board of Commissioners of Jones County, approved March 5, 1974 (Ga. L. 1974, p. 2162), as amended; and for other purposes. This 28th day of January, 1998. Kenneth Birdsong Representative, 123rd District GEORGIA, FULTON COUNTY

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Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths, Kenneth W. Birdsong, who on oath deposes and says that he is the Representative from the 123rd District and further deposes and says as follows: (1) That the attached Notice of Intention to Introduce Local Legislation was published in the Jones County News which is the official organ of Jones County on the following date: February 5, 1998. (2) That the laws requiring notice of local legislation were further complied with in the manner checked below: [UNK] A copy of the notice of intention was mailed, transmitted by facsimile, or otherwise provided to the governing authority of any county, municipality, or consolidated government whose charter or enabling Act is amended, as required by subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill was requested by resolution or other written notification of the governing authority of the affected county, municipality, or consolidated government and a copy of such resolution or other written notification is attached hereto. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill does not amend the charter of a municipality or the enabling Act of a county or consolidated government or the bill affects a local school system. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill is an annexation bill and a copy of the bill was provided to the county governing authority within which the area proposed to be annexed is located at the time the notice was published, as required by Code Section 28-1-14.1. s/ KENNETH W. BIRDSONG Representative, 123rd District Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 19th day of February, 1998. s/ SUSAN GORDON Notary Public, Rockdale County, Georgia My Commission Expires Nov. 18, 2001 (SEAL) Approved March 27, 1998.

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GLYNN COUNTYSTATE COURT; CLERK; NONPARTISAN NOMINATION AND ELECTION. No. 657 (Senate Bill No. 417). AN ACT To provide for the nonpartisan nomination and election of the clerk of the State Court of Glynn County; to provide for the requirements and procedures of the nonpartisan nomination and election; to provide for related matters; to provide for the authority for this Act; 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 . The clerk of the State Court of Glynn County shall be elected by the qualified voters of Glynn County in a nonpartisan primary and election. Except as otherwise provided in this Act, the clerk of the state court shall be elected pursuant to the general elections laws of Georgia. SECTION 2 . Beginning with the election held in 2000 and every four years thereafter, the clerk of the state court shall be elected at the nonpartisan primary and general election immediately preceding the expiration of the term of office of the clerk of the state court, and shall take office on January 1 immediately following such election for a term of four years and until such clerk's successor is elected and qualified. SECTION 3 . Candidates for the office of clerk of the state court shall be nominated in a nonpartisan primary to be held at the same time as and in conjunction with the general primary every four years. A nominating petition shall not be required to place the name of any such candidate on the primary ballot. A candidate may have his or her name placed on the primary ballot by filing a notice of candidacy with the county election superintendent and by paying the qualifying fee. SECTION 4 . The candidate receiving a majority of votes in the nonpartisan primary shall be the nominee for the office of clerk of the state court and shall be the only candidate for such office to have his or her name appear on the general election ballot. Code Section 21-2-501 of the O.C.G.A. shall govern run-off nonpartisan primaries, runoffs of such nonpartisan primaries, and the plurality required for the general election. SECTION 5 . The names of all candidates for the office of clerk of the state court shall appear in a separate section of each primary and general election ballot of

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each elector. No party designation or affiliation shall appear beside the name of any such candidate on any primary or general election ballot, and no candidate for the office of clerk of the state court shall be nominated by any political party. SECTION 6 . This Act is enacted pursuant to the authority of Code Section 21-2-139 of the O.C.G.A. SECTION 7 . This Act shall become effective on January 1, 1999. 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 1998 session of the General Assembly of Georgia a bill to provide for the nonpartisan nomination and election of the Clerk of the State Court of Glynn County; to provide for terms of office; and for other purposes. This 31st day of December 1997. Sen. Ed Boshears Senator 6th District GEORGIA, FULTON COUNTY Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths, Edward E. Boshears, who on oath deposes and says that he is the Senator from the 6th District and further deposes and says as follows: (1) That the attached Notice of Intention to Introduce Local Legislation was published in the Brnswick News which is the official organ of Glynn County on the following date: December 31, 1997. (2) That the laws requiring notice of local legislation were further complied with in the manner checked below: A copy of the notice of intention was mailed, transmitted by facsimile, or otherwise provided to the governing authority of any county, municipality, or consolidated government whose charter or enabling Act is amended, as required by subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill was requested by resolution or other written notification of the governing authority of the affected county,

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municipality, or consolidated government and a copy of such resolution or other written notification is attached hereto. [UNK] The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill does not amend the charter of a municipality or the enabling Act of a county or consolidated government or the bill affects a local school system. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill is an annexation bill and a copy of the bill was provided to the county governing authority within which the area proposed to be annexed is located at the time the notice was published, as required by Code Section 28-1-14.1. s/Edward E. Boshears Senator, 6th District Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 5th day of January, 1998. s/ TERESA ADKINS Notary Public, Clayton County, Georgia My Commission Expires Jan. 5, 2001 (SEAL) Approved March 27, 1998. GLYNN COUNTYSTATE COURT; SOLICITOR-GENERAL; NONPARTISAN NOMINATION AND ELECTION. No. 658 (Senate Bill No. 418). AN ACT To provide for the nonpartisan nomination and election of the solicitorgeneral of the State Court of Glynn County; to provide for the requirements and procedures of the nonpartisan nomination and election; to provide for related matters; to provide for the authority for this Act; 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 . The solicitor-general of the State Court of Glynn County shall be elected by the qualified voters of Glynn County in a nonpartisan primary and election. Except as otherwise provided in this Act, the solicitor-general of the state court shall be elected pursuant to the general elections laws of Georgia.

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SECTION 2 . Beginning with the election held in 2000 and every four years thereafter, the solicitor-general of the state court shall be elected at the nonpartisan primary and general election immediately preceding the expiration of the term of office of the solicitor-general of the state court and shall take office on January 1 immediately following such election for a term of four years and until such solicitor-general's successor is elected and qualified. SECTION 3 . Candidates for the office of solicitor-general of the state court shall be nominated in a nonpartisan primary to be held at the same time as and in conjunction with the general primary every four years. A nominating petition shall not be required to place the name of any such candidate on the primary ballot. A candidate may have his or her name placed on the primary ballot by filing a notice of candidacy with the county election superintendent and by paying the qualifying fee. SECTION 4 . The candidate receiving a majority of votes in the nonpartisan primary shall be the nominee for the office of solicitor-general of the state court and shall be the only candidate for such office to have his or her name appear on the general election ballot. Code Section 21-2-501 of the O.C.G.A. shall govern run-off nonpartisan primaries, runoffs of such nonpartisan primaries, and the plurality required for the general election. SECTION 5 . The names of all candidates for the office of solicitor-general of the state court shall appear in a separate section of each primary and general election ballot of each elector. No party designation or affiliation shall appear beside the name of any such candidate on any primary or general election ballot, and no candidate for the office of solicitor-general of the state court shall be nominated by any political party. SECTION 6 . This Act is enacted pursuant to the authority of Code Section 21-2-139 of the O.C.G.A. SECTION 7 . This Act shall become effective on January 1, 1999. SECTION 8 . 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 1998 session of the General Assembly of Georgia a bill to provide for the nonpartisan nomination and election of the Solicitor General of the State Court of Glynn County; to provide for terms of office; and for other purposes. This 31st day of December 1997. Sen. Ed Boshears Senator 6th District GEORGIA, FULTON COUNTY Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths, Edward E. Boshears, who on oath deposes and says that he is the Senator from the 6th District and further deposes and says as follows: (1) 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 the following date: December 31, 1997. (2) That the laws requiring notice of local legislation were further complied with in the manner checked below: A copy of the notice of intention was mailed, transmitted by facsimile, or otherwise provided to the governing authority of any county, municipality, or consolidated government whose charter or enabling Act is amended, as required by subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill was requested by resolution or other written notification of the governing authority of the affected county, municipality, or consolidated government and a copy of such resolution or other written notification is attached hereto. [UNK] The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill does not amend the charter of a municipality or the enabling Act of a county or consolidated government or the bill affects a local school system. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill is an annexation bill and a copy of the bill was provided to the county governing authority within which the area proposed to be annexed is located at the time the notice was published,

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as required by Code Section 28-1-14.1. s/ EDWARD E. BOSHEARS Senator, 6th District Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 5th day of January, 1998. s/ TERESA ADKINS Notary Public, Clayton County, Georgia My Commission Expires Jan. 5, 2001 (SEAL) Approved March 27, 1998. WESTERN JUDICIAL CIRCUITJUDGES; SALARY SUPPLEMENT. No. 663 (Senate Bill No. 483). AN ACT To amend an Act providing a supplement to the salary of the judges of the superior courts of the Western Judicial Circuit, approved February 16, 1950 (Ga. L. 1950, p. 295), as amended, particularly by an Act approved January 31, 1990 (Ga. L. 1990, p. 3501), so as to change the supplementary compensation for the judges of the superior courts of the Western Judicial Circuit by the governing authority of the Unified Government of Athens-Clarke County and the governing authority of Oconee 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 a supplement to the salary of the judges of the superior courts of the Western Judicial Circuit, approved February 16, 1950 (Ga. L. 1950, p. 295), as amended, particularly by an Act approved January 31, 1990 (Ga. L. 1990, p. 3501), is amended by striking in its entirety Section 1 and inserting in its place the following: SECTION 1. The governing authorities of the counties which comprise the Western Judicial Circuit shall provide supplementary compensation to the judges of the Western Judicial Circuit in the amounts provided for in this section. The Unified Government of Athens-Clarke County shall pay to each judge the sum of $22,634.00 per annum. Oconee County shall pay to each judge the sum of $5,658.00 per annum. These sums shall be payable in equal monthly installments from the funds of the counties. SECTION 2 . This Act shall become effective on July 1, 1998.

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SECTION 3 . All laws and parts of laws in conflict with this Act are repealed. NOTICE OF INTENT TO INTRODUCE LOCAL LEGISLATION Notice is hereby given that there will be introduced at the regular 1998 session of the General Assembly of Georgia, local legislation to amend an Act providing a supplement to the salary of the judges of the superior courts of the Western Judicial Circuit, approved February 16, 1950 (Ga.L. 1950,p.295), as amended, particularly by an Act approved February 5, 1951 (Ga.L. 1951,p.42), by an Act approved March 28, 1984 (Ga.L. 1984,p.723), by an Act approved March 5, 1987 (Ga.L. 1987,p.3780), and by an Act approved January 31, (Ga.L.1990,p.3501), so as to change the supplementary compensation to be paid to each judge of the superior courts of the Western Judicial Circuit by Athens-Clarke County and Oconee County; to provide an, effective date; and for other purposes. This 8th day of January, 1998. Wendell T. Dawson Chairman Oconee County Board of Commissioners GEORGIA, FULTON COUNTY Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths, Paul C. Broun, who on oath deposes and says that he is the Senator from the 46th District, and further deposes and says as follows: (1) That the attached Notice of Intention to Introduce Local Legislation was published in the The Oconee Enterprise, which is the official organ of Oconee County, on the following date: January 15, 1998. (2) That the laws requiring notice of local legislation were further complied with in the manner checked below: A copy of the notice of intention was mailed, transmitted by facsimile, or otherwise provided to the governing authority of any county, municipality, or consolidated government whose charter or enabling Act is amended, as required by subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill was requested by resolution or other written notification of the governing authority of the affected county, municipality, or consolidated government and a copy of such resolution or other written notification is attached hereto. [UNK] The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill does not amend the charter of a

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municipality or the enabling Act of a county or consolidated government or the bill affects a local school system. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill is an annexation bill and a copy of the bill was provided to the county governing authority within which the area proposed to be annexed is located at the time the notice was published, as required by Code Section 28-1-14.1. s/ PAUL C. BROUN Senator, 46th District Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 22nd day of January, 1998. s/ TERESA ADKINS Notary Public, Clayton County, Georgia My Commission Expires Jan. 5, 2001 (SEAL) NOTICE OF INTENT TO INTRODUCE LOCAL LEGISLATION Notice is hereby given that there will be introduced at the regular 1998 session of hte General Assembly of Georgia, local legislation to amend an Act providing a supplement to the salary of the judges of the superior courts of the Western Judicial Circuit, approved February 16, 1950 (Ga.L.1950,p.295), as amended, particularly by an Act approved February 5, 1951 (Ga.L.1951,p.42), by an Act approved March 28, 1984 (Ga.L.1984,p.723), by an Act approved March 5, 1987 (Ga.L.1987,p.3780), and by an Act approved January 31, 1990 (Ga.L.1990,p.3501), so as to change the supplementary compensation to be paid to each judge of the superior courts of the Western Judicial Circuit by Athens-Clarke County and Oconee County; to provide and effective date; and for other purposes. This 8th day of January, 1998 Ernie DePascale Attorney for Athens-Clarke County, Georgia GEORGIA, FULTON COUNTY Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths, Paul C. Broun, who on oath deposes and says that he is the Senator from the 46th District and further deposes and says as follows: (1) That the attached Notice of Intention to Introduce Local Legislation was published in the Athens Observer which is the official organ of Clarke County on the following date: January 15, 1998.

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(2) That the laws requiring notice of local legislation were further complied with in the manner checked below: A copy of the notice of intention was mailed, transmitted by facsimile, or otherwise provided to the governing authority of any county, municipality, or consolidated government whose charter or enabling Act is amended, as required by subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill was requested by resolution or other written notification of the governing authority of the affected county, municipality, or consolidated government and a copy of such resolution or other written notification is attached hereto. [UNK] The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill does not amend the charter of a municipality or the enabling Act of a county or consolidated government or the bill affects a local school system. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill is an annexation bill and a copy of the bill was provided to the county governing authority within which the area proposed to be annexed is located at the time the notice was published, as required by Code Section 28-1-14.1. s/ PAUL C. BROUN Senator, 46th District Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 22nd day of January, 1998. s/ TERESA ADKINS Notary Public, Clayton County, Georgia My Commission Expires Jan. 5, 2001 (SEAL) Approved March 27, 1998. COBB COUNTYJUVENILE COURT; JUDGES; COMPENSATION. No. 666 (Senate Bill No. 501). AN ACT To amend an Act providing for the compensation of the judge of the Juvenile Court of Cobb County, approved January 17, 1969 (Ga. L. 1969, p. 3560), as amended, particularly by an Act approved April 4, 1997 (Ga. L. 1997, p. 3930), so as to provide for a change in the compensation of the judges of the Juvenile Court of Cobb County; to provide for related matters; to provide for an effective date; 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 the compensation of the judge of the Juvenile Court of Cobb County, approved January 17, 1969 (Ga. L. 1969, p. 3560), as amended, particularly by an Act approved April 4, 1997 (Ga. L. 1997, p. 3930), is amended by striking Section 1 in its entirety and inserting in lieu thereof the following: SECTION 1. (a) Effective January 1, 1998, the presiding judge of the Juvenile Court of Cobb County shall receive an annual salary of $76,879.00 to be paid in equal monthly installments from the general funds of Cobb County; provided, however, that effective January 1, 1999, such presiding judge shall receive an annual salary of $79,894.00 to be paid in equal monthly installments from the general funds of Cobb County. (b) Effective January 1, 1998, the other judge or judges of the Juvenile Court of Cobb County shall receive an annual salary of $75,380.00 to be paid in equal monthly installments from the general funds of Cobb County; provided, however, that effective January 1, 1999, such other judge or judges shall receive an annual salary of $78,395.00 to be paid in equal monthly installments from the general funds of Cobb County. SECTION 2 . 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. 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 1998 Session of the General Assembly of Georgia a bill to amend an Act relating to the Judge of the Juvenile Court of Cobb County, approved January 17, 1969 (Ga. L. 1969, p. 3650) as amended, and for other purposes This is the 8th day of January, 1998 Cobb County Delegation; By State Rep Randy Sauder, Secretary GEORGIA, FULTON COUNTY Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths, Chuck Clay, who on oath deposes and says that

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he is the Senator from the 37th District, and further deposes and says as follows: (1) 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 the following date: January 10, 1998. (2) That the laws requiring notice of local legislation were further complied with in the manner checked below: A copy of the notice of intention was mailed, transmitted by facsimile, or otherwise provided to the governing authority of any county, municipality, or consolidated government whose charter or enabling Act is amended, as required by subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill was requested by resolution or other written notification of the governing authority of the affected county, municipality, or consolidated government and a copy of such resolution or other written notification is attached hereto. [UNK] The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill does not amend the charter of a municipality or the enabling Act of a county or consolidated government or the bill affects a local school system. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill is an annexation bill and a copy of the bill was provided to the county governing authority within which the area proposed to be annexed is located at the time the notice was published, as required by Code Section 28-1-14.1. s/ CHUCK CLAY Senator, 37th District Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 21st day of January, 1998. s/ SUSAN GORDON Notary Public, Rockdale County, Georgia My Commission Expires Nov. 18, 2001 (SEAL) Approved March 27, 1998. CHATTAHOOCHEE JUDICIAL CIRCUITJUDGES; SALARY SUPPLEMENTS. No. 669 (Senate Bill No. 584). AN ACT To provide supplements to the salaries of the judges of the superior courts of the Chattahoochee Judicial Circuit from certain counties within the

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circuit; to provide the amount and method of payment of such supplements; to provide the amount of such supplements which certain counties within the circuit shall pay; to provide that such supplements shall be expenses of the superior courts; 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) The governing authorities of the Counties of Harris, Marion, Talbot, Chattahoochee, and Taylor, such counties being within the Chattahoochee Judicial Circuit, shall provide from county funds supplements to the compensation received from state funds for each judge of superior court of the Chattahoochee Judicial Circuit. (b) Nothing in this Act shall apply to or affect any supplement otherwise authorized to be paid to such judges by the county-wide government of Columbus, Georgia; and any such supplement shall be in addition to the supplements provided for in this Act. (c) The salary supplements provided for in this Act shall be in addition to any compensation, allowances, benefits, funds, or moneys of any king received by such judges from the state and from Columbus, Georgia. Said salary supplements shall be deemed expenses of the superior courts. (d) The salary supplements provided for in this Act shall be paid in 12 equal monthly installments by the governing authorities of the respective counties or other authorities having control of expenditures of county funds. Each of such counties shall pay the following amount of salary supplement to each judge: Annual Supplement Harris County $ 3,600.00 Marion County $ 559.00 Talbot County $ 653.00 Chattahoochee County $ 720.00 Taylor County $ 805.00 (e) The supplements provided by this Act may not be diminished or withdrawn unless so provided by local law. No supplement may be diminished or withdrawn from a judge during a term of office. SECTION 2 . This Act shall become effective January 1, 1999, in conformity with the requirements of Code Section 1-3-4.1. SECTION 3 . 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 1998 session of the General Assembly of Georgia a bill to provide supplements to the salaries of the judges of the superior courts of the Chattahoochee Judicial Circuit from certain counties within the circuit; to provide amount and method of payment of such supplements; to provide the amount of such supplements which certain counties within the circuit shall pay; to provide that such supplements shall be expenses of the superior courts; to provide an effective date; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes. This 19th day of January, 1998. SENATOR CLAY LAND 16th District GEORGIA, FULTON COUNTY Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths, Clay Land, who on oath deposes and says that he is the Senator from the 16th District and further deposes and says as follows: (1) That the attached Notice of Intention to Introduce Local Legislation was published in the Taylor County News which is the official organ of Taylor County on the following date: January 22, 1998. (2) That the laws requiring notice of local legislation were further complied with in the manner checked below: A copy of the notice of intention was mailed, transmitted by facsimile, or otherwise provided to the governing authority of any county, municipality, or consolidated government whose charter or enabling Act is amended, as required by subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill was requested by resolution or other written notification of the governing authority of the affected county, municipality, or consolidated government and a copy of such resolution or other written notification is attached hereto. [UNK] The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill does not amend the charter of a municipality or the enabling Act of a county or consolidated government or the bill affects a local school system. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill is an annexation bill and a copy of the bill was provided to the county governing authority within which the area proposed to be annexed is located at the time the notice was published,

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as required by Code Section 28-1-14.1. s/ CLAY LAND Senator, 16th District Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 4th day of February, 1998. s/ SUSAN GORDON Notary Public, Rockdale County, Georgia My Commission Expires Nov. 18, 2001 (SEAL) NOTICE OF INTENTION TO INTRODUCE LOCAL LEGISLATION Notice is given that there will be introduced at the regular 1998 session of the General Assembly of Georgia a bill to provide supplements to the salaries of the judges of the superior courts of the Chattahoochee Judicial Circuit from certain counties within the circuit; to provide amount and method of payment of such supplements; to provide the amount of such supplements which certain counties within the circuit shall pay; to provide that such supplements shall be expenses of the superior courts; to provide an effective date; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes. This 19th day of January, 1998. Senator Clay Land 16th District GEORGIA, FULTON COUNTY Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths, Clay Land, who on oath deposes and says that he is the Senator from the 16th District and further deposes and says as follows: (1) That the attached Notice of Intention to Introduce Local Legislation was published in the Harris County Journal which is the official organ of Harris County on the following date: January 22, 1998. (2) That the laws requiring notice of local legislation were further complied with in the manner checked below: A copy of the notice of intention was mailed, transmitted by facsimile, or otherwise provided to the governing authority of any county, municipality, or consolidated government whose charter or enabling Act is amended, as required by subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill was requested by resolution or other written notification of the governing authority of the affected county,

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municipality, or consolidated government and a copy of such resolution or other written notification is attached hereto. [UNK] The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill does not amend the charter of a municipality or the enabling Act of a county or consolidated government or the bill affects a local school system. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill is an annexation bill and a copy of the bill was provided to the county governing authority within which the area proposed to be annexed is located at the time the notice was published, as required by Code Section 28-1-14.1. s/ CLAY LAND Senator, 16th District Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 4th day of February, 1998. s/ SUSAN GORDON Notary Public, Rockdale County, Georgia My Commission Expires Nov. 18, 2001 (SEAL) NOTICE OF INTENTION TO INTRODUCE LOCAL LEGISLATION Notice is given that there will be introduced at the regular 1998 session of the General Assembly of Georgia a bill to provide supplements to the salaries of the judges of the superior. courts of the Chattahoochee Judicial Circuit from certain counties within the circuit; to provide amount and method of payment of such supplements; to provide the amount of such supplements which certain counties within the circuit shall pay; to provide that such supplements shall be expenses of the superior courts; to provide an effective date; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes. This 19th day of January, 1998. Senator Clay Land 16th District GEORGIA, FULTON COUNTY Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths, Clay Land, who on oath deposes and says that the is the Senator from the 16th District and further deposes and says as follows: (1) That the attached Notice of Intention to Introduce Local Legislation was published in the Talbotton New Era which is the official organ of Talbot County on the following date: January 22, 1998.

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(2) That the laws requiring notice of local legislation were further complied with in the manner checked below: A copy of the notice of intention was mailed, transmitted by facsimile, or otherwise provided to the governing authority of any county, municipality, or consolidated government whose charter or enabling Act is amended, as required by subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill was requested by resolution or other written notification of the governing authority of the affected county, municipality, or consolidated government and a copy of such resolution or other written notification is attached hereto. [UNK] The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill does not amend the charter of a municipality or the enabling Act of a county or consolidated government or the bill affects a local school system. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill is an annexation bill and a copy of the bill was provided to the county governing authority within which the area proposed to be annexed is located at the time the notice was published, as required by Code Section 28-1-14.1 s/ CLAY LAND Senator, 16th District Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 4th day of February, 1998. s/ SUSAN GORDON Notary Public, Rockdale County, Georgia My Commission Expires Nov. 18, 2001 (SEAL) NOTICE OF INTENTION TOINTRODUCE LOCAL LEGISLATION Notice is given that there will be introduced at the regular 1998 session of the General Assembly of Georgia a bill to provide supplements to the salaries of the judges of the superior courts of the Chattahoochee Judicial Circuit from certain counties within the circuit; to provide amount and method of payment of such supplements; to provide the amount of such supplements which certain counties within the circuit shall pay; to provide that such supplements shall be expenses of the superior courts; to provide an effective date; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes. This 19th day of January, 1998. Senator Clay Land 16th District

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GEORGIA, FULTON COUNTY Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths, Clay Land, who on oath deposes and says that he is the Senator from the 16th District and further deposes and says as follows: (1) That the attached Notice of Intention to Introduce Local Legislation was published in the Tri-County Journal which is the official organ of Marion County on the following date: January 21, 1998. (2) That the laws requiring notice of local legislation were further complied with in the manner checked below: A copy of the notice of intention was mailed, transmitted by facsimile, or otherwise provided to the governing authority of any county, municipality, or consolidated government whose charter or enabling Act is amended, as required by subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill was requested by resolution or other written notification of the governing authority of the affected county, municipality, or consolidated government and a copy of such resolution or other written notification is attached hereto. [UNK] The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill does not amend the charter of a municipality or the enabling Act of a county or consolidated government or the bill affects a local school system. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill is an annexation bill and a copy of the bill was provided to the county governing authority within which the area proposed to be annexed is located at the time the notice was published, as required by Code Section 28-1-14.1. s/ CLAY LAND Senator, 16th District Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 4th day of February, 1998. s/ SUSAN GORDON Notary Public, Rockdale County, Georgia My Commission Expires Nov. 18, 2001 (SEAL) NOTICE OF INTENTION TO INTRODUCE LOCAL LEGISLATION Notice is given that there will be introduced at the regular 1998 session of the General Assembly of Georgia a bill to provide supplements to the

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salaries of judges of the superior courts of the Chattahoochee Judicial Circuit from certain counties within the circuit; to provide amount and method of payment of such supplements; to provide the amount of such supplements which certain counties within the circuit shall pay; to provide that such supplements shall be expense of the superior courts; to provide an effective date; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes. This 19th day of January, 1998. Clay Land Senator Clay Land 16th District GEORGIA, FULTON COUNTY Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths, Clay Land, who on oath deposes and says that he is the Senator from the 16th District and further deposes and says as follows: (1) That the attached Notice of Intention to Introduce Local Legislation was published in the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer which is the official organ of Chattahoochee County on the following date: January 21, 1998. (2) That the laws requiring notice of local legislation were further complied with in the manner checked below: A copy of the notice of intention was mailed, transmitted by facsimile, or otherwise provided to the governing authority of any county, municipality, or consolidated government whose charter or enabling Act is amended, as required by subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill was requested by resolution or other written notification of the governing authority of the affected county, municipality, or consolidated government and a copy of such resolution or other written notification is attached hereto. [UNK] The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill does not amend the charter of a municipality or the enabling Act of a county or consolidated government or the bill affects a local school system. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill is an annexation bill and a copy of the bill was provided to the county governing authority within which the area proposed to be annexed is located at the time the notice was published, as required by Code Section 28-1-14.1. s/ CLAY LAND Senator, 16th District

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Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 4th day of February, 1998. s/ SUSAN GORDON Notary Public, Rockdale County, Georgia My Commission Expires Nov. 18, 2001 (SEAL) Approved March 27, 1998. BRYAN COUNTYHOMESTEAD EXEMPTION; SCHOOL DISTRICT TAXES; REFERENDUM. No. 671 (Senate Bill No. 619). AN ACT To provide a homestead exemption from certain Bryan County school district ad valorem taxes for educational purposes in the amount of $20,000.00 of the assessed value of the homestead of certain residents of that school district; to provide for definitions; to specify the terms and conditions of the exemption and the procedures relating thereto; 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 . For purposes of this Act, the term: (1) Ad valorem taxes for educational purposes means all ad valorem taxes for educational purposes levied by, for, or on behalf of the Bryan County school district, including, but not limited to, taxes to retire school bond indebtedness. (2) Homestead means homestead as defined and qualified in Code Section 48-5-40 of the O.C.G.A. (3) Senior citizen means a person who is 65 years of age or over on or before January 1 of the year in which application for the exemption under this Act is made. SECTION 2 . (a) Each resident of the Bryan County school district who is a senior citizen is granted an exemption on that person's homestead from all Bryan County school district ad valorem taxes for educational purposes in the amount of $20,000.00 of the assessed value of that homestead. The value of that property in excess of such exempted amount shall remain subject to taxation.

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(b) A person shall not receive the homestead exemption granted by subsection (a) of this section unless the person or person's agent files an affidavit with the tax commissioner of Bryan County giving the person's age and such additional information relative to receiving such exemption as will enable the tax commissioner to make a determination as to whether such person is entitled to such exemption. The tax commissioner shall provide affidavit forms for this purpose and shall require such information as may be necessary to determine the initial and continuing eligibility of the applicant for the exemption. SECTION 3 . The exemption shall be claimed and returned as provided in Code Section 48-5-50.1 of the O.C.G.A. The exemption shall be automatically renewed from year to year as long as the applicant occupies the residence as a homestead. After a person has filed the proper affidavit as provided in subsection (b) of Section 2 of this Act, it shall not be necessary to make application and file such affidavit 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 Bryan County or the designee thereof in the event that person for any reason becomes ineligible for that exemption. SECTION 4 . (a) The exemption granted by this Act shall not apply to or affect any state taxes, municipal taxes, or county taxes for county purposes. (b) The exemption granted by this Act shall be in lieu of any other homestead exemption from Bryan County school district ad valorem taxes for educational purposes. SECTION 5 . The exemption granted by this Act shall apply to all taxable years beginning on or after January 1, 1999. SECTION 6 . Unless prohibited by the federal Voting Rights Act of 1965, as amended, the election superintendent of Bryan County shall call and conduct an election as provided in this section for the purpose of submitting this Act to the electors of the Bryan County school district for approval or rejection. The election superintendent shall conduct that election on the date of the November, 1998, state-wide general 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 Bryan County. The ballot shall have written or printed thereon the words:

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() YES () NO Shall the Act be approved which provides a homestead exemption from certain Bryan County school district ad valorem taxes for educational purposes for that school district in the amount of $20,000.00 of the assessed value of homesteads for residents of that school district who are 65 years of age or older? 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 Sections 1 through 5 of this Act shall become of full force and effect immediately and shall be applicable to all taxable years beginning on or after January 1, 1999. If Sections 1 through 5 of this Act are not so approved or if the election is not conducted as provided in this section, Sections 1 through 5 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 Bryan County. It shall be the superintendent's duty to certify the result thereof to the Secretary of State. SECTION 7 . Except as otherwise specified in Section 6 of this Act, this Act shall become effective upon its approval by the Governor or upon its becoming law without such approval. 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 1998 Session of the General Assembly of Georgia a bill to provide a homestead exemption from certain Bryan County school district ad valorem taxes for educational purposes in the amount of $20,000.00 of the assessed value of the homestead of certain senior citizen residents of that school district; to provide for definitions; to specify the terms and conditions of the exemption and the procedures relating thereto; to provide for a referendum, effective dates, and automatic repeal; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes. This 28th day of January, 1998. GEORGIA, FULTON COUNTY Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths, Eric Johnson, who on oath deposes and says that

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he is the Senator from the 1st District and further deposes and says as follows: (1) That the attached Notice of Intention to Introduce Local Legislation was published in the Richmond Hill-Bryan County News which is the official organ of Bryan County on the following date: February 4, 1998. (2) That the laws requiring notice of local legislation were further complied with in the manner checked below: A copy of the notice of intention was mailed, transmitted by facsimile, or otherwise provided to the governing authority of any county, municipality, or consolidated government whose charter or enabling Act is amended, as required by subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill was requested by resolution or other written notification of the governing authority of the affected county, municipality, or consolidated government and a copy of such resolution or other written notification is attached hereto. [UNK] The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill does not amend the charter of a municipality or the enabling Act of a county or consolidated government or the bill affects a local school system. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill is an annexation bill and a copy of the bill was provided to the county governing authority within which the area proposed to be annexed is located at the time the notice was published, as required by Code Section 28-1-14.1. s/ ERIC JOHNSON Senator, 1st District Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 9th day of February, 1998. s/ TERESA ADKINS Notary Public, Clayton County, Georgia My Commission Expires Jan. 5, 2001 (SEAL) Approved March 27, 1998. COBB COUNTYJUVENILE COURT; JUDGES; COMPENSATION. No. 673 (Senate Bill No. 664). AN ACT To amend an Act providing for the compensation of the judge of the Juvenile Court of Cobb County, approved January 17, 1969 (Ga. L. 1969, p. 3560),

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as amended, particularly by an Act approved April 4, 1997 (Ga. L. 1997, p. 3930), so as to provide for a change in the compensation of the judges of the Juvenile Court of Cobb County; 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 providing for the compensation of the judge of the Juvenile Court of Cobb County, approved January 17, 1969 (Ga. L. 1969, p. 3560), as amended, particularly by an Act approved April 4, 1997 (Ga. L. 1997, p. 3930), is amended by striking Section 1 in its entirety and inserting in lieu thereof the following: SECTION 1. (a) Effective January 1, 1999, the presiding judge of the Juvenile Court of Cobb County shall receive an annual salary of $79,894.00 to be paid in equal monthly installments from the general funds of Cobb County. (b) Effective January 1, 1999, the other judge or judges of the Juvenile Court of Cobb County shall receive an annual salary of $78,395.00 to be paid in equal monthly installments from the general funds of Cobb County. SECTION 2 . This Act shall become effective on January 1, 1999. 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 1998 Session of the General Assembly of Georgia a bill to amend an Act relating to the Judge of the Juvenile Court of Cobb County, approved January 17, 1969 (Ga. L 1969, p 3650) as amended; and for other purposes This is the 8th day of January, 1998 Cobb County Delegation: By State Rep Randy Sauder, Secretary GEORGIA, FULTON COUNTY Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths, Chuck Clay, who on oath deposes and says that he is the Senator from the 37th District and further deposes and says as follows:

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(1) 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 the following date: January 10, 1998. (2) That the laws requiring notice of local legislation were further complied with in the manner checked below: A copy of the notice of intention was mailed, transmitted by facsimile, or otherwise provided to the governing authority of any county, municipality, or consolidated government whose charter or enabling Act is amended, as required by subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill was requested by resolution or other written notification of the governing authority of the affected county, municipality, or consolidated government and a copy of such resolution or other written notification is attached hereto. [UNK] The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill does not amend the charter of a municipality or the enabling Act of a county or consolidated government or the bill affects a local school system. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill is an annexation bill and a copy of the bill was provided to the county governing authority within which the area proposed to be annexed is located at the time the notice was published, as required by Code Section 28-1-14.1. s/ CHUCK CLAY Senator, 37th District Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 10th day of February, 1998. s/ SUSAN GORDON Notary Public, Rockdale County, Georgia My Commission Expires Nov. 18, 2001 (SEAL) Approved March 27, 1998. MORGAN COUNTYPROBATE COURT; JUDGE; NONPARTISAN NOMINATION AND ELECTION. No. 674 (Senate Bill No. 673). AN ACT To provide for the nonpartisan nomination and election of the judge of the Probate Court of Morgan County; to provide for the requirements and

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procedures of the nonpartisan nomination and election; to provide for related matters; to provide for the authority for this Act; 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 . The judge of the Probate Court of Morgan County shall be elected by the qualified voters of Morgan County in a nonpartisan primary and election. Except as otherwise provided in this Act, the judge of the probate court shall be elected pursuant to the general elections laws of Georgia. SECTION 2 . Beginning with the election held in 2000 and every four years thereafter, the judge of the probate court shall be elected at the nonpartisan primary and general election immediately preceding the expiration of the term of office of the judge of the probate court, and shall take office on January 1 immediately following such election for a term of four years and until such judge's successor is elected and qualified. SECTION 3 . Candidates for the office of judge of the probate court shall be nominated in a nonpartisan primary to be held at the same time as and in conjunction with the general primary every four years. A nominating petition shall not be required to place the name of any such candidate on the primary ballot. A candidate may have his or her name placed on the primary ballot by filing a notice of candidacy with the county election superintendent and by paying the qualifying fee. SECTION 4 . The candidate receiving a majority of votes in the nonpartisan primary shall be the nominee for the office of judge of the probate court and shall be the only candidate for such office to have his or her name appear on the general election ballot. Code Section 21-2-501 of the O.C.G.A. shall govern run-off nonpartisan primaries, runoffs of such nonpartisan primaries, and the plurality required for the general election. SECTION 5 . The names of all candidates for the office of judge of the probate court shall appear in a separate section of each primary and general election ballot of each elector. No party designation or affiliation shall appear beside the name of any such candidate on any primary or general election ballot, and no candidate for the office of judge of the probate court shall be nominated by any political party. SECTION 6 . This Act is enacted pursuant to the authority of Code Section 21-2-139 of the O.C.G.A.

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SECTION 7 . This Act shall become effective on January 1, 1999. 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 1998 session of the General Assembly of Georgia a bill to provide for the nonpartisan nomination and election of the judge of the Probate Court of Morgan County; to provide for the requirements and procedures of the nonpartisan nomination and election; to provide for related matters; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes This 12th day of February, 1998 /S/Honorable Floyd L. Griffin Jr. Senator, 25th District GEORGIA, FULTON COUNTY Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths, Floyd L. Griffin, Jr. who on oath deposes and says that he is the Senator from the 25th District and further deposes and says as follows: (1) That the attached Notice of Intention to Introduce Local Legislation was published in the Madisonian which is the official organ of Morgan County on the following date: February 12, 1998. (2) That the laws requiring notice of local legislation were further complied with in the manner checked below: A copy of the notice of intention was mailed, transmitted by facsimile, or otherwise provided to the governing authority of any county, municipality, or consolidated government whose charter or enabling Act is amended, as required by subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill was requested by resolution or other written notification of the governing authority of the affected county, municipality, or consolidated government and a copy of such resolution or other written notification is attached hereto. [UNK] The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill does not amend the charter of a municipality or the enabling Act of a county or consolidated government or the bill affects a local school system. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill is an annexation bill and a copy of the bill

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was provided to the county governing authority within which the area proposed to be annexed is located at the time the notice was published, as required by Code Section 28-1-14.1. s/ FLOYD L. GRIFFIN, JR. Senator, 25th District Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 18th day of February, 1998. s/ TERESA ADKINS Notary Public, Clayton County, Georgia My Commission Expires Jan. 5, 2001 (SEAL) Approved March 27, 1998. CITY OF STAPLETONCORPORATE LIMITS. No. 675 (Senate Bill No. 676). AN ACT To amend an Act incorporating the City of Stapleton (formerly the Town of Spread), approved August 15, 1903 (Ga. L. 1903, p. 668), as amended so as to change 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 incorporating the City of Stapleton (formerly the Town of Spread), approved August 15, 1903 (Ga. L. 1903, p. 668), as amended is amended by adding following Section 2 a new Section 2.1 to read as follows: SECTION 2.1. The corporate limits of the City of Stapleton shall also include the following tract: All that tract or parcel of land known as a portion of the Right-Of-Way State Route 396 containing 3.07 acres, more or less, and being as appears on plat of survey by Johnny E. Miller, R.L.S. #2302, dated February 10, 1997, and recorded in the Office of the Clerk of Superior Court of Jefferson County, Georgia, in Deed Book 241, Page 289. Reference being made to said recorded plat for a more particular description. SECTION 2 . All laws and parts of laws in conflict with this Act are repealed.

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Notice of Intent to Introduce Local Legislation Notice is given that there will be introduced at the regular 1998 session of the General Assembly of Georgia a bill to amend an act incorporating the City of Stapleton (formerly the town of Spread), approved August 15, 1903 (Georgia Law 1903, p. 668), as amended; and for other purposes. Said amendment shall include annexation of the following area, to wit; All that tract or parcel of land known as a portion of the Right-of-Way State Route 296 containing 3.07 acres, more or less, and being as appears on plat of survey by Johnny E. Miller, R.L.S.#2302, dated February 10, 1997, and recorded in the Office of the Clerk of Superior Court of Jefferson County, Georgia in Deed Book 241, Page 289. Reference being made to said recorded plat for a more particular description. This 6th day of February, 1998 GEORGIA, FULTON COUNTY Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths, Don Cheeks, who on oath deposes and says that he is the Senator from the 23rd District and further deposes and says as follows: (1) That the attached Notice of Intention to Introduce Local Legislation was published in the News and Farmer which is the official organ of Jefferson County on the following date: February 12, 1998. (2) That the laws requiring notice of local legislation were further complied with in the manner checked below: A copy of the notice of intention was mailed, transmitted by facsimile, or otherwise provided to the governing authority of any county, municipality, or consolidated government whose charter or enabling Act is amended, as required by subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill was requested by resolution or other written notification of the governing authority of the affected county, municipality, or consolidated government and a copy of such resolution or other written notification is attached hereto. The notice requirement of subsection (b) of Code Section 28-1-14 does not apply because the bill does not amend the charter of a municipality or the enabling Act of a county or