NEWS BLOG: Kemp snipes at Bottoms over COVID-19 response

Georgia Governor Brian Kemp released a statement Friday evening in response to Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms’ new executive order reverting the City of Atlanta back to Phase I of the coronavirus reopening plan. Below is Kemp’s statement:

“Mayor Bottoms’ action today is merely guidance – both non-binding and legally unenforceable. As clearly stated in the Governor’s executive order, no local action can be more or less restrictive, and that rule applies statewide. Once again, if the Mayor actually wants to flatten the curve in Atlanta, she should start enforcing state restrictions, which she has failed to do. We ask citizens and businesses alike to comply with the terms of the Governor’s order, which was crafted in conjunction with state public health officials. These common-sense measures will help protect the lives and livelihoods of all Georgians.”

The Georgia Sun has requested a response from Bottoms and will post it here once it is received.

Memorial service held for Judge Horace Johnson

A memorial service was held in Walton County today for Judge Horace Johnson who died last week. You can watch the service below.

Waycross Residents: Your property taxes might be going up

All concerned citizens are invited to the public hearings on a property tax increase to be held at 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. at City Hall, 417 Pendleton Street in Waycross on Wednesday, July 22.

The time and place of an additional public hearing on this tax increase are at 4 p.m. July 29, at City Hall.

This proposed increase will result in a property tax rate of 11.876 mills, an increase of 0.37 mills. Without this tentative tax increase, the property tax rate will be no more than 11.506 mills.

The proposed tax increase for a home with a fair market value of $100,000 is about $14.80 per year and the proposed tax increase for non-homestead property with a fair market value of $125,000 is about $18.50 per year.

Atlanta Police Officers try to bridge gap between officers and residents with ice cream

Atlanta Police officers hosted an ice cream social Friday to help bridge the gap between our officers and the community on Friday.

They visited two locations and interacted with children and concerned citizens.

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