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Ellaville City officials visit Capitol
[February 03, 2009]

Ellaville City officials visit Capitol

(Americus Times Recorder, Ga. Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Feb. 3--ATLANTA -- Ellaville City officials visited the Georgia Capitol on Jan. 26 and met with their local legislative delegation as part of the Georgia Municipal Association's (GMA) Mayor's Day Conference.

Mayor David Theiss and Councilmember Patricia Jones were among more than 700 city officials who participated in the annual conference. Both officials took a training course to further their understanding of how local government works with the state and federal government to better serve their citizens. The visit to the Capitol gave City officials the opportunity to meet with legislators and express their views and concerns about legislation affecting cities. Among the topics discussed were the homeowners' tax relief grants, a proposal to cap property tax assessments, transportation funding and giving cities local revenue options, such as a Municipal Option Sales Tax, to provide property tax relief or help with capital improvement projects.

" With the state of the economy and the scope of the needs, it's important that our legislators hear from cities about how some of the proposals will affect city government," said Theiss. "As always the legislative session is a busy time for Rep. (Mike) Cheokas (D-Americus) and Sen. (George) Hooks (D-Americus), but they made time to meet with us, and we appreciate their support for our hometown."

Based in Atlanta, GMA is a voluntary, non-profit organization that provides legislative advocacy, educational, employee benefit, and consulting services to its 500 member cities.

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