An artist's rendering of the Classic Center Arena.
Classic Center

Athens-Clarke County Commissioners met for three hours on Tuesday, hearing from a handful of people on the county’s proposed budget. Four ACC residents spoke out on homelessness, a proposal to raise wages for the county’s lowest-paid workers to $15 an hour, and the need for participatory budgeting.

Office of Governor Brian Kemp

Tuesday Gov. Kemp announced the availability of $15 million dollars to Boys & Girls Clubs to help combat learning gaps, further student achievement and other needs caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The resources come from the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief or GEER funds.

Athens is doing better than most when it comes to diversity. That’s according to a recent study involving hundreds of U.S. cities. Jill Gonzalez is an analyst with the personal finance website WalletHub. She says the Classic City ranked in the top half of those considered.

“Out of all the cities we looked at, which was just over 500, Athens ranked 240th,” Gonzalez said. “So it came in above average. It ranked well when it comes to cultural and economic diversity. It didn’t do as well when it comes to religion and households.”

Among the items on tonight's Mayor and Commission meeting agenda is the never-ending work of keeping the county's roads in good condition.
ACC Government

The Athens-Clarke County Mayor and Commission meets this evening for their regular monthly meeting for what is also the third and final public hearing on the Mayor’s proposed budget.

The Clarke County School District will hold a meeting at 6 p.m. tonight on the budget and millage rate.

The Clarke County Board of Education gave tentative approval to the fiscal year 2022 budget of around $170 million on May 13, based on the continuance of the tentative millage rate of 20 mills.