ACC Mayor & Commission

Athens-Clarke County Commissioners spent much of their work session last night on potential transportation improvements, as county staff briefed lawmakers on two big transportation projects: improvements to Barber Street, and a slate of proposed safety measures for Prince Avenue.

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.
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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.

Commissioners wrangle over living wage

May 26, 2021
District 8 Commissioner Carol Myers told her colleagues she would have a hard time supporting a living wage for part time county employees as long as retirees were not seeing regular cost of living increases in their benefits.

Athens-Clarke County Commissioners continued work on the county’s budget at a meeting on Tuesday, where much of the discussion centered on the thorny issue of a living wage.

While most Commissioners broadly agree that the county should pay all its employees a living wage of $15 per hour, they differed on some of the details. One of those details is whether part-time and seasonal employees should be included in the pay bump.

That’s a proposition that District 8’s Carol Myers pushed back on, citing a lack of consistent increases in retiree benefits.

ACC budget vote postponed for two weeks

May 24, 2021

The Athens-Clarke County Commission will take another two weeks to evaluate Mayor Kelly Girtz's proposed budget. Instead of voting on the measure at their June 1st regular meeting, as previously scheduled, the Commission will take a final vote at a June 15th special session.

Girtz's budget proposes some $148 million in General Fund spending. The overall budget is $271.5 million, about $5 million more than last year. 

Athens-Clarke County Mayor Kelly Girtz's proposed budget includes a pay raise for many county employees, more mental health co-responder teams and more.
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With Athens-Clarke County Commissioners set to vote on the county's $225 million FY 2022 budget. WUGA's Jessica Wurst has been covering the budget process, and she joins Chris Shupe to talk about the high points of the budget.