ACC Mayor & Commission

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.
Photo: ACC Government

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.

Commissioners to hear from judges, DA on county budget

May 20, 2021
District Attorney Deborah Gonzalez is one of several county officials who will make their case for budget increases to ACC lawmakers on Thursday.
Deborah Gonzalez

Athens-Clarke County Commissioners meet again today as they continue their review of Mayor Kelly Girtz’s proposed budget for the upcoming fiscal year.

As part of the process leading up to adoption of a budget on June 1, Commissioners will hear tonight from officials within the criminal justice system – District Attorney Deborah Gonzalez, along with judges from the State and Juvenile Courts.

Athens-Clarke County Commissioners met for nearly six hours last night, and heard from more than 20 citizens as part of the public input process for next year’s budget. Many of the comments focused on issues that have been consistent concerns for local policymakers – economic equity, affordable housing, and non-profit funding.

ACC Commissioner Jesse Houle is one of several local lawmakers pushing their colleagues for a speedy implementation of Project RESET.

The Athens-Clarke County Mayor and Commission meets tonight at 6pm.

This evening’s meeting is actually three meetings in one – the second of three state-mandated public input sessions on the county’s budget will start things off. The first public input meeting, held last week, elicited only two comments from Athenians.