Jesse Houle

ACC Commission approves new budget

Jun 16, 2021
Commissioner Mariah Parker's proposal for a public garden project is part of the FY 2022 budget taking effect today.
Photo: ACC Government

Athens-Clarke County Commissioners voted 7 – 3 to pass the county’s budget last night at a special session. Commissioners walked into Tuesday’s meeting with not one, but three budget proposals to evaluate – Mayor Kelly Girtz’s proposed budget, as well as two Commission-defined options – one from District 2 Commissioner Mariah Parker and the other from Commissioners Mike Hamby, Ovita Thornton, and Allison Wright.

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.

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

The Athens Clarke County Mayor and Commission met Tuesday for a marathon work session, where commissioners differed over an eviction relief proposal and asked pointed questions about the cost of the Classic Center arena.

Ryan Cameron

The Athens Clarke County Mayor and Commission will have a special called session at 6 PM tonight.


The primary purpose of the meeting tonight is to vote on the Western Downtown Athens Local Historic District Designation. The goal of this designation is to turn western downtown Athens into a historic district, which will preserve the character and history of this area by preventing property owners from changing the exterior of their buildings. 


Jesse for Athens

District 6 Commissioner-Elect Jesse Houle won a court battle at the Georgia Supreme Court Monday. Justices ruled unanimously that votes cast for a candidate who dies before Election Day are void. We have a reaction from Houle.