Kelly Girtz

The Athens-Clarke County Mayor and Commission last night gave unanimous approval to a new mask mandate for Athens-Clarke County, making ACC the third major municipality in the state to enact such a mandate in the face of skyrocketing COVID-19 cases.

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.

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.

Athens News Matters: Hotel/Motel Excise Tax Increase

Dec 4, 2020

The Athens Clarke County Commissioners have been discussing a one-percent increase in the city's tax on hotel rooms for over 14 years, but local hoteliers have a history of objecting to this proposal. This year, they recommended it. We talk with Mayor Kelly Girtz and District 3 Commissioner Melissa Link to find out why this year's conversation looks different from years past.