Mariah Parker

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

The lowest paid Athens-Clarke County employees will see their wages raised to $15.00/hour today as the ACC FY 2022 budget goes into effect. Raising the wage floor was a key budget item for commissioners, and it was the center of much debate, mostly on how to handle wage compression—something that occurs when there is little difference in pay regardless of experience.

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.

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

Ke’Travian Tyvon Cole was shot and killed on May 1st, one of several young Black men and teens killed or injured in Athens this year.

The 20-year-old rapper was struck down on the way to perform a show, under his stage name - EBE Montana.

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.
ACC

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.

Athens News Matters: Mariah Parker

Apr 30, 2021
SpeakOut

ACC Commissioner Marish Parker on the county’s budget, social justice, her reaction to the verdict in the murder trial of George Floyd, and a seeming explosion in police shootings.

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