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February 7,2018 Page 3A , orter Need to add to the weekly article # of days without aqualified Rnance Director. How many years it been now? votes: 12 PelosisaysTrump gave us'c with the tax cut. have the Democrats given us in eight years? They could have presented a tax cut bill even thought they didn't control either house of Congress. They gave increases in the Affordable Health- care Bill. votes: 6 Some of these vents are too stupid to even understand, votes: 6' Just congress does have term limits, it is called an election. of course when you keep putting the same idiots hack in office you only have image in othe mirror to blame, votes: 6 President Barack Obama hasa tot to do with the anymom.That what the dealis, votes: 5 Supreme Court Just Clarence Thomas is pmoftl America s everyon and he be honored thb month for Black History Month. Can ourlocal schools tea his life in history dass?Thank you.votes: 5 Muir doesn't apply to liberals because they believe inthe Ten Commanclment votes: 4 WOW I've got to go to New Providence so .maybe I can find a nice hairy man or twoto date and possib marry. votes: 4 it appears that the City may consider a Hysteri- cal Commission again. Bes way to kill offthe downtown growth and renovation. Leave well- enough alone votes: 4 Many people corn- meeting on Monday that there is poor ice pres- ence in High Falls. I can sayt .hat this summer & fall showed good police on Lakeshore Dr, arrests, votes: 4 If you had atax increase because oftheACA, it But when get sick the emergency room and let the rest of us pay for it. And thenyour will out jars for donations all over town. votes: 3 The Ten C.ommand- ments were part of Mo- saic Law. In the present Dispensation of Grace, Christians not under those laws of Mose some of understood this. votes: 3 lfyou are upset about your power bill, talk to one of your country neigh on Central GA EMC.They pay about 7096 per KWH of what loan. votes: 3 0 ByWill Davis About 30 local leaders visited the state capitol on Thursday for what's. thought to be the first-ever Monroe County Day under the Gold Dome. State law- makers commended the group, noting that county leadership is more unified than it's been in a while, and said the county is on the cusp of big-time eco- nomic growth. VCzth the 40-day legisla- tive session well under way, Monroe County's state representatives, Robert Dickey (R-Musella) and Allen Peake (R-Macon), as well as state Sen. John Kennedy (R-Macon), hosted local leaders f6r several hours Thursday, State Rep. Susan/tolmes (R-Monticello) was under the weather. Concluding the day after lunch, Dickey told Monroe County leaders that the county is going to grow and that the turnout on Thursday shows the lead- ership is as strong as it's been. Peake agreed. 'WIonroe County is in perfect position to add new industry," said Peake. It was a feel-good county- pride kind of day at the Georgia capitol for Monroe County offi- cials. Forsyth mayor Eric V rflson, sheriff John Cary Bittick and county commis- sion chairman Greg Tapley were just some of the local leaders on hand. Kennedy welcomed a smaller group of Monroe County lead- ers on the floor of the state senate while the rest of the locals watched from the sen- ate gallery above. Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle, a candidate for governor who presides over the senate, offered his own welcome to the group, pointing out Bittick in the balcony, The group also posed for photos with Gov. Nathan Deal in the capitol lobby and later heard from several speakers while they enjoyed a lunch provided by the county's legislators, catered by Fox Brothers BBQ. Among the speakers was Lynn Riley, director of the state Department of Revenue. Riley was asked to talk about the regula- tions that allow taxpayers to re-direct their income tax payments to help their struggling local hospitals. Todd Tolbert, chairman of the Hospital Authority of Monroe County, asked Riley if the state could make it easier for taxpayers to do just that, noting they cur- rently have to jump through several hoops to re-direct their taxes to the hospital. Riley said that lawmakers would have to pass legisla- tion before her office could simply give taxpayers the ability to check a box and re-direct their taxes to the hospital. Asked about rumors that the state will be slow in giving income tax refunds this year, Riley said that for those who file taxes on-line without errors, and whose employer filed a W-2, that they should still get their refund within five days. However anyone who files a paper return and has some errors can expect to wait as many as 90 days for a refund. Riley encour- aged taxpayers to set up an account on the Department of Revenue's website so that .her office can alert them by email when their tax refund is mailed. Also Thursday, deputy commissioner Tom Creteau of the Georgia Office for Economic Development told Monroe County lead- ~: ~ i~:::/ : : ~-~.~ .J : ~,~.:: : : ::: ~ : ' ~** ~ : :::: ~;:: : The Monroe County group pictured with Gov. Nathan Deal and state Sen. John Kennedy included Eric Wilson, Chris Hewett, Greg Tapley, John Ambrose, George Emami, Melvin Lawrence, Stuart Pippin,-Will Davis, Jim Cole, Janice Hall, Todd Tolbert, Lynn Miller, Stewart Barr, Tellas Daniels, Bo Gregory, Keith Anthony, Wendell Horne, Michael Bittick, Steve Coleman, Greg Head, Eddie Rowland, Otis Ingram, Dexter King, Larry Evans, David Hernd()n, James Vaughn and Matt Perry. (Photo courtesy office of Gov. Nathan Deal) ers they're on the cusp of attracting new industry. Croteau said while compa- nies used to ask first about real estate and incentives 'If I'm secretary of state, we will settle this [county-line] issue.' - State Rep. Buzz Brockway, candidate for secretary of state to relocate to Georgia, now they ask about workforce. Croteau said Monroe County stands ready to land a prospect. ' Ionme County is on the cusp of growth," said Croteau. '*there's growth coming from.the south and north. I think we're gonna see great things." Despite frustra- tion with his failure to resolve the county-line dispute, Georgia sec- retary of state Brian Kemp also visited with Monroe County lead- ers. Meanwhile, Monroe County officials invited two candidates vying to replace Kemp, State Rep. Buzz Brockway (R-Lawrenceville) and Sen. JoshMcCoon (R-Columbus), to discuss the county line dispute with Bibb County. Only Brockway was able to visit and com- missioner Larry Evans and former chairman James Vaughn shared the history of the dispute, including the refusal of three different secretar- ies of state to resolve the matter. Brockway said he has experience resolving boundary disputes when he was in city govern- ment and the towns of Lavista Hills and Tucker were in a spat over their borders. Heating & A/C, Inc. We Sen'ice All Brands of Heating & Air Conditioning Units Serving Monroe County & Surrounding Areas for over 40 years Free Estimates Financing Available Juliette Rd. Forsyth, GA 478-994-6127 Ga.Reg.CU 401419 ii:= turn to the expend": ~,::~ :;:,:::: r~ Wqith power comes responsibility," said Brockway. ' /ou have to gather facts to do the right thing. You can't be aft-aid to gather facts and take us where the facts lead us." Brockway said unlike many can- didates for secretary of state, he's just nerdy enough that he actually wants the job and wants to do it well, rather than making it a launch pad from which to run for governor. 'If I'm secretary of state," declared Brockway, %ve will settle this issue," earn- ing applause from the Monroe County crow& STATE OF GEORGIA. MONROE COUNTY QUALIFYING FEE Pursu Jto O.C.G.A. 21'2-131(a)(1), the following qualifying fees were set by the Monroe County Com- missioners in the January 2, 2018 meeting: County Commissioner, District 3 $216.00 County Commissioner, District 4 $216.00 The following qualifying fees were sat by the Board of Education at the January 9, 2018 meeting: Board of Education, District 1 $27.00 Board of Education, District 3 $27.00 Board of Education, District 5 $27.00 Board of Education, District 7 $27.00 Qualifying for the offices listed above will begin at 9:00 a.m. on March 5, 2018 andwill end at noon on March 9, 2018. The General Primary will be held on May 22, 2018 and the General Election will be held on November 6, 2018. Kaye S. Warren Election Supervisor, Monroe County CALL FOR SPECIAL ELECTION GEORGIA, MONROE Monroe County Board of Elections, SUPERINTENDENT OF ELECTIONS for the above State and County, DO HEREBY CERTIFY THAT.' WHEREAS, in the 2010 Georgia General Assembly, the House and Senate passed House Bill 227, known as the Transportation Investment Act of 201, to provide 12 special tax dis cts across the State and to provide for a special district transportation sales and use tax in such special districts; and WHEREAS, in accordance with Code Section 48-8243 of the Transportation Investment Act of 2010, the Middle Georgia speqi.'al district Roundtable, of which Monroe County is a part, officially approved a Final Investment List to be funded through the special district transportation sales and use tax; and WHEREAS, the special one percent (1%) sales and use tax will not exceed a projected revenue generation amount of $637,746,847 for the Middle Georgia spedal district, and shall not exceed ten (10) years in duration commenting October 1, 2018; and WHEREAS, Seventy-Five percent (75%) of the projected revenue generation amount will fund the approved Final Investment List of the Middle Georgia special tax district and Twenty-Five percent (25%) of the projected revenue generation amount will be directly distributed to the dties and counties of the Middle Georgia special tax district by formula for local ti'ansportation uses; and WHEREAS, the Middle Georgia R0undtable has made a resolution to the Super- intendents of Election of the Middle Georgia spedal tax district, as spedfied in the Official Code of Georgia Annotated 48-8-244, to notify the eiection superintendent to issue the call for election for the purpose of submitting to the electors of the county the question of whether such sales and use tax shall be granted for approval or rejection; and WHEREAS, in accordance with Code Section 48-8-244 the election results will be tabulated per district and if more than one-half of the votes cast throughout the special district are in favor of levying the tax, then the taxs will be levied in said special district as specified; and WHEREAS, the Final Investment List to be undertaken and completed utilizing 75% of the projected revenue generation amount in the Middle Georgia special tax district are as follows: County Project Name Baldwin Kings Road Safety Enhancements Baldwin Log Cabin Road Widening Baldwin Widen and Resurface North Jefferson Street