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2009 Proposed Budget provides surplus, no new taxes
Updated Dec. 9, 2008

The proposed General Fund operating budget is $634.9 million and the proposed South Fulton operating budget is $42.5 million. This represents a $36.5 million expenditure decrease from the 2008 fiscal year for the General Fund and a $6.2 million decrease for South Fulton.
“In addition I am happy to report that not only did we cut our budget to make it leaner and services more efficient, we continue to have a surplus of nearly $63 million in the county-wide General Fund,” Chairman Eaves said.
Eaves chairs the Budget Commission, which by law is comprised of the Chairman of the Board of Commissioners, the County Finance Director and the County Manager.
Achieving these reductions required a slight reduction in force and the abolishment of some programs and services. However, the Budget Commission in concert with County departments sought to minimize impact on service delivery.
“Times are tough for everyone, and our belt-tightening is designed to make sure we maintain sound financial footing for uncertain days ahead while still providing necessary service to the people who live and work in Fulton County,” Eaves said.
The Budget Commission’s recommendations regarding the 2009 fiscal year budget directly support the goal to “simultaneously deliver quality programs and services, outstanding customer value, and sound financial performance.” Achieving this goal goes beyond the budget process to the strategic management of overall organizational performance. As such, the 2009 Proposed Budget focuses on the alignment of reoccurring revenues with reoccurring expenditures and likewise aligning non-reoccurring revenues with non-reoccurring expenditures.
“It was imperative that we not commit the county to future expenditures based on money we may not have.” Eaves said.
The budget process also focused on funding a multiyear capital program; achieving organizational efficiencies; and performance management.
To read a copy of the Proposed Budget log on to the Chairman Eaves’ official Web site: www.fultoncountyga.gov/chairman.

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Tuskegee Airman saluted by Commission
Updated Dec. 9, 2008

Pictured below: Chairman Eaves presents a proclamation and medal to Cathy Hope in honor of her late father, Tuskegee Airman Horace Bohannon.

The Board of Commissioners declared December 3 “TUSKEGEE AIRMAN HORACE BOHANNON APPRECIATION DAY” in Fulton County, Georgia. The Board recognized the late airman for his outstanding work and service to his country and to his community.
Mr. Bohannon, a native Atlantan, was one of this nation’s first African-American fighter pilots as a famed Tuskegee Airman. He graduated from Booker T. Washington High School, earned a bachelor’s degree from Lincoln University, and was a student in the Civilian Pilot Training Program before he volunteered for what the Pentagon called “The Experiment.”
Horace Bohannon, who is listed in the Civil Rights Directory of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, received the Congressional Medal of Honor posthumously for his outstanding example of excellence.

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New libraries construction on track
Updated Dec. 9, 2008

At its December 2 meeting the Board of Commissioners received an update on the Atlanta-Fulton County Library System’s Facility Master Plan. Library Director John Szabo presented the presentation titled Facility Master Plan Post-Referendum Update & Next Steps, to advise the Board and the public on the progress of rebuilding the library system now that the voters have approved a bond referendum to pay for the new facilities.
Particularly, the scope of the Plan calls for: eight new libraries, two expansions, and 23 renovations. There is also significant funding for a new Central Library. New libraries and expansions are included in the first five-year phase. Construction in the first phase is projected to begin in 2010. Renovations will follow in the second five-year phase.
“We are happy that citizens of Fulton County agreed that an informed community is an empowered community,” said Commission Chairman John Eaves. “I think we can never have enough facilities such as libraries that provide information and the technology to access that information—especially in neighborhoods where homes may not have access to the Internet.”
Phase One calls for libraries in:
Alpharetta (new, 25,000 sq ft)
Auburn Avenue Research Library (expansion)
East Roswell (new, 15,000 sq ft)
Milton (new, 25,000 sq ft)
Northwest Atlanta (new, 25,000 sq ft)
Palmetto (new, 10,000 sq ft)
South Fulton (expansion)
Southeast Atlanta (new, 15,000 sq ft)
Stewart-Lakewood (new, 25,000 sq ft)
Wolf Creek (new, 25,000 sq ft)
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New county attorney hired
Updated Dec. 9, 2008

The Board of Commissioners has appointed David Ware as the new County Attorney. Attorney Ware has a distinguished 30 year track record as an attorney, magistrate judge and sports agent. He is an honors graduate of West Georgia College with a degree in English and a minor in U.S. History.
At the University of Georgia School Of Law, Ware continued his life of extraordinary achievement as a member of the school’s Moot Court Team where his ability as an orator and future litigator were evident. While in law school he met his wife of 30 years, Sharon—also an attorney—and they have three children.
In his legal career Ware served as president of the Gate City Bar Association; sat as a Magistrate Court judge; tried many major jury trials and established legal precedent.
The county attorney is one of three key managerial appointments made by the Board of Commissioners, (including the County Manager and the Clerk to the Commission). Among other duties, Ware will advise the Commission in all legal matters and lead a team of attorneys that represent the County and its various departments in legal matters.

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Holiday hours at Fulton County
Updated Dec. 9, 2008
To accommodate family and friends of employees of Fulton County, the Board of Commissioners has changed the official holidays for the December holiday season. Except for emergency services, the County will be officially closed for business on Thursday, Dec. 25 AND Friday, Dec. 26. Prior to the Board’s action County employees were set to be excused on Wednesday, Dec. 24 and Thursday, December 25 returning to work on Friday, Dec. 26.

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Board of Commissioners meets Wednesday

The next BOC Meeting is Wednesday, December 17, 2008, 10 a.m. For more information, please log on to Chairman John Eaves official Web site: www.fultoncountyga.gov/chairman.

To contact Chairman Eaves: Fulton County Government Center, 141 Pryor St., Atlanta, Georgia 30303. Telephone: (404) 612-8206. Fax: 404-730-4754.
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