Now that a 1-cent sales tax dedicated to transportation projects is being collected in Dougherty County, the proof is in the paving – or the street resurfacing and sidewalk improvements – for officials to show the value of the levy.
This year’s trip, which started Tuesday and concludes Thursday, helped build and strengthen relationships with high-ranking Marine Corps leadership as well, as the local group met with leaders at the Pentagon to discuss the mission-critical needs of Albany’s base.
In addition to passing the city’s Fiscal Year 2020 budget Wednesday night, the Albany City Commission also voted to deny Inman Solar of Atlanta’s request to construct and operate a solar power-generating facility on 25 acres of wooded land near Augusta Drive in south Albany because of, among other reasons, the “noise” solar facilities make while operating.
In the end, after the recriminations and accusations, after the community input and staff responses, the Albany City Commission unanimously passed the city’s Fiscal Year 2020 budget Wednesday to the tune of $288,322,879, the city’s largest ever.
Derrick Brown, the city of Albany’s Finance director and maybe one of the most soft-spoken men in the city’s hierarchy, was visibly angry. Brown, along with members of the Albany City Commission and a three-fourths full auditorium at the downtown Government Center, had listened as Will Geer berated the city’s budget process, angrily declaring that the city was not in compliance with state law and that its financial practices were “preposterous.”
When James Pratt Jr. addressed the Albany City Commission at that board’s most recent meeting to talk about formation of a more structured citizen-led Gang Task Force, he wasn’t just engaging in wishful thinking.
The county and city of Albany are weathering the storms — plural — and are in some ways better than ever, Albany Mayor Dorothy Hubbard and County Commission Chairman Chris Cohilas told an audience gathered for a luncheon at the Albany State University West campus Wednesday.
Albany city commissioners drew praise and suggestions from members of the public who spoke during a public hearing Tuesday morning concerning the city’s proposed $288,322,879 Fiscal Year 2020 budget.
Four Albany nonprofits were approved by the Albany City Commission Tuesday to receive some $75,000 total in HUD-sponsored Public Service Community Development Block Grants
Albany Technical College President Anthony Parker jointly announced with city of Albany and Dougherty County officials that Albany Tech has been selected as the fiscal agent of a Defense Grant, offered by the Technical College System of Georgia Office of Workforce Development.