County officials are urging city leaders to approve an agreement between the governments that could create up to $56 million from a new sales tax reserved for transportation needs.
Covington City Council is awaiting final tax digest totals from the county tax commissioner’s office to set a property tax rate after recently approving a 2021 budget.
The Covington City Council approved the fiscal year 2021 budget at a teleconference meeting June 15. The budget includes $128,701,557 in revenues and $128,386,693 in expenditures.
“This is an opportunity for citizens to have their voice heard and give us some valuable input concerning housing,” said Covington Mayor Steve Horton. “We need to know people’s feelings and wants about housing size, place, type and price and we have a simple, quick survey for citizens to share their desires with us.”
The Covington Police Department is one of seven police agencies in the state taking part in an initiative to build trust between law enforcement agencies and marginalized communities.
In conjunction with the Georgia Conservancy, the city of Covington Planning and Zoning Department is conducting a Housing and Land Use Study and seeks input from residents. The study is aimed at finding suitable housing locations, determining preferences and architectural designs, ensuring levels of affordability, and addressing potential impacts to surrounding communities along major corridors in the city.
Covington Mayor Steve Horton was one of several elected officials in attendance Wednesday. He expressed his gratitude for the cooperation of the protestors to remain peaceful and productive.
The Covington City Council approved a request at its meeting Monday night for the Covington Fire Department to seek bids on a new 100-foot aerial platform truck. Fire Chief Jeremy Holmes estimates the apparatus could cost around $1.6 million and take 18-24 months to build and deliver.
Covington residents and firefighters joined members of the City Council Thursday morning to place American flags on the graves of veterans in the city cemetery.
On Monday morning, less than two years after being shot in the head while on duty, Officer Matt Cooper returned to work with the Covington Police Department.