Statesboro City Council unanimously adopted a “blight tax” ordinance Tuesday. But its future was immediately placed in doubt when Mayor Jonathan McCollar announced he would reduce the penalty portion of the program from a seven-fold tax to 1% of the regular millage rate.
Approval of a list of streets to be resurfaced in 2020 is one of the items on the agenda for Statesboro City Council's 9 a.m. Tuesday regular meeting.
Statesboro City Manager Charles Penny this week announced his appointment of two department heads, Human Resources Director Demetrius Bynes and Public Works and Engineering Director John Washington, filling vacancies.
Statesboro City Council on Tuesday evening unanimously moved the proposed “blight tax” ordinance, properly the Community Redevelopment Tax Incentive Program, forward to a second reading.
Statesboro is one of five Georgia communities newly accepted into the Georgia Initiative for Community Housing, or GICH, in which a team of local people will develop and pursue a program to improve housing.
A digital video camera system touted by some Statesboro City Council members for crime prevention so far deploys 18 traffic cameras, all on Lanier Drive and Chandler Road near the Georgia Southern University campus.
Statesboro's new fee levels for alcoholic beverage licenses represent an attempt to match the prices paid by license holders to the city's costs for policing different types of establishments: restaurants, bars, pubs and so forth.
Shari Barr, seeking the District 5 seat on Statesboro City Council, relates her preference for monitored and managed growth to “green” concerns for the environment.
Derek Duke, having represented District 5 on Statesboro City Council for little over a year, said he now feels he has become part of a team accomplishing great things for the city.
District 4 Councilman John Riggs has called for a moratorium blocking construction of new apartment complexes in Statesboro.