Senate Public Safety Subcommittee on Fulton County Jail Holds its First Meeting
On November 2, the Senate Public Safety Committee held a subcommittee meeting focused on the Fulton County jail. In the meeting there were presentations by the Georgia Sheriffs’ Association, Georgia Jail Association, and the Fulton County Sheriffs’ Office. Presenters spoke on the mental health challenges that exist in jails, overcrowding of inmates, and the different types of detainees that exist in county jails, such as state prisoners. ACCG is monitoring the work of this Committee to observe if any legislation is produced.
SDS - Georgia Supreme Court Hears Oral Arguments on Unincorporated Roads
On October 17, the Georgia Supreme Court heard arguments on Winder v. Barrow County, an important SDS case that has far-reaching, statewide implications on whether city residents can be taxed to pay for counties’ unincorporated roads. The main question in this appeal is the interpretation of the “primary benefit” clause in the SDS law, here in the county roads context. That statutory clause is among the criteria for a service delivery strategy: “The strategy shall ensure that the cost of any service which a county provides primarily for the benefit of the unincorporated area of the county shall be borne by the unincorporated area residents, individuals, and property owners who receive the service.”
At the trial court level, Winder asked the trial court to rule categorically that, if a county only provides road maintenance service on roads within the unincorporated area, then it must use unincorporated revenues to pay for such road maintenance. In other words, the city’s argument was focused solely on the geography where the service is provided, as opposed to the residents and property owners, etc. that might be using and benefitting from that road maintenance. The trial court rejected that categorical approach, and Winder appealed to the Court of Appeals.
The 2-judge majority in the Court of Appeals ruled in the categorically opposite way: that everyone always benefits from county road systems and therefore counties aren’t limited to unincorporated revenues to pay for such roads. The 1-judge dissent would have ruled with Winder, saying that the analysis is purely a geographic one: if a service is physically provided only in the unincorporated area, then it primarily benefits that area and only unincorporated revenues can be used to pay for that service.
to watch the oral arguments.
120Water Georgia Training Registration
The Georgia Environmental Finance Authority (GEFA) and the Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD) selected 120Water to help the state manage the lead service line inventory database. 120Water will conduct webinars/trainings to help educate water system staff about the platform for submitting lead service line inventory data to EPD. They are offering several dates and times to ensure everyone has the opportunity to attend.
For more information on the webinars, click here
Georgia Environmental Finance Authority (GEFA) Funding Opportunities
Call for Projects: Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF)
The GEFA call for projects is open for the Annual Base State Revolving Fund and Bipartisan Infrastructure Law Supplemental Funding. The Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) is a federally funded loan program that provides funding for a wide variety of water quality and non-point source projects and water and energy conservation projects. The call for projects is open until Wednesday, January 31, 2024 at 5:00 p.m.
More details on the CWSRF loan program can be found here
Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant
The Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant Program through GEFA is designed to local governments implement strategies to reduce energy use, lower fossil fuel emissions, and improve energy efficiency. Georgia will receive $2.9 million to disperse to local governments throughout the state.
For more information on how to apply, click here
Home Energy Rebate Programs
The federal Inflation Reduction Act included two rebate programs for home energy efficiency and home electrification projects. GEFA expects the rebates to be available to Georgia residents no later than September 30, 2024.
to learn more about the home energy rebate programs.