ATLANTA (February 20, 2013) – Sen. John Albers (R- Roswell) introduced Senate Resolution 273 on Wednesday, February 20, 2013. If passed, this resolution would propose an amendment to the Constitution of the State of Georgia to allow for the re-creation of Milton County.
“I am working diligently with my counterparts to re-create Milton County,” said Sen. Albers. “Many years ago, Fulton County was three separate counties that merged during the great depression. Much has changed since the 1930’s and the time is right for Milton County to rise again and provide responsible and accountable county government.”
Since the Georgia Constitution caps the number of counties at 159, an amendment is required to merge, consolidate or divide local governments. If approved by a supermajority of the General Assembly and the voters, Senate Resolution 273 would simply allow any former counties such as Milton to be exempt from the cap.
“The enormity of Fulton County government, which is larger than six U.S. states, has resulted in ineffective and inefficient service delivery,” said Sen. Albers. “The creation of a smaller government will be more accountable to the residents and the remaining areas. North Fulton and South Fulton schools are also geographically split by a fragile Atlanta school system. Our students deserve better.”
Sen. Albers’ proposed constitutional amendment would allow counties to determine by local referendum what type of government they wish to establish and how it should be funded.
Senate Resolution 273 is currently waiting to be assigned to a Committee.
Sen. John Albers represents the 56th Senate District, which includes portions of North Fulton and Cherokee Counties. He may be reached at his office at 404.463.8055 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.