Jan Jones on Milton County: ‘I don’t have the votes’
Courtesy The Milton Neighbor
47 State Rep. Jan Jones, R-Milton, told North Fulton residents last week that
though she does not believe now is the right time for the re-establishment of
Milton County, she will continue bringing related legislation to the
Jones, the Speaker Pro Tem of the Georgia House of Representatives
and a Milton resident, spoke at a community meeting hosted by the volunteer
organization Better Together.
She said she has introduced a bill for the
reformation of Milton County for the last eight years to no success.
takes a two-third majority in the House, a two-third majority in the Senate and
you have to put it on a statewide ballot,” she said.
“I don’t think the
time is right now because I don’t have the votes.”
However, Jones said
she believes it makes sense for the city of Atlanta to support the northern
portion of Fulton County becoming its own county.
She said she thinks
the time will come when Atlanta will support the creation of Milton County and
that will make it easier for the rest of the state to vote in
Two issues Jones said she will be working on in the next
legislative session are to reconfigure the library board and to give greater
support to children in foster care.
Jones would like the county library
board reduced from nine members to seven and to drop Atlanta from its
“Atlanta does not contribute other than a small amount for the
little bit of Atlanta that’s in DeKalb [County] but they get to share the name,”
Foster care issues are something Jones said she has wanted to
tackle for years.
She said she believes the clothing allowance for
foster children should be raised and that the state should cover the cost for
them to take the GED.
“There are about 8,500 children in Georgia in
foster care and the majority of them will age out,” she said.
has been an area of concern for Jones over the years.
Last week, she
told Milton residents they can look forward to a new branch of Gwinnett
Technical College at Old Milton Parkway and Ga. 400 opening in about a
“It’s the largest branch the technical college system has ever
built,” she said.
“It will be good for our high school students because
I’m hoping that they can take classes there … [and also] folks who are 50 and
need a new path.”