Commissioners attend legislative conference

COVINGTON -- Newton County Commission Chairman Kathy Morgan and Commissioners Nancy Schulz and Tim Fleming joined their counterparts and other county officials from across the state at the annual Legislative Conference coordinated by the Association County Commissioners of Georgia (ACCG).

Gov. Sonny Perdue, Lt. Governor Casey Cagle, House Speaker David Ralston and other General Assembly members participated in the conference and expressed their concerns for balancing the state budget.

"The governor, lieutenant governor and House speaker collectively called for state and local government working together in partnership, which we definitely support," ACCG Executive Director Jerry Griffin said. "The state of Georgia and our counties are facing unprecedented budget challenges, and we must work together to provide for the health, welfare and safety for our shared constituents and recognize that the public expects continued service delivery regardless of which level of government is providing it."

In addition to hearing from state leaders, ACCG's Legislative Conference provides an opportunity for county officials to learn about specific issues that are before the General Assembly. They also have time to meet with their state legislators to explain how their decisions on these issues will impact people in their community.

On Monday, the day before the ACCG Legislative Conference, Morgan, Schulz and Fleming also participated in the Certified Commissioners Advanced Program. This professional training program is offered by ACCG in conjunction with the Carl Vinson Institute of Government at the University of Georgia and provides county officials courses throughout the year.

ACCG provides leadership enhancement, cost-efficient services and public policy development and advocacy on behalf of Georgia's county officials their local communities. For more information on ACCG, go to www.accg.org.