Georgia 2008 ballot news archive

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State senate may put Sunday alcohol sale on ballot

The Georgia Association of Convenience Stores is lobbying the state legislature to place a measure on the November statewide ballot that would allow communities to decide, by local option, whether they would allow Sunday package alcohol sales.

Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle was thought to oppose the ballot measure, thus slowing its progress through the state senate after its early momentum in the Georgia House. However, Cagle has now noted, "While I would vote against such a change at the ballot box, I do not believe the legislature should deny voters a chance to make this choice for themselves and their community." Georgia is one of three states that do not allow package sales on Sunday.[1]

Gwinnett County residents to vote on tax allocation districts

On July 15, residents of Gwinnett County will decide on a ballot measure on giving the county power to create tax allocation districts. A nearly identical measure was rejected a year ago. Tax allocation districts work by freezing the amount of property tax revenues collected by governments and directing revenues generated by rising property values into a fund used to pay for redevelopment projects.[2]

Macon-Bibb County annexation plan on July ballot

The Macon-Bibb County Board of Elections voted in April to put, on the July primary ballot, a plan to annex 17.5 square miles of land upon which resides 11,730 people.[3]

Transportation ballot measure won't be on November ballot

Despite hard lobbying from the "Get Georgia Moving" coalition, a November ballot measure to approve a constitutional amendment to allow communities to raise their sales taxes for transportation purposes by "local option" was shot down by the Georgia senate. To refer a measure to the statewide ballot, 2/3 of each house must approve the idea.[4][5]