C4SSI/SI offers alternatives for St. Simons cityhood
by Pamela Permar-Shierling
Citizens for St. Simons Island/Sea Island (C4SSI/SI) held a public meeting last Thursday night to present two additional scenarios related to the city incorporation idea that was put forward last year by the group as a panacea for St. Simons Island’s perceived growth issues.
Earlier this year the incorporation idea was met with stiff resistance from many island residents as well as Glynn County’s entire legislative delegation.
George Ragsdale, the lone spokesman for the group during last week’s meeting, insisted that incorporation was a “misnomer.”
County kiboshes IGA with City
By Matthew J. Permar
Last week the Glynn County Commission voted 4-3 to veto an Intergovernmental Agreement (IGA) with the City of Brunswick regarding how the Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax 2016 revenues are shared.
During a joint city-county work session in either April or May it was tentatively decided, but not voted on, to give the city 22% of the SPLOST.
According to Glynn County officials, Georgia state SPLOST law requires counties to split the SPLOST with local municipalities. The minimum amount the county must give the city is based on population. This would give the city 19%, leaving 81% for the county.
IPC: rezonings deferred; Marshall building approved
By Matthew J. Permar
Facing an agenda with 15 items, the Island Planning Commission (IPC), was planning on a very long meeting last Thursday, June 21.
But things changed at the start of the meeting when 10 rezoning requests were “postponed until further notice” by the applicant.
The applicant for all 10 rezonings was the Glynn County Board of Commissioners (BOC), not the property owners.
Nine of the rezonings were down zonings from Highway Commercial to Local Commercial. The tenth, also a down zoning, was from Highway Commercial to Medium Residential.
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