We need you to help us fill the auditorium for this event. Be present to show your support for open, transparent, and accountable government.
What: Atlanta Regional Commission is updating their governing bylaws
When: Wednesday, October 22, 2014 , 1:00 PM
Where: Loudermilk Center, 40 Courtland Street, NE, Level C , Atlanta, GA
If you live in the 10 county Atlanta Regional Commission, ask your county commission chairman and / or mayor how they plan to vote on September 24th.
If they don’t sit on the ARC Board now, ask them did they know that their counterparts are voting on governing bylaws that could take away their local authority.
Ask them if they want an appointed committee picking winners and losers in the Atlanta Metro area.
Watch the following short video by Steve Brown, Fayette County Commission Chairman explain what is happening from the inside.
CRITICAL BYLAWS ISSUES
- Bylaws don’t provide term limits for appointed members. Some citizen members have served for 15 years.
- Past and current ARC Chairmen are appointed chairmen of Community Improvement Districts. The Georgia Constitution and Georgia Law prove that CID’s are political subdivisions. The ARC has violated its own bylaws since citizen “members at large may hold no elective or appointed public office nor be employed by any political subdivision of the area”.
- New Governance Committee creates an excessive centralization of power into the chairman’s role with no established term limits. Chairman may appoint members outside of the current duly elected county commissioners and mayors. Removes accountability to the public.
- ARC directs federal money toward transportation projects within CID’s. When the chairman of the ARC can be the chairman of a CID and also be employed by a firm that has major real estate investments in the CID, this creates a potential for inside deals to favored business interests and inhibits free market competition.
Download a full critique on the proposed bylaws: TLC Critique of Proposed ARC Bylaws – 07312014
Download this announcement as a printable flyer: ARC Bylaws Meeting Flyer
Link to Atlanta Regional Commission to download current and proposed bylaws.