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House speaker’s disclosure omits $1M debt

House speaker's disclosure omits $1M debt
July 6, 2011 --

House Speaker David Ralston, for the first time in five years, has disclosed his wife’s ownership of an undeveloped 10-acre tract in Dawson County. The speaker, who last week added the property to his financial disclosures, said he’d simply forgotten. What he still hasn’t reported is the more than $1 million he’s borrowed, using collateral that’s valued at less than half that much.

$28.7M Oaky Woods deal OK’d; appraisals remain secret

$28.7M Oaky Woods deal OK’d; appraisals remain secret
December 13, 2010 --

State officials today agreed to pay $28.7 million for a 10,000-acre bear habitat in middle Georgia but still won’t release the appraisals used to determine that value. Houston County values the land at $1,165 an acre for tax purposes. The sellers, who paid $1,600 an acre six years ago before the real estate market collapsed, are selling it to the state for $2,875 an acre. Officials released appraisal summaries that say the property is worth that much, but declined to disclose the full appraisals until the deal is closed.

Bank: Candidate Tom Graves trying to evade $2.25M debt

Bank: Candidate Tom Graves trying to evade $2.25M debt
May 27, 2010 --

A North Georgia bank is accusing congressional candidate Tom Graves of attempted fraud for trying to escape a $2.25 million debt. The complaint, filed last week by Bartow County Bank, alleges Graves transferred his home and adjoining properties worth $657,000 into a trust last year to protect it from the debt. For that, the bank would like punitive damages.

DeKalb ethics board gets quorum — finally

DeKalb ethics board gets quorum -- finally
October 29, 2009 --

DeKalb County CEO Burrell Ellis appointed Bobbie Kennedy Sanford and Isaac Blythers to the county’s board of ethics on Wednesday, giving the long-neglected panel enough members to actually have a quorum and do its business. Chairwoman Teri Lee Thompson had been complaining for more than a year that the board could not function unless it got some new appointees. “It’s like we exist, but not really,” she said.

DK Development Authority: Walker resigns, ‘stimulus’ draft released

DK Development Authority: Walker resigns, 'stimulus' draft released
August 19, 2009 --

Gene Walker has resigned as chairman of the DeKalb County Development Authority, two months after an uproar over his dual role as a member of the authority and the DeKalb Board of Education. Walker stepped down just days after the authority released a draft of guidelines for issuing property tax breaks as incentives for new development in DeKalb. The guidelines give the DeKalb County Commission a seat at the table, but make no mention of the Board of Education.

Aug. 7

August 7, 2009 --

UPS forces workers to write lawmakers, employees say Feds plan more oversight of immigrant detention centers Madison County fires tax assessors Will surveyor stand behind findings in Bibb-Monroe border war? In spending sea, earmarks just a drop, UGA profs say