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Commission Chair Says Fulton County is Economically Robust

While appearing on ''A Closer Look,'' Fulton County Commission chair John Eaves says the county is economically robust.
While appearing on ''A Closer Look,'' Fulton County Commission chair John Eaves says the county is economically robust.
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Fulton County Commission chair John Eaves talks the state of the county on A Closer Look.

During this legislative session, a push for cityhood was the focus for unincorporated south Fulton County. The bill fell short for the second year in a row.

That’s just one of many issues regarding the current state of Fulton County.

The bill passed in the house, but stalled in the Georgia Senate. After the bill’s failure, Fulton County commission chair John Eaves said the full Fulton County Board of Commissioners “strongly supported the taxpayers of south Fulton in heading to the ballot box to determine their own future.” 

So, how crucial is this in preventing the possibility of any annexation into the city of Atlanta from also happening?

County Commission Chair John Eaves talked with “A Closer Look’s” Rose Scott and Denis O’Hayer.

Their conversation begin with the failure of House Bill 514 that would have authorized a referendum on unincorporated south Fulton County.

Eaves talked about concerns of South Fulton being annexed into the City of Atlanta.

Commissioner Eaves also addressed the ongoing crisis at the county jail. Since 2006, the jail has been operating under a consent decree supervised by a federal judge. Later this month, the county will ask that the decree be lifted. There’s also a lawsuit over conditions of the jail.