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Coronavirus Updates: Georgia Power Plans To Resume Shutoffs In July

If the governor extends the shelter in place order for people who are 65 or older, or who have underlying health conditions -- regulators may extend the moratorium on electricity shutoffs for them.
If the governor extends the shelter in place order for people who are 65 or older, or who have underlying health conditions -- regulators may extend the moratorium on electricity shutoffs for them.
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A moratorium on electricity shutoffs for Georgia Power customers will end next month. State regulators voted Tuesday to allow disconnections to resume.

When Gov. Brian Kemp first declared a state of emergency in response to the pandemic in March, Georgia Power and other utilities in the state announced they would temporarily stop shutting off people’s power if they missed paying bills. They also placed paused on charging late fees.

Now that the Governor’s shelter-in-place order has lifted for most people, officials at the Georgia Public Service Commission say Georgia Power’s moratorium can end on July 14. That gives customers about six weeks to prepare for bills to come due, and for shutoffs to resume.

If the governor extends the shelter in place order for people who are 65 or older, or who have underlying health conditions — regulators may extend the moratorium for them.

APS Expects $60M Budget Shortfall

School budgets are expected to take a hit this year due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The state plans to cut funding to districts and local tax collections could shrink.

During a budget hearing this week, Atlanta Public Schools Chief Financial Officer Lisa Bracken said the district has started to tighten its belt:

“We’re currently planning for what may be the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression,” she said. “We don’t anticipate huge losses in local revenue for this year, but are increasing our assumptions of the amount uncollected.”

APS expects a budget shortfall of about $60 million this year, which may be covered by reserve funds.

Bracken said APS is likely to see much lower revenue in following fiscal years.

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DeKalb Opening New Testing Centers

The DeKalb County Board of Health is opening a new COVID-19 testing site this week.

Starting Wednesday, the county says it will deploy its community testing team to Greater Piney Grove Baptist Church in East Atlanta.

Free testing will be available from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday.

For information on other testing sites, visit DeKalbHealth.net.

 

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