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State law lets authorities in Fulton and three other massive metro Atlanta counties to pay per diems for board members’ time, but DAFC appears to be the only 1 that does. The regulation involves the Fulton commissioners to authorize the every day rate, some thing the county mentioned it could come across no proof of executing.
The scrutiny activated phone calls for board associates, present-day and former, to repay the dollars, while it is unclear if the county or taxpayers can compel that to happen.
A few members — current Chairman Michel “Marty” Turpeau IV, Sam Bacote and Steve Broadbent, who recently left — repaid about $3,600 collectively in duplicate for each diems adhering to the AJC’s reports, information display.
Commissioner Lee Morris said Wednesday he has been heartened to see reform at DAFC.
“This has been hanging in excess of these folks’ heads given that the information reports,” he stated.
In the wake of reporting, Shaw stepped down from the DAFC board. Jolley and Metze remaining the board before this 12 months.
New board management identified Shaw’s secret position and some of the for each diem abuse in November, but did not report it to the county commission, county legal professional or auditor. The subject did not become public right up until June in stories by the AJC and Channel 2.
The authority instituted its first per diem procedures in November, limiting payments and enacting new ethics principles in the wake of the AJC’s reporting.
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Advancement authorities like DAFC recruit jobs and authentic estate projects and have the ability to grant beneficial house tax breaks.
The scandal has intensified scrutiny on DAFC, which is mainly autonomous and grants tax breaks to projects critics say generally would have been constructed in any case. Point out lawmakers from both equally parties have also referred to as for reforms to the authority or to abolish it.
DAFC leaders have stated they are trying to clean up up the methods of prior leadership.
Past month, Morris sought to establish a every day rate of $105 for formal DAFC board meetings and to set new ethics demands on the board, numerous of which DAFC has currently instituted internally.
Commissioners clashed more than the proposal at a assembly very last thirty day period and it was tabled. Commissioner Marvin Arrington, at situations working with profane language about the proposal, accused Morris of racism for performing now to crack down on the authority when new management has taken more than. Arrington is Black and Morris is white.
Shaw is white and Turpeau, the new chairman, is Black.
Morris has worked for several years to cajole the authority into turning into more clear, pushing the company to publish estimates of its tax breaks and to incorporate enter from university programs, whose tax collections also are influenced by the tax breaks.
Commissioner Lee Morris questions Michel “Marty” Turpeau IV (not pictured) in the course of a meeting at the Fulton County federal government building in Atlanta on Wednesday, July 14, 2021. Michel “Marty” Turpeau IV, chairman of the embattled Enhancement Authority of Fulton County (DAFC), declared Monday he will conclusion his dual part as interim executive director, helpful Aug. 31. (Hyosub Shin / [email protected])
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On Wednesday, Morris agreed to guidance a $150 every day price.
Around the start of Wednesday’s commission assembly, Arrington apologized to Morris for contacting him a racist.
“I do not consider Commissioner Morris is a racist … on the other hand his plan I feel is discriminatory,” Arrington claimed, later on introducing: “I was really attacking the policy and not you.”
But Arrington agreed to the $150 fee.
Commissioner Marvin S. Arrington, Jr. reacts through a conference at the Fulton County government creating in Atlanta on Wednesday, July 14, 2021. Michel “Marty” Turpeau IV, chairman of the embattled Improvement Authority of Fulton County (DAFC), announced Monday he will conclude his twin part as interim executive director, successful Aug. 31. (Hyosub Shin / [email protected])
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Morris reported Arrington’s father, previous Fulton Outstanding Courtroom choose and one particular of Emory University Legislation School’s first Black graduates, termed Morris subsequent final month’s meeting.
Morris recognized Arrington’s apology Wednesday.
“Your enthusiasm is to be admired,” he said.
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