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Rural commissioners gather in Crisp County

July 31, 2007

Cordele -- Local leaders from all over South Georgia came together today to find ways to pressure state leaders not to take money and power away from this region of the state.

Crisp County Commissioners invited leaders from 50-area counties to come to this summit to build a stronger and more unified voice for south Georgia.

Leaders from 27 counties showed up at the Lake Blackshear resort Tuesday.

They're fighting to keep local decisions in the hands of local leaders.

"You take away the home rule that our local people enjoy of being able to say what's going on within their communities, within their schools, and within their government. To take that away from them, we don't have much in South Georgia, but to take that away, it's appalling," said Brad Faircloth, Crisp County commissioner.

One of the biggest concerns addressed at today's conference was the potential effect of House Resolution 900.

It would do away with local ad valorem taxes and replace them with tax revenue that state leaders would distribute.

Organizers called today's conference a success.

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