Monday, July 30, 2012
The council could override the mayor's veto of a controversial fire district ordinance this Thursday.
The Canton City Council this Thursday could override the mayor's veto of a controversial fire district ordinance. According to an email from clerk Susan Stanton, the city has scheduled a "special called meeting" for 6 p.m. Thursday "to discuss and take possible action to override the mayor’s veto of an ordinance to create a fire protection district; to provide for the boundaries of a fire protection district; and to provide for a tax to be collected within the fire protection district." Council members on July 19 voted 5-1 to create the district and help the city meet some of its long-term fire service needs. But critics of the ordinance have said that it would possibly shift some of that burden to elderly residents who have enjoyed a …
Thursday, July 26, 2012
The special fire district would eliminate homestead exemption tax break for seniors and disabled.
Canton Mayor Gene Hobgood this moring vetoed a plan passed by the city council on July 19 that would set up a special fire district tax which would include a 3.12 mill tax to improve the city's fire services. "After careful consideration I feel that I have no choice but to veto the Canton Fire District Ordinance," Hobgood said. The Canton City Council, by a vote of 5-1, created the special district that would help the city meet some of its long-term fire service needs and possibly shift some of that burden to elderly residents who have enjoyed a decade of voter-approved tax exemptions. Hobgood said he will call a special meeting of the council next week to consider alternatives to the district and provide council members with the …
Wednesday, July 25, 2012
He's scheduled a press conference for 11 a.m. Thursday at City Hall.
Canton residents will find out Thursday if Mayor Gene Hobgood vetoes a controversial fire district ordinance. This afternoon, he said he will hold a press conference at 11 a.m. Thursday in the City Hall reception area. Despite pleas from more than a dozen seniors who said some of their poorest neighbors may now have to choose between tax obligations and basic necessities, the Canton City Council last Thursday voted 5-1 to create a special district that would help the city meet some of its long-term fire service needs and possibly shift some of that burden to elderly residents who have enjoyed a decade of voter-approved tax exemptions. After the vote, Hobgood said it was "fairly likely" that he would veto the ordinance that establishes the …
Wednesday, November 9, 2011
Here are some of the highlights from Canton-Sixes and nearby Patches for Nov. 9.
For more on these stories, click on the links below: For all the election coverage for the city of Canton, visit Canton-Sixes Patch's Participate page.
Thursday, June 23, 2011
Elly Hobgood, the wife of Canton Mayor Gene Hobgood, said Dianne Langston needed to be “stun gunned and replaced."
Late last year, the mayor's wife typed an email. Elly Hobgood wrote that the executive director of the Cherokee Arts Center needed to be "stun gunned and replaced." When she hit send, she didn't realize that the email was about to land in the inbox of the person who was never supposed to see it: executive director Dianne Langston. "That was a confidential email that went to her in error," said Hobgood, a local artist who sits on the arts council's board of directors. "I screwed up. I'm going to be real honest with you: I screwed up and I regret that." Langston didn't tell anyone that she'd been inadvertently copied on the message until she abruptly left her director's post at the end of May, a move that Hobgood slammed. "Somebody receives…