Georgia Department of Community Affairs Commissioner Mike Beatty has notified Butts County that they have been awarded the designation of “Qualified Local Government” by the State of Georgia. The letter sent by Commissioner Beatty to Board of Commissioners Chairman Roger McDaniel congratulated the Board and Staff for fulfilling the requirements to achieve this designation. Local Governments that adopt DCA-approved comprehensive plans consistent with DCA’s Local Planning Requirements (and Capital Improvement Element Updates consistent with the Development Impact Fee Compliance Requirements, where appropriate) are awarded “Qualified Local Government” (QLG) status. This ensures that Butts County retains eligibility for a package of financial incentives from DCA, the Department of Natural Resources (DNR), the Georgia Environmental Finance Authority (GEFA), and the OneGeorgia Authority.

“The Commissioners and the Community Services Department Staff have worked hard to ensure that Butts County is eligible to avail itself of the opportunities presented by being a Qualified Local Government” said Interim County Administrator Michael Brewer. “Over the years we have taken advantage of a number of these incentives to help Butts County have more without exacting a toll on the local taxpayer and it’s because of them that we can do that. More than that, it’s just nice for Butts County to be recognized by the State for trying to do right by our citizens” he concluded.

District 1 Commissioner Gator Hodges stated “I want to commend all the Commissioners for working together as a team, as well as Doug Manning, our new Community Services Director and Christy Lawson, our Planning Administrator for keeping this project on track and seeing it through. To some it may seem like just another accolade for our community but it translates into real dollars and cents that make a difference down the road to our citizens”.