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Savannah-Chatham Day kicks off in Atlanta

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Every year, Savannah city leaders make their way to Atlanta to meet with state elected officials for Savannah-Chatham Day.

After the Legislative Affairs Committee has met with local businesses and organizations, the county is able to assemble an agenda to place in front of lawmakers for further consideration.

Top priorities expected to be reviewed:

  • Support of governor's funding request for Savannah Harbor Expansion Project
  • Support removal of the sunset provision related to sales tax exemptions on general aviation parts
  • Support request for state funding to supplement local and federal Tybee Beach Re-nourishment funds
  • Legislation to secure increased federal matching funds for Georgia's Medicaid and sales tax exemptions for non-Profit hospitals
  • Support tourism's return-on-investment with more resources and marketing funds
  • The Board of Regents' capital projects request including Savannah State University, Armstrong Atlantic State University and Skidaway Institute of Oceanography
  • Support sunset provision extension of the 2012 HB 1128 Carry-forward Legislation, giving the University System of Georgia and Technical College System of Georgia the ability to carry forward specified local revenues collected at 3 percent and 15 percent 

The event this year will begin at 2 p.m. in the appropriations hearing room at the Statehouse.

The session gives Savannah leaders the opportunity to address concerns from Chatham County. After the legislative session, attendees will head over to the Georgia Railroad Depot for a Lowcountry Boil and Oyster Roast.

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