While Metro Atlanta's unemployment rate in February dropped one-tenth of a percentage in March, the decrease in unemployment claims in Newton County was three-tenths of a percentage, from 6.2 percent unemployment claims in February to 5.9 percent for the preliminary March figures.
As the Covington City Council prepares to meet to go over the first draft of the 2017 budget, council members used Monday night to approve proposed employee benefits for next year. At its January 28 retreat, the council asked staff to request bids for cafeteria plans, allowing employees to choose different levels of insurance based on perceived needs.
Voting for the 2016 election is underway with a little over 800 people visiting the Newton County Administration Building to cast a ballot for either the Republican or Democrat candidates of their choice.
The county's enabling legislation was signed into law by Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal Tuesday, according to Rep. Dave Belton, who informed Newton's Commissioners. The charter says that Newton County's day-to-day operations will be run by a county manager, and the manager, county chair and county commissioners will work as a checks-and-balances system in decision-making.
Four City of Covington department heads and the E911 Call Center Director made the case for their 2017 budget and staffing requests to the city council during the first budget workshop on Tuesday night.