Friday, May 18, 2018

RE:  TODD HAYES, Running for Solicitor Cherokee County

Today at 10:12pm

I found your election materials today on my door knob. 

Several weeks ago I asked you half a dozen questions about the size of your office staff, how much the position paid etc. I got no reply from you which was annoying as you are the #2 person in the Solicitors office and this is info you should have down pat. 

When I got no reply I asked your boss the same questions and even though she is retiring she took the time out to reply as follows: 

Sent: 5/4/2018 10:23:48 AM Eastern Standard Time 

Subject: RE: Cherokee County Website Contact Mr. Harris: 

1. My office is staffed as follows: Attorneys (including myself) – 11 Investigators – 3 Victim Advocates – 4 Administrative and support staff – 9 full time and 2 part time Total number on staff – 29 We handle cases in the 3 State Court courtrooms as well as in our 4 accountability courts and Magistrate Court. 

2. My salary is $130,789. I do not have a driver or county car. I do have a county credit card. 

3. We have one office, located in the Historic Courthouse in Canton. 

4. The current budget is $1,824,482. Jessica K. Moss Solicitor General Cherokee County 


Sorry, Mr. Hayes, no vote for you at my address and your handout materials are in the trash can. 

Maybe you will win, maybe you won't but you don't get my vote. 

Bill Harris, Holly Mill

Thursday, May 17, 2018

This evening in the NW Atlanta area we had some rain storms go through, probably near 2" rain and a lot of thunder.  Around 8:30 the power went off for about 3 seconds before rebooting.

Just before the outage I had noticed my Dish TV was a bit fuzzy then when the power went it had to reboot to get the service back up.  Didn't think anything more about it until about 11:30 pm when I happened to look outside to see if it was still raining (it was) and noticed at the end of my driveway a big Comcast cherry picker rig.

The Comcast box was opened up, it is right on my property line but before I had a chance to snap a photo they had backed up to the prior box across the street and were working on it.  So probably the Comcast service was out from 8:30 onward.  Made me real pleased to have dumped them 5 or so months ago.

Below:  In our area these green boxes every few houses are the Comcast repeaters which boost the signals.


Your 2018 notificiation of your annual property assessment is probably in your mail box today.

You have 45 days to file any appeal.

In my case with my Homestead and Age exemptions I found my tax going from last year's (2017) $284.20 to the current (2018) $276.78.

I have never been great at reading tax bills but it looks like the lesser amount due is because the millage rate for 'County Incorp' going from 5.600 from last year to 5.4850 this year.  Thus a small savings.

City of Canton property tax is now rolled into the County billing, so you should not get any 2nd tax bill as was the case before the change.  I am exempt from City property tax due to age.  The largest part of the tax bill is for Schools.

The general HM tax bill for those with no exemptions should be around $1,500.  


New due date for 2018 taxes - NOVEMBER 15th

Property tax bills are mailed out in early September of each year and payment is due November 15th. Taxes not paid by November 15th are considered delinquent and will incur interest at the rate prescribed by law per month on any portion unpaid.  At 90 days delinquent  a Fi.Fa. (tax lien) fee of $22.50 (on bills less than $100.00) or $32.50 ( on bills more than $100.00)  There is also a  5% penalty every 120 days to max out at 20%, figured on the remaining balance still due.           

If you have not received a tax bill by October 1st or if you are a new property owner and cannot obtain a tax bill from the previous owner, please call the Tax Commissioners office at 678-493-6400.

Checks should be made payable to Cherokee County Tax Commissioner. Mail payments to:
2780 Marietta Hwy, Canton, GA 30114


The accident was reported on Prominence Point Parkway near Lantana Trail.

Woman Injured When SUV Crashes Into Tree In Canton

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CANTON, GA — A woman suffered minor injuries Monday morning when the SUV she was driving crashed into a tree in Canton.
Cherokee County Fire and Emergency Services crews responded to a call of an accident just after 8 a.m. May 14 along Prominence Point Parkway near Lantana Trail.
Crews arrived to find a white Kia SUV left the roadway, traveled on to the median and hit a tree, said Cherokee fire spokesperson Tim Cavender.
The tree was uprooted and pushed about 40 feet into the roadway. The driver of the SUV, a 36-year-old woman, was conscious and alert on the scene, but complained of neck pain. She was transported to Northside Hospital Cherokee for evaluation.

The accident is under investigation by the Canton Police Department.



The work on the Power line easement  between  Prominence Point & Keeter is finished with a gate added, the easement road improved and the dirt initially left on the sidewalk removed.

   Picked up the mail from the box today and took it with me to read over lunch at IHOP.
   Couple of magazines, junk mail and an offer for an Amexp card which was annoying as I already have 3. I looked a bit closer and noted it was for someone else and so were the magazines, the junk mail and a GEICO item which I had already torn up.

   So while I got some mail it was for a neighbor and my Time Magazine which normally shows up on Sat is probably being read by some other neighbor.

   I learned long ago to have any important mail go to a P. O. Box and even those utility bills that show up at the box are subject to direct debits just in case those get lost also.

   I'll take the misdirected mail over later.

   Anyone else in Holly Mill having poor mail service???


Readers might have noted that I have asked both Mrs Hobson and Mr Hayes several questions about the office they were running for.

Neither has replied, except Mrs Hobson said she would but has not.

I asked the same questions to the current occupant of the office and the next day got the below reply.  I am disappointed in the 2 candidates for not having taken the time to provide the information, after all both are running for the job and it seems that they should know what constitutes the office they want to run.

(FYI:  Mr Hayes is actually already employeed there for 2+ years)

Sent: 5/4/2018 10:23:48 AM Eastern Standard Time
Subject: RE: Cherokee County Website Contact

Mr. Harris:

1.      My office is staffed as follows:    Attorneys (including myself) – 11

Investigators – 3

Victim Advocates – 4

Administrative and support staff – 9 full time and 2 part time

Total number on staff – 29

We handle cases in the 3 State Court courtrooms as well as in our 4 accountability courts and Magistrate Court.

2.      My salary is $130,789.  I do not have a driver or county car. I do have a county credit card.

3.      We have one office, located in the Historic Courthouse in Canton.

4.      The current budget is $1,824,482.

Jessica K. Moss
Solicitor General
Cherokee County
Mailing address:  90 North Street, Canton, Georgia 30114
Physical location:  100 North Street, Suite 130,  Canton, Georgia  30114
678-493-6360, ext. 6379
Fax - 678-493-6362


Sarah Hobson For Cherokee County Solicitor General   Davey, as always I deeply appreciate the support and the abundance of information you share with me. 

As I’ve said before, I apologize I can’t always respond in haste, especially given the campaign has less than three weeks to go. As you’ve mentioned,
 we met out on the street — and the more people I’m able to connect with in such a fashion, the larger margin we will win by. To that end, I spend an tremendous amount of time visiting with voters and answering questions directly — 99% of those questions surround my background, my vision for the office, and what makes me the best candidate for the office. 
Truth be told, I rely on voters like you to help this campaign understand issues from a different perspective, including the granular detail that you provided in your blog post, because the rigors of running a campaign, a business, and a household prevent me from spending each day reviewing budgetary and employment documents from the Solicitor’s Office when I have to answer the questions I identified above for nearly each and every voter I encounter on the phones and at the doors. 

It’s especially important considering that most voters are beginning to hear dishonesty and lies from certain people desperate to win. As I’ve mentioned, I deeply appreciate your support and ask that you continue to share the information you collect. I cannot say thank you enough, and when we win I can guarantee I will be asking for a lot more as I prepare to take office in January 2019.

Here is some additional info taken from both a Fulton County site and the Cherokee Solicitor's office:


•   Prosecutes misdemeanor cases and violations of the county code in State and  Magistrate Court, such as Simple and Family Violence Battery, Simple Assault, Stalking, Driving Under the Influence, Shoplifting, Abandonment of Minor Child and Criminal Trespass.

•    Conducts bench trials, jury trials, and hearings in state court and represents the State in appellate matters.

•    Negotiates pleas and may refer appropriate cases to Pretrial Intervention or Diversion Programs, when eligible, in lieu of a criminal conviction.

•    Provides information, resources and support to victims of crime.

•    May recommend sentences of up to twelve (12) months in jail, and up to $1,000 in fines and probation. ($5,000 for High and Aggravated Misdemeanors)                              

•    May investigate charges, meet with the arresting officers, victims and interview witnesses to prepare for court proceedings.

•   Prosecutes cases bound over from Municipal Courts in other Fulton County jurisdictions.

•    Handles administrative hearings for welfare fraud and child abandonment cases.

Additional information as to the types of cases going through the Solicitor General’s office;

Domestic Violence

Domestic Violence
The Solicitor’s Domestic Violence Unit investigates and prosecutes misdemeanor cases of domestic violence, elder abuse, sexual assault and special victim’s cases. The DV Unit also helps victims who are trapped by violence and provides programs and resources to help prevent future incidents of abuse.  Our goal is to stop violence not break up families.  

Victim Witness
The Victim Witness Assistance Program is comprised of advocates who inform and offer crime victims and associated witnesses emotional support and services during the aftermath of crime and guidance through the Criminal Justice System.

Law Enforcement

Law Enforcement Agencies
The Office of Solicitor General works alongside county, city and state law enforcement agencies ensuring that offenders are fairly prosecuted in order to preserve safety and peace for all citizens of Cherokee County.

The Office of Solicitor General also assists in training law enforcement agencies with current and newly enacted state statutes and local ordinances, providing case law updates and provides legal consultation for law enforcement officers initiating misdemeanor warrants and citations.

Traffic Prosecution Unit

The Solicitor’s Traffic Unit prosecutes all misdemeanor traffic offenses cited by the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office, as well as cases from the Georgia State Patrol which occur not within the jurisdiction of Canton, Ball Ground, Holly Springs and Woodstock Municipal Courts. 

Municipal traffic cases that are bound over to State Court are prosecuted along with other non-traffic related misdemeanor cases and are not part of the Traffic Court Program.

Contacting the Office of the Solicitor General about Traffic Citations
- The Solicitor’s Office cannot speak with defendants prior to arraignment
- Defendants must appear before the court and be advised of their rights by the Judge
- At arraignment defendants may request a Pre-Trial Conference and speak to a Solicitor
- Please bring with you to court any documentation you feel may help resolve the case

Rescheduling Court Dates
- The Solicitor’s Office cannot assign new court dates nor give permission to come late to court. 
-Only at the Judges’ discretion may the Clerk of Court issue a new court dates.


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Not sure why "Post to Neighbors" is the only category available to me, for reporting - and I tried this once before with no success. But whatever company is doing whatever they are doing in the power line easement that runs between Prominence Point & Keeter did a REALLY lousy job of keeping the resulting erosion/mud on the work site. The sidewalk here is covered with mud, and has been for over a week.

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HOLLY MILL - Do we have enough signs?

I didn't even bother to take photos of the signs around the playground/tennis courts. Didn't want to overload the memory chip on the camera.

CANTON, GA according to 
      (based on 66 reviews)

Has an 'A' rating, #102 out of 500 cities as the Best Place to live in Georgia.

Population: 25,022

Home Owners: 53%

Home Renters: 47%

Median Rent: $880

Median Home Value $174,500

Read the other statistics at:


Had this in today's incoming post.  Seems to be a worthy cause.


Advil vs. Aleve - Which is better?

I have both on hand along with some oxy, which I don’t like to use.

I was wondering which was best so I looked it up on the Internet. Seems you can find just about anything there and I determined that for my usage it would be Aleve. Of course I determined this just after taking 3 Advil’s. But it is noted for next time.

Here is what I found:

“Which drug is safer and better for different kinds of pain? Advil and Aleve are popular over-the-counter painkillers that have more similarities than differences between them.

Both belong to the class of drugs called NSAIDs (Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs). These drugs relieve pain and reduce fever and inflammation. So they are used for headache, body ache, common cold, cramps, fever, sprains and mild arthritis. The active ingredient in Advil is Ibuprofen and in Aleve it's Naproxen.

Pain relief lasts longer with Aleve and Aleve works better for pain resulting from inflammation (eg. arthritis). On the other hand, Advil works better for people with acid reflux or those who frequently use sun-tanning beds because Aleve has negative side effects for such patients.”

So I will use up and retire the Advil in favor of Aleve for my arthritis.

Article at:



City cracks down on waterwaste “Willful waste”or failure to fix a leak could lead to a shut-off in city water service under an ordinance recently approved by the Canton City Council.

Service could be cut off upon reasonable notice, unless circumstances require immediate action, and would not be restored “until all water bills and the bill for the cost ofcutting off and again turning on the water shall have been paid,” the ordinance says. The measure passed 5-1, with Council Member Nick Estes voting against*.

The water conservation measure cites examples ofwaste as failing to repair acontrollable leak,such as abrokensprinkler head,within 30 days;or operating a lawn irrigation system when it’s raining.

Exceptions include water use in firefighting or hydrant inspections;asadust-controlmeasure; to abate spills of flammable or otherwise hazardous materials where appropriate;inconstruction; in power-washing, unless prohibited by drought restrictions; in approved mobile car washes; and when emptying swimming pools for maintenance, when proper local rules are followed.


*  Mr. Estes represents the Holly Mill area - Good for him voting against the matter!  If you have input on a City issue contact Mr. Estes via:

Showing up in area mailboxes is the most recent incoming from candidate Sarah Hobson.
Didn't know that they made post cards this big!

Anyway I already voted by mail for her based on having spoken to her when she dropped by asking for me to consider her for this race.

Also got 2 other mailings from her which makes me wonder if her opponent is doing any campaigning as I have yet to see anything from him.

I did go to see his site but it didn't provide any info to me that would make me want to vote for him.

I expect that Mrs Hobson will win the Republican Primary which means that she will be the next solicitor as the general election is not much of a factor in a strongly Republican county.
Dropped an email to the Chief asking if we are having some sort of traffic issue along Prominence Point Pky.
Going out today for lunch there was a pick up pulled over for a ticket, coming back 40 min later another vehicle stopped.
The Chief replied quickly (as he always does):
Sent: 4/26/2018 3:33:52 PM Eastern Standard Time
Subject: Re: Just Wondering?
We received a complaint about speeding and motorist running stop signs in the area. Our Officers focused on the area this morning / afternoon in reference to the issue and did stop a few vehicles in order to deter the activity.
I have found in the six or so times that I had an inquiry that Chief Mitchell will get back to you in just a few minutes. He is extremely responsive to inquiries from Citizens.


Arriving this week are the 2018 HM HOA Pool Tags (2).  The Recreation area community pool will open May 5th - Sept 3rd and the Enclave pool will be open May 19 - Sept 23rd.

Misc Note:  The Assn. letter might be just a bit confusing on the dates as it says "September 3th" for the Rec and "September 23rd" for Enclave.  The 3th should have been 3rd, minor typo, it closes for the year September 3rd.

OK, work all done.  Fortunately the 2 newly completed sections do not need any striping.  You might recall the last time work was done along that stretch and Keeter it was about 3 months before the lane markings got added.


I asked City of Canton how long the project would continue and the cost.  

It is a 2 day job, finished tomorrow.

Below is the reply.

Issue ID: 4354428
Submitted To: City of Canton
Category: Other

Neighborhood: Canton

City of Canton Director of Public Works wrote:

"This project is being completed using the extra quantities (tons of asphalt) from the 2017 splost paving project. 

When these jobs are bid, the quantity is a calculated but when we get in the field we usually find that we were a bit short or a bit over on our exact calculations. 

In this case we had quantities remaining and were able to use that quantity to fix the troubled areas on Prominence Point. 

The total for the 2017 Splost paving project was approximately $1.2 million (to pave multiple streets throughout the City, not just Prominence). The project is scheduled to be completed tomorrow."

Starting 4/19 and ending 4/20 is the repaving some sections of the north side of these roads. One way traffic for now.



 Eating Out

If you don’t feel like cooking be sure to turn to these places for good senior dining deals. From fast food to steak restaurants, our compiled restaurant list will definitely help you make your choice.

Keep in mind that deals may vary at participating locations and can change without notice.

■ McDonald’s: discounts on coffee and beverages (55+)
■ Whataburger: free drink with purchase of a meal, depending on location (55+)
■ Wendy’s: give free coffee or other discounts depending on location
■ Piccadilly Cafeteria – 10% discount with “Prime Time for Seniors” card
■ IHOP – 10% discount (55+) and a menu for people aged 55 and over at participating locations
■ Golden Corral: Senior discount varies by location
■ Krispy Kreme Senior Discount: 10% off (50+) (age and discount varies depending on location)
■ Perkins Restaurants: Fifty-Five Plus menu Offers special deals (55+)
■ Subway: 10% off (60+) varies by location
■ The Old Spaghetti Factory: Spaghetti Factory “Senior Menu” offers discounted list of menu items
■ Uno Pizzaria & Grill: “Double Nickel Club” 25% off on Wednesday (55+)
■ Sizzler: Offers “Honored Guest Menu” (60+) varies by location
■ Papa John’s Senior Discount: check with your local stores (no standard senior discount policy)
■ Old Country Buffet: Daily discounts for seniors (55+)
■ Friendly’s Restaurants: 10% off meal w/ free coffee at breakfast or free small sunday during non-breakfast hours
■ Fazoli’s: Join “Club 62” for special senior menu items (62+)
■ KFC: free small drink with any meal depending on location (55+) some locations give 10% discount from bill
■ Country Kitchen: Great Senior Menu (55+)
■ Burger King: 10% discount on purchase depending on location (60+)

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                                                                                  Hotel Rooms

If you want to settle down for the night someplace away from home you can be sure to get a discount at Marriott, Comfort Inn, Motel 6 and more.

Keep in mind that discounts may vary and change without notice.

■ Marriott – 15% discount (62+). You can book online or call and ask for the senior discount
■ Red Roof Inn – option of “senior rate” when you book online, may not be available for all locations
■ Choice Hotels – 10% discount if you book in advance (60+)
■ Hyatt Hotels – up to 50% off in participating locations. To qualify for this deal you have to make a reservation in advance and book for two people (60+)
■ La Quinta – varying offers at participating locations (65+). Book online or call and ask for senior discounts
■ Omni Hotels – varying offers at participating locations (55+)
■ Motel 6 – 10% discount (60+). Call and book over the phone in order to get discount
■ Wyndham Hotels – varying offers at participating locations (60+)
■ Hampton Inns & Suites – 10% off when booked 72 hours in advance

You can find more senior hotel discounts by using to look for your next hotel room.



24 candidates for  Canton City Council owe the State of Georgia for not filing their required Campaign Financial Reports as required by the Georgia Government Transparency and Campaign Finance Commission (formerly known as the State Ethics Commission)

This list of Late and Non-Filers is found on the State site at:

The site notes that:
 “Information found through searches on this web page may be inaccurate due to miss-entry or non-entry of data by filers or local filing clerks or due to delays due to entry of report information when the report was not filed electronically.”



This is the Primary where you can select who you want to run in the general election for your party.  It isn't to late to get an 'absentee ballot', anyone can use this.

I sent off my vote 2 days ago.


66 Homes on this street.  

Average Resident Age:  51
Average Income:  88.9 K
Average Property Value:  $199 K
82% White

See some info on the various properties at this site:

Spokeo is a pay site but offers teaser info with a lot of  ****’s, but even so you can do some basic research on this or other streets.  

Costs to sign up run between $8 to $14.

For my property the info seems to be correct.

RE: Citi Data
Here is another site with lots of data about Holly Mill.  I have this on my site already but it way down the blog, easier to just click on here:


FACEBOOK - Interesting FB sites you might want to look at
    I have a few FB accounts but I never paid much attention to details about how things work at BFB, in fact I still don’t.

    On one of the Fox programs this morning one comment was made about 2 FB sites that people should be aware of.

    I took a look at both and will probably spend some time blundering around them looking at stuff.

    You might want to take a look also, maybe bookmark them for later or hit 'share' and pass the info on to others:

The 'Mail In' ballots are out.  Below is the ballot for the Republican Primary of May 22nd.

There is still time to sign up for and obtain one of these mail in ballots.


Looks like some work this summer on the deteriorating Prominence Point Parkway!


Sent: 4/6/2018 8:46:13 AM Eastern Standard Time
Subject: Re: From one of you campaign donors - action needed for Prominence Point Pky/Keeter Rd area

Good to hear from you Nick!

Since I emailed you the site ‘SeeClickFix’ has had this below input on the subject of that section of Prominence Point Parkway.

Seems that sometime next month the ‘Paving List’ will be before the Council for approval.

Perhaps you can help get that both put through and nudge them to see that the Prominence Point Parkway is high enough up the list that it gets done this summer.

The referenced ‘base failure’ of the roadway indicates that this might be a larger job and sometimes these get put off while the lesser jobs get the more immediate attention as they show results faster.

Here is the reply FYI:
“City of Canton Director of Public Works (Verified Official)
The work order that was issued was to put a temporary patch in the pot holes to keep the road passable. This road will be on our 2018 Paving list that will be presented to City Council in May, and will then be paved as quickly as possible from that time. The road obviously has a base failure that will require that section to be removed and built back from the base layer. Hopefully this answers your questions. We definitely understand your frustration and we are working to get this handled with a permanent solution.

3 of the 4 Holly Mill subdivisions use that stretch of roadway, probably 500+ homes of the 663 in the 4 phases of HM, so it is an important project for us.

Thanks for the assist on this!

Bill Harris

In a message dated 4/5/2018 5:51:38 PM Eastern Standard Time, writes:
Mr Harris…
Good to hear from and thanks for reaching out.  I’m sorry that it took a few days to get back to you…I just got back in to town.  I will be at the council meeting tonight and will follow up with Billy, our city manager to understand where we are.  Thanks again for reaching out.

Sent: 4/2/2018 3:37:32 PM Eastern Standard Time

Subject: From one of you campaign donors - action needed for Prominence Point Pky/Keeter Rd area

Dear Councilman Estes:

Although this 'fix' is being looked into by the City, as a donor to your campaign ($200), I would like your assurance that the City takes the matter seriously.

Having our Councilman take a good look should make a big difference in getting things taken in hand.

Work has been done on this stretch of road before but it seems to be ineffective in getting us a decent roadway.  I and a lot of Holly Mill folks drive on it every day.

Did the contractor do a bad job?  Use inferior materials?

Anyway, Nick, this stretch of roadway needs a good look and then a more permanent fix than what it has been getting.

Can you please ride herd on this issue and make sure the City gets the matter some attention and a fix that will last longer than a few months.

Bill Harris (aka:  Davey Crockett)
110 Holly Mill Village Dr, Canton


Poor Road Condition, Faded Markings  Acknowledged

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The roadway was re-surfaced recently (4-5 months ago?). I am surprised that it is already badly crumbling. I have no doubt that the potholes will re-appear. I thought this was supposed to be a permanent fix. Am I incorrect? In addition, the potholes just south of this area are already coming back. Isn't it about time for a permanent fix for this area?

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Primary is May 22nd.
Don't stand in line to vote, get your Vote By Mail Application, fill it in and mail, fax or email it back so you can have them send out your Vote By Mail ballot.

In Cherokee you can call 770 479 0407 and ask for the ballot application to be sent (or print out the one pictured). See the website at

In Cobb you can call 770 528 2581.

These applications can be filled out and either mailed back, faxed or scanned/emailed.

The Economic Policy Institute broke down how much it costs families to live in each county in America. See how yours fared.By Kristal Dixon, Patch Staff |  | Updated 

Here's How Much You Need To Earn To Live In Cherokee County

CANTON, GA — Cherokee County is one of the more expensive places to live in Georgia, according to the Economic Policy Institute. The organization recently released its 2018 family budget calculator that estimates how costly it is to live in each of America's 3,142 counties and 611 metro areas.
The group estimates a family of two adults and two children in Cherokee, would need to earn a combined $80,278 per year — or $6,690 a month — to live comfortably. Here's how the group breaks down that number:
Housing: $1,059 per month
Food: $782 per month
Child Care: $980 per month
Transportation: $1,242 per month
Health Care: $961 per month
Other Necessities: $743 per month
Taxes: $924 per month
Compared to the metro Atlanta area, that might seem a tad bit more expensive. To live in the metro area, that same family would need to earn a combined $78,717 per year, or $6,560 every month, to "attain a modest yet adequate standard of living," the organization said.
The family budget calculator accounts for geographic differences in cost of living, but does not include many expenses associated with a middle-class lifestyle, including student loan payments or saving for college or retirement 
"Our Family Budget Calculator goes beyond traditional measures like the poverty line to paint a detailed picture of what families need to get by," EPI Senior Economist Elise Gould said in a release. "The latest update provides even greater detail on how costs vary throughout the country. It is above all else a tool for policymakers to advocate for ways to raise wages and make their communities more affordable."
Perhaps unsurprisingly, San Francisco ranked first in the nation as the most expensive metro area with a basic budget of $148,439 a year for a two-parent, two-child household. On the flipside, that same household would only need to earn $58,906 to live comfortably in Brownsville, Texas, the least expensive metro area in the country.
The group noted that many low-wage workers don't make enough money to adequately provide for their family's basic needs. Even after adjusting for higher state and city minimum wages, the group said, there is "nowhere in the country" where a minimum-wage worker would earns enough.
"It's clear from our analysis that, even in less-expensive areas, many families will struggle to meet their basic needs," said research assistant Zane Mokhiber. "The good news is we have many different ways to remedy this, from a higher minimum wage to ambitious child care reform. Policymakers should draw on a range of tools to help people meet the needs laid out in the Family Budget Calculator."
Click here to go to to the calculator. You can change the number of adults and children to see exactly what your household needs to earn to live comfortably in your county.
Patch reporter Dan Hampton contributed to this report

Davey Crockett   3/22/18  added 2 new photos.
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I had a visit today from Mrs. Sarah Hobson who is running for the post of Cherokee County Solicitor.
She provided me with some election materials regarding her run in the Republican primary for Solicitor. The current occupant is retiring and 2 people are running in the Republican primary.
Mrs Hobson is an attorney with a local practice and seemed like a good choice so I had her put up a yard sign also. See
Her visit reminded me to call the Voter Registration Office (770 479-0407) and ask for an absentee ballot for both the primacy and the general election. Took about 3 minutes to take care of this.
Years ago I stopped the BS of having to drive to and from a polling place, stand in line and then show some retired KGB border guard my ‘govt issued ID’.
Note: Oregon is one of the 2 states that votes entirely by mail. No standing in line for them. Too bad it isn’t that way in Georgia.
Anyway, no matter who you vote for, now is the time to phone the Voter Registration Office and arrange for your ballots for the primary and later the general election.



•   Prosecutes misdemeanor cases and violations of the county code in State and   Magistrate Court, such as Simple and Family Violence Battery, Simple Assault, Stalking, Driving Under the Influence, Shoplifting, Abandonment of Minor Child and Criminal Trespass.

•    Conducts bench trials, jury trials, and hearings in state court and represents the State in appellate matters.

•    Negotiates pleas and may refer appropriate cases to Pretrial Intervention or Diversion Programs, when eligible, in lieu of a criminal conviction.

•    Provides information, resources and support to victims of crime.

•    May recommend sentences of up to twelve (12) months in jail, and up to $1,000 in fines and probation. ($5,000 for High and Aggravated Misdemeanors)                              

•    May investigate charges, meet with the arresting officers, victims and interview witnesses to prepare for court proceedings.

•   Prosecutes cases bound over from Municipal Courts in other Fulton County jurisdictions.

•    Handles administrative hearings for welfare fraud and child abandonment cases.

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