Local officials facing hundreds or even thousands of dollars in fines for missing one or more of the state’s deadlines for filing 2011 campaign and personal financial reports may get a reprieve.
Patrick Millsaps, a Camilla attorney who chairs the Georgia Government Transparency and Campaign Finance Commission, told the Barrow Journal this week that the commission will consider forgiving most or all late fees for local officials this year.
This is the first time that Georgia’s locally elected officials – from city council members to county commissioners to school board members – have been required by the Georgia General Assembly to submit campaign and personal financial information to the state ethics office rather than to local elections offices or city clerks.
The commission’s website shows that several Barrow County office-holders already are facing hefty fines for supposedly missing the first filing deadline in March. And some also have been late with either their June 30 campaign finance reports or their separate personal financial disclosure forms that were due July 1.