Kelly Girtz, Mayor of Athens, Georgia
2019 – present
“A new era of equity approaches.”
-Kelly Girtz, at his inauguration
3-Point Plan for Affordable Housing: Girtz ran on a 3-point plan for affordable housing during his 2018 campaign. It included: 1) a property tax freeze for low-income seniors, 2) significant investment in affordable housing via SPLOST and Tax Allocation Districts (TADs) and 3) pursuing a policy of inclusionary zoning.
100% Renewable Energy: Girtz signed the Sierra Club Mayor’s 100% Clean Energy Pledge shortly after taking office in 2019. The commission soon followed with their own resolution in support of 100% clean energy.
Collaboration: In contrast to his predecessor, Mayor Nancy Denson, Girtz has committed to working in collaboration with both the commission and concerned residents alike. Items have no longer been blocked from the agenda against the wishes of a majority of commissioners.