Handel Swings Budget Ax

It’s been a while since Karen Handel was in the news, but she is there today. She is taking charge of cutting Fulton County costs now that it will lose revenue due to Sandy Springs’ incorporation.

Fulton County would balance $70 million lost to Sandy Springs by closing fire stations, firing parks workers and cutting back on several building projects, under a budget released Tuesday by Fulton Commission Chairwoman Karen Handel.

Handel said her $663.8 million budget recognizes the massive change ahead for Fulton as cities take over many services now run by the county. The new city of Sandy Springs will open for business Thursday, and other new cities may swallow all of unincorporated Fulton by next year.

No doubt she will be attacked, but she is in a difficult position and appears to be taking the best course of action.


  1. Erick says:

    4ofspades, it does look good and gives her the opportunity to show her competence. I’m still not, however, convinced that she can beat Stephens.

  2. 4ofspades says:

    Erick — Stephens will be tough but Handel has a stronger, more cohensive base in Fulton which is known for supporting their own and voting in a block. Add to this that Cobb, Gwinnett, and Fayette have lined up squarely with her – at least based on her endorsement list. Tough race, sure, but certainly winnable.

  3. Ben Raspail says:

    I wouldn’t be so sure that Cobb, Gwinnett, and Fayette will go to Handel, Spades. From what I’ve heard, she’s got some serious baggage to carry with her pro-gay marriage/county-funded partner benefits stances. I’m not making a judgement on those issues in particular (read: Bill Simon withdraw your claws), but I do think some of those issues will hurt her with the suburban folks in a Republican primary. And let’s face it, she not a seasoned candidate by any means (nor is she a seasoned leader for that matter). Those things will make a difference down the road…

  4. 4ofspades says:

    Ben – Handel is not pro-gay marriage, and if you look at the record County Funded Partner benifits were put in place before she took office.

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