How Comments Are Prioritized

How Comments Are Prioritized

How comments are prioritized

Citizens are allowed to voice County related opinions, concerns, requests, etc. during the Public Comment portion of the Commission meeting.

On August 3, 2022, the Fulton County Board of Commissioners adopted new public comment rules that prioritize Fulton County residents during the public comment process. When signing up for public comment, whether in person or via Zoom, all speakers will be asked whether they are Fulton County residents. Speakers who identify themselves as Fulton County residents will be allowed to speak first.

Fulton County Government is committed to providing individuals with disabilities an equal opportunity to participate in and benefit from county programs, activities, and services. To request reasonable accommodations based on disability, including this notification in an alternate format, please contact the Fulton County Clerk to the Commission at 404.612.8200.

Priority for public comment will be given to Fulton County citizens and those individuals representing businesses or organizations located within Fulton County, including their employees, whether such persons are commenting in-person, via emails or via Zoom or other electronic media (i.e., phone call).

Non-Fulton County citizens will only be heard after all in-person Fulton County citizens, representatives of business and organizations located within Fulton County, including their employees, have been heard and the time allotted for public comment has not expired, except as otherwise provided in this code section.

County staff shall verify the residency of each public speaker prior to such person being heard by the board. Speakers will be granted up to two minutes each.

Members of the public will not be allowed to yield or donate time to other speakers.

The Public Comment portion of the meeting will not exceed 30 minutes at the Regular Meeting, nor will this portion exceed thirty minutes at the Recess Meeting.

In the event the 30-minute time limit is reached prior to public comments being completed, public comment will be suspended, and the business portion of the BOC meeting will commence.

Public comment will resume at the end of the meeting.

Similarly, written comments (that were timely submitted) not previously read, may be read at the end of the meeting.

For more information or to arrange a speaking date, contact the Clerk’s Office.