Georgia Law Review, Vol. 9, No. 4 (Summer 1975), pp. 783-819


Generally speaking, practitioners, jurists, professors, legislators, and students desire certainty in the law. For those interested in the law of municipal corporations in Georgia, however, that search for certainty is frequently frustrating, if not impossible. In his Article, Professor Sentell points to a number of Georgia constitutional and statutory rules which, when read with the interpretations of these provisions by the Georgia courts, generate uncertainty and confusion for one confronted with a question in municipal corporation law. The discussion begins with a look at the definitional uncertainty of what is a municipal corporation under Georgia law, turns next to an analysis of assorted statutory and constitutional problems engendered by the provisions themselves and by the case law interpretations of those provisions, and concludes with an inquiry as to who composes the governing councils of municipal corporations.