Fulton County is offering residents an inside look at its operations.

The 15th annual Citizens’ University starts Sept. 6 at 6 p.m.

Registration closes Aug. 24 at midnight.

According to county spokeswoman Felecia Church, participants will gain in-depth knowledge through a variety of classes.

“The 10 weeks of interactive training teaches participants how county government operates, the services provided and how tax dollars are spent,” she said in a statement. “County leaders provide first-hand information and conduct exercises designed to help class members understand the budgeting process and how the county makes decisions regarding services provided to the community.”

Church said the county board of commissioners started the program in 2004 to strengthen the relationship between citizens and their government.

Its executive sponsor is county Chairman Robb Pitts.

“We see Citizens’ University as a tremendous opportunity for the average citizen to learn about the way government works,” he said in a statement. “Over the 10 weeks of classes, participants will gain a greater understanding of everything Fulton County government does on behalf of its residents.”

Both parties benefit, Church said.

Citizens can share their new knowledge with community members, while the county may find advocates for positive community development.

Class size is limited to 30 participants to provide a quality experience, Church said.

Sessions are on Thursdays from 6 to 8:30 p.m., ending Nov. 15.

Locations are at various county facilities, including the county government center in downtown Atlanta.

The registration cost of $40 includes course materials, a graduation ceremony, a diploma and a class shirt.

Information: 404-612-8300 or www.fultoncountyga.gov/fccomm-citizensuniversity

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