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County, city seem no closer to agreeing on SPLOST split
by Debbie Lurie-Smith
Feb 20, 2014 | 1620 views | 0 0 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The most recent meeting of elected officials from Jones County and Gray was not as amiable as the prior meetings, with the commissioners appearing to be sticking fast to their reduced offer.

The Feb. 11 meeting was another opportunity for the city and county to come to an agreement about the division of Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax funds and then go about the business of getting it passed by the voters. That did not happen.

Assistant County Administrator Margie Tyson had the opening remarks with the county, once again pointing to a previous sales tax negotiation as the reason for the percentage cut for Gray. That negotiation took place in 2012, and the tax is collected over a 10-year period.

The fact is that penny sales tax collections have been down approximately 25 percent for all entities that collect the tax, at least across Middle Georgia. The most commonly pointed-to explanation for that reduction is the change in vehicle ad valorem tax collections that stopped sales tax collections on vehicle sales.

The city is asking for the same SPLOST percentage it received in 2008 during the 2009 negotiations, which is 19.2 percent. The county is offering 16.5 percent.

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