Albany city commissioners react to tax revenue sharing
ALBANY, Ga. (WALB) – City leaders have said they plan to fight for a bigger share of sales tax revenue.
Dougherty County leaders want a 60/40 split with 40% of the funds. However, the city’s first proposal was a 70/30 split in their favor.
Every 10 years, the county and city must work on sharing LOST funds. These are funds generated by the local sales tax.
They cover government operations without raising taxes for local residents.
Commissioner Chad Warbington said the reason the city proposed a 70/30 split is because it provides more services.
“As a city, we believe we provide the majority of services to the majority of citizens who live in Dougherty County and Albany,” Warbington said.
In a joint meeting, the county proposed a 53/47 split, with 53% of the funds going to them. On Monday, they changed that proposal and negotiated a 60/40 split.
“We are ready to go 60/40. It’s the line in the sand. That’s it,” said President Christopher Cohilas. “I appreciate and appreciate their opinion, but you really have to look at who spends the most on services. 80% of Dougherty County residents live in the city, which means we are the predominant provider. »
Warbington said the city will consider that offer and make a counteroffer later.
He said he’s confident the city and county will find common ground.
County attorney says they have to do otherwise they will lose the funds. They have until December to decide.
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