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November 15, 2012

Closed session ends with LOST settlement plan

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MILLEDGEVILLE —

The resolution also states that the City of Milledgeville can provide water and sewer services to Andalusia, which totals 531 acres on two parcels. If accepted, the county grants consent to the annexation of Andalusia should the owner petition the city.

Due to time constraints, both governments agreed to open dialogue about a new sewage treatment agreement and the city’s E911 plans.

“We agreed to sit down with the county in good faith to try and reach a resolution that’s beneficial to both,” Jordan said.

The LOST is a 1 percent sales tax imposed on the purchase, sale, rental, storage, use or consumption of tangible personal property and related services. The special district tax boundaries are the same as Georgia's 159 county lines.

The tax is imposed in qualified municipalities on the sale of motor fuels, and in most counties applies to food and alcoholic beverage sale also. LOST is one of the most significant revenue sources for municipal state governments, accounting for 16 percent of general fund revenues, according to the Georgia Municipal Association.

Renegotiation is triggered by the new federal census every 10 years. With mediation between the City of Milledgeville and Baldwin County over, the two sides have until Nov. 26 to file a new tax distribution intergovernmental agreement.

A 30-day window opened Oct. 27, giving both sides a short time to agree or face baseball arbitration in a judge's hands.

“We are so close it would be a shame if we could not come to an agreement,” Jordan said. “Hopefully we avoid the expense and uncertainty of having to do that.” 

 

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