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August 12--  Senator Jack Hill of Reidsville provides you a link to review proposed Georgia House and Senate reapportionment maps.

 

PROPOSED SENATE AND HOUSE REAPPORTIONMENT MAPS ON LINE

 

Proposed maps for both the State Senate and House Reapportionment Committees are available on line for the public to review. Here is the process:

 

Go to: www.legis.ga.gov   

Click on "Joint Offices"

Click on "Reapportionment Office"

There are several types of maps available

The Senate and House Reapportionment Committees will be considering these maps this week for a possible vote the week of Aug. 22-26.

 

While there will be active discussions concerning Congressional reapportionment during the first week, there likely will not be any committee consideration until the Senate and House have completed most of the steps in passing the respective House and Senate maps. 

   

JULY REVENUES START OFF FY 2012 STRONGLY

 

The first month of the FY2012 Fiscal Year started off very well showing a 7.3% increase with total revenues of $1.23 billion for July. 

 

Individual Income Taxes include businesses who file as Subchapter S corporations and other individual filings.  That category, usually about 50% of total revenues, totaled $656.5 million for the month, a whopping increase of 22%.

 

Sales Tax Collections, while up 4.6% overall, showed a net decline to the state of -1.1% after distributions were made to local governments.  The difference for state collections was about $5 million less than July of 2010.

 

Motor Fuel Tax collections showed a strong increase on sales taxes on fuel coming in at a 26.5% increase while excise tax collections showed a decrease of -14.6% reflecting less fuel consumption with the rising prices.   Fuel Taxes collected totaled $85.6 million for the month.

 

Corporate Tax Collections were negative for the month by -$43.0 million totaling -$24.1 million for July versus an $18.9 million gain a year ago.  This category which showed a minus 2.0% drop in FY2011 continues to reflect the weakness in business activity and profitability.  Because of carry forward losses, recovery in this category will probably lag other categories' recoveries.

 

Tobacco tax collections were up for the month by $3.9 million or 42.3% while Alcohol tax collections were down at a minus 12.1% rate.

 

INSIDE THE NUMBERS

 

The sharp increase in Individual Income Taxes can be partially explained by a decrease in the number of Individual Refunds by 71.6% or -$91 million and an increase in Individual Withholding Payments of $29 million or 4.6%.  Individual Tax Return Payments, though, were down $3.5 million or -34.1%.

 

The decrease in state Sales Tax revenues for the month can best be explained by the increase of $38 million in local sales tax distribution over July of 2010.  Looking at Sales Tax categories, increases were shown by Automotive 2.0%, Food 6.9%, General Merchandise 3.2%, Home Furnishing 0.2%, Retail Trade 6.6%, Utilities 7.4% and Wholesale Trade 10.9%.  Categories with decreases included Accommodations at -1.4%, Construction -30.0%, and Manufacturing -1.8%.

 

WHAT LIES AHEAD?

 

There is much to be concerned about as work begins on the FY2013 state budget amid the uncertainty at all levels of the economy and government.  Since there are more questions than apparent answers, maybe a future column will dwell on the range of issues facing the state, country and in fact the world. But one thing is clear; both the immediate and long-term future of Georgia is woven in the economic uncertainty facing the United States; and Georgia is affected by the decisions or lack of decisions coming out of Washington today and in the coming months.