January 18-- The Toombs County commissioner who represents Vidalia on the Toombs County Commission favors an increased share of Local Option Sales Tax (LOST) revenue to the county.
Toombs County and the cities of Vidalia, Lyons and Santa Claus are in the midst of negotiating the allocation of sales tax revenue among the governments for a ten-year period starting in 2013.
Toombs County wants to increase its percentage of the tax by about twenty percent and decrease Vidalia's share by about 12 percent. That could cause an increase in city property taxes in Vidalia, but Commissioner Louie Powell says that would be offset by a rollback in county property taxes which Vidalia residents also pay.
"Every bit of the sales tax revenue that the county receives will be reflected in a rollback to the taxpayers," he observes. "You know the bottom line to this is, and I hope the cities will understand, that the representation the county commissioners have to do is from a county-wide standpoint so that all citizens of Toombs County would receive a rollback throughout the whole county," he added.
Powell says he hopes the issue can be resolved "in the kind manner that we have in the past." City and county leaders have a second meeting to discuss the allocation Wednesday, however, the mayors are opposed to the increase proposed by the county.