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January 24--  Toombs County officials believe property taxpayers in the county should get a break by the county collecting a larger share of local option sales taxes. 

If the county can increase its share of collections, it will have to rollback property taxes on all taxpayers in the county including those who live in its muncipalities.  Conversely, if the cities lose sales tax revenue, that could lead to an increase in property taxes for city dwellers.

On the eve of the next meeting to discuss the allocation of sales tax revenue among the county and the towns of Vidalia, Lyons and Santa Claus, the county released a two-page talking paper stating the county's position.

Toombs County

Local Option Sales Tax (LOST) Strategy

 Simple: What is fair to everyone? 

CONSTITUTION OF THE STATE OF GEORGIA  
ARTICLE I.  BILL OF RIGHTS  
SECTION I.  RIGHTS OF PERSONS

                Ga. Const. Art. I, § I, Para. II  (2011)


PARAGRAPH II.  Protection to person and property; equal protection

   Protection to person and property is the paramount duty of government and shall be impartial and complete. No person shall be denied the equal protection of the laws.

Local Option Sales Tax

Definition: The proceeds from the 1% local sales tax are distributed each year according to a formula negotiated between the County and the municipalities. The money received is to be used to roll-back the property tax millage rate.

The Law: As a condition precedent for authority to levy the tax or to collect any proceeds from the tax authorized by this article for the year following the initial year in which it is levied and for all subsequent years, the county whose geographical boundary is conterminous with that of the special district and each qualified municipality therein receiving any proceeds of the tax shall adjust annually the millage rate for ad valorem taxation of tangible property within such political subdivisions as provided in this subsection

Cui Bono (Who Benefits)

             Total Taxes used to pay for Services

 

 
     

 

Five-Year History

Property

Sales

         

Vidalia

$0.39

$0.61

         

 

Lyons

$0.23

$0.77

         

 

County

$0.75

$0.25

         

 

               

 

               

 

 

             

 

                                               
Simple: For every tax dollar required to pay for local services LOST is paying 61 cents in Vidalia, 77 Cents in Lyons and 25 cents County Wide.

 

Where is the equal protection of the law for the property taxpayers of Toombs County?

 

As a point of reference let’s look at other Counties, first our neighbors, then by population and finally by our state rank. Toombs County 42.17

 

By Neighboring Counties

   

Appling

%

   

Treutlen

%

   

Baxley

30

   

Soperton

35

   

Graham

2

   

County

65

   

Surrency

2

           

County

66

   

Montgomery

%

   
       

Mt. Vernon

23.57

   

Emanuel

%

   

All Others

19.73

   

Swainsboro

34.4

   

County

56.7

   

Adrian

1.37

           

Stillmore

2.87

   

Candler

%

   

Remainder

10.65

   

Metter

49

   

County

50.71

   

Pulaski

2

   
       

County

49

   

Tattnall

%

           

Cobbtown

1.94

   

Jeff Davis

%

   

Collins

3.47

   

Hazlehurst

40

   

Reidsville

10.91

   

County

60

   

Glenville

21.39

           

County

62.3

           
               

By Population (2010)

% for County

 

Statewide from the Bottom (Toombs in the Bottom 5%)

   

54. Upson (27153)

55

 

Rank

County

%

Pop

 

55. Wayne (30099)

53.1

 

145

Chatham

17.8

265128

Savannah

56. Oconee (32808)

88.45

 

144

Bibb

19.6

155647

Macon

57. Toombs (27223)

42.17

 

143

Wilcox

29

9266

 

58. Madison (25047)

74

 

142

Calhoun

30

6000

 

59. Haralson (28780)

52.7

 

141

Fulton

34.98

920581

Atlanta

60. Chattooga (26797)

E-LOST

 

140

Telfair

39.05

16500

 
     

139

Doughtery

40

94655

Albany

 

   

138

Liberty

40.59

22232

 
     

137

Toombs

42.17

27223

 
     

Large Metro's should be excluded