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May 15--  The Toombs County Commission is petitioning to have a judge decide how sales tax revenue should be allocated between it and the towns of  Vidalia, Lyons and Santa Claus.

Toombs County is seeking an increase in the amount of revenue it receives but has been unable to reach agreement in meetings and mediation with the cities.

County attorney Howard Kaufold filed a petition May 10th asking that a Superior Court judge from outside the Middle Judicial Circuit hear testimony from both sides and make a final decision on how the money should be shared.

Local governments are required by state law to reduce property taxes by an amount equal to that collected from sales taxes.  

City officials claim an increase in the sales tax allocation to Toombs County will result in reduction of services or a net increase in property taxes by city dwellers.

Any allocation decided by a judge would take effect in January and remain in effect for ten years.