A concerned citizen questioned Unadilla City Council members Tuesday night regarding the fate of ad valorem taxes for the city.
The query followed the Supreme Court’s decision to declare the baseball arbitration for the Local Option Sales Tax distribution process as unconstitutional. That action nullified dozens of certificates around the state.
Dooly County and its municipalities, including Unadilla, recently agreed to revert back to their 2002 LOST certificate which gives the city back the 2.8% of funding it had lost during arbitration. Before the latest ruling, the city had been forced to raise its millage rate.
Citizen Ronnie Leavens questioned the council on the possibility of the millage rate being reverted back to its original number which, in turn, would roll back the ad valorem taxes.
Leavens said he understood the current solution to be a temporary one and that the General Assembly was working on a solution to the distribution.
City Attorney Toni Sawyer advised Leavens the process is much more difficult and that a lot of factors are involved, not just population. She said the General Assembly would not be deciding the distribution process, only what the counties and their municipalities must do to file a valid certificate.
Sawyer said the distribution will never truly be considered fair and equitable unless all governing bodies agree on the percentages of distribution.
For the complete story please see the Thursday, October 24 edition of the Cordele Dispatch