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Lowndes receives more sales tax money than Valdosta

December 20, 2002

Valdosta - An arbitration panel ruled that Lowndes County will receive a larger percentage of the local option sales tax than the city of Valdosta.

City and county officials have been in arbitration in Atlanta this week, because they couldn't agree on who should get what percentage of the sales tax. After hearing presentations from both sides, arbitrators decided Lowndes county's percentage will increase to 58 percent, while the city's share will be reduced to 38 percent.

"We'll use that money to roll back property taxes," said Joe Pritchard, County Manager. "We felt like since we represent the entire county, we're larger and deserve more."

The decrease in Valdosta's share will reduce the city's budget by an estimated 200,000 dollars.

posted at 1:30 by ashley.harper@walb.com