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ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

The Georgia Supreme court has ruled that using arbitration in a dispute over local sales tax revenue distribution between Turner County and the cities of Ashburn, Rebecca & Sycamore is unconstitutional.

21 counties throughout the state, including Dougherty, Lowndes and Decatur used that method to reach an agreement.

"We've got these others, a large swath of people who have gone through this process or are now in the court, or have filed for arbitration and its gone away," said Tommy Coleman, who represented the three cities in the case. "So where does that leave the distribution of the tax and how much do the counties and cities now get?"

Coleman, a fromer Albany mayor, says that if no solution can be found that the results can trickle down to residents.

"That means that either services will be cut or taxes will go up," Coleman said. "There are not many things available for cities and counties to levy that they have much control over anymore."

The general assembly will look into this problem in January. In the meantime, Coleman and many others are hoping the Department of Revenue can find a short-term solution for the problem.

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