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Bill proposed to speed up city/county tax negotiations

Representative Jay Powell wants to ensure taxpayers are secure Representative Jay Powell wants to ensure taxpayers are secure
He says the current law allows local governments to waste time and taxpayers' money. He says the current law allows local governments to waste time and taxpayers' money.
CAMILLA, GA (WALB) -

A South Georgia state representative hopes to reduce lengthy arguments among local governments over taxes.

Camilla Republican Jay Powell introduced a bill that would put pressure on cities and counties to speed up negotiations on how to split Local option sales tax revenue.

He says the current law allows local governments to waste time and taxpayers' money.

"Y'all can't afford to do this," said Powell. "This is a bad thing. but if y'all let it expire, then you've got a good chance that'll be the last you'll ever see of it. Because we'll let somebody else take it on."

Instead of prolonged negotiations and potential court battles, cities and counties who can't reach an agreement would lose the tax revenue for five years.

The local school board could then call for a referendum to allow it to collect a new 1 cent sales tax in its place.

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