Commissioner William Lockett

Commissioner Lockett's Perspective

Jun 30

Tax Increase - Rationale

Posted on June 30, 2014 at 3:26 PM by William Lockett

Due to the passage of House Bill 386, the state and local sales and use taxes on energy used in manufacturing was phased out over a 4-year period beginning January 1, 2013. The legislation established a process aimed towards making the impact of this removal of the local sales tax revenue neutral for city and county governments, provided that these governments adopt  a local excise tax on energy used in manufacturing at the same rates. Columbia County adopted the local excise tax whereas Augusta declined to do so at a cost of $1 million in 2013; $2 million in 2014; $3 million in 2015; and $4 million the following year.

The 2014 General Assembly passed a collection of tax measures, signed by Governor Nathan Deal, that will drain up to $107 million from Georgia's local governments over the next two years and up to $154 million over the next five years. The total loss would have been higher had Deal not vetoed the title ad valorem tax (TAVT) legislation, House Bill 729, which would have cost local governments an additional $53 million dollars over the next five years.

Remember! We had an ice storm that did extensive damage in the area and created an unanticipated drain on the cities finances. The ice storm expense coupled with all the unfunded mandates has given Augusta no other choice but to increase taxes.

I solicit your ideas. Let me know what we can do better.
Apr 03

No Vote - SPLOST VII Referendum

Posted on April 3, 2014 at 8:37 AM by Jeff Lewis

How will passage of the SPLOST VII Referendum benefit this community? Is Special Local Option Sales Tax, really a tax? How can we defend not supporting a millage increase or implementation of an excise tax because it is a tax but support SPLOST? Let me know how you feel about this matter.

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Dec 23

Coming Soon

Posted on December 23, 2013 at 2:29 PM by Mike Blanchard

Commissioner Lockett's Perspective is coming soon!