WHEREAS, the Joint Study Committee on Critical Transportation Infrastructure Funding will soon issue a report aimed at helping the State of Georgia raise additional revenue to address transportation needs;
WHEREAS, the Joint Study Committee may recommend a reduction to local governments in sales tax collected on the sale of motor fuel taxes for non-transportation purposes;
WHEREAS, in 2013, local governments in Georgia collected $516 million in local sales taxes (LOST, SPLOST, ELOST, ESPLOST, HOST, MARTA and Atlanta’s MOST) from the sales of motor fuel;
WHEREAS, if motor fuel is removed or exempted from local sales taxes, the Georgia Municipal Association estimates that Muscogee County could lose approximately $8 million annually, including proceeds to the Columbus, Georgia consolidated government and the Muscogee County School District;
WHEREAS, in 2013, the total amount of SPLOST funds spent on transportation was $746 million;
WHEREAS, in addition, voters in the Columbus Region approved collection of a one-cent TSPLOST to fund needed transportation projects;
WHEREAS, any suggestion that Georgia’s local governments are not making substantial investments toward transportation projects is inaccurate;
WHEREAS, this Council urges the Joint Study Committee on Critical Infrastructure Funding and our local delegation to the Georgia General Assembly to strongly oppose any recommendation or measure to reduce allocation of sales tax funding to local governments.
NOW, THEREFORE, THE COUNCIL OF COLUMBUS, GEORGIA HEREBY RESOLVES:
We hereby urge the Joint Study Committee on Critical Infrastructure Funding and our local delegation to the Georgia General Assembly to strongly oppose any recommendation or measure to reduce allocation of sales tax funding to local governments. Let a copy of this resolution be forwarded to each member of the local delegation to the Georgia General Assembly.
Introduced at a regular meeting of the Council of Columbus, Georgia held on the 13
day of January, 2015, and adopted at said meeting by the affirmative vote of ______ members of Council.
TINY B. WASHINGTON, CLERK TERESA PIKE TOMLINSON, MAYOR