Sales tax issue discussed in legislative meeting

Augusta commissioners, Richmond County school board members and area state representatives met this morning to discuss priorities for the state's new legislative session.

One issue discussed was a proposed Municipal Option Sales Tax, which would add an extra penny in sales tax on the dollar in Richmond County.

Augusta Commissioner Don Grantham asked the area delegation this morning to consider having a law passed allowing a referendum on the issue.

If ultimately approved by voters, Mr. Grantham said the MOST would help with maintaining government services without having property taxes increase.

He said today that should the MOST go through, there could even be a rollback of three mills in the county's property tax.

Mr. Grantham presented information showing that an estimated $35 million could be raised from the tax over five years, to be split at $8 million for law enforcement, $6 million for fire protection, $6 million for transit, $3 million for capital outlay replacement and $12 million for a rollback or fund balance.

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