Sales Tax Question: Why are sales tax funds allocated for project administration?

Monday, May 5, 2014 7:11 PM
Last updated 10:16 PM
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Augusta residents are set to vote on the consolidated government’s latest special purpose, local option sales tax package in a referendum May 20. The Augusta Chronicle is addressing the 1 percent sales tax collection in a continuing series until election day.

Q: Why are sales tax funds allocated for project administration?

A: Georgia laws governing the imposition of sales taxes allow the local government to reimburse itself for actual costs associated with the sales-tax-funded projects.

The $5 million listed in the package for administration, plus $1 million included on a proposed Engineering project list for administration are typically used for legal advertising and other “legal fees” associated with the tax, including designing contracts between the city and outside agency recipients, according to Deputy Finance Director Tim Schroer.

“More importantly,” however, collections for administration are used to repay city departments – finance, law, procurement and others – whose functions support the tax-funded projects, Schroer said. The city has an annual study done by an outside firm to assess this indirect cost allocation, he said.

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Butterman
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Butterman 05/06/14 - 05:09 am
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Sales Tax Question:
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Why is The Comical publishing these daily propaganda pieces in hopes SPLOST will pass. Is there something in the kitty for Billy?

Butterman
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Butterman 05/06/14 - 08:03 am
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TEE Center
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Remember it was a SPLOST that gave Billy his TEE Center.

nocnoc
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nocnoc 05/06/14 - 08:32 pm
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No matter how you slice it

5 Million over 5 years sounds more like a Slush Fund than any real operational costs.

HOWEVER,
I could support spending a $Million to INDEPENDENTLY audit the previous SPLOST'S and have a Independent Auditor monitoring this SPLOST if it passes.

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