|Tax rift widens
between county, Tyrone
By DAVE HAMRICK
continue to fly as Fayette County and local city
officials try to decide whose citizens are
getting the gold mine and whose are getting the
from the county and Peachtree City seem to have
abandoned the report of consultants Governmental
Solutions Ltd. in favor of figures put together
by Mayor Bob Lenox, according to Tyrone Town
Councilman Ronnie Cannon, and that has Cannon
soon as he made his recommendations, the county
started squawking, Cannon said this week,
referring to the GSL report.
report, jointly paid for by the county and all
five cities, suggested that residents of
Peachtree City pay $1.4 million more in taxes
than they receive in services from Fayette
County, and similar deficits occur in
Fayetteville ($313,397) and Tyrone ($118,863).
officials took exception to the figures, saying
the consultants considered only a few portions of
the county budget and that a more complete
analysis was needed.
City Mayor Lenox offered to provide a more
complete analysis, using figures from the GSL
report as well as updated numbers from an earlier
analysis he had written, and Lenox completed that
work last week, sending copies to all the
new numbers suggest that Peachtree City's
residents are shortchanged $3.2 million in county
services, and Fayetteville is short $793,293, but
Tyrone is owed a mere $1,177.
Commission Chairman Harold Bost said the county's
finance office is working on a response. We
agree with some things, disagree with some
things, and now we'll get together and talk and
try to come up with a solution that will satisfy
everybody, he said.
tired of it, Tyrone's Cannon said in
response. County and city officials agreed to use
the GSL report to solve the dispute, plus
additional data concerning recreation and
libraries, he said. In presenting the report in
June, GSL President Stephen Burnett said he did
not include those services in the study because
insufficient data were available.
getting our data together [on recreation and
libraries], said Cannon, and let's
hope they're getting their data together.
Lenox's new analysis just muddies the water, he
said. We're right back to where we were two
years ago, he said.
defended the new numbers, saying he included
GSL's study and expanded upon it. I worked
through this thing one step at a time, and I
didn't know what answer I was going to come up
with until I came to the bottom line, said
deficit came out so low because Tyrone
doesn't have much of a tax base and they do get
probably more services from the county, he
not fair to take this thing piecemeal,
Lenox added, referring to the GSL report.
I'm not going to cook the numbers to make
Ronnie happy, because that's not fair.