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Virtual Town Hall on March 28, 2020

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Did You Know . . .

  1. Members of your Clayton County Delegation led the successful effort to have a grant included in the 2018 State budget of almost $27,000,000 to replace the local general sales taxes (LOST) that the County and cities would forfeit through 2021 after the General Assembly ratified former Governor Deal’s suspension of the taxes. The suspension was in response to a 2014 Federal mandate that required local general sales taxes on aviation fuel to be used only for aviation related purposes. The Delta Air Lines Foundation also agreed to make monthly grants to Clayton County Public Schools to replace the ESPLOST that Delta would have paid on aviation fuel through the end of 2019. That amount was estimated at $18,000,000 using then existing fuel prices/purchase volumes,

  2. Members of your Clayton County Delegation wrote letters and contacted members of the Georgia Congressional Delegation in an effort supporting legislation that would have the Federal mandate delayed or changed that would require local general sales taxes on aviation fuel to be used only for aviation related purposes,

  3. Members of your Clayton County Delegation introduced legislation during the 2019 session of the General Assembly that carried over to the 2020 session that would lift the tax-exempt status from the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport and add several hundred million in value to the Clayton County Property Tax Digest. The lifting of the exemption could add as much as $50,000,000 to the property taxes collected in the County,

  4. Members of your Clayton County Delegation worked with County, local  school district officials and the Clayton County community for almost twelve months and continue in 2019 in developing a strategic plan to replace revenues lost due to the Federal mandate related to the exemption of aviation fuel from local general sales taxes. That working relationship resulted in the publication of a whitepaper on the strategic plan to replace the revenue forfeited,

  5.  Members of your Clayton County Delegation met with City of Atlanta officials and had discussions with Mayor Bottoms while the General Assembly was in session in an effort to have the City of Atlanta voluntarily agree to pay property taxes to Clayton County that are allowable under Federal airport revenue use policies. The City of Atlanta owned airport occupies approximately 3,163 acres in Clayton County,

  6. Members of your Clayton County Delegation are surveying the County, the school district and the cities to determine the impact that the loss of the local general sales tax will have on general fund budgets after 2019 and 2021, respectively. Local taxes are used to rollback County and cities ad valorem taxes and used by the school district to fund capital improvements,

  7. Members of your Clayton County Delegation are supporting the efforts of Member of Congress David Scott (D-GA) and Member of Congress John Lewis (D-GA) who co-sponsored the “The State and Local General Sales Tax Protection Act” that would lift the mandate by the Federal Aviation Administration on the use of local sales tax thus allowing for possible reinstatement of the local general sales tax on aviation fuel sales transactions in Georgia. The efforts of Congresswoman Grace Napolitano (D-CA) to amend the transportation appropriations bill to prohibit the local sales tax on aviation from being subject to restrictive use requirements is also being supported by Congressmen Scott and Lewis and your Clayton County Delegation.

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