A LOST agreement was first brought before the commission on Sept. 4, but at that meeting the board voted to let the process go into mediation. The mid-October mediation talks failed to come up with a formula to satisfy all entities, so the ball was back in the county’s court. Since then, the county has drafted intergovernmental supplemental agreements with some of the cities to make their share more agreeable.
“We’re not going to sign any agreement,” Villa Rica Mayor J. Collins said Tuesday. “One of the things that bothers me is that we’re not getting a supplemental agreement. Also, we never discussed service delivery strategy. We just feel like we weren’t treated fairly in the process and we won’t sign anything at this time.”
Bremen City Manager Perry Hicks said he is satisfied with the intergovernmental supplement agreement that bumps Bremen’s share up from 0.04 percent to 0.32 percent, the previous percentage it had been collecting. But Hicks feels the Carroll County taxpayers who live in the city limits of Bremen should get property tax rollback, similar to Carrollton taxpayers, since the city provides its own fire service.
The agreement to be discussed at next week’s BOC meeting includes the following percentage division of LOST funds: Carroll County, 62.39; Bowdon, 1.85; Bremen, 0.04; Carrollton, 22.07; Mt. Zion, 1.53; Roopville, 0.20; Temple, 3.82; Villa Rica, 7.57; and Whitesburg, 0.53.
In addition to the Bremen supplement, Bowdon would get a 0.65 supplement, raising its share to 2.5 percent. Carrollton gets a supplement of 2.42 percent, making its total 24.49 percent. Whitesburg would get 0.57 percent, making its total 1.10 percent.
The county and cities are trying to get a LOST agreement in place before Dec. 31, when the county’s current LOST certificate will lapse and the 1-cent tax would no longer be collected. In order to collect the tax again, voters would have to approve a new referendum.
The LOST referendum was passed by county voters in 1977 as a means to roll back property taxes. Every 10 years, the county and cities must meet to decide how the money will be split up, based on the new census data.
In addition to the LOST agreements, other agenda items for the Nov. 29 meeting include:
• consideration to purchase the Stallings Building at 201 Newnan St., Carrollton, near the courthouse;
• consideration of proposed bids for two 2013 GMC Sierra crew cab pickup trucks;
• and naming of appointees to certain committees and boards, including Carroll County/City Hospital Authority, Board of Elections and Registration, Employee Sick Leave Council, Health Board, Recreation Advisory Council, Water Authority, Joint Development Authority, Region Six Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities Planning Board, West Georgia Regional Airport Authority and Western Area Regional Radio System Authority.
Zoning session items on the agenda include:
• owner/applicant Jerry L. Jordan’s request for a conditional use permit to split 5.91-acre tract from 9.91 acres, located at 3823 Highway 100 South, Bowdon;
• owner/applicant Charles Martin’s request for a conditional use permit to split a 3-acre tract and single-family dwelling from 24.64 acres, located at 400 Stripling Chapel Road, Carrollton;
• owner/applicant Max and Susan Sewell’s request for a conditional use permit to split a 3.15-acre tract with a single-family dwelling from 10 acres, located at 1245 Sandhill Shady Grove Road, Carrollton;
• owner/applicant Harry Lawson’s request to amend the zoning ordinance and map for a 2-acre tract from 30.77 acres, for building expansion and parking, located at 6505 Mt. Zion Road, Waco, from A (agricultural) zoning to C (commercial) zoning;
• and owner/applicant Mark and Justin Vaughn’s reque4st to amend the zoning ordinance and map for a 4.48 acre tract, located at South Van Wert and Rocky Branch roads, Villa Rica, from R-2 (residential) to C (commercial).