County OKs LOST distribution formula

By SARAH FAY CAMPBELL
sarah@newnan.com
The Coweta County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved the distribution formula for proceeds from the
Local Option Sales Tax for the next 10 years at Tuesday’s commission meeting.
The commissioners approved a “certificate of distribution” as well as a supplemental agreement with the city of Newnan.
Because of growth in Newnan, as well as in Senoia and Grantville, Coweta County is seeing a significant drop in the percentage of the LOST proceeds that it receives.
The new percentages will be phased in over three years.
The intergovernmental agreement is with the city of Newnan but applies to all of the “qualified municipalities” that receive LOST proceeds. The agreement covers 2013 and 2014. Under it, if the county’s portion of the LOST proceeds under the phase-in exceeds a certain base amount, the excess money will be distributed to the qualified municipalities based on a mutually agreed upon allocation formula.
Currently, Coweta receives 72.74 percent of the LOST. Newnan gets 21.89 percent; Senoia, 2.34 percent; Granville, 1.76 percent; Sharpsburg, 0.42 percent; Turin, 0.22 percent; Haralson, 0.19 percent; and Palmetto, 0.44 percent.

The new distribution, after the three-year phase in, will be Coweta County, 61.78 percent; Newnan, 31.19 percent; Senoia, 3.13 percent; Grantville, 2.87 percent; Sharpsburg, 0.32 percent; Turin, 0.26 percent; Haralson, 0.16 percent; and Palmetto, 0.29 percent.

Coweta’s percentage will be 68.2 percent in 2013, and 64.97 percent in 2014.

“I’d like to thank all the staff involved with this, because I know it was very difficult,” said Commissioner Paul Poole. He also appreciates the cooperation of all the cities and towns. “Because this could have gone to arbitration, and the citizens would have lost,” Poole said.

In other meeting business:

• The commissioners heard a presentation from Malcolm Jackson about the 2012 Veterans Muster.

This year’s event, the third, will be dedicated to veterans and the

ir families who served from 1975 to the present, Jackson said. The event is put on by the Coweta Commission on Veterans Affairs and has activities Oct. 11 and Oct. 13.

• The board approved a new package beer and wine license for Corbin’s Korner at 251 Stewart Road.

• The board voted to award a landscaping contract, and execute liens, associated with the cleanup of property at 38 East Haynes Street. The low bidder was ASI Lawn and Landscape for $200.

• The board voted to adopt the 2012 updates to the county’s Capital Improvements Element and the 2013-2017 Short Term Work Program.

• The board accepted the donation of the only known copy of the 1886 Manual for Road Commissioners, which was donated by longtime Coweta County Commissioner Leroy Johnson.

“This was a manual that was produced here in Coweta in 1886 and it was basically a training manual, of how to be a commissioner of roads and revenue at that time,” said County Administrator Theron Gay. The book has been rebound.

Johnson served as commissioner from 1954 to 1992, Gay said. His father, Rhodes Johnson, served as commissioner from 1932 to 1954. Rhodes Johnson died in 1954 and Leroy Johnson ran unopposed in a special election to fill his seat.

Gay showed a presentation case including the book and photos of the Johnsons that will hang in the 1904 courthouse. Gay said plans are to schedule a dedication ceremony that Johnson and his family can attend.

• The board voted to purchase the M86 Internet filter and reporting solution. The cost, of $15,254.26, will be spread out over three years. The product will protect against malware, phishing, and the like, as well as enforce the county’s acceptable use policy and provide reporting to department heads, said Assistant Administrator Michael Fouts.

• The board voted to accept a $7,500 grant from the Council of Juvenile Court Judges. The grant is for the purchase of services for the Juvenile Offenders Program.

• The board approved the payment of the county’s Fiscal Year 2013 dues for the Three Rivers Regional Commission. The dues are $83,614.



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