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Commission considers tax on energy
by Adam Elrod
December 20, 2012 01:25 PM | 1472 views | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Paulding County Board of Commissioners is considering adoption of an excise tax on the energy used in manufacturing.

The tax will be part of an intergovernmental agreement between Paulding County and the cities of Dallas and Hiram if the commission adopts it.

If the county decides not to enter into the agreement then the cities will direct collection of the tax themselves.

There is still much unknown of how this money will be collected, said county attorney Jayson Phillips during a work session last week.

“We are looking at our neighbors to see what they are doing,” said commission Chairman David Austin.

At any time the governments feel the tax is not necessary, or they see negative effects, they can stop the tax, and get out of the agreement, officials said.

The board also discussed action to enter into an engineering services agreement with Arcadis U.S. Inc. for work on the Richland Creek Reservoir Project, which will cost $1,526,465.

“Right now this 30 percent design effort is to take a year,” said Michael Carter, water systems director.

At the conclusion of the meeting the board discussed changing the name of White Oak Park in honor of Commissioner Larry C. Ragsdale.

Ragsdale did not seek re-election, and Dec. 11 was his last meeting. County Administrator Mike Jones said Ragsdale was instrumental in the park’s creation.

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