The Paulding County Board of Commissioners hosted a public hearing at their meeting last week to discuss proposed changes to the occupation taxes ordinance.
Government Services Director Chuck Rann said the main reason for the changes is to align the ordinance with state law.
“It is really to clean up the language more than anything,” he said.
One change is to go from an anniversary renewal of a license to a calendar renewal. This will be the first significant update since 1995.
According to information from the county: “The effective date of the ordinance, if approved, will be July 1, 2013. Licenses set to expire between July 1, 2013, and Dec. 30, 2013, would be extended to expire on Dec. 31, 2013.
“Holders of licenses currently set to expire in 2014 would expire on Dec. 31, 2013. Licensees will be given prorated credit for their 2014 Occupation Tax to account for the period of time which their license would have otherwise been valid during the 2014 calendar year.”
If the proposal passes then the county would send letters to the businesses starting at the end of the month, Rann said. As of the start of May there were 2,647 active business licenses in unincorporated Paulding.
Post 3 Commissioner Tommie Graham said, “It [the changes] makes it [the ordinance] more business friendly.”
It will also help the county gauge the number of businesses they have, he said.
Also included with the changes is the chance for owners to work out payment plans with the tax commissioner.
Rann said, “Right now with the fees we are not looking to change.”