The Marietta Daily Journal – Rep Golick Legislation governing authority is forthcoming

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Dec

The Marietta Daily Journal – Rep Golick Legislation governing authority is forthcoming

MARIETTA — State Rep. Rich Golick (R-Smyrna) called it “a certainty” that legislation will be filed by a member of the Cobb Legislative Delegation to reform the Development Authority of Cobb County.

The Development Authority created a storm of controversy this fall after granting a tax break to a proposed John Williams development to be built down the road from the new Atlanta Braves stadium even though county chairman Tim Lee said development did not meet the county’s guidelines for tax incentives.

“The issue for the delegation is, ‘Who decides?’’’ Golick told the MDJ on Tuesday, referencing how in routine zoning cases the appointed Planning Commission makes a recommendation but the Board of Commissioners has final approval. That’s not the case under the statute governing the Development Authority, which does not require the Board of Commissioners to ratify a decision that impacts tax collection.

“In order to achieve clear lines of accountability, that needs to change, and my sense is that there will be bi-partisan support for that amendment,” Golick said. “The question of whether or not a particular project is worthy of special tax treatment is not a matter for the delegation to consider. That question properly rests solely in the hands of the elected and accountable county commission as it relates to county taxes.”

Golick said state Sen. Lindsay Tippins (R-west Cobb) made a good point on Monday when he questioned the constitutionality of the Development Authority giving out tax breaks that impact school district revenues when the school district doesn’t have representation on the authority.

via The Marietta Daily Journal – Rep Golick Legislation governing authority is forthcoming.

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