Savannah, Chatham tax talks top $290,000 |


Savannah, Chatham tax talks top $290,000 |

While there was disappointment on both sides, some clear winners emerged once Chatham County and Savannah agreed on how an estimated $630 million in tax revenue should be divided during the next 10 years.

The two governments accumulated about $292,000 in expenses during the nine-month dispute that eventually landed in court. A majority of that went to attorneys and consultants, including former City Manager Michael Brown.

Chatham County — which took a bullish approach from the start to get an increased share — spent about $83,000 on legal fees, an expert witness and other costs before the matter was resolved in March.

Savannah spent more than $208,000 contesting the county’s proposal. A majority of that, $125,000, went to Oliver Maner for legal expenses. About $74,000 of the city’s expense went to Brown’s firm for consulting and court preparation services.

Savannah will share the bill with Bloomingdale, Garden City, Pooler, Port Wentworth, Thunderbolt, Tybee Island and Vernonburg, based on each government’s percentage share of the tax funds.

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