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February 18, 2013

Legislative update


-- —                                                                                                                         $ coming in/          $ coming in/

                                                                                        Above/(Below)       (going out)                (going out)

                                                                        Splost/      State average       of County                of County      

                             Splost                FTE            FTE            Splost/FTE          1% Splost                 3% Splost

Echols Co.          164,111            772            212.58          -707.22             -545,974                  -1,637,923

Brantley Co.   1,066,140         3,384            315.05         -604.75           -2,046,463                 -6,139,388

Lanier Co.           561,019         1,617           346.95         -572.85               -926,297                 -2,778,892

Atkinson Co.       713,597        1,655            431.18         -488.62              -808,672                 -2,426,016

Pierce Co.         1,661,818        3,505           474.13          -445.67           -1,562,081                -4,686,243

Clinch Co.            674,314         1,296           520.30          -399.50              -517,747                -1,553,242

Charlton Co.     1,108,959        1,636            677.85         -241.95              -395,834                -1,187,501

Fulton Co.     130,265,771      91,239         1,427.74          507.94          46,344,139            139,032,416

FTE stands for “full time equivalent” but for practical purposes can be considered as enrollment.

This chart is based on assumptions that 1- the population of these counties are in proportion to the FTE (enrollment) and 2-the sales taxes paid per capita in each county is the same.  The first assumption would produce a little variation, but not much.  Correcting for the second assumption would alter these figures dramatically because the average income in Fulton County is higher than the average income in these smaller counties. The adjusted figures would be closer than most would think, for the latest figures I have shows the median family income in Echols County as almost $21,000 and Fulton at just over $28,000.

These figures, while not perfect, are good enough to show that these small counties are sending a lot of tax dollars out of their counties into the rest of Georgia and it not welfare when the state puts money back in programs that are designed for their benefit.

I look forward to keeping you posted throughout this session.

Bills that have been filled up to this date can be accessed on our web site:

Please feel free to call whenever I can be of assistance.

Ellis Black

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