$ 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.
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