Perry looks to recoup sales taxes on projects

wcrenshaw@macon.comJanuary 3, 2013 

PERRY -- The city is hoping it can recoup a few thousand dollars in sales taxes that might have been paid in connection with two major water-and-sewer projects.

At its Thursday work session, the Perry City Council was agreeable to signing a contract with Tax Specialists of Georgia to review whether the city is due reimbursement for sales taxes paid on the projects. Mayor Jimmy Faircloth said the taxes would be related to items that were purchased for the projects, such as sewer pipes, when the city should have been exempt from paying the taxes under state law.

The company estimates the city could get anywhere from $5,000 to $12,000 back from the state. Faircloth said the company will be paid 25 percent of the amount it collects. If it doesn’t recoup any money, the city will have no costs, he said.

“It sounds like a win-win,” said Councilman Joe Posey.

The company will review the projects the city has identified as being eligible, then contact that state where the items were purchased if it determines sales taxes were paid erroneously. Faircloth said other cities have done the same thing and got money back.

The city attorney will review the agreement. If there are no legal issues, the council will vote on the agreement at its next regular meeting, Faircloth said.

Also at Thursday’s meeting, the council gave Director of Community Development Mike Beecham the go-ahead to develop a street-light plan for Perry Parkway. Beecham said it doesn’t mean the street lights will be installed, but he asked for the council’s blessing before investing time in planning for the potential project.

The council was in agreement that lighting would improve safety on the route, which Beecham said is expected to become a major corridor in the future.

To contact writer Wayne Crenshaw, call 256-9725.

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