Roy Fickling, CEO of Macon-based Fickling & Co., has been selected to serve on a council that will study the state’s current tax code.
Fickling is the only person selected from Middle Georgia, so far, to serve on the council.
The Special Council on Tax Reform and Fairness for Georgians, created by House Bill 1405, will study the state’s revenue structure, according to a news release from Gov. Sonny Perdue’s office. The council will make a report of its finding and recommend legislation to the speaker of the House and lieutenant governor.
Fickling was appointed by House Speaker David Ralston.
“Mr. Fickling has the right kind of experience to help examine our state’s tax code from top to bottom and will provide a great perspective to the council’s work,” Marshall Guest, Ralston’s press secretary, said in an e-mail.
“Obviously, I’m flattered and honored,” Fickling said. “I’ve been a student of tax policy and economics for a long time. ... And I’m a big fan of the supply side movement of Arthur Laffer and Robert Mundell where (President Ronald) Reagan got his ideas from and counsel.”
The members of the council, as specified in the legislation, are Perdue, David Sjoquist of Georgia State University, Jeffrey Humphreys of the University of Georgia, Roger Tutterow of Mercer University’s Atlanta campus, Christine Ries of Georgia Tech, the 2010 chairperson of the Georgia Chamber of Commerce, the 2010 Georgia chairperson of the National Federation of Independent Business and two members each appointed by Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle and Ralston.
In addition to Fickling, Ralston appointed A.D. Frazier of Mineral Bluff. Cagle has not yet announced his appointments.
The council is expected to complete its report by Jan. 15, Fickling said.
“I’m excited,” he said. “This is a very important thing for the state, and never been done as far as we know, and it’s modeled after the (Base Closure and Realignment Commission). One of the reasons significant tax reform has not occurred is because it gets bogged down in political process.”
The idea is to bring together a group of people who are knowledgeable but who are not tied to any special interest or to any specific region to come up with recommendations to the legislature for tax reform, he said.
“There is less of a chance there will be any changes made to it based on political reasons,” Fickling said. “That’s my interpretation of why it was put together this way.”
To contact writer Linda S. Morris, call 744-4223.