FORT VALLEY -- Residents and local officials gathered at the Austin Theatre Tuesday evening to discuss with state representatives pressing issues facing Peach County.
The state budget, tax reform and increasing state revenue were just a few of the hot topics highlighted for the area, as state Reps. Robert Dickey and Lynmore James, along with Sen. Cecil Staton, gear up for the 2012 legislative session, which begins Monday.
“There are some things we started last year that we didn’t get completed,” said James, the lone Democrat on the panel, singling out tax reform.
Dickey promised there would not be a state tax increase but more of a reshuffling.
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“To cut one tax we have to look at another,” he said.
Those in attendance soon turned the discussion to issues that were more specific to Fort Valley and Peach County, such as the immigration reform passed last year and state funding to Fort Valley State University, as well as talks of consolidating the college with other state institutions.
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