Houston commission considers taxing property of businesses

PERRY -- The Houston County Commission is considering an ordinance amendment that would require a business to pay taxes on some property before a license is issued.

An ordinance was read Tuesday at the commission’s regular bimonthly meeting to consider collecting taxes on items such as computer equipment and rolling stock “because personal property sometimes just gets up and moves,” said Mark Kushinka, county tax commissioner. “Real estate just stays where it is. We aren’t worried about that, but this is the type of thing that can disappear.”

The amended ordinance would impose taxes and fees on businesses that have more than $7,500 worth of property, and require business owners to pay the tax when paying for a business license.

The commissioners conducted a first reading of the amendment during the Tuesday meeting. A vote is scheduled for the next meeting, to be held Jan. 18. Commission members also voted to move the first meeting in February to Wednesday, Feb. 2, at the request of Chairman Tommy Stalnaker.

Stalnaker said a majority of the commissioners would be in Atlanta the Monday and Tuesday prior to the meeting because of meetings with incoming Gov. Nathan Deal and the General Assembly.

To contact writer Shelby G. Spires, call 744-4494.