An unfair arrangement
I find it amazing how the president of the Lowndes County Board of Supervisors likes to use numbers. He especially likes to have his own facts. He feels like the city of Columbus should pay for half of the CLRA government funding.
What is that based on, his personal belief?
He says 66.6% of the population of Lowndes County lives outside the city limits, though the US Census Bureau estimate places it closer to 60%.
By either measure then shouldn’t the county put in more funding than the city? There has been some discussion and editorials about the funding to secure and build the soccer complex and the large difference in funding by the county and city.
As far as everyone knows, both parties lived up to their part of the “agreement,” so where is the inequity? It is like a person buying something, both parties must agree to the terms or the deal is not made.
When the city was looking at annexation The Link and County both requested that the industrial parks be left out because it would hinder and probably drive out potential development because of the dual taxation. It was prudent that the city heeded that advice, but along with that, the citizens of Columbus should also receive a proportionate amount of the new tax base that comes into Lowndes County.