Tools to Build

In order to continue the legacy of strong cities driving the state’s economy, Georgia’s cities need to preserve the tools that built that legacy.
Kay Pippin on the Importance of Infrastructure Financing Flexibility
Brian Kemp on Economic Development Incentives
Geoff Duncan on Rural Broadband
Rick Jeffares on Rural Incentives

Related Issues

Internet Sales Tax
The very viability of retail in Georgia relies on leveling the playing field for our brick and mortar retailers in cities and downtowns. In 2016, Georgia and its local governments lost out of an estimated $357 million in uncollected taxes from out-of-state Internet sales or e-commerce transactions. This creates a competitive disadvantage for our local businesses, which employ people in our communities, and are often the heartbeat of our cities. Additionally, leveling the playing field for Georgia-based retailers by applying sales tax to all Internet purchases would alleviates the pressure to raise millage rates. Applying the same rule to online retail as we do to local stores will lead to more vibrant and thriving communities.
Passenger Rail/Transit Investment & Operations
As Georgia’s population increases, it is becoming more and more difficult to move people in an efficient and cost effective manner, especially in and between the state’s metropolitan areas. The development of viable commuter and passenger rail service is essential to the economic well-being of the state and its municipalities and counties. Flexibility in transit and passenger rail funding options for local governments should be a priority, such as amending the state Transportation Investment Act (TIA) and the single-county T-SPLOST laws to allow for long-term levy of sales taxes for these purposes.  Linear, multijurisdictional transit and rail community improvement districts should also be an option to facilitate transit- and rail-oriented development along routes and corridors.