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LOST agreement finalized through collaboration
SAVANNAH (Dec. 27) – The City of Savannah, along with all municipalities, and Chatham County have officially adopted a new Local Option Sales Tax distribution following the signing of paperwork to execute the agreement earlier today. All municipalities had already signed the agreement and today the Chairman of the Chatham County Board of Commissioners signed the 2023-2032 Local Option Sales Tax distribution agreement on behalf of Chatham County, which will formally put the agreement in force upon delivery to the State of Georgia. The final agreement was made possible by the collaborative approach of the county’s eight municipalities.
“I am pleased that the agreement has now been executed by all parties and we can move forward,” said Mayor Van R. Johnson, II. “The municipalities negotiated together in good faith to arrive at the fairest distribution possible and this distribution agreement will allow all local governments in Chatham County to continue meeting service demands for residents and visitors.”
The distribution agreement is as follows:
“After more than half a year of negotiations, we have reached the finish line. I am proud of the finished product, which is an agreement that allows all municipalities, and the county, to meet the needs of those we serve,” said City Manager Joseph A. Melder. “We endeavored to be fair and reasonable throughout this process and it truly was the collaboration and unity of the eight municipalities, continuing to negotiate with our county, that helped to bring a final agreement to fruition"