Thursday, December 6, 2012
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Clayton News Daily
JONESBORO The Clayton County Board of Commissioners has decided to spend $2.48 million in property tax dollars to replace sales tax dollars used to buy a grocery store last year.
County attorney Jack Hancock said the old Ingles building on Ga. Hwy. 54 in Lake City was bought with 2004 Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax funds. The grocery store could be purchased with that money only because the county intended to convert it into a recreation center.
“It has since been determined by consultation with the economic development director that a better use of that property is a non-recreation purpose,” Hancock said.
County economic development officials rented out the facility to producers of “Scary Movie 5” this fall, for use as a temporary sound stage and they have indicated a desire to use the building to attract more film projects to the county.
However, the 2004 SPLOST approved by voters did not include a movie set on its projects list, so funds from that account can’t be used to buy one. That SPLOST was intended to fund construction of recreation centers across the county.
Therefore, Hancock said, the county had to reimburse the SPLOST account to make up for the change in the intended use of the old grocery store. His presentation to commissioners brought applause from a couple of residents who were present to witness the commission’s vote.