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Sunday February 14th, 2016 9:42AM

Best and final offers filed in sales tax arbitration

By Derreck Booth Anchor/reporter
GAINESVILLE - Both Hall County and the city of Gainesville filed offers Friday on how each side wants to divide local option sales tax money among governments in the county.

The filings in Hall County Superior Court are considered best and final offers from each side, under arbitration.

Based on the documents, e-mailed to accessnorthga.dot.com Friday, the two offers differ by about four percent.

Hall County Attorney Bill Blalock and Eaves Consulting Group propose a division of 73.58 percent for the county and 26.42 percent to divide among on the cities.

Chris Huskins, an Eatonton attorney, is representing the cities. His filing calls for 70 percent for the county and 30 percent to split among the cities.

The current allocation of the penny tax reflects 75.49 percent for the county and 24.51 percent for the cities.

The two sides failed to come to a consensus during independent mediation last year. They filed a joint petition to take the matter to arbitration in Superior Court, with a visiting judge making the final ruling.

Huskins and Hall County Administrator Randy Knighton Friday each individually said that no court date had yet been scheduled to present arguments.
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