Bowersville Will Receive LOST Funding After All

August 23, 2012

The City of Bowersville will receive a share of the Hart County sales tax revenue after all.

Last week, Hart County commissioners sent a letter to Bowersville attorney John Dickerson offering the town a 1-percent share of the sales tax commonly known as LOST.

“The money will be used for expenditures for the town,” Bowersville mayor John Bailey said. “It will really help out because as time goes on, even though we’re small, our expenses increase just like everybody else. So, we’re pleased with it.”

The LOST is a penny sales tax activated by a local referendum and imposed on the purchase, sale, rental, storage, use, or consumption of tangible personal property and related services and is designed to help keep property taxes low.

Hart County originally decided not give Bowersville a share of that revenue because according to county administrator Jon Caime, the town does not provide at least three of the six required city services under Georgia law.

Dickerson and the entire Bowersville city council recently attended a meeting with Hart County commissioners. At that meeting, Dickerson listed what he said are at least four of the six requirements for receiving LOST funding.

Hart County Commissioner Joey Dorsey said after hearing from Dickerson, the commission voted to amend their distribution and made them what he called, a good faith offer.

“The Board of Commissioners didn’t feel like the criteria was met, but in good faith, we did extend an offer to the City of Bowersville to maintain their LOST distribution,” noted Dorsey. “They are citizens of Hart County and we felt that this was the right thing to do and it was done in good faith.”

According to Mayor Bailey, the 1-percent allotment in LOST revenue works out to about $25,000 a year.

By MJ Kneiser, WLHR Radio, Lavonia