Congressman Doug Collins (R-GA) introduces a bill to eliminate competitive disadvantage for marinas sanctioned by US Army Corps of Engineers.
The “MOTOR Act”, which stands for Marina Operator Tax Obligation Relief, is meant to reduce a fee which discourages businesses from locating on Corps property.
“The percentage that was being charged on top of lease fees was basically taking out the incentives for those to open up restaurants and to have other things on the lake”, explained Collins. “What we do is lower fees to a flat one percent rate, down from as much as 4.6%.”
The idea for this legislation stemmed from listening sessions that were held on the eastern and western sides of Georgia’s Ninth Congressional District.
Collins feels that the extra fees being charged are not fair to business located on Corps leased land.
“If you make it through a whole year, pay your taxes, and if you have a really good year, you get hit with as high as a 4.6% fee on top that you have to come up with”, said Collins. “For most businesses, especially restaurants, that is just a burden that is too high to bear.”
The proposed legislation would have no effect on businesses that are located on non-Corps lakes.
Collins says this would be a good example of showing people that government can work by just simply getting out of the way.
Scheduled today for Collins are two roundtable discussions in regards to the proposed bill.
They take place at Holiday Marina in Buford, GA beginning at 10:30am until 11:20am.