The city commissioners voted 6-1 to approve a 59.5/40.5 percent split in the Local Option Sales Tax or LOST proceeds. Cora Flowers was the lone dissenting vote but did say why.
The split was approved last week by the county commissioners by a 3-2 vote, with Flowers’ mother County Commission Chairman Gwen Flowers-Taylor and Commissioner Bob Gilreath opposed to the proposed change. Those two county commissioners questioned why the county would not go for the additional share the consultant is saying the county should get.
The proposal, brokered by the city and county’s managers, attorneys and financial staff, is a change of half a percent or about $40,000 less for the county than the current 60/40 split agreed to more than 10 years ago.
(For the complete story, see tomorrow's print edition.)