2014 Legislative Agenda
- The Douglas County Chamber supports the adoption of tax policies and financial incentives, as well as the elimination of burdensome regulations in order to foster economic growth in Douglasville, Douglas County and all Georgia businesses. We support new initiatives, economic development tools and private sector investments that will enhance our competitiveness, encourage innovation, and create new jobs for our community and Georgia as a whole. Our Chamber envisions a community Economic Development solution involving private public partnerships and a common vision for the future that will also retain and expand business in our community.
- Douglas County’s current hotel/motel tax rate is 5%. An increased hotel/motel tax rate would encourage economic development for the County and would allow us to hire a Museum Curator/History and Tourism Director to work out of the County’s History Museum and Welcome Center. The funds from the increased tax rate would also be used to support the annual Hydrangea Festival as an ever-increasing economic engine for the County. The Board of Commissioners passed a resolution on January 22, 2013 in support of an upward change in the hotel/motel tax in Douglas County to 8%. The recent discussions of the Foxhall Project are also important to this issue. If the County were to move forward with the Foxhall Project, an increased hotel/motel tax rate of 8% would be beneficial in bringing in additional revenue to the County.
- To amend the Georgia Erosion and Sedimentation Act, so as to allow for the certification of certain local water and/or sewer authorities and storm water utilities as “local issuing authorities” by the Georgia EPD.
- Because the staffing and operational costs of activities that result through the use of asset forfeiture funds are borne by a local government and its law enforcement agencies, we believe in maintaining local control and local utilization of those funds and do not feel the State of Georgia should take possession or decide how they are to be spent.
- Restore full funding of the Quality Basic Education formula by eliminating austerity cuts or by decreasing austerity cuts annually by at least 15%.
- Require proposed legislation, impacting education, to be accompanied with full funding for implementation, or include a one year implementation delay with a fiscal note detailing budgetary impact.
- Revise and finalize the flexibility options to include a school system’s ability to waive requirements, when choice options and other innovations are successfully implemented.
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The Regional Business Coalition (RBC) is comprised of 14 local chambers of commerce and business organizations in the metro Atlanta region.
**For more information about the Douglas County Chamber Legislative Agenda, please contact President and CEO Kali Kirkham Boatright at 770-942-5022 or at Boatright@douglascountygeorgia.com.