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      Albany commission votes on LOST split

      Commissioner Bob Langstaff says he's concerned that city taxpayers are subsidizing services in unincorporated areas. / Jessica Fairley

      City of Albany commissioners have voted to unanimously have a 60/40 split of LOST funds.

      The board voted to execute a LOST certificate of distribution through December 2014.

      This is something similar to the county but different.

      Commissioner Bob Langstaff says he's concerned that city taxpayers are subsidizing services in unincorporated areas.

      He says other cities and counties are proposing an agreement for shorter periods of time. So he proposed an agreement until the end of next year and not until 2022 as suggested by Dougherty County commissioners.

      Last Friday, the U.S. Department of Revenue sent out a memo notifying officials to either resolve the dispute over how the Local Option Sales Tax would be split or collection of the taxes would stop altogether.

      Dougherty County commissioners voted on Monday on a 60/40 slit where the county would receive 40 percent of LOST funds and the city receives 60 percent.

      The city and county collects $16 million a year in LOST funds.
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