Fri., September 3, 2010 6:48am (EDT)

Tax Council Stops In Macon
By Josephine Bennett
Updated: 4 years ago

MACON, Ga.  —  
Members of the Tax Council listen to concerns of Middle Georgia residents (photo Josephine Bennett)
Members of the Tax Council listen to concerns of Middle Georgia residents (photo Josephine Bennett)
Macon was the latest stop for a group charged with looking at the state’s tax code and finding ways to change it.

The Special Council on Tax Reform and Fairness for Georgians is traveling the state to see what people have to say about taxes.

In Macon about 70 people including; senior citizens, business leaders, lobbyists and advocates for the disadvantaged stood up at a microphone and sharing concerns and opinions.

Layton Cooley is a chicken and cattle farmer in Monroe County. He’s worried the state might tax currently exempt items like fertilizer, propane, and feed.

“In our operation alone our total inputs are about 200,750 dollars a year and placing a tax back on that would increase our costs 14-thousand dollars just right off the bottom line.”

Next week the council travels to Rome and Gainesville. They plan to make recommendations on changing the tax code to lawmakers in January.