When the Census numbers come out in April, Georgia cities won't just have federal and state tax dollars at stake. Some cities are concerned they might lose local dollars as well. That's because cities will have to renegotiate with counties for local option sales tax funds. And since those funds are generally split based on population, declining cities could lose yet another funding source.
Faced with its own budget crunches, the City of Brunswick is raising burial costs at public cemeteries. The municipality this week passed a stiff hike from $200 to $900. Brunswick's cemetery fee hadn't gone up in 24 years.