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Wednesday, March 10, 2010 - 10:28am

State AG: Georgia Owes $18M To Local Governments

Georgia's top lawyer says the state must hand over $18 million in disputed sales taxes to local governments.

The opinion from Attorney General Thurbert Baker was obtained by The Associated Press. It comes in the midst of a state budget crunch. County officials praised the decision, saying local governments feeling the economic pinch would benefit from the extra cash.

Baker's opinion says about $18 million in sales tax revenues now held by the state rightly belong to county governments. The opinion was sent to Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle who sought guidance on the pot of

At issue are sales tax revenues which are collected without information needed to disburse them back to the appropriate county.