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Mayor to work with county on excise tax
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Forsyth County News

The Cumming City Council on Tuesday night authorized Mayor H. Ford Gravitt to enter into an agreement with Forsyth County about a possible energy excise tax.

However, City Attorney Dana Miles noted it would be until next month, per state law, before the governments could determine whether to enact such a tax.

Earlier this year, state lawmakers passed a measure that will start a four-year process of exempting the sales tax on energy charged to manufacturing businesses.

Part of larger changes to the tax code, the provision is meant to make the state more attractive to manufacturers.

Along with the state portion of the tax, the law eliminated the two 1 percent sales taxes local governments collect as part of the local option sales tax, which reduces reliance on property taxes, and the special purpose local option sales tax, which funds special voter-approved projects.

Also during its meeting Tuesday night, the council voted 5-0 to:

• Approve the purchase of a used dump truck for the city’s street department from Andean Chevrolet for $36,500. The money will come from the city’s contingency fund.

• Agree to buy replacement windows for the city’s recreation and parks department office on Pilgrim Mill Road for about $4,000 from Cumming Development Company. The purchase was a budgeted item.

• Grant an alcohol license name change for Chili’s restaurant on Market Place Boulevard.

• Sign a proclamation recognizing Sept. 17-23 as Constitution Week in honor of the 225th anniversary of the drafting of the U.S. Constitution. Members of the Daughters of the American Revolution accepted the proclamation.

• Announce that the Cumming Country Fair and Festival will be Oct. 4-14 at the Cumming Fairgrounds.