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Modification reflects sales tax revenue
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Forsyth County News

The Forsyth County commission on Thursday voted to modify an agreement with the city of Cumming to reflect the actual revenue from the remainder of the sixth round of the special purpose local option sales tax, or SPLOST VI, collections.

The city agreed in May to give the county $5.3 million earmarked for a parking deck project in exchange for $4 million from the county’s parks and recreation bond funding to improve City Park.

The governments also agreed to swap dollar-for-dollar any revenue through the end of SPLOST on June 30. The total was estimated at $500,000, but actually drew nearly $800,000.

Also during their meeting, county commissioners:

* Approved a zoning condition amendment for 14905 Hopewell Group to change a requirement for commercial to residential at the Bennett Parkway property.

Residents in the Bethelview Downs subdivision supported the change with a new set of conditions.

* Denied a request by the Brentwood Estates Homeowners Association to delete a zoning condition requiring a 35-foot undisturbed buffer.

Residents in the neighborhood wanted to change the wording to allow for a disturbed buffer, so they could perform maintenance on the back of their properties.

The condition had originally been set by adjacent subdivisions to protect their properties during the Brentwood rezoning.

* OK’d an Rx Card County Participation agreement with Coast2Coast for to allow the county’s brand to be used on the material for the discount prescription cards, which will be available to all county residents. Forsyth will receive a subsidy from the agreement.

* Directed staff to begin the process of amending the alcohol code to require annual employee sales IDs. The change is expected to increase the workload for the planning department, but the additional revenue should offset the cost of a new position.

The change is aimed at ensuring alcohol servers do not have any new criminal violations that would disqualify them from having the sales ID.


Note: All votes were 5-0 unless otherwise noted.