ALBANY, Ga. — With mediation now failed, a judge has been assigned to resolve stalled negotiations between the City of Albany and the Dougherty County Commission on how sales tax dollars should be split among the two entities.
Judge Ronnie Joe Lane has been appointed as the judge in the arbitration case between the city and county, court documents show. He'll decide whose offer best suits the citizens of the Albany and Dougherty County.
While the city and county now have a 60-40 percent split of sales tax revenues collected within Dougherty County with the majority going to Albany, city leaders contend that they are justified in seeking a higher total — somewhere between 61 and 79 percent — because they contend they provide the majority of services to the majority of the people. Meanwhile, the Dougherty County Commission is seeking a number between 40 and 53 percent.
Because the matter involves the Dougherty County Commission which provides part of the budget for the court system in Dougherty County, judges within the Dougherty Circuit recused themselves from hearing the matter, forcing an outside judge — in this case Lane — to render a decision.
A court date has yet to be set.