Missing revenue may be in the air

It may be that some Dougherty County tax revenues are literally up in the air.

At Monday’s commission work session, an analyst brought in by the Board of Tax Assessors told Dougherty County commissioners that data he has gathered indicate that cell phone tower equipment being used in the county may be under-reported by 60-80 percent.

That would make an impact on the county’s tight budget. The 85 cell phone towers that dot the Dougherty County landscape have a current value listed at $25 million, according to county tax officials, which translates to $417,000 a year in tax revenue.

The analyst suggested the amount the county should be getting could be in the $834,000 to $1.25 million range.

In making that presentation, the official with Cell Tower Solutions was, of course, attempting to gain a contract with the county to audit the telecommunications equipment in the county, which he is is third-generation (3G) equipment that is being replaced with fourth-generation, or 4G.

Certainly a vendor seeking a contract would make the best argument he could for gaining that contract. Given the potential of collecting substantial revenue that the county should already be getting, however, a review of the wireless communications equipment would be in order. As government officials look for revenue in every nook and cranny, no area of tax revenue that appears to be under collected should be ignored.

Of course, with the way technology rapidly advances — seemingly by the minute — it’s no wonder that local government officials find it challenging to stay on top of it all.

Hey, maybe someone will come up with an app for that.


whattheheck 3 years, 2 months ago

The situation with cell tower operators sounds like the situation with Phoebe, Phoebe tells the Tax Assessors what property it owns that is taxable. Are they forthcoming? Well, are the cell folks forthcoming?


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