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Lawyers only winners of tax collection suit

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There are a lot of comments online concerning the fight between the Lee County commissioners and the tax commissioner over who will collect garbage fees, the majority favoring the tax commissioner.

This is going to court and if I believe if what I read in the Albany Herald, it will be a long fight all the way to the Georgia Supreme Court. Which brings to mind another story I recently read about Randolph County going broke. They owe the federal government more than $800,000 in back payroll taxes and now have the feds putting a lien on the county and all because they went to court trying to fire their school superintendent.

Could the same happen here in Lee County? Let’s look at the facts. Lee County is under tight fiscal budget restraints; when I asked my county commissioner if they had money in the budget for this, the answer was no. the county is required to pay for both attorneys and we all know attorneys cost a lot. I don’t believe county insurance will cover this, since the county is the one instigating the lawsuit and when asked, my county commissioner had no idea or estimate on the worst case cost for lawsuit.

So is this a wise lawsuit? We all know the only real winner will be the attorneys! And the loser? You the taxpayer. You’ve got to pay the bill, all because the county can’t collect the garbage bills, got itself stuck by a previous set of commissioners in a 25-year garbage collection contract, and sees this as the easy way out.

Mike Sabot
Smithville

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