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County objects to city annexation
Withdrawn request raised tax questions
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A farmer’s application for annexation into the city, which was withdrawn earlier this month, was met recently with some opposition from Dawson County government.

 

County Attorney Joey Homans sent a letter to Dawsonville Mayor Joe Lane Cox on Jan. 4 that outlined reasons for the county’s objection to the annexation of property in western Dawson County near the site of a controversial motorsports park.

 

In an interview last week, Homans said the county “entered into an agreement with the city regarding annexations when we settled the [Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax] litigation a few years ago.”

 

County Commissioner Gary Pichon said when the county began “to think about dividing up the SPLOST ... we said we would give the city a portion at the end of that income stream.”

 

Added Pichon: “But only if they agreed not to continue to annex [outside service delivery areas] during that period, and they agreed to that.”

 

Because the application for annexation was withdrawn, however, it is a “non-issue,” according to Homans.

 

According to the mayor, the property owner “changed his mind” about the proposed annexation. The city was expected to review the application at the Jan. 18 meeting.

 

Hutson, whose 37-acre horse farm sits across Duck Thurmond Road from Atlanta Motorsports Park, was not available to comment on the matter.

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