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Commissioners looking to schedule e-commerce vote
Would give exemption to businesses selling online
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Liberty County officials are still considering the best schedule for a referendum on granting a tax exemption for local businesses in e-commerce. The county commissioners discussed the vote at its most recent meeting and hope to set a date by their mid-month meeting on Sept. 19.

Officials are juggling municipal elections in November and three possible voting dates in 2020: March 24 when the referendum on the Transportation Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax is expected to be called, May 19 when the state will allow general Primaries, nonpartisan general elections, and special elections to be held, and Nov. 3, the date of the general election and other special elections and referenda can be held if needed.

The Liberty County Development Authority discussed a date for the referendum at its August meeting but made no specific recommendation.

Both e-commerce and the TSPLOST were discussed at the countywide planning workshop in April. 

The convocation of leaders gave top priority to development of Interchange 76 at I-95 and Islands Highway in Midway.

In other business, the commission contracted with Derrick Coward, a Richmond Hill C.P.A., to provide financial consulting services, mainly in pre-audit activities. Coward’s rate is $75 per hour.

Commissioners approved a contract with Republic Services to haul waste from the county facility in Fleming to a licensed disposal site. Republic’s rate is $31.18 per ton.

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