SNELLVILLE -- The Snellville City Council voted unanimously Monday night to adopt a resolution that would enable it to collect its portion of an energy excise tax should the county choose to adopt it.
A law recently adopted by Georgia's General Assembly would give manufacturers a break on state and local sales taxes on energy resources, including electricity, natural gas, oil and other types of fuel. A phase-out of the taxes will begin next year and be complete in 2016.
Legislators, however, also agreed to allow counties and cities to impose an excise tax on energy equal to the amount of money lost in local sales taxes, if they so choose.
The county will make the ultimate decision on whether or not to impose the tax, but cities must opt into -- or out of -- intergovernmental agreements (IGAs) even before that happens.
Snellville City Manager Butch Sanders urged the approval of a resolution giving Mayor Kelly Kautz the ability to ready an IGA for the city. The proposal passed unanimously.
"If we do not sign it to get our share, our share will go to Gwinnett County," Sanders said. "It's really a no-brainer."
If implemented by the county, the tax would include a total 2 percent counter-hike on manufacturers' energy bills, made up of individual 1 percent special purpose local option sales taxes -- one for a general SPLOST, the other an education SPLOST.
The county government hosted a briefing with representatives from several local cities in late September. At that point, the county had not yet made a decision whether or not to participate.
Individual cities, if they choose, must enter into intergovernmental agreements to collect their portion of the new taxes by Saturday, even prior to the county's decision, which must be made by Nov. 27.
Sanders said Monday the city expected the county to choose to enact the tax.
On Tuesday, the mayor and council will have a special called work session to discuss the possible expansion of the Evermore Community Improvement District's boundaries.
The meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in conference room 145 at Snellville City Hall.
During his regular update to the council Monday, Evermore CID executive director Jim Brooks thanked the city for the opportunity.
"It will be a team effort," Brooks said. "It will be all of us working together collectively to make a decision."