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Grant will make up loss on sale of jet fuel
FAA says counties can't collect SPLOST money
Covington airport
The Covington Municipal Airport is located at 14100 Highway 142, in Covington. - photo by Jackie Gutknecht

ATLANTA — The state is giving Newton County more than $15,000 to make up money lost when the federal government said local governments can’t collect sales taxes on the sale of jet fuel.

Gov. Nathan Deal on Monday announced $28 million will be made available to 48 communities with airports. The funding was part of the amended fiscal 2018 budget and is provided to local government airport sponsors through a Department of Community Affairs grant.

“Today, Georgia has taken critical action to ensure our federal funding is not jeopardized and local governments that rely upon local jet fuel sales tax are made whole,” Deal said in a statement.

“In light of DOR (the Department of Revenue)’s announcement, which brings Georgia into compliance with the federal government, I’ve allocated $28 million to assist the 48 local governments affected by suspension of the local sales tax. The grants, based on the remaining time and monthly average of each community’s Special Local Option Sales tax, will be disbursed by DCA by the end of this fiscal year.”

The decision is based on a 2014 Federal Aviation Administration rule on the taxation of aviation fuel, affecting local sales taxes authorized and collected after 1987.

Newton County will receive $15,666 to make up taxes lost on the current SPLOST, which expires June 30, 2023.

The largest grant is more than $26.9 million, to Clayton County, the home of Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.