Fulton Voters to Consider Expanded Freeport Exemption on November 8 | Print |

At its August 3 meeting, the Fulton County Board of Commissioners approved a resolution that will allow voters to consider an expanded Freeport exemption for e-commerce businesses operating in Fulton County.

The resolution was sponsored by Vice Chairman Liz Hausmann with co-sponsorship by Chairman John Eaves and Commissioner Bob Ellis.

During the 2016 session of the Georgia General Assembly, legislators adopted HB 935, which gives counties the opportunity to allow voters to decide whether to extend existing Freeport exemption to e-commerce centers. Across the state, growth in e-commerce is expected to create skilled jobs. The expanded Freeport exemption is intended to encourage more centers to locate in Fulton.

If approved by voters, the expanded Freeport Exemption would allow inventory of e-commerce distribution centers to be exempted from Fulton County ad valorem (property) taxes.

“I am pleased that Fulton County voters will have the opportunity to consider this important economic development incentive,” said Vice Chairman Hausmann. “Our focus is on future investment and the ability to remain competitive in attracting logistics and e-commerce businesses that bring jobs to our community.”

“As we look to the future of our ever-changing economy, this referendum will offer voters the chance to make Fulton County more business friendly and promote investment," said Board of Commissioners Chairman John Eaves.

The referendum to approve an expanded Freeport Exemption will be on the November 8 General Election. Early voting will begin on October 17, 2016.