At this week’s meeting of the Upson County Board of Commissioners, Chairman Maurice Raines commented on the issue of the county being sued by the City of Thomaston for allegedly failing to respond to Open Records requests. The city is allegedly seeking financial data to be used in a tax equity study, which they intend to use during upcoming Local Option Sales Tax (LOST) negotiations. LOST is renegotiated every 10 years between Upson County, the City of Thomaston and the City of Yatesville with each government getting a portion of the sales tax.
Raines released the following statement regarding litigation at the close of the meeting:
“I would like to begin by thanking all citizens of Upson County for their support of the Upson County Board of Commissioners. Upson County Government has been notified that a complaint was filed against the commissioners and manager in the Superior Court of Upson County. This matter relates to a request for financial documents that date back to 1999; and at the time the complaint is pending. While Upson County is not in a position to openly discuss information relative to the complaint; it is important for all residents of Upson County to know that we will approach this and all issues that are brought before us in an open and accessible way. Our intent is to continue providing world-class services to the citizens and of this county and each should know their government has always maintained complete and accurate financial records that are audited on a yearly basis. As Upson County navigates this process and necessary information is available, it will be released.”