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Deal: June revenues up 11.5 percent

Gov. Nathan Deal announced today that Georgia’s net tax collections for the month of June totaled $1.76 billion for an increase of $182.25 million, or 11.5 percent, compared to the month-ended June 2013. Year-to-date, net tax revenue collections totaled nearly $17.9 billion for an increase of roughly $879.25 million,or 5.2 percent, compared to the same point last year when net tax revenues totaled $17 billion through the end of June 2013.

Changes within the following major tax categories explain the net tax revenue increase in June:

Individual Income Tax: Individual Income Tax collections in June totaled $885.25 million, up from nearly $791.5 million in June 2013, for an increase of $93.75 million or 11.9 percent.

The following notable components within Individual Income Tax combine to make up the net increase:

•      Individual Income Tax Estimated payments for June were up $8.5 million or 6.6 percent

•      Income Tax refunds issued (net of voids) during the month were down $30.25 million or -42.4 percent

•      Individual Income Tax Withholding during the month was up $64.5 million or 9.5 percent
•      All other Individual Tax categories including Return payments and Assessments were down $9.5 million

Sales and Use Tax: Gross Sales Tax collections increased $47.5 million, or 6 percent, compared to June 2013, the third month in which gross sales tax declined due to the implementation of a Title ad Valorem Tax, which displaced tax revenue to Motor Vehicle Fees (see *Tax Reform note below). June’s net Sales Tax collections increased $34.25 million, or 8.3 percent, compared to FY 2013 despite a large year-over-year change in the distribution to local governments, which increased nearly $23.75 million. Net Refunds fell $10.5 million compared to the previous fiscal year.

Corporate Income Tax: Corporate Income Tax collections for June 2014 increased $44.25 million, or 28.2 percent, compared to FY 2013 when net Corporate Tax revenues totaled $156.75 million.

The following notable components within Corporate Income Tax make up the net increase:

•      Corporate Tax refunds issued (net of voids) were down roughly $1 million or -8 percent

•      Corporate Estimated payments in June were up approximately $43 million or 27.2 percent

•      All other Corporate Tax categories, including S-Corp and Return payments, increased $0.25 million

Motor Vehicle Tag & Title Fees: Fee collections totaled nearly $92.5 million, an approximate increase of $5.5 million compared to last June, when TAVT collections totaled $63.5 million versus $66.5 million in June of this year.

*Tax Reform Impacts*: HB 386 and HB 266 had significant impacts on Georgia’s tax structure that influenced current month and year-to-date revenue collections across multiple tax collection categories. The increase in Motor Vehicle Tag & Title Fees is the result of the March 1, 2013 implementation of the Title ad Valorem Tax (TAVT). Sales Tax collections have been impacted by the elimination of the auto sales tax, reduction in the sales tax on energy used in manufacturing, implementation of the Georgia Agricultural Tax Exemption program, and reinstatement of the sales tax holiday. Individual Income Tax has been impacted by the marriage penalty reduction effective Jan. 1, 2013.

<A HREF=’http://www.knowpickens.com/pdf/FY2014_JUNEGA.pdf’ TARGET=’_BLANK’>COMPARATIVE SUMMARY OF NET REVENUE COLLECTIONS</A>

Deal, GEMA premiere upgraded emergency mobile app

Gov. Nathan Deal and the Georgia Emergency Management Agency/Homeland Security today introduced an upgraded version of the state’s emergency mobile app, Ready Georgia, which was designed to help Georgians stay safe and informed during emergencies. Upgrading the app was one of the recommendations of the governor’s Severe Winter Weather Warning and Preparedness Taskforce.

“When severe weather hit our state this year, I called on our emergency management agency to upgrade the state’s emergency app with shelter information, alternative transportation routes and other emergency-related information,” Deal said. “The Ready Georgia app already served as a good resource for Georgians, but now that its capabilities have been expanded it will keep us better informed when emergency situations arise. I appreciate the cooperative efforts of all involved in this process, and I encourage everyone to download this app in advance of future weather-related emergencies.”

Launching just in time for the start of hurricane season on June 1, the upgraded Ready Georgia app features geo-targeted severe weather and emergency alerts that will notify users’ phones before disasters strike. The app also includes traffic information, including a live traffic map with incident reports straight from the Georgia Department of Transportation. Finally, an enhanced shelters map displays the location of open Red Cross shelters and approved “good Samaritan” shelters, and provides directions from the users’ current location.

“This was a collaborative process and we’d like to thank all the organizations that partnered with us to provide information and feedback during development,” said GEMA/Homeland Security Director Charley English. “This app is an important tool in our ability to communicate with Georgians and help them stay informed, and we are really pleased with the new features that we have added as part of this upgrade.”

In addition to the new features, users will still be able to keep checklists of emergency supplies, create customized disaster plans for their families, check flood risk levels and historical tornado data near their location, and find contact information for their local emergency management agencies.

GEMA worked in partnership with the National Weather Service, GDOT, Georgia Tech and The Weather Channel during the app’s development. To download the Ready Georgia mobile app, visit www.ready.ga.gov/mobileapp. For more information on how to prepare for severe weather, visit www.ready.ga.gov. To learn about specific risks in your area, contact your local emergency management agency.

About Ready Georgia

Ready Georgia is a statewide campaign designed to educate and empower Georgians to prepare for and respond to natural disasters, pandemic outbreaks, potential terrorist attacks and other large-scale emergencies. The campaign is a project of the Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA) and provides a local dimension to Ready America, a broader national campaign. Ready Georgia aims to prepare citizens for maintaining self-sufficiency for at least 72 hours following an emergency, and uses an interactive Web site, online community toolkit, broadcast and print advertising and public awareness media messaging to reach its audiences. Ready Georgia is also on Facebook and YouTube.

“This is the way roads should be built!” Lieutenant Governor Cagle

Winder, Ga. – Today’s Ribbon Cutting Celebration praised the partnership of City of Winder, GP’s Enterprises and Georgia DOT.

Mayor David Maynard hosted the ceremony proudly focusing on the work of previous City Leaders Bob Beck, Mayor Buddy Ouzts and Mayor Chip Thompson. “This project started as a vision almost ten years ago. Today we celebrate the foresight and hard work of those who came before us.  I am especially proud that local businesses were utilized for the project. The contractor is a local business from Auburn, GP’s Enterprises and Foley Products of Winder made the precast concrete panels that are now North Broad Street.”

Lieutenant Governor Casey Cagle praised the changes to Downtown Winder as featured guest at the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony. “Today we applaud the use of innovative road building techniques that allowed improvements while minimizing the impacts to Downtown. Because of the concrete panels used, this road is going to last longer than I am going to last. That’s the type of road infrastructure we need to be putting down, the way roads should be built! In addition to that it looks absolutely beautiful and will bring economic development and business transactions to Downtown Winder.”

Representing Barrow County and the 10th Congressional District on the State Transportation Board, Jamie Boswell said “Even through a record breaking cold and wet winter this project is finished more than two months ahead of the contract completion date. That can only be done by a good contractor, G.P.’s Enterprises. Through this project in Winder, we’ve shown the benefits and importance of a partnership mentality as Georgia DOT works together with Local Leaders.”

This 0.72 mile long project awarded to G.P.’s Enterprises of Statham for $4,949,306.21 with a completion date of July 31, 2014. The project will rebuild SR 11/Broad Street from the ground up, creating a stronger driving surface that will last decades. Enhancement work includes new sidewalks, curb and gutter, benches, lighting and landscaping.

 The Georgia Department of Transportation provides a safe, connected and environmentally sensitive transportation system that enhances Georgia’s economic competitiveness by working efficiently and communicating effectively to create strong partnerships.  For more information on Georgia DOT, please visit www.dot.ga.gov or subscribe to our Press Release RSS feed.  You may follow us on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/GDOTNE ) and Twitter (https://twitter.com/GDOTNE).Downtown Winder Ribbon Cutting