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Chatt. Co. hopes to get more money
to offset loss of land to US Army

From the Sept. 25, 2019 issue of The Journal
By Richard Harris
   Like most small-town Southerners, the people of Cusseta-Chattahoochee County consider themselves patriots. However, many of their local officials are speaking out about how much the community has to give up in order to help the nation's military.
   Fort Benning takes up approximately 80 percent of the county's land mass. That obviously doesn't leave very much land for potential development. It also means that most of the property in the county is not taxable (leaving the civilian landowners to pay all of the local property taxes).
   The U.S. government does send the County Commission a check each year to help offset the impact, but it is a paltry $1,367. It's called "payment in lieu of taxes", but ... The rest of the story.