County Obtains Attorney for SPLOST Suit

The Rabun County Board of Commissioners holds a special called meeting Thursday to discuss the use of an attorney who specializes in the laws surrounding the special purpose local option sales tax.

The Board of Commissioners voted to enter into a legal services agreement with Jarrard and Davis, LLP, bringing the firm on to assist the county in the suit filed by the city of Clayton that alleges the SPLOST’s resolution and intergovernmental agreement violates Georgia code.

The agreement states that if the suit should go to trial, Ken Jarrard expects the total cost to be between $15 and $20,000.

County Commissioner Jimmy Loudermilk said he thinks the suit is a waste of money.

“I really think its a shame that the county is wasting their money on a lawsuit, and the city is too,” said Loudermilk. “To me, its a waste of money on everyone’s part.”

Ken Jarrard assisted the county in the formation of the resolution and IGA, and county attorney Allyn Stockton has referred to Ken Jarrard on multiple occasions as “the foremost authority on SPLOST in Georgia.”