"We're Just Starting to Really Feel the Effects": An Interview with Clint Mueller of the Association County Commissioners of Georgia

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"We're Just Starting to Really Feel the Effects": An Interview with Clint Mueller of the Association County Commissioners of Georgia


Davidson, Charles, EconSouth


Georgia has 159 counties, and the recession is affecting each of them in a variety of ways. Counties that relied heavily on property taxes have seen revenues decline in the face of falling real estate values, and those that counted on steadily increasing sales tax revenues have seen the stream slow to a trickle as cautious consumers have snapped their wallets shut. And Georgia is not an isolated case: The economic downturn's effects are being felt in counties and municipalities through the Southeast. EconSouth spoke with Clint Mueller, legislative director of the Association County Commissioners of Georgia, about how his members are faring and how they will adapt to evolving fiscal developments.

EconSouth: What are you hearing from your members about their budgets?

Clint Mueller: I think we're just starting to really feel the effects of the economic downturn, so it's going to get worse. We depend primarily on property and sales taxes. With property taxes, there's a year lag: We always base our taxes off values for the prior year, so taxes collected at the end of 2008 were based on sales in 2007, which is before the real decline in the housing market. This year the values are going to be based off 2008, so we'll start to really feel it in our property tax revenues this year. Especially because of sales taxes having been down since last year, we're seeing a lot of counties forgoing maintenance on buildings and infrastructure. A lot of them have to scale back capital projects. In our general operating budgets, we've got a lot of counties that are furloughing employees. We've got a lot of counties that are actually going to look at trying to raise the millage rate this year. At the county level of government, we have a lot of constitutionally mandated services. We can't stop providing them; we have to find ways to fund them.

ES: What are some of those services?

Mueller: We fund the court system. We know crime goes up during these times, so we've got more people running through the court system. We run the jail, so we've got more people in our jails. We're seeing increased demand for services as revenues are declining. That's what's really putting the squeeze on a lot of our counties.

ES: How much federal stimulus money will reach counties?

Mueller: Most of [the federal stimulus money] is getting swept up at the state level. There's some money we have access to--a little bit of road money and a little water and sewer money that's coming through the state. But [counties] are not finding a windfall of federal dollars that helps fill gaps in their budgets. That's been more the case for the state.

ES: What are some long-term implications of these budget cuts?

Mueller: We're all in a competitive environment globally, and we're not able to do a lot of things we need to do now to be in a more competitive position. For instance, we were working this year with the [Georgia] Legislature and have been for the past three years to try to get additional funding and come up with better planning for transportation. …

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