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Collins offers bill to cap marina fees
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U.S. Rep. Doug Collins, R-Gainesville, introduced a bill Wednesday that would cap fees marinas operating on Army Corps of Engineers lakes have to pay.

The Marina Operator Tax Obligation Relief Act establishes a nationwide standard to lower to 1 percent the rate charged on gross sales on specific services for all marina facilities in corps-regulated areas. The rate is currently upward of 4.6 percent in Georgia.

“Anytime we can take a common sense philosophy and turn it into a reality, it’s a win for hardworking taxpayers,” Collins said. “This bill is about jobs, and 4.6 (percent) in subjective fees can be the difference in a Georgia-owned business staying open or closing. We’ve got to find smart solutions to give business owners the economic relief they desperately need, and ensuring that marinas of all sizes are subject to the same fee structure is one way we can do that.

“I grew up on the lake, my kids have grown up on the lake, and I believe every American should be able to enjoy the natural beauty these freshwater bodies have to offer. The MOTOR Act creates an economic environment around our lakes that will protect American businesses and continue providing those types of opportunities for families.”

Collins scheduled a rollout and round-table discussion of the bill at 10:30 a.m. Friday at Holiday Marina, 6900 Lanier Islands Parkway, Buford.

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