Northeast Georgia rep. introduces bill to eliminate competitive disadvantage for marinas sanctioned by Corps of Engineers

WASHINGTON, D.C. –Congressman Doug Collins (R-GA), founder of the Army Corps of Engineers Reform Caucus, today continued his commitment to efficiency in the Corps by introducing the “Marina Operator Tax Obligation Relief (MOTOR) Act of 2013” (H.R 2795).  The“MOTOR Act” provides economic relief to lake communities by capping fees marinas operating on Corps lakes are forced to pay.

The Corps of Engineers have established arbitrary fees on all restaurant, gasoline, and marine engine sales in marinas operating on Corps lakes. Presently, Georgia districts charge upwards of 4.6% on all gross sales. The MOTOR Act establishes a nationwide standard to lower this rate to 1% on specific services for all marina facilitiesin Corps-regulated areas. Collins also announced two upcoming events in Georgia’s Ninth District, where he will meet with his constituents to discuss the value of this bill to Lakes Lanier and Hartwell.

“Anytime we can take a common sense philosophy and turn it into a reality, it’s a win for hardworking taxpayers,” said Collins. “This bill is about jobs, and 4.6% 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. 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.”

Rep. Collins scheduled a district-wide roll out and discussion of the bill scheduled for Friday, July 26. Media is invited to join Rep. Collins on each of the below events. If you are unable to attend but would like to schedule a brief interview with Rep. Collins, please contact Loree Anne Thompson at by phone at (202) 809-2285.

Roundtable Discussion with Lake Lanier Marinas
When: Friday, July 26th
               10:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Where: Holiday Marina
                6900 Lanier Islands Pkwy
                 Buford, GA 30518

Tour of Holiday Marina
When: Friday, July 26th
                11:00 a.m. – 11:20a.m.

Where: 6900 Lanier Islands Pkwy
                  Buford, GA 30518

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