Former Gov. Roy Barnes, the ultimate Democrat, just confirmed that he has joined former House speaker Glenn Richardson, once the ultimate Republican, in a case against Georgia Power that will have a hearing in Fulton County Superior Court next Monday morning.
The lawsuit involves that surcharge approved in 2009 by the General Assembly, allowing Georgia Power to charge ratepayers in advance for some financing expenses related to the construction of two nuclear power plants.
“[Georgia Power] is charging sales tax on the finance surcharge and charging sales tax on the franchise tax paid to cities. You can’t charge sales tax on finance charges or on another tax. Looks to me there has been a $100 million overcharge,” Barnes wrote in a note this afternoon.
Politically, the two attorneys may be polar opposites. But they share geography. Richardson — who left the Legislature after passage of the Georgia Power surcharge in 2009 — still lives in Hiram. And Barnes, while he has a Marietta address, has a patch of ground in Paulding County where he raises prize-winning Herefords.
- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider