JONESBORO — The Clayton County community, including school and government leaders, is working to ensure those in the Georgia General Assembly know where they stand on House Bill 821.

The bill, which is co-sponsored by six Republican members of the House who do not represent Clayton County, would put an end to the county’s ability to use taxes collected on aviation fuel purchased at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

The county and its governments, which include seven cities and the school system, believe they should be allowed to spend the tax revenues as they choose, as the county does not own or operate the airport and thus cannot receive federal grant money. Without the tax, the county stands to lose $20 million and the school district could lose $9 million.

Nearly 1,000 residents, including students, attended a press conference at the Capitol Monday, held by Superintendent Morcease Beasley.

On Tuesday, district and county officials along with Clayton County students rallied in front of the Delta Headquarters. Beasley said he wanted the airline company to see the faces of the students who will be negatively affected if HB 821 passes.

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Clayton residents, leaders mobilize against House Bill 821