Plan would use tax breaks to repopulate rural Georgia

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ATLANTA (AP) -- A group of state lawmakers is exploring the idea of using income tax breaks to help repopulate rural Georgia and the ghost towns that now dot the landscape after years of population decline.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that the "Rural Relocate and Reside" program would offer one-time, 10-year state income tax deductions of up to $50,000 to new residents of certain counties.

More money could be available if a county wanted to attract a particular individual or group.

The idea is far from becoming reality, but current discussions about helping rural areas involve 124 of Georgia's 159 counties. All have experienced less than five percent growth over the last five years.