When she’s not fending off zombies, actress Lynn Collins likes to stroll the local farmer’s market in downtown Senoia where the hit television series The Walking Dead has filmed for the past decade.

A California resident, Collins has taken such a shine to the small-town terrain she’s thinking about making Georgia her new home, enticed by the cozy feel of Senoia, the state’s booming film activity and lower taxes than California.

“I'm definitely thinking about it,” Collins told a reporter on a recent Saturday morning in Senoia.

Tax incentives worth billions of dollars have helped bring big-budget movies and TV shows to Georgia, but are local taxpayers giving up too much to Hollywood?

Key to Georgia’s evolution into a hub for movies and TV shows is the state’s film-tax credit program, which has drawn film companies to the Peach State with policies that allow them to skip paying billions in taxes. But as with any tax break, questions arise about how much Georgia gives up to attract film companies, potentially at the expense of raising more tax revenues for essential state services like health care and education.

Along with wiping out millions in potential revenues each year, according to those critics, the tax credits have also become a moneymaker for out-of-state film companies that nab so many credits that they end up selling off large chunks of “unused” credits at a profit.

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