Political Tid Bits…

Bull Moose hears that when asked about eliminating Georgia’s ad valorum tax, Ralph Reed thought taxes that deal with home ownership should be addressed as part of a study committee to overhaul all Georgia taxes…

Interesting since Ad Valorum taxes actually deal with taxes on moving vehicles, like cars and trucks, and not homes…


  1. albert says:

    I’ve heard Ralph call for higher fuel and sales taxes and reducing income and property taxes. While I favor consumption taxes over income taxes, I don’t think that in this current climate of higher fuel costs, increased fuel taxes would stand a snowballs chance in hell in passing.

  2. Maverick says:

    Actually, Bull, an ad valorem tax was, at it’s origin, a tax based on the assessed value of real estate or personal property. In other words ad valorem taxes can be property tax or even duty on imported items. Property ad valorem taxes are the major source of revenues for state and municipal governments. In 1852 the General Assembly first authorized property taxation and thus the birth of ad valorem tax in the State of Georgia. Ad valorem tax, more commonly known as property tax, is a large source of revenue for local governments in Georgia. The basis for ad valorem taxation is the fair market value of the property which is established as of January 1 of each year. The tax is levied on the assessed value of the property which by law, is established at 40% of fair market value. The amount of tax is determined by the tax rate (mill rate) levied by various entities (one mill is equal to $1.00 for each $1,000 of assessed value, or .001) multiplied by the assessed value. Granted, municipalities and cities now separate, to a certain extent, homestead, property, and ad valorum taxes. However, it does seem that our Mr. Reed knows a tad more about taxation than you’d give him credit for.

  3. Bill Simon says:

    With regard to Cagle offering no “policy” yet, my first concern is the INTEGRITY of the person holding the office. Policy can change as time goes on (e.g., look at the different positions Governor Perdue and the GOP in the legislature have taken over the past 3 years), but what matters is whether the people involved in the decision-making processes are intellectually honest.

    Ergo, since Ralph is NOT honest, Ralph’s statements on his “policies” or his “platform” mean nothing to me. I might as well be listening to Cynthia McKinney’s platform instead of Ralph’s…both tickle me pink whenever I hear them spouting-off. Both are liars.

  4. landman says:

    It amazes me to read statements like Rebel just made,the ignorance of such a statement is only surpassed by its humor content.It is obvious that you have not been to a Cagle event,and heard him discuss in detail the various issues facing our state in the areas of Healthcare, Education, ,Transportation,Economic Developement and Job creation.This indepth knowledge and the ability to converse with ease is the result of being a productive and result driven statesman,who unlike Reed is running on a record of accomplishments.I look forward to listening to Ralph being subjected to indepth questions concerning Policy issues,rather than the shallow dribble that he has memorized for talk shows, talk shows by the way that he prohibits any call in questions ,Why’s that Rebel? Let me tell you why Rebel its because Reeds all Hat and no Cattle on substance.As far as the remarks about Cagle and his staff just hating Ralph ,there seems to be a major outbreak of paranoia breaking out in the Reed Camp.Trust me on this one the damage thus far is all self inflicted on Ralphs part,but there will come a time when the heat will begin to be turned up and thats when you will see who has amassed the best team.

  5. Rebel says:

    I went to the convention and he didn’t say anything about issues…or anything. He just showed a video. I don’t think he can, but not for the reason you suspect. He’d have to stop chewing gum for a couple of minutes if he had to really speak about issues. 🙂

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