In theory, I think the Speaker is on the right track. More and more, taxes are not paid very equitably in the state. Here in Bibb County, a lot of property owners on the north end of town, who pay about 60% of the property tax revenue, find there money being spent more and more in ways to benefit others in ways the northern part of the county can’t take advantage of. In fact, repeatedly on city council in Macon, there are efforts to raise property taxes and, on occasion, members of council will be so bold as to admit the truth that their constituents won’t be affected by the property tax increase.
At the same time, the voters have a chance to vote out the people mis-spending their money, as they did in the municipal elections this year. Likewise, sales taxes going to the state to be funneled back can create room for lots of corruption and trouble. I think Bill Shipp probably goes too far (though only a little bit) in his hyperbole, without seeing exactly the mechanism for distribution, but as Bill Shipp knows all too well, and as we all know too well, if the local governments cannot control their taxes, they stand to become even more subservient to the state — the same state that shifted One Georgia Grant money from its intended purposes to AFLAC, thereby freeing up AFLAC to get a NASCAR sponsorship.