From Dick Yarbrough’s column in the Gwinnett Daily Post in a question from Yarbrough about how to solve the water crisis created by growth in North Georgia:
Keen said the answer is House Speaker Glenn Richardson’s tax reform initiative, known as GREAT (“Georgia’s Repeal of Every Ad Valorem Tax”). It is Richardson’s idea to do away with ad valorem taxes and expand taxes on sales, uses and services. The monies collected through the tax would then be distributed to the local counties and cities and to local schools.
“This plan,” Keen said, “would be an incentive for cities and counties to control growth and would give property owners a major relief from ever-increasing property taxes.”
So isn’t what Keen is saying, in essence, is that one of the reasons we are in a water crisis is because of the amount of economic growth we’ve had in North Georgia? Therefore, we need a way to curtail this economic growth and one way to do it is through House Speaker Glenn Richardson’s big government, anti-local control, big tax increase on everything, otherwise known as the GREAT plan?
Might want to rethink this strategy.