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  1. BobG says:

    The problem with your proposal, Erick, is that there is no motivation to LOWER the tax rate. Also, there is no assurance that the current rate is the mathematically correct one; that taxpayers aren’t CURRENTLY being overtaxed.

    How about this– 1) prevent taxing authorities from taking more from property owners than is required to fund the budget; 2) ensure that rising property values result in a corresponding DECREASE in the tax rate as long as the politicians control spending (a great motivator); 3) motivate politicians to find NON-TAX sources of revenue (like impact fees); 4) give the taxpayer a simple and accurate numerical indicator of their elected officials’ ability (or inability) to control spending; 5) eliminate inequality in the property tax system; and 6) eliminate “back door” tax increases, hidden surplus-building and the like. Transparency and honesty– if officials want to fund it, it MUST be in the budget.

    And what if all of this could be accomplished NOT by some complicated and convoluted formula as in the GREAT plan but with a simple division problem– a process for calculating the millage rate that has been taught by the Dept. of Revenue for decades to tax commissioners, appraisers, assessors and Board of Equalization members?

    Yes, it really is that simple. Visit http://www.MillageRate.com for more info.

  2. Jmac says:

    The other problem, obviously, is that we’re not a direct democracy.

    Not saying I don’t support referendums for local communities, but if we start stripping power away from officials elected to represent us … then why do we need officials elected to represent us?

  3. IndyInjun says:

    Shoot……. Columbia County is a 85% Republican county.

    Bond referendums or any other chances to increase spending are NEVER voted down.

    Taxes collections are up 15% this year.

    Either everybody down here is not a Republican or Republicans love taxes.

  4. jsm says:

    Let’s be honest, Indy. Many people consider themselves Republicans because of social issues only. They can’t resist freebies from the government, because they don’t understand fiscal policy.

  5. IndyInjun says:

    jsm,

    Their fiscal irresponsibility is like carelessly leaving an iron rake laying on the ground with the tines to the sky. You keep wandering around it, never noticing it until you make one too many steps in the wrong direction.

    We are all about to get knocked senseless.

  6. Way back when, a bunch of Georgia State elected officials used to be Democrat until they realized they could switch parties and turn Georgia into a Corporate controlled state and set up their own veiled corporations to profit from the corporate state and leave the taxpayers holding the bag once the corporations decide taking care of basic State issues such as Roads, Law Enforcement and Education was not in their profit model and thus turning the fractured bag of marbles back over to the working class taxpayers who weren’t paying attention because all of the fiscal numbers were too hard to crunch since education funding was hated by Incandescent, regressive Idea guy Glenn and therefore the constituency just dumbed down and chose to see Red pseudo conservatism as the solution to everything.

    If you think my long sentences are hard to follow, crack open the Georgia Code on Open Records and Meeting.

    Jll, it’s your turn, enter stage right please…

  7. Everyone I talk to is paranoid about the upcoming session. Some feel it could be worse, rhetorically, than last (which is hard to beat). Also hear through the grapevine that Eli Lily is supplying free Prozac to manage the emotions (just a joke for the serious).

    Taxation is the only way to fund government. The problem, as I see it, is that few know how to manage it. And why manage it when you can tax your way out of a problem? The public is too apathetic to pay attention to the ineptness of some elected individuals and keep returning them to their pompus positions, simply because they’ve become too comfortable with the pain. The frog in the kettle analogy comes to mind.

    A friend wrote a book a few years ago, They Think You’re Stupid. Unfortunately, there may be some truth in the madness.

    It probably wouldn’t be a bad idea to have some sort of mechanism, such as a referendum to force the shut off valve. Our community has faced numerous property tax increases, various SPLOSTs and have only been effective at growing the size of the budget and driving residents from the community.

  8. Icarus says:

    O.K., Richardson has spent the last year telling us he wants to do away with all property taxes, supposedly including car taxes. Today, the AJC says he wants to add $10 to our car tag fees to fund trama care:

    “I’ve waited and watched and it’s time to do something about it,” Richardson said.

    Why does anyone take this man seriously, and how long will it take before the House Republicans realize they need an actual leader?

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