The voter on the Speaker’s Property Tax Reform Amendment is supposed to take place sometime today. As much as it pains me to say it, because I know this is nothing more than the Speaker saving face and I don’t believe the Speaker has the best interest of the taxpayers of Georgia at heart, this seems like a good bill and we should encourage our legislators to vote for it. However, House leadership must address spending at the state level. Without spending reform or guaranteed spending cuts, this tax reform is only a tax shift.
The Republican Liberty Caucus of Georgia is now taking this position on part of the plan:
One component of property tax reform the Georgia RLC has endorsed SR 796, which would limit the rate at which property value assessments can be raised. No longer will local counties and municipalities be able to increase taxes through back door re-assesments. If this constitutional amendment were passed by voters in November, local county and city leaders would be forced to vote to increase taxes.
The Georgia RLC strongly encourages our members to contact their representatives today and urge them for support SR 796.
This is not an endorsement of the Speaker’s proposal, though that may be forthcoming.