GSU Conference to examine state tax policy proposals

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Conference to examine state tax policy proposals

ATLANTA—When lawmakers convene for the 2009 session of the Georgia General Assembly in January, a number of new tax proposals could be on the table, including limits on levies and caps on assessment increases.

To wade through the proposals, and the current landscape of current Georgia tax policy, the Fiscal Research Center at Georgia State University will hold a conference on the property tax as it exists, and the likely effects of changes under consideration.

“Towards a Better Understanding of Property Taxes & Proposed Policies” will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 11 at the Capitol Education Center, 180 Central Ave., Atlanta.

Including presentations from officials from Georgia’s Department of Revenue and economic experts from states that have implemented assessment limits and levy caps, Fiscal Research Center Director Dave Sjoquist said the seminar will provide objective information to lawmakers, local elected officials and fiscal policy watchers.

“People will have a much better understanding of how the property tax works and have information on these two policies and the consequences they might have for Georgia,” he said.

The Fiscal Research Center, housed in the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies at Georgia State, is a nonpartisan fiscal policy and education center which provides technical assistance and information to state and local governments.

Vicki Lambert, director of the Local Government Services division of the state revenue department, will give an overview of the current Georgia tax structure. Sjoquist will discuss options for reducing and controlling property taxes.

Mark Haveman, executive director of the Minnesota Taxpayers Association, will discuss property tax limitations, how they’re structured and their effects on local governments. Experts from Colorado, Michigan and Florida will discuss their states’ experiences with assessment limits and levy caps.

For more information about the conference, visit

What: Towards a Better Understanding of Property Taxes & Proposed Policies
When: 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 11, 2008
Where: Capitol Education Center, 180 Central Avenue, Atlanta, GA


  1. Towards a Better Understanding of Property Taxes & Proposed Policies

    What’s there to understand? If the State can tax your property, you don’t own it.

    Let me know when GSU sponsors a conference to better understand the US Constitution and it’s intent or Free Markets.

    I know… never thought you’ld ever see those in the same sentence with GSU.

  2. Goldwater Conservative says:

    Or you can be good Americans and pay for the infrastructure you use. You know…stop free riding.

    Daniel…there is nothing in the Constitution about “Free Markets.” Get over it.

  3. Icarus says:

    I’ve studied under Dr. Sjouquist, who runs the PRC. He’s a very pragmatic guy who is the ultimate policy wonk, and I mean that in a good way. I never knew if he was a Republican or a Democrat, and I’m not sure he’s either. He just looks at the data, and does his best at a reasonable interpretation based on the facts.

    For those who understand that 1) We actually do have property taxes, and 2) Would like to understand what would happen under various scenarios of change, I would highly recommend his work.

  4. If it weren’t Atlanta and Thursday I’d consider going.

    Alternatives to the present tax systems are of great interest to me. I’m actually more interested in how many of our policy makers will actually go and listen to this. I’m also curious as to what other State Reps will be there – certainly it would not be fair to equate the experience of Alaska to Georgia, for example.

  5. Daniel…there is nothing in the Constitution about “Free Markets.” Get over it.

    That’s because the “Free Market” is the natural state of an economy. Government intervention is the virus that causes a lot of the economic problems we see and inhibits natural corrections and market driven solutions.

  6. jsm says:

    GC, in the Constitution: Section 8 – Powers of Congress, I see nothing about government managing or controlling markets. I take that to mean that the phrase “secur[ing] the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our posterity” gives the freedom of unrestricted commerce to citizens without government intrusion beyond collecting taxes and punishing illegal activity.

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