Georgia county increases taxes 17 percent

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ATLANTA — Commissioners in Georgia’s most populous county have approved a 17 percent property tax raise.

Fulton County commissioners Wednesday approved the increase with a 4-3 vote.

The increase is the first of its kind in more than two decades.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports (http://on-ajc.com/1skqrx2) that the tax raise is expected to pay for countywide services including libraries, courts and social services.

It would cost the owner of a $275,000 home an extra $140 a year if the property’s value remains unchanged.

Fulton County Commission Chairman John Eaves has said that declining revenues and increased costs have left the county with a $40 million to $50 million budget shortfall.

Opponents of the increase say the county should cut spending and live within its means, rather than raise taxes.

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deestafford
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deestafford 08/07/14 - 07:48 am
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That reads like a big jump but...

That reads like a big jump but didn't our recent increase hit about the same amount or maybe a little more?

seenitB4
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seenitB4 08/07/14 - 08:20 am
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What doesn't go up...

Social security & retirement checks stay the same .....

I see now why oldies are grumpy ....& mad as helllll.

dichotomy
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dichotomy 08/07/14 - 08:33 am
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So....the average Social

So....the average Social Security recipient gets $1500 a month..or $18000 a year. The yearly COLA has been around 1% for the last few years = $180 a year.....and THEY just took most of it. Seniors.....don't blow that left over $40 a year all in one place on unnecessary stuff like food and medicine. Your county commission needs your money more than you do. Most of YOUR money is going to pay for someone else's "social services". The same ilk that we have here in Richmond County.

JRC2024
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JRC2024 08/07/14 - 09:03 am
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i was thinking the same thing

i was thinking the same thing as you when IU read the article. "Social Services"

nocnoc
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nocnoc 08/07/14 - 09:04 am
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Looks like

The article is being used to justify the ARC tax increase.

Face it Local Government are doing much of the WRONG THINGS that waste Tax Revenues.

Maybe it is time for local government to re-focus on BASICS and let some wasteful things sink of swim.

Because if Government isn't standing there waiting with a MASSIVE Handout, things will take care of themselves. Most People and businesses will RE-learned to take care of themselves.

jimmymac
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jimmymac 08/07/14 - 09:53 am
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Democrats only solution to a money problem is to raise taxes. They never put cutting spending on the table like people do with their own budget. Every city run by them is in debt and they wonder why tax payers flee to lower taxed area's.

Sweet son
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Sweet son 08/07/14 - 12:40 pm
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Government Agencies are FAT!

Yes, they are fat, especially in the area of personnel on the payroll. From the Feds all the way to the smallest towns and cities government payrolls are fat and could all be cut by 30% without impacting services.

All government employees should be tasked to state in writing what exactly it is that they do for their check. They should be made to account for every minute they are being paid and if it doesn't add up to 100% work time for 100% money paid their pay should be reduced by the negative amount. Worst thing about my test is that they would lie about things that they did and really didn't do. LOL!

When you see these scathing stories about govt employees being paid to watch TV all day or those who surf the net for porn because they are bored it makes you want to puke. And that's just two scenarios that I have read about in the last week.

Government should be run like a business but we've all heard that and we all know it won't happen. We will just keep electing people to office without the you know whats to cut spending and send the loafers home.

corgimom
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corgimom 08/07/14 - 03:28 pm
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Dichotomy, Social Security

Dichotomy, Social Security was never designed to be 100% of anybody's income. As for people getting taxed out of their homes, nobody can maintain their lifestyles indefinitely when their income plummets.

Retirees always want to maintain their preretirement lifestyles, but unless somebody has enough retirement income to equal what was earned prior to retirement, eventually a crisis comes.

If somebody only has $18,000 per year income, that's not enough to run and maintain a home. That's just the way it is. The repairs and maintenance alone would be too high.

But I was under the impression, Dichotomy, that people over 65 didn't pay school tax in Georgia, just so that they don't get taxed out of their homes.

So people over 65 pay less taxes than the other residents to begin with.

There hadn't been an increase in over 20 years. What do people expect?

corgimom
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corgimom 08/07/14 - 03:35 pm
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Sweet son, a government isn't

Sweet son, a government isn't anything like a business, and can't possibly be run like one.

A business can target who they want to sell to, and limit their product to their most profitable lines. And they can raise their prices anytime they want, to make as much profit as they want.

A government doesn't have that option.

And all the capital improvements that we all enjoy- roads, bridges, sidewalks, water and sewer, hospitals, libraries, courts, the jail, police and fire, etc- cost an enormous amount of money. And they have to be done, a government has no choice in the matter.

And a business can lay off employees as much as they want; a government can only lay off so many people, essential services have to be provided, no matter what.

And a business has the right to sell their business or shut it down. A government can't do that.

A business can hire or fire whoever they want, whenever they want. A government is run by elected officials, and that government is stuck with them until the next election unless they are recalled.

And that is why government can never be run like a business.

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Graymare 08/07/14 - 04:26 pm
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Dichotomy

The average social security recipient gets around $750 a month or less. Factor in everything else that person has paid over their lifetime. And how about those of us who have never had children who attended schools here, paying school tax for the last 20 years. I'm just 62 so that is several more years of school taxes. Recheck your figures.

JRC2024
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JRC2024 08/07/14 - 09:59 pm
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Whats with all the people on

Whats with all the people on the sides of the website and all the ads. It is horrible. I hope they go away soon.

JRC2024
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JRC2024 08/07/14 - 11:28 pm
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After looking at the names I

After looking at the names I see what it is with the people on the side. The AC is trying to sell tickets to the conference. I guess they will go away after the conference. I went to one several years ago and they were pushing internet adds on the website.

Proud2Serve
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Proud2Serve 08/08/14 - 01:16 am
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Justification

Took the words out of my mouth.

Airman
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Airman 08/08/14 - 05:42 am
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School taxes and social security

sorry the facts are not correct, in our county we get a reduced rate on school tax, we are noy exempt

seenitB4
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seenitB4 08/08/14 - 07:13 am
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So who gets hit with this hike??

WE DO!! Dang it....every bill we have in the last month has gone UP!!

Insurance on the house---insurance on the cars & now all taxes...what a world.

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