'Perpetual sales tax' stinks

You can call a skunk by any name you care to use but it still stinks.

I am referencing a guest column in the July 14 Opinion section written by Laura Lowry (“Vehicle tag fees are grossly unfair to Georgia’s newest residents”). I, too, was struck by a $775.56 ad valorem tax, which I call a perpetual sales tax as it is six-and-a-half percent, based on the value of the vehicle.

So what can I do? Nothing directly, but you can bet your bottom dollar that I will request that AARP forewarn all retirees that might be considering coming to the Peach State for the “good life.”

I am retired military, 85 years old, trying to live on a fixed pension.

Thank you for printing Mrs. Lowry’s column, and thanks to her for writing it.


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