Originally created 11/05/06

Richmond County sample ballot



STATEWIDE OFFICES

Governor

Mark Taylor, Democrat

Sonny Perdue, Republican

Garrett Michael Hayes, Libertarian

Lieutenant Governor

Casey Cagle, Republican

Jim Martin, Democrat

Allen Buckley, Libertarian

Secretary of State

Gail Buckner, Democrat

Karen Handel, Republican

Kevin Madsen, Libertarian

Attorney General

Thurbert Baker, Democrat

Perry McGuire, Republican

State School Superintendent

Denise Majette, Democrat

Kathy Cox, Republican

David Chastain, Libertarian

Commissioner of Insurance

Guy Drexinger, Democrat

John W. Oxendine, Republican

Commissioner of Agriculture

Tommy Irvin, Democrat

Gary Black, Republican

Jack Cashin, Libertarian

Commissioner of Labor

Michael "Mike" Thurmond, Democrat

Brent Brown, Republican

Public Service Commission, District 3 - Metro Atlanta

David L. Burgess, Democrat

Chuck Eaton, Republican

Paul MacGregor, Libertarian

Public Service Commission, District 5 - Western

Dawn Randolph, Democrat

Stan Wise, Republican

Kevin Cherry, Libertarian

U.S. Representative, District 10

Terry Holley, Democrat

Charlie Norwood, Republican

U.S. Representative, District 12

John Barrow, Democrat

Max Burns, Republican

State Senator, District 23

J.B. Powell, Democrat

George L. DeLoach, Republican

State Representative, District 120

Quincy Murphy, Democrat

Helen Blocker-Adams, Independent

State Representative, District 121

Henry "Wayne" Howard, Democrat

D.L. Johnson, Republican

Supreme Court Justice (to replace Hunstein)

Carol W. Hunstein (Incumbent)

Mike Wiggins

AUGUSTA OFFICES

Mayor

David "Deke" Copenhaver

Ronnie Few

William "Gil" Gilyard III

Steven Kendrick

Commission, District 4

Bernard E. Harper

Alvin D. Mason

Board of Education, District 3

Lauretta D. Gordon

Alex Howard

Board of Education, District 6

Robert Ingham

Jack Padgett Jr.

Board of Education, District 9

Venus Cain

A.K. Hasan

Winsome H. Wellington

James Williams Jr.

Superior Court Judge, Augusta Circuit (to replace Fleming)

J. David Roper

Willie Saunders

Charles L. "Les" Wilkinson

William J. "Bill" Williams

RICHMOND COUNTY SPECIAL ELECTION

Redevelopment Powers Law

Shall the Act be approved which authorizes the consolidated government of Augusta, Georgia, to exercise redevelopment powers under the "Redevelopment Powers Law," as it may be amended from time to time?

YES NO

Richmond County Board of Education Special Purpose Local Option Sales and Use Tax

Shall the special 1 percent sales and use tax for educational purposes currently imposed in the Richmond County School System be reimposed commencing upon the expiration of the current 1 percent sales and use tax and continuing for a period of time not to exceed 20 consecutive calendar quarters for the raising of not more than $225,000,000 for the purpose of providing funds to pay or to be applied toward the cost of acquiring, constructing, installing and equipping new school buildings and facilities and other buildings and facilities useful or desirable in connection therewith, additions to existing schools, including without limitation new classroom space, and athletic facilities for physical and general educational purposes, adding to, renovating, removing, repairing, improving and equipping existing school buildings and other buildings and facilities useful or desirable in connection therewith, acquiring textbooks and technology hardware and software and equipment in connection with the foregoing, acquiring, constructing, installing and equipping school buses and other vehicles for the safety, security and maintenance of the school facilities and equipment and buildings and facilities for the repair and maintenance thereof, acquiring, constructing and equipping safety structures and facilities useful or desirable in connection with any of the foregoing, acquiring the necessary property and rights in property therefor, both real and personal, to pay capitalized interest on the general obligation debt referred to below and to pay or reimburse the expenses of the Board of Education necessary to accomplish the foregoing, including the expenses of the Board of Education incurred in connection with calling the election and imposing the sales and use tax?

If the reimposition of the special tax is approved by the voters, such vote shall also constitute approval of the issuance of general obligation debt of the County Board of Education of Richmond County in the aggregate principal amount of $140,000,000 for the above purpose.

YES NO

SUMMARY OF PROPOSED STATE CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENTS

-1-

To restrict the use of eminent domain.

House Resolution No. 1306 Resolution Act No. 445 Ga. L. 2006, p. 1111

"( ) YES ( ) NO

Shall the Constitution of Georgia be amended so as to prohibit the use of eminent domain by certain nonelected authorities and to prohibit the contested use of eminent domain except for public use as defined by general law?"

- This proposal provides several limitations with respect to the exercise of the power of eminent domain and the taking of private property for public purposes. The proposal provides that any taking of private property for redevelopment purposes must be approved by vote of the appropriate elected city or county governing authority. The proposal provides that any taking of private property for redevelopment purposes must be for a public use as defined by general state law. The proposal provides that the exercise of eminent domain by cities and counties can be restricted by general state law and that any exercise of eminent domain by a nonelected housing or development authority must be approved by vote of the appropriate elected city or county governing authority. A copy of this entire proposed amendment is on file in the office of the judge of the probate court and is available for public inspection.

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To protect the traditions of fishing and hunting.

Senate Resolution No. 67 Resolution Act No. 314 Ga. L. 2005, p. 153

"( ) YES ( ) NO

Shall the Constitution of Georgia be amended so as to provide that the tradition of fishing and hunting and the taking of fish and wildlife shall be preserved for the people and shall be managed by law and regulation for the public good?"

- This proposal provides that the tradition of fishing and hunting and the taking of fish and wildlife shall be preserved for the people and shall be managed by law and regulation for the public good. A copy of this entire proposed amendment is on file in the office of the judge of the probate court and is available for public inspection.

-3-

To authorize the General Assembly to dedicate revenue from special motor vehicle license plates.

House Resolution No. 1564 Resolution Act No. 917 Ga. L. 2006, p. 1112

"( ) YES ( ) NO

Shall the Constitution of Georgia be amended so as to authorize the General Assembly to provide for special motor vehicle license plates and dedicate the revenue from such plates for stated purposes, including dedications for the ultimate use of agencies, funds, or nonprofit corporations where it is found that there will be a benefit to the state?"

- This proposal authorizes the General Assembly to provide for special motor vehicle license plates to be made available for optional purchase. The General Assembly is authorized to dedicate some or all revenue from the sale of the special plates for programs relating to the subject of the special plate. The dedicated revenue may go to an agency, a fund, or a nonprofit corporation and may be for the ultimate use of a nonprofit corporation if found to benefit both the state and the nonprofit corporation. Such dedicated revenue shall not be paid into or lapse to the general fund of the state treasury. Any law of this type will have to be passed by a two thirds' majority in both the Senate and House of Representatives. A copy of this entire proposed amendment is on file in the office of the judge of the probate court and is available for public inspection.

SUMMARY OF PROPOSED STATEWIDE REFERENDUM QUESTIONS

-A-

To expand the ad valorem tax exemption for farm equipment.

House Bill No. 203 Act No. 26 Ga. L. 2005, p. 140

"( ) YES ( ) NO

Shall the Act be approved which expands the ad valorem tax exemption for agricultural products and equipment to include certain additional farm equipment held under a lease purchase agreement?"

- This act expands eligibility for the existing ad valorem tax exemption for farm tractors, combines, and other farm equipment so that the exemption will apply to equipment which is held under a lease purchase agreement. If approved by a majority of the voters, the act becomes effective Jan. 1, 2007, and applies to all tax years beginning on or after that date.

-B-

To expand the ad valorem exemption for veterans organizations to include organizations which refurbish and operate historic military aircraft for educational purposes.

House Bill No. 173 Act No. 524 Ga. L. 2006, p. 235

"( ) YES ( ) NO

Shall the Act be approved which expands the ad valorem tax exemption for veterans organizations to include certain additional nonprofit veterans organizations which refurbish and operate historic military aircraft for education al purposes?"

- This act expands the existing ad valorem tax exemption for certain veterans organizations to include property which is owned by and used exclusively by any veterans organization which is qualified as a nonprofit organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended, and which has been organized for the purpose of refurbishing and operating historic military aircraft acquired from the federal government and other sources, making such aircraft airworthy, and putting such aircraft on display to the public for educational purposes. If approved by a majority of the voters, the act becomes effective Jan. 1, 2007, and applies to all tax years beginning on or after that date.

-C-

To expand the ad valorem tax exemption for property of charitable institutions.

House Bill No. 848 1 Act No. 570 Ga. L. 2006, p. 376

"( ) YES ( ) NO

Shall the Act be approved which grants an exemption from ad valorem taxation on property owned by a charitable institution which generates income when that income is used exclusively for the operation of such charitable institution?"

- This section of this act expands the ad valorem tax exemption for property of charitable institutions so that the exemption will apply to real estate or buildings which are owned by a charitable institution that is exempt from taxation under Section 501(c)(3) of the federal Internal Revenue Code and used by such charitable institution for the purpose of securing income so long as such income is used exclusively for the operation of that charitable institution. If approved by a majority of the voters, this section of the act becomes effective Jan. 1, 2007, and applies to all tax years beginning on or after that date.

-D-

To provide a homestead exemption to certain residents who are senior citizens with respect to state ad valorem taxes.

House Bill No. 848 3 Act No. 570 Ga. L. 2006, p. 376

"( ) YES ( ) NO

Shall the Act be approved which provides a homestead exemption for senior citizens in an amount equal to the actual levy for state ad valorem tax purposes on the homestead?"

- This section of this act grants an exemption from all state ad valorem property taxes to the homestead of a person who is 65 years of age or older, to include the primary residence and not more than 10 contiguous acres of land. This exemption applies to state ad valorem taxes but not those levied by local governments. If approved by a majority of the voters, this section of the act becomes effective Jan. 1, 2007, and applies to all tax years beginning on or after that date.

-E-

To provide a homestead exemption for the surviving spouse of a peace officer or firefighter killed in the line of duty.

House Bill 81 2 Act No. 948 Ga. L. 2006, p. 1104

"( ) YES ( ) NO

Shall the Act be approved which provides a homestead exemption for the full value of the homestead with respect to all ad valorem taxes for the unremarried surviving spouse of a peace officer or firefighter who was killed in the line of duty?"

- This section of this act provides that the unremarried surviving spouse of a peace officer or firefighter who was killed in the line of duty shall be entitled to a total exemption of the homestead from all ad valorem taxes. If approved by a majority of the voters, this section of the act becomes effective Jan. 1, 2007, and applies to all tax years beginning on or after that date.

-F-

To provide that a surviving spouse shall be entitled to a continuation of the base year value under a base year assessed value homestead exemption.

House Bill 81 4 Act No. 948 Ga. L. 2006, p. 1104

"( ) YES ( ) NO

Shall the Act be approved which provides that, with respect to base year assessed value homestead exemptions, the surviving spouse of a deceased spouse who has been granted such a homestead exemption shall receive that exemption at the same base year valuation that applied to the deceased spouse so long as that surviving spouse continues to occupy the home as a residence and homestead."

- This section of this act relates to base year assessed value homestead exemptions, also known as homestead freeze exemptions. These are exemptions which increase so long as a person owns a homestead with the effect that the owner does not have an increase in tax liability because of increases in the assessed value of the homestead. This section of the act provides that when a property owner with an existing base year assessed value homestead exemption dies, his or her surviving spouse who otherwise meets the requirements for the exemption shall be entitled to continue the exemption with the previously established base year amount. The effect is that the surviving spouse will not incur increased tax liability because of increases in assessed value since the exemption was granted to the deceased spouse.