Senate passes Perdue's plan for property tax cut

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ATLANTA --- Gov. Sonny Perdue's plan to erase the state portion of property taxes in Georgia sailed through the state Senate on Thursday.

Gov. Sonny Perdue (left) was introduced by House Speaker Glenn Richardson before giving his State of the State Address to a joint session of the General Assembly in January. Mr. Perdue's elimination of the state portion of property taxes was an idea of former Lt. Gov. Mark Taylor.  Associated Press
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Gov. Sonny Perdue (left) was introduced by House Speaker Glenn Richardson before giving his State of the State Address to a joint session of the General Assembly in January. Mr. Perdue's elimination of the state portion of property taxes was an idea of former Lt. Gov. Mark Taylor.

The plan would amend the state constitution to eliminate the state ad valorem tax that residents pay on their property and automobiles.

County taxes -- which make up the bulk of property tax bills -- would continue in effect. It passed 49-4.

The $94 million tax cut must still be approved by a two-thirds vote in the House and by voters at the ballot box.

The property tax portion of the plan is expected to mean an average savings of about $30 per household.

The proposal was originally floated by former Democratic Lt. Gov. Mark Taylor in his unsuccessful 2006 bid to unseat Mr. Perdue.

A spokesman for Mr. Perdue called the Senate vote "an important first step toward getting state government out of the property tax business."

"Eliminating the state portion of property tax will be a clear tax cut for Georgia's homeowners," Bert Brantley said.

The chamber also approved a pair of measures that would cap the amount by which home assessments could rise.

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nonumberplease 02/15/08 - 05:41 am
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Thank goodness somebody may

Thank goodness somebody may put a tax cap on fred russell
and his money hungry companions. Question, if the housing
market is in such bad shape and home owners are actually losing equity shouldn't the tax assessors office reassess our
houses to reflect our lower values?

Augusta resident
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Augusta resident 02/15/08 - 06:45 am
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There are $40,000 homes on my

There are $40,000 homes on my street going for $100,000. I just don't get it.

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deekster 02/15/08 - 10:08 am
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If you really want to see the

If you really want to see the scam with real estate asessments, go to either the RC or CC websites. Look up the parcels and see how property values change with the wind. One random piece of property off Columbia Rd. Changed value four times in the space of a month. A range of $108k to $29k. It went back and forth with four different owners? Impossible. Look at RC for businesses and property owned by commissioners. Chemical plants have their tax assessments reudced by 40% or more in a single year. Commissioners own many properties and are delinguent on paying taxes. Freedom of information, gotta love it.

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deekster 02/15/08 - 10:11 am
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Apparently in CC, when a

Apparently in CC, when a "developer" buys house/property the value goes down. When it is resold to a "common home owner" the value quadruples. This is not "open fields". These are homes in subdivisions. I thought it was illegal for "real estate businesses" to own property. Or at least unethical?

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