Sales tax issue discussed in legislative meeting

Thursday, Jan. 7, 2010 10:45 AM
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Augusta commissioners, Richmond County school board members and area state representatives met this morning to discuss priorities for the state's new legislative session.

One issue discussed was a proposed Municipal Option Sales Tax, which would add an extra penny in sales tax on the dollar in Richmond County.

Augusta Commissioner Don Grantham asked the area delegation this morning to consider having a law passed allowing a referendum on the issue.

If ultimately approved by voters, Mr. Grantham said the MOST would help with maintaining government services without having property taxes increase.

He said today that should the MOST go through, there could even be a rollback of three mills in the county's property tax.

Mr. Grantham presented information showing that an estimated $35 million could be raised from the tax over five years, to be split at $8 million for law enforcement, $6 million for fire protection, $6 million for transit, $3 million for capital outlay replacement and $12 million for a rollback or fund balance.

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Riverman1
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Riverman1 01/07/10 - 11:39 am
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Is there any left we don't

Is there any left we don't tax? What's next...sunshine, air?

db16
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db16 01/07/10 - 11:47 am
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River...Pick your poison...1%

River...Pick your poison...1% tax on everything purchased in Richmond County (which I believe they should do STATE WIDE) or make up the difference in your Real Estate Taxes!
Personally, the 1% increase will ecnompass everyone (Illegals, Non Residents, Vacationers, Travelers, Drug Dealers, Blue and White Collar Citizens, etc.) If you opposed the 1% increase of the Sales Tax...and rely on the Property Tax increase, you will be sorry. Think about it...Every home owner will be hurt, whereas renters, non owners, etc. will not be contributing. Personally, I am sick and tired of paying everyone elses way...we are doing such a great job of enabling folks that the Government and Tax Payers will take care of them...something for nothing man...The burden on the system is overwhelming and the recipients vs. contributors is astounding!

AnotherPerspective
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AnotherPerspective 01/07/10 - 11:56 am
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And how much of the tax would

And how much of the tax would be set aside to bribe fired employees so they don't sue the city? Rather than raising taxes, why not spend the money we have better?

db16
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db16 01/07/10 - 11:59 am
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Perspective...you are asking

Perspective...you are asking alot now!!! :-)
Lets just work on making sure that there is a 'catch all' so that those sucking from the system are also being forced (by some degree) to put back into it!!!

joebowles
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joebowles 01/07/10 - 12:23 pm
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Lets get some numbers - $35

Lets get some numbers - $35 million collected and 12 million in rollbacks= 23 million dollar growth in government. How will this $23 million be covered if voters reject the Package after the initial 5 years??????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????

Taylor B
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Taylor B 01/07/10 - 12:47 pm
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db16, so I guess property

db16, so I guess property taxes aren't included in rent? Wow, what a thoughtful land lord just to throw that in. I do agree that the burden is awful, and we need to cut spending and work on privitization or elimination of non-essential services. $6 million for transit? We are already four MILLION in the hole on transit. When will the money hole be filled? NEVER, unless we start holding the city leaders accountable for spending. How is this hard to understand?

db16
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db16 01/07/10 - 01:08 pm
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Taylor...I would imagine that

Taylor...I would imagine that a very small portion of taxes are included in rent. But I would also venture to bet that there is only a small portion of the rental population that pay that (House Rentals vs. Apartments). You see inflated house rentals do cover the taxes and possible damages done to the residence. I used to rent an apartment in the AUG...and I can assure you that my $595 month didn't have much taken out for 'taxes.' Especially since my water and garbage were included. But I also agree with you in the excessive waste of funds by our Local, State and Federal Government is absurd!

LaTwon
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LaTwon 01/07/10 - 01:35 pm
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i guess they will blow the

i guess they will blow the bridges to north augusta to keep us enslaved. they tax me on 200 000 more than my house is worth in their computer but i cannot appeal. i am sure they need the money for infra red handhelds that tell them if someone is going to slip and bust their azz. how did we ever live before so much govt?

LaTwon
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LaTwon 01/07/10 - 01:42 pm
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i can tell you how this voter

i can tell you how this voter is going to handle it joe. i have already bought another house not in r c . i may go ahead and
puke my house on mcdowell for what i can get because even at these prices it may be a top. then i will liquidate my commercial properties and move my butt and my business out of this rat hole. its great to watch the value of all you have worked for get screwed down the drain and your taxes go up..........

Emerydan
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Emerydan 01/07/10 - 04:21 pm
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Let's see here.... Didn't

Let's see here.... Didn't voters pass a SPLOST recently with the promise that doing so would keep property taxes from being raised? Then not even a year later Fred Russell comes before the commission with a budget that would raise property taxes. If you believe that Don Grantham, the King of local pork barrel spending, will roll back property taxes, then you are living in a fantasy world.Not gonna happen. I absolutely support the concept of a MOST.. IF it would be used as a way to reduce the tax burden on property owners.. but it won't. What it will end up being is a slushfund for commissioners like Don Grantham to pay for yet even more unnecessary prok barrel projects.

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corgimom 01/07/10 - 06:47 pm
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"Taylor...I would imagine

"Taylor...I would imagine that a very small portion of taxes are included in rent. " No, 100% of the taxes are included in rent. Who would deliberately rent property that doesn't make money? Why would anyone buy rental property to lose money? When properties stop producing income, it gets sold as soon as possible.

MAnd130630
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MAnd130630 01/07/10 - 07:41 pm
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So much B.S if they want to

So much B.S if they want to impress me, lower my property taxes for my house that is not worth what I'm paying taxes on. Quit spending money before you receive it and quit speculating on what might be collected. That's why we're in the mess we're in now. Trim the fat peroid, regardless of how painful it is.

db16
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db16 01/07/10 - 10:36 pm
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Corgimom...hate to say it but

Corgimom...hate to say it but yes...MANY people do rent houses without making money on their rental. Many people rent their houses out to pay their NOTE (P+I)...Taxes and Insurance are absorbed as they continue to use those as a TAX WRITE OFF! I wouldn't expect you to understand if you haven't done it. You have to realized that every mortgage payment you make builds equity and net worth. So paying a few bucks per year out of pocket doesn't really hurt if you are renting your properties out.
It also makes it better when your rent isn't so outrageous that your vacancies outweigh your occupancy...and this can happen with your taxes and insurance if you pass them on to the renter.

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