My thanks to the Daily Citizen-News for ongoing efforts to educate voters about the Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST). However, despite these efforts, many still do not realize just how much of an overreach $34 million for buildings really is, especially when other more cost-effective options seem to have been overlooked.
I am unaware of any commitment from taxing authorities that property taxes will not be raised even if SPLOST is approved for another six years. Reliable sources have noted property taxes have increased more than 150 percent in the past 10 years, even though we have had SPLOST for most of those years. Is there any reason to believe a new SPLOST will change this established practice, especially when noise is already being heard about another "property appraisal" being looked at? Old habits by taxing authorities are hard to break!
The often quoted "It's just a penny" by chamber of commerce minions is disputed by the Carl Vinson Institute of Government at the University of Georgia. They say that for every $1 of SPLOST spending 12 more cents more must be added to maintenance and operating budgets. Property owners, where do you think those extra 12 pennies will come from? Property taxes, maybe?
Voters and property owners, please learn all you can before inviting government to reach a little deeper into your pocket.