One of the major areas that I am involved in is monitoring DeKalb County and DeKalb County Schools as respects to legislation. In other words playing defense against legislation I believe is not in the best interest of my constituents.
For example Senate Bill 143 was introduced by Senator Jones that would decouple the property tax freeze from the infrastructure sales tax. The original purpose of the current law was to make the tax freeze permanent as long as there was an infrastructure sales tax versus having it continue to be subject to a sunset clause (when it ends). If it would end today as an example homeowners would be subject to the past 10 years of assessment increases.
Representative Taylor has introduced House Bill 270 which solves a language issue and makes the tax freeze remain in force as long as there is an infrastructure sales tax. If the DeKalb delegation in both chambers will not pass his bill then we will repeal the infrastructure sales tax. That would mean DeKalb County will continue to get $2 million for capital projects each year instead of $60 million.
Representative Taylor and I hope the delegation will come to its senses and support my Senate Bill 156 which limits the infrastructure sales tax to transportation and public transit where we have $400 to $500 million of county needs (also the original purpose of this tax).
This bill also exempts food and prescription drugs from the sales tax and caps our current MARTA tax at 1 percent.
We have paid enough for MARTA and would now have two percent allocated to transportation in DeKalb. Enough is enough and the other jurisdictions and the state will never step up financially if we and Fulton County continue to increase what we pay.
Remember if this all works out you will be getting a nice reduction in your property tax bill.
I realize this isn’t easy to follow but unlike our beloved Atlanta Falcons it is a good defensive game plan.
Please continue to contact me with your comments and questions.