The March 13 FCN opinion page piece “Support SPLOST for schools” got my attention for the subject matter and a perception of entitlement mentality sprinkled with elitism. It stated “The debt has to be paid” either through property tax or the sales tax.” “Sales tax is the most equitable form of generating public funds.”
Like a frog in a pot of water on the stove, people don’t notice the increase in taxes after they pay it a few times, as we have been doing, and by now it is a stealth tax.
The statement that ad valorem tax is paid only by property owners is not entirely true. Rental property owners pass the cost of the taxes onto the renter. If you rent you pay property taxes.
The SPLOST is “Not a new tax levy but a continuation of an existing tax.” I guess we should be OK with that because the hand is already in our wallets and it is “For school system projects only.”
The state of Georgia does mandate the timeframe that elections can be held. The board of education chose this date in an odd year with no other issues on the ballot at an estimated cost of $60,000 to $70,000. Single issue elections have traditionally low turnouts. Could this work to anyone’s advantage? Less than 7 percent turned out to vote with 80 percent or 3,396 in favor and 847 opposed.