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10 Comments on "BREAKING: Brookhaven urges DeKalb BOC decline placing SPLOST and E-HOST on November ballot"

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Thomas Porter
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Thomas Porter

GREAT.

Riley OConnor
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Riley OConnor
In recent weeks, the focus has been on “what can we do with the money?” until someone took a look at the original legislation and discovered this. I like Fran Millar, who has expressed that the problem will be corrected during the next General Assembly in January 2017. Sorry, but this is bad legislation and waiting until after it has passed to fix it isn’t reasonable. Nobody is safe when the General Assembly is in session and there’s a lot of stuff that gets swept under the carpet in the closing days of the session. Just don’t pass a bad… Read more »
Bill Lowe
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Bill Lowe
Not sure if this was always in the bill or if it was an addition/change to the bill. No matter what the case may be, all legislation should have a history of changes to the bill with the person making the changes having their identity tagged to each change. Too many things get inserted/removed/altered with no accountability. With accountability attached, less of this horse cadoodle would be happening. This would make it easier for the legislators to review any changes to the document before it is presented, and in some cases, as k why someone would insert language that is… Read more »
Ellen
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Ellen

Or, the legislators could just actually READ the bills they are passing.

City-Weary
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City-Weary
I’m confused about what E-HOST would mean to the property owner. In the previous BP article, the explanation about E-HOST is as follows: “Recognizing the dependency on the HOST revenue stream, in the 2015 Legislative Session, Georgia Lawmakers passed House Bill 215 which enables voters to “reform” DeKalb’s existing HOST structure through a referendum. This new “reformed” HOST is called E-HOST, or Equalized Homestead Option Sales Tax, designed to allocate 100% of HOST revenues to subsidize county and city property taxes on homesteads.” It sounds like we’d still be getting the Homestead benefit, it’s just that the funds will be… Read more »
Russell Carleton
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Russell Carleton
There’s a penny sales tax in Dekalb County that goes into the big HOST bucket. 80 percent of that is earmarked for property tax relief. 20 percent for distributing money for capital projects. Let’s look at the property tax relief piece first. The county decides how much of a “discount” it can grant on property taxes to homestead exemption holders, based on receipts from the sales tax. In 2015, it was 44 percent. So, that means that you get 44 percent off your county tax bill thanks to HOST. The wrinkle in there is that the county applies that discount… Read more »
RAJ
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RAJ

So tonight The BOC voted down the SPLOST, and we can all rest easy!

City-Weary
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City-Weary

Thanks SO MUCH Russell. I never would have gotten that from all the articles posted.

Eric Robert
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Eric Robert
Glad this got killed. Don’t know why the County wants to take on more real estate. With the new cities taking over some of the operations they should be reducing their administrative space. As to tax relief, HOST doesn’t apply to the bulk of the tax bill which is the School taxes. And yes it doesn’t apply to the city taxes but that is a very small part of the tax bill. But a bump of the HOST tax relief from 80% to 100% isn’t worth an extra 1% sales tax. And living in Brookhaven I think we spend too… Read more »
Saul
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Saul

Eric your elected officials in charge of new cities are watching, ah, I mean screwing you. Maybe you need to teach your elected how to read?

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