March 10, 2015
First the State legislature passed a bill a few years ago to do away with the taxes paid on car tags—all of which went to the local county—and changed it so that money went to the State in a different form. Then the money received was doled back out to the counties on a formula. Many counties got a revenue cut.
Then the Georgia House just passed a new transportation bill a week ago that takes local sales tax money and gives it to the State for transportation, because as one state legislator put it, “the transportation problems that Atlanta faces are so crushing.” Yes, this bill is about taking local money to help metro Atlanta’s traffic problems while leaving local governments to increase taxes to make up for the revenue cut.
Now another bill is being debated that will have local school systems paying over $100,000,000 ($102.8M to be exact) for health insurance benefits for school bus drivers and cafeteria workers. See article below:
Devil’s in the budget details for state workers
Andy Miller – Georgia Health News
The budget issue that has most rattled the General Assembly this year involves the proposed elimination of health insurance for 11,500 part-time school employees, mainly bus drivers and cafeteria workers.
The Georgia House, feeling the heat from the public over the unpopular proposal, put the benefits for the non-certificate workers back into the budget. But the legislators shifted that cost – more than $100 million – to the local school districts. That sparked a new outcry.
And as the debate continues about who should pay these costs, a state document circulated by a Georgia blogger has raised eyebrows about what the State Health Benefit Plan (SHBP) is saving under its current insurance setup.
So when you read the State is balancing their budget, they are only balancing it on the backs of local –county, city, and school system—governments, who in turn increase the property taxes on their citizens.
Our State Representative, Susan Holmes, was only one of 46 that voted NO on the new transportation bill. We thank her for looking out for the local folks back home who seem to be shouldering more and more of the spending for Atlanta.
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