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BOC to Discuss Tax Referendum

Commissioners will meet at 6 p.m. tonight.

BOC to Discuss Tax Referendum

Gov. Nathan Deal has laid the foundation for  residents to consider approving a means to reduce their property taxes.

where residents can vote on imposing a homestead option sales tax, or HOST.

An additional penny would be paid by residents to reduce the amount of property taxes paid. The HOST does not roll back property taxes for the fire district or school property taxes.

Commission Chairman Buzz Ahrens plans to announce the news at Tuesday’s board meeting.  The board meets at 6 p.m. at the , 1130 Bluffs Parkway, Canton.

Ahrens has said the extra money could generate roughly $30 million in tax revenues a year that could be applied to approximately 49,000 residential properties receiving the $5,000 homestead exemption, according to the  Cherokee Tribune.

“This is a great example of planning and execution,” Ahrens said.

The county began planning its request for local legislation in December and had the full support of  Senate Majority Leader Chip Rogers (R-Woodstock), who sponsored the legislation.

Ahrens said the county will educate the public between the July 31 primary and the Nov. 6 election.

Counties are allowed to use up to 20 percent of HOST proceeds for capital projects, which would leave the county with 80 percent, or roughly $24 million, to increase homestead exemptions, the  reported.

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