The Newnan Times-Herald


Read our lips, no new taxes

  • By The Newnan Times-Herald
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  • Nov. 08, 2019 - 10:52 PM

On Tuesday, the people of Coweta County rose up and declared their independence from never-ending tax hikes. This is a great victory for the hard-working, taxpaying people of Coweta who came together across party and community lines to send this clear and overwhelming message - Read Our Lips - No New Taxes!

The size and scale of this victory cannot be overstated. This is the first time since 2001 that a countywide SPLOST has been defeated in Coweta. In 2001, the margin of victory for the NO side was just 98 votes compared to 7,082 for the NO campaign on Tuesday. Turnout was very high, with over 16,000 votes cast compared to an average of less than 5,000 for a typical county SPLOST vote.

Now the people of Coweta have an opportunity to realize some real benefits from this overwhelming mandate. For example.

1. FREEZE PROPERTY TAX ASSESSMENTS - State Representative Philip Singleton plans to introduce legislation to freeze property tax assessments. We need to urge our local legislators to support this measure which will provide desperately needed tax relief to Coweta families

2. STOP TAXING SENIORS ON THEIR HOMES - We need to move towards a complete property tax exemption on the homes of our senior citizens who have paid taxes their whole lives. In this writer’s view it borders on the immoral to force an 85-year old widow to pay what is effectively an ever-increasing rent on her home to the government every year.

3. LEAVE THE ROLLBACKS IN PLACE – The last time the mandatory property tax rollback (read tax cut) was allowed to stay in place was 2015. After four years of raising our taxes, it is time for the County Commission to honor the mandate of the referendum and leave the rollbacks in place.

These are just some of the things we need to enact for the good of our community, and we now have the mandate for them thanks to our fellow citizens who voted overwhelmingly in favor of more freedom and less taxes.

I would like to thank the great Americans who volunteered with the No New Sales Tax Committee and put out signs and cards to stop this tax increase. This dedicated band of patriots, who overcame the power of the Chamber of Commerce, The Coweta Board of Education, city and county politicians, and the special interests to win this historic victory deserve our undying gratitude.

Brant Frost V